This article provides all steps needed to remove Mecoosh.com hijacker from affected browsers and system.
The domain Mecoosh.com hijacks the homepage and the new tab of the affected browser. That’s why it is classified as a browser hijacker. It can also change the default search engine with a hoax one provided on its main page. After infection, the hijacker starts to obtain specific details you provide online and record them on its servers. You may also notice many annoying advertisements all over the browser.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The domain Mecoosh.com can be set as homepage and new tab on each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as default one.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab and search engine of affected browsers can display the main page of Mecoosh.com hijacker. Many redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Mecoosh.com.|
Mecoosh.com – Distribution Methods
The domain Mecoosh.com may be defined as a potentially unwanted program because it often infiltrates the system without users’ knowledge. Mecoosh.com browser hijacker may sneak into the system via third-party installers, malicious online advertisements, fake software update notifications or other shady techniques.
Various torrent websites and online stores provide apps for free download. Even though these apps may seem reliable and useful they often come bundled with potentially unwanted programs like Mecoosh.com. Actually, the PUPs are part of the installers of free apps. How you may miss that the installer has additional components is by following the default configuration steps till you click the Finish button. That’s why it is recommended always to choose the Advanced or Custom install options where you can check for any additional components and prevent their installation.
Many advertisement campaigns may be corrupted and set to deliver Mecoosh.com hijacker on your system. Thus, ads of all kind banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, new tab pages, and other may serve as a gate for Mecoosh.com.
It appears that Chrome web store is also used as a channel for the distribution of the suspicious Mecoosh.com. There could be found a browser extension named Mecoosh Play that once installed in the browser can configure your New Tab page to www.mecoosh.com as well as several other things described in the next paragraph.
Mecoosh.com hijacker can affect the following browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer and Safari.
Mecoosh.com – More Details
Mecoosh.com is a website of unknown origin that is classified as a browser hijacker. It affects commonly used browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. The primary aim of the hijacker is to promote a rogue search engine. After it infects the system, you may start to see its domain during each browser session as the hijacker has the ability to modify some essential browser settings. It can hijack the browser’s homepage, the new tab page and the default search engine with its domain:
In fact, currently, its search engine is broken. When a search query is entered it only tracks the phrase and does not generate any search results as you can see below:
In case of infection with Mecoosh.com, make sure to review your browser extensions. The hijacker may additionally install a browser extension named Mecoosh Play. Once installed in the browser it can configure your New Tab page to www.mecoosh.com, read and change browsing history and generate a lot of sponsored content.
In order to generate revenue to its creators Mecoosh.com can generate many annoying advertisements and links to sponsored content. They may make the performance of your browser sluggish and at times it may even crash. Visiting any of the commercials suggested by hijacker may cause further privacy issues and lead to the intrusion of severe malware.
There we found that the company owner of Mecoosh.com is ONEMDIA INC also called “Onemedia”. They acknowledge that their website receives and collects the following data from your browser:
- Email address
- Your IP address
- Browser type and version
- Internet service provider (ISP)
- Cookie information
- The webpages that you visit
The data records may be used for the advertising purposes of ONEMDIA INC or other third-parties that request the records from the company owner.
How to Remove Mecoosh.com Browser Hijacker
Below are listed all the steps that will help you to remove Mecoosh.com hijacker completely from affected Chrome, Mozilla, Explorer, Safari browsers and Windows system as well. You can choose whether to follow a manual removal or an automatic. If you select the manual instructions, have in mind that is some cases it may not be enough to eliminate the infection. Maximum efficiency can be reached after a scan with anti-malware tool that can quickly locate all leftovers.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Mecoosh.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Mecoosh.com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Mecoosh.com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Mecoosh.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Mecoosh.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Mecoosh.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Mecoosh.com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Mecoosh.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Mecoosh.com
Step 2: Uninstall Mecoosh.com 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 Mecoosh.com 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 Mecoosh.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Mecoosh.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Mecoosh.com 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 Mecoosh.com 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Mecoosh.com 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 Mecoosh.com 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 Mecoosh.com 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 Mecoosh.com 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 Mecoosh.com will be removed.
Eliminate Mecoosh.com 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.