Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Mint Cast Networks?
Mint Cast Networks is presented as a great tool that supposedly helps users to promote their software. On initial inspection, this application may seem legitimate, however, it continually monitors Internet browsing activity and gathers various user/system information.
For these reasons, Mint Cast Networks is categorized as a potentially unwanted adware-type program (PUP). Furthermore, this app often infiltrates systems without users’ permission.
The advertisements generated by this adware include (but are not limited to) pop-up, banner, and coupon ads. All are delivered using a ‘virtual layer’ (a tool allowing placement of third party graphical content on any site), and therefore, none originate from the visited websites. Third party ads conceal underlying web page content and diminish the Internet browsing experience.
In addition, some redirect to infectious sites and can lead to high-risk adware or malware infections when clicked. Be aware that browsing activity is continually monitored, since Mint Cast Networks gathers various software and hardware information that might be personally identifiable.
Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geographic location), search queries entered into search engines, websites visited, pages viewed, and other gathered information is later shared with third party companies who can misuse it to generate revenue.
Information sharing can lead to serious privacy issues, and therefore, we strongly recommend that you uninstall Mind Cast Networks adware immediately.
We share your Internet browsing activities with our third-party advertisers in order to show you advertisements targeted towards your products/services your viewing in your Internet browsing activities.
Adware-type applications have very similar characteristics. There are hundreds of PUPs (including Video Tile, Amigo Browser, and CoupSeek) with virtually identical behavior to Mint Cast. These applications claim to enhance the Internet browsing experience to trick users to install.
Following successful infiltration, apps such as Mint Cast Networks continually generate intrusive online advertisements and record information that might reveal users' identities - they provide none of the functionality promised. The above is performed solely to generate revenue for the developers - users receive no real value.
How did Mint Cast Networks install on my computer?
The developers employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional software with regular software/apps) to proliferate Mint Cast Networks adware. Research shows that many users do not expect rogue applications to be concealed and go on to rush the download/installation processes, skipping most/all steps.
For this reason, developers intentionally hide apps such as Mint Cast Networks within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. By rushing these processes, users often inadvertently install bogus programs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Never rush when downloading and installing software. These processes must be performed with the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, otherwise bundled applications will remain concealed and users will not be able to decline them. Bear in mind that bundled programs are often rogue and should never be installed.
Deceptive free software installers used in Mint Cast Networks adware distribution:
Mintcast adware generating intrusive online ads (usually marked as 'Powered by Mincast'):
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- What is Mint Cast Networks?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Mintcast application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Mintcast adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Mintcast ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Mintcast' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Mintcast ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Mintcast 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 "mintcast 3.0.3", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Mint Cast Networks ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Mint Cast Networks adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Mint Cast Networks 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 mintcast 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 mintcast 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 mintcast 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 mintcast 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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