Search.mpc(.)am is the site of an unwanted program. The program is called MPC (More Powerful Cleaner). The site allegedly aims to offer you a safe navigation through the Web without ads, but in reality, you see many advertisements generated by the MPC program.
The MPC site acts as a browser hijacker, and it can modify the search engine, new tab, and homepage. To remove it, you should carefully read the article to the end. You can see advertisements on every page you browse.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The program modifies various settings on your PC, including the browser homepage and new tab page. You will see advertisements when you browse, generated from it.|
|Symptoms||Sets a custom browser homepage, new tab and search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join our forum to Discuss Search.mpc(.)am.|
Search.mpc(.)am – Distribution Ways
Search.mpc(.)am is distributed via third-party installers. You can get the hijacker on your computer, without knowing, because it hides in freeware installations and bundled packages. In such packages, additional components for installation aren’t disclosed properly, and you can install Search.mpc(.)am. Avoiding that is possible, if you find the Custom or Advanced settings in the setup installation.
The hijacker can be distributed via the MPC program. The program can be downloaded from the official site at www.mpc(.)am. Undesirable software that can get you the hijacker can be spread via advertisements, pop-ups, banners, and from visiting suspicious internet sites. Partners and affiliates of MPC could try distributing an install setup with the unwanted application inside. The hijacker might install a browser extension as well. Browsers that can be affected are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer.
Search.mpc(.)am – In Detail
Search.mpc(.)am is the domain for a browser hijacker. You can also get a related program that will show you advertisements from the site. If inside a computer, the program can make several changes to your settings. That will mostly affect your browsers. The hijacker can modify the homepage, the new tab page, and the search engine of affected browsers. An extension or an add-on is not excluded from being added. Its main site is Search.mpc(.)am and you your search queries will go through that same site.
When you do a search, it can show sponsored results and commercial content and redirect you to affiliate sites of Search.mpc(.)am:
Other advertisements, like pop-ups, pop-unders, and banners can be seen in search results and on web pages. The redirects are to probably affiliate and partner sites of the hijacker. Such sites make revenue based on pay-per-click.
The information that may be collected is the following:
- Search queries and all data you type in searches
- Search data and specifics of searches
- Browser (version and type)
- URLs and clicks
- IP address
- Country of residence, home address
- Name, education, interests
- Machine ID
- Credit Card ID
- Operating System (and other related data)
All the data, which may be collected by Search.mpc(.)am may be shared with third parties. By using their software and services, you give your consent for that. Your internet activity can be tracked by using browser cookies and other technologies.
Search.mpc(.)am – Removal Options
To remove Search.mpc(.)am and all of its contents manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions down below. If the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware program. Such software will also keep your computer safe from future threats.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search.mpc(.)am from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search.mpc(.)am from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search.mpc(.)am from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search.mpc(.)am from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search.mpc(.)am from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search.mpc(.)am from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search.mpc(.)am from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search.mpc(.)am from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.mpc(.)am
Step 2: Uninstall Search.mpc(.)am 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 Search.mpc(.)am 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 Search.mpc(.)am there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search.mpc(.)am from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.mpc(.)am 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 Search.mpc(.)am 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 Search.mpc(.)am 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 Search.mpc(.)am 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 Search.mpc(.)am 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 Search.mpc(.)am 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 Search.mpc(.)am will be removed.
Eliminate Search.mpc(.)am 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.