Getmedia.me in Depth
The Browser Hijackers are annoyances that a lot of users get to face at a certain point, and it oftentimes doesn’t really matter how safe and secure your browser is, because those aren’t viruses, Trojans or Ransomware infections – they are, more often then not, legitimate software pieces, and it’s the users themselves that typically give their permission for the hijacker to get installed in their Chrome, Safari, IE or Safari or other browsers (albeit, without realizing it). If, for example, you have recently opened your browser and in it, there was a new homepage named Getmedia.me or your search engine has been replaced with some new and unknown one like Getmedia.me, www1.ecleneue.com or www2.savemax.store then you have definitely gotten one particularly annoying and widespread hijacker installed in your browser. Other likely symptoms that you may face could be page-redirects caused by the homepage or by the search engine results, that land you on sites with many ads on them or general generation of annoying pop-ups on your screen during the time your browser is being used. All of this overwhelming browsing activity could really make it difficult for you to surf the Internet and to find the information you are actually looking for, not to mention that it may make your computer less safe and more prone to malware infections. The increased likelihood of landing some malware program due to the presence of a hijackers such as this one is because many hackers target the browser as the weak spot in the system that would allow them to infiltrate the machine. And, if the browser has some element in it that may not be very secure, such as a hijacker, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if you get a malware infection soon after the annoying page-redirecting component has gotten installed in your browser. However, this doesn’t mean that the hijacker behind the Getmedia.me “Virus” page is something malicious in and of itself – it is simply a promotional tool that you have allowed in your computer without even realizing it.
Commonly used techniques of hijacker distribution
Some of the more common ways an app like this one can get installed in a given computer include the use of spam letters, clickbait download buttons and file bundles. We will pay special attention to the file-bundling technique as it is one of the things that many users ignore, while they shouldn’t. File-bundling is the practice of adding extra software components in the installation file of a given program and making them optional. However, the user is usually supposed to manually opt-out of the added component – unless they do that, whatever’s been added in the bundle, would get installed by default. This is why you must check the Advanced setup settings’ menu every time you want to install a new program in your computer – anything in those settings that resembles a hijacker or allows unwanted changes in your browser or system should be unchecked before the installation of the main program is allowed to start
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The symptoms usually revolve around some form of browser change – a replaced starting page or search engine service are the most common.|
|Distribution Method||Most hijacker developers tend to bundle their apps with other programs in order to get them installed onto more systems.|
Remove Getmedia.me “Virus”
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Getmedia.me software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove Getmedia.me. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Removing Getmedia.me From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Getmedia.me we want to make sure that all services related to the viruses are killed before we proceed.
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name Getmedia.me on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name Getmedia.me in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Getting rid of Getmedia.me from Chrome
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Removing Getmedia.me From Firefox
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Removing Getmedia.me From Windows Internet Explorer
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Removing Getmedia.me From Windows Edge
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type Getmedia.me and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Getmedia.me in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.