What is Musicloud?
Musicloud is a dubious application that supposedly allows users to create media playlists, share music with friends, view lyrics for karaoke, and enable other media-related features. The features offered are used to trick users into believing that this app is legitimate and useful.
In fact, Musicloud is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. Once the system is successfully infiltrated, Musicloud delivers various intrusive online advertisements and tracks Internet browsing activity.
This application is developed to generate coupon, banner, pop-up, and other similar advertisements that are likely to redirect to various e-commerce websites (such as, online stores), however, they can also redirect to infectious sites. Therefore, clicking these ads can result in further adware or even malware infections.
The ads conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, Musicloud gathers various types of Internet browsing-related information including IP addresses, visited sites, pages viewed, and search queries.
This data may seem insignificant, however, some contains personally identifiable details that is shared with third parties who will misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, having Musicloud installed on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall this adware immediately.
Musicloud is a regular adware-type app and similar to hundreds of other applications such as GameZooks, Content Defender, and YellowMarkApp. These apps also claim to enhance the Internet browsing experience and falsely offer 'useful features' to give the impression of legitimacy.
After system infiltration, they merely display unwanted ads and collect personally identifiable information - their purpose is to generate revenue for the developers. They provide no value to users.
How did Musicloud install on my computer?
The developers distribute Musicloud using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of third party apps with regular software/apps. This method is popular with developers, since many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software.
Unaware that developers intentionally hide rogue applications within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, users often rush the download and installation processes, thereby inadvertently installing bogus applications and exposing their systems to risk of infection.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
All applications should be downloaded and installed with caution. Follow each step and decline all offers to download or install additional apps. Use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any hidden rogue apps listed for installation and enable you to opt-out.
Deceptive free software installer used in Musicloud adware distribution:
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- What is Musicloud?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Musicloud application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Musicloud adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Musicloud ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Musicloud' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Musicloud ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Musicloud adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Musicloud", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Musicloud ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Musicloud adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Musicloud 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:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the musicloud adware, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the musicloud adware, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with musicloud adware removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the musicloud adware, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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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