Amigo Browser Unwanted Application

Also Known As: Mail.ru redirect
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Amigo Browser removal instructions

What is Amigo Browser?

The Amigo browser add-on employs a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to infiltrate Internet browsers without users' consent, and is thus categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Bundling is a way to install additional applications with regular software, and therefore, most users inadvertently install this app during download of free software from freeware download websites. After infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Amigo redirects users to the go.mail.ru website. At time of research, this extension displayed no intrusive ads, however, this situation might change. Be aware that intrusive online advertisements often redirect to bogus websites, thereby exposing your computer to infection.

Amigo adware

Applications distributed using the bundling method are likely to monitor Internet browsing activity and collect related information such as IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. The recorded information might contain personally identifiable details, and therefore, having PUPs installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Coupons Vault, BestadblockerShoppinGate, and Package Return also claim to provide various significant features, however, their purpose is simply to generate revenue by the display of intrusive online ads, causing unwanted browser redirects to generate traffic, and sharing collected data with third parties. You are strongly advised to uninstall Amigo from your system.

Research shows that Amigo is mostly distributed using small programs called 'download clients' on freeware download websites such as soft32.com, softonic.com, download.com, and many others. Download clients are employed to monetize these websites' traffic and free services by offering installation of third party applications with the chosen free software. In some instances, additional apps are simply hidden within the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options. According to the developers, these third party applications are '100% legitimate and virus-free', however, most are classed as adware or malware. To avoid computer infections, closely observe each step when downloading free software and ensure that no other applications are included. In addition, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Advanced 'or 'Custom' options - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed Amigo, and your browser continually redirects you to go.mail.ru without your consent, the following guidelines will help you to remove this PUP from your system.

Deceptive free software installers used in Amigo Browser PUP distribution:

amigo browser adware installer sample 3 amigo installer sample 2 Amigo adware installer

Website promoting installation of Amigo browser:

website promoting installation of amigo browser

Screenshot of Amigo browser application:

amigo browser app

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Quick menu:

Amigo Browser removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Amigo adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Amigo", and other recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Amigo did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Amigo ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Amigo ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mail.ru redirect, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Amigo  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Amigo ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mail.ru redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Amigo ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Amigo ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with mail.ru redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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