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Remove Search.mpc(.)am (MPC Safe Navigation)

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.

Threat Summary

NameSearch.mpc(.)am
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe 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.
SymptomsSets a custom browser homepage, new tab and search engine.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundle Packages
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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.

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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:

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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.

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The Privacy Policy provided on the Search.mpc(.)am site states that it may collect information about you and your internet usage. When the program related to the hijacker is on your computer, you automatically accept its privacy policy. It states that all kinds of information can be gathered – personally-identifying or pseudonymous information.

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.

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How to Remove Search.mpc(.)am from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.mpc(.)am

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search.mpc(.)am on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

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:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Search.mpc(.)am with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Search.mpc(.)am from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.mpc(.)am and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Search.mpc(.)am:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Search.mpc(.)am. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Search.mpc(.)am. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Search.mpc(.)am. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



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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.


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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.



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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.



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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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.mpc(.)am will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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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.


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