MessengerNow is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware which generates pop-up ads unrelated to your browsing. The MessengerNow PUP is distributed mainly in bundled software packages but it can also be downloaded from the Internet. It is important to mention that this is not the only suspicious application that takes advantage of Facebook Messenger’s popularity.
MessengerNow could also be named Messenger2Go, Facebook Messenger for Desktop, MessengerPC, MessengerSpot. We suspect that all these instances were developed by the same developer, with the sole purpose to flood users with ads and collect their personal information. Also, these bogus applications are also offered to Mac users.
Note. MessengerNow and its look-alikes could be detected as variations of Trojan.Clicker (a generic detection) which are largely employed for ad fraud on a pay-per-click basis.
|Type||PUP, Adware, Trojan.Cliker|
|Short Description||The MessengerNow PUP could be employed for ad fraud, could generate intrusive advertisements or download more PUPs onto your system.|
|Symptoms||Intrusive browser redirects, pop-up ads.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads and websites which may advertise it.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss MessengerNow.|
MessengerNow – Distribution Tricks
In most cases, potentially unwanted programs such as MessengerNow are spread with the help of the so-called bundling. These techniques hide the configuration files of unwanted programs which makes it harder for you to prevent their installation.
If you don’t remember downloading the PUP from a certain website (such as a supposedly official website, or a freeware site), the program may have entered your computer in a bundled freeware package. It is important to mention that this PUP can be detected as a Trojan.Clicker by antivirus programs. Trojan.Clickers are often included in bundled packages for the purpose of quick monetization. They are a popular form of ad fraud.
In the majority of cases, a PUP lands on a computer by being part of a software bundle. This means you might have installed it via the installer of a program you meant to download.
Being a PUP, MessengerNow may have been spying on your online activities and collecting information about you. By dropping and activating different types of tracking technologies on your system, the PUP may have obtained plenty of details about your browsing behavior, such as:
- Visited URLs and websites
- Browser’s home page
- Search queries
- Search queries on the visited web pages
- Type of used browser
- Operating system type
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Geographic location
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
Remove MessengerNow – Illustrated Instructions
As we’ve established, MessengerNow is not a trustworthy application, as it is a PUP, and it has no affiliation with Facebook. If you want to get rid of the PUP completely, we advise you to follow our removal instructions. They are designed to help you to remove PUPs such as MessengerNow effectively from your system, either manually or automatically.
- Guide 1: How to Remove MessengerNow from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MessengerNow from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MessengerNow from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MessengerNow from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MessengerNow from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MessengerNow from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MessengerNow from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MessengerNow from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MessengerNow
Step 2: Uninstall MessengerNow 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 MessengerNow 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 MessengerNow there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MessengerNow from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MessengerNow 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 MessengerNow 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 MessengerNow 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 MessengerNow 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 MessengerNow 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 MessengerNow 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 MessengerNow will be removed.
Eliminate MessengerNow 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.