About the Message Alert Center Virus
Browser hijacker applications are a category of software that , though not really harmful and dangerous, can certainly get on your nerves and heavily irritate you with their ads, replacement of the browser search engine and homepage, as well as their random and rather unpleasant page redirects to sites and pages that most users never really wanted to visit (or get exposed to). Naturally, when faced with such software on their computers, most users would try to find a way to get rid of the culprit behind the irritating changes and activities that have taken place on their PC and in their browsers (any browser could get affected – IE, Chrome, Opera, Firefox and so on). If you are reading this, then you are likely dealing with a similar issue yourself and if that’s your case, then the cause behind the intrusiveness and annoyance that you’re presently dealing with in your browser is likely the recently released Message Alert Center hijacker app. Just like most other software components of its category, this pesky and irritating application could easily “sneak” inside your browsing program and get added to it. Hijackers like this one cannot really function on their own – the need a browser to get attached to just like any regular browser add-on or extension. Of course, unlike regular extensions and add-ons for browsers, a browser hijacker would certainly not be welcome inside your browser because of the annoying ads, redirects to unknown pages and also because of the unwanted changes it’s likely to impose on your browser. With all that said, though, keep in mind that this isn’t an infection with some insidious form of malware – Message Alert Center isn’t a Trojan or a Ransomware virus and although it might try to gather telemetry data from your browsers for targeted advertising, it should typically not be capable of spying on your the same way noxious Spyware viruses could.
All in all, here, we aren’t talking about real malware viruses since hijackers rarely represent some serious threat to the targeted machine. For the most part, Message Alert Center would do nothing more than nag you with the ads and the redirects and the changes to your browser but it will stay away from your system or data and will not harm them. After all, the main purpose of such apps is to advertise different products and generate revenue through the displayed ads. Pretty much everything that such a hijacker does is going to be somehow related to web advertising and revenue generation through online ads. That said, you should still remove the pesky app and below, we will tell you why.
The need for removing hijackers
The main reason why you should take care of Message Alert Center on time, aside from the fact that it could be extremely irritating, is the fact that there could be a number of online hazards that your PC could get exposed to in case it ha a hijacker on it. Don’t get us wrong, you are still not dealing with a malicious threat the ranks of Rootkits, Spyware, Ransomware or Trojan Horses. However, you could indeed have your computer exposed to these or other forms of malware if you allow the hijacker to uncontrollably stream its ads and redirects on your screen. Many web-ad sources out there are unreliable and even unsafe and a lot of hackers rely on such online adverts to spread their malware infections. Sure, the hijacker will probably not purposefully expose you to such ads but it’s still possible that some of the advertising materials that Message Alert Center brings to your screen could indeed be compromised and unsafe. With this in mind, it should be no surprise that the bet course of action should be to eliminate the pesky app. In order to learn how to properly uninstall the hijackers, have a look at the removal guide down below or maybe use the recommended removal program available on this page – both of the methods should do just fine against Message Alert Center, www1.ecleneue.com, www2.savemax.store and any other of this category.
Installation of new software – why you need to be cautious
When installing new programs on their computers, most users make the mistake of opting for the Quick setup configuration. The reason this is a mistake has to do with the fact that many programs (especially if they are free) tend to have additional software elements and apps bundled with them. Oftentimes, such a bundled component could be a hijacker and if you use the Default/Quick setup setting, you’d get that installed on your machine as well. However, if you instead go for the Custom/Advanced setup menu, you should be able to leave out anything added that you might deem undesirable – this is, in fact, exactly what we’d advise you to do when about to install some new program so remember this tip and make sure you implement it from now on.
|Name||Message Alert Center|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Among the most common of symptoms related to browser hijackers are random pop-ups, page redirects and browser modifications that you’ve ever approved.|
|Distribution Method||Hijackers tend to get distributed through spam messages, sketchy web offers and installation bundles.|
Remove Message Alert Center Virus
The following guide is only for windows users, it will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant Message Alert Center 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 Message Alert Center. 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 Message Alert Center From Windows
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Before we start deleting files related to Message Alert Center 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 Message Alert Center 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 Message Alert Center 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 Message Alert Center 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 Message Alert Center 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 Message Alert Center 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 Message Alert Center 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 Message Alert Center and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for Message Alert Center 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.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.