I guess we can’t avoid all these “browser hijackers” these days. But there’s one thing I don’t get – if you install it on your computer yourself, how come you say it’s a browser hijacker? I know I titled this entry “Monstermarketplace”, but I suppose I can rant just about any “browser hijacker” there is. You want to remove Monstermarketplace from your computer? How about avoiding it in the first place? One of the main reasons behind this infection is constant freeware downloads. You know how people often download various games and free programs they encounter online? Well, here’s a news flash for you – most of them are bundled with random files that can go as far as change your browser settings.
I mean, take Monstermarketplace for example – it definitely gets installed on the computer along with freeware by a negligent users. It actually makes me cry in frustration, because it is so EASY to avoid various infections just by reading the installation wizard carefully. But well, anyways. Monstermarketplace is in your PC. What does it do? It changes browser settings and redirects you to monstermarketplace.com. If the infected user is an avid online shopper perhaps such a browser modification will not surprise him/her, but I would be vexed to death – MY BROWSER WHY YOU MODIFY MY BROWSER!!
So, what’s next? Same old – Monstermarketplace displays commercial advertisements and then tracks your web browsing habits, because it employs HTTP cookies, and although cookies are not malicious pieces of data they CAN be used for malicious purposes if anyone recodes them or just hacks the data they have collected. I think that in case of Monstermarketplace, no hacking is necessary in the first place, because it usually shares the collected data with third parties (I bet it’s written in its EULA, because it’s the usual excuse for such software applications).
Either way, if you think that browser hijacking is the worst that can come from Monstermarketplace, better think again – such programs almost ALWAYS lead to serious malware infections, eventually killing your system and stealing your money. Oh? Why am I talking about money all of a sudden? Because money is the MAIN objective of cyber crooks these days, and you would do feel to keep your safe!
With all the angry rant done, shall we go on and remove Monstermarketplace from your PC? Let’s do this:
Delete Monstermarketplace from your browser
- Press Alt+X and go to Internet Options.
- Under General tab, delete Monstermarketplace.com, enter a new home page and click OK.
- Press Alt+X once more and click Manage add-ons.
- Click Search Providers on the left.
- Set a new default search engine and remove undesirable search provider.
- Press Firefox button and navigate to Help.
- Click Troubleshooting information and click Reset Firefox on a new tab.
- Click Reset Firefox once more and then press Finish.
- Press Alt+F and click Settings.
- Mark Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup. Click Set pages.
- Enter a new startup page address and click OK.
- Select Manage search engines under Search.
- Set a new default search engine, delete unwanted search provider and click Done.
If you have no antivirus program installed on your computer, perhaps you should invest in a legitimate security program, because this way you would also be able to scan your computer after manual removal, making sure that you have removed Monstermarketplace and all the other possible infections.