What is MSN Virus?
This is a malicious infection, and, as its name implies, it uses the MSN IM service to spread to various systems. It has two intentions: to steal your usernames and passwords, as well as any other sensitive data, and to use your MSN account to infect anyone on your contacts list. This intruder has been classified as a Trojan horse, which means that it is a really severe infection. If you do not want to get your system infected by the MSN Virus, we recommend not clicking on any suspicious links that have been sent to you through the instant messenger. Otherwise, you may lose access to your online accounts, as well as attract more infections onto your computer.
What Does MSN Virus Do?
MSN Virus uses the messaging service to send out fake messages. They are usually something along the lines of “Is that u on that photo” or some other bogus message aimed only at making you click on the link that will be featured. If you do get a message with something similar, do not click on the link under any circumstances. It will lead you to peculiar websites whose intentions are definitely malicious. It is also possible for a download to be prompted of a file named photo656.pif. If you download and open this file, it will launch the virus on your computer, and it will take over your MSN account. As a result of this, you may be unable to use said account. That is not all, however. It will start sending misleading and malicious messages to everyone on your contact list. So they can become victims of this infection, as well.
As MSN Virus can take over your MSN account, it can acquire the email listed there, as well as the password for the account. If you use the same email and password for other services, then those accounts will be at risk of being compromised, as well. This is why you must change all of your important passwords immediately after you find out that MSN Virus is on your system. It will also be nice to warn your friends of this, so that they do not become victims too.
How to Remove MSN Virus?
We already established that MSN Virus is classified as a Trojan horse. This means that it is quite cunning. Manual removal of this infection will be next to impossible for any layman user. And as removal should be performed as soon as possible, your best option is to use a powerful security program to do the job for you. It will take care of all intruders automatically, and it will make sure that your system is not compromised in the future.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove MSN Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MSN Virus from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MSN Virus from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MSN Virus from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MSN Virus from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MSN Virus from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MSN Virus from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MSN Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MSN Virus
Step 2: Uninstall MSN Virus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by MSN Virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by MSN Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MSN Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MSN Virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove MSN Virus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove MSN Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MSN Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove MSN Virus from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase MSN Virus from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall MSN Virus from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove MSN Virus from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the MSN Virus will be removed.
Eliminate MSN Virus from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.