Remove Mecoosh.com Browser Hijacker
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Remove Mecoosh.com Browser Hijacker

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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.

Threat Summary

NameMecoosh.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe domain Mecoosh.com can be set as homepage and new tab on each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as default one.
SymptomsThe 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 MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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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.

Another tricky way used by Mecoosh.com owners for its distribution may be fake software update pop-ups. Recent detections of such scams are the “Your Windows OS is damaged” and “Install Java Update”.

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 play chrome web store extension

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:

mecoosh.com browser hijacker main page

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:

Mecoosh.com rogue search engine

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.

Mecoosh.com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy is a section that gives insight on data collected from users and its further maintenance. The policy page of Mecoosh.com can be accessed by a hyperlink on the bottom navigation menu of website’s main page. Below you can see a picture of its current look:

mecoosh.com privacy policy

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.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has completed a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of National and World Economy. She has been with the STF team for three years, researching malware and reporting on the latest infections.

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