Is your browser suddenly acting as if it has a mind of its own? Are there constant pop-ups ads coming up as soon as you go online? If you are facing such annoying problem, then your computer has been hijacked by an adware threat. Codec.mediacrow.eu hijacker is one of the most irritating problems that annoys PC users recently. If you keep being redirected to this site or receiving its pop-up ads, please follow the manual removal instruction below to clean your computer immediately.
Codec.mediacrow.eu is a questionable website that can take over the affected browser and keep sending PC users to its web page and promote iLivid. This program may be safe and it claims it can give you the fastest and easiest way to download videos for free. However, there are many plug-ins bundled with this software so that once you download it on your computer, it may change the homepage of your web browser as well as your default search engine, even it may offer you other software or components like Livid Toolbar or Bandoo etc. Typically it can silently get attached to web browsers after you download freeware, shareware or advertising-supported program. When it is installed, it hijacks all the browsers you have installed and starts flooding the affected computer with constant pop-up ads. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome are the main targets of this browser hijackers. If you are seeing ads from Codec.mediacrow.eu whenever you are doing a Google search or visiting a website, then you should realize that your computer is at risk and it has been infected with adware or a potentially unwanted program.
Once your computer is compromised, you will find your computer completely runs out of order. If you try to search something from Google, Bing or other search page as your preferred, you will be redirected to other irrelevant pages. In addition, Codec.mediacrow.eu will be forcibly added on your browser as your default homepage and you will not be able to reset it to back to your favorite web pages. Many computer users may take it for granted that the antivirus software or antispyware program can relieve their annoyance when computer is filled with adware or potentially unwanted programs like this one. However, it is not useful because technically speaking, a browser hijacker threat doesn’t belong to viruses so it cannot be detected by antivirus program. But it acts as similar as a virus by tracking your browsing history, monitoring online activities and collecting your privacy data such as credit card number, online bank account and password in the background. Don’t hesitate to get rid of it from your computer in case it keeps interrupting your browsing activities and steals your personal information.
1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar.
Browser hijacker infection like Codec.mediacrow.eu may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.
Codec.mediacrow.eu hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Codec.mediacrow.eu redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files related to Codec.mediacrow.eu hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Codec.mediacrow.eu is closely connected to browser hijacker malware and adware designed to boost advertising revenue and corrupt user’s browser. Most people don’t know where it comes from and they have no idea to get rid of it since antivirus program cannot help to detect the presence of a redirect/hijacker virus. In fact, this browser hijacker often invades target computer bundled with the free downloads from the internet such as shareware games or various video players. It can cause a lot of troubles to disturb your browsing experience like changing web browser’s default home page to a particular web site without your permission and redirecting a web browser to a predefined site whenever the user enters invalid address or performs an Internet search. This type of threat aims at making money by promoting some unfamiliar programs such as free video downloader or some other freeware. Don’t be tricked by that or click any ads showing on this page because this annoying popup is only designed to boost advertising revenue but not provide you any useful and reliable information. Once found, an immediate removal is required.
Published by & last updated on April 13, 2014 9:48 am