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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


MediaNewPage claims to be an application that allows users to “get links to watch episodes legally from your PC.” Undoubtedly, this part of description speaks the truth, but many users imagine that the application should allow them to watch movies through their browser free of charge. However, the program only places an extension that provides a few links that should lead you to sites where you have to register and pay some amount of money if you want to watch the available content. What’s more, the application is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it installs a browser extension that modifies preferences and might display third-party sponsored links or ads. The software might be dangerous to your computer, so you should consider removing it. Consequently, we will add recommended removal steps below the text.

To begin with, the PUP adds an extension called “MediaNewPage Extension 0.1.9” on Mozilla Firefox and “The Media New Page” on Google Chrome. These extensions have links that should redirect users to websites where you can watch movies and other shows, but you have to become a member, and it costs some money. Also, it has a few other icons that might seem useful, such as “Social”, “E-mail”, “Shopping”, etc. Although, we would not recommend clicking these icons since the PUP might collect private and non-private user information, which could be shared with third-party partners. Most likely, it could be used to create your unique profile and display targeted advertising to you.

Another change that you should notice is that your homepage or search engine might have been changed to search.medianewpage.com. This search engine redirects users to Search.SafeFinder.com, which uses Yahoo.com to gather the results, but it also modifies them. The main problem with this search engine is the modified results because they might include third-party content. For example, there might be additional sponsored links that could promote unreliable software, such as browser hijackers, adware or other PUPs.

The application is available on the official site, but also it “may be bundled with an in-house or 3rd party products.” Thus, there is a chance that some users downloaded a bundled program and installed MediaNewPage together with it. It could happen if you like visiting suspicious file-sharing sites that promote unreliable software. The bundled installer might have had the PUP as an additional program, and if you did not deselect it, the application was installed too. If this scenario happened to you, it might be a good idea to download a legitimate antimalware tool and scan your system, since there might be more programs, such as MediaNewPage on your computer.

Moreover, you should be aware that when you install the PUP you give it a permission to “automatically download and install updates from time to time from Licensor. These updates <…> may take the form of bug fixes, enhanced functions, new software modules and completely new versions.” Also, these new releases and other mentioned content could be installed without your permission. This means that if you leave the application in your system, it might download its new versions and they could be potentially harmful to your computer too.

Mainly, the program seems worthless as it cannot actually “turn your browser into TV Media center.” It can only give you the links to the sites where you may watch movies if you pay the required sum, but you can enter such sites through your browser without the PUP. Also, security specialists warn users that the application might provide possibly harmful content through the modified search results or allow third-party partners to show you targeted ads. That is why you should carefully consider whether the PUP is worth to be kept on your computer. If you choose to delete it, you could use the manual removal instructions provided below this text, as they will list the files, folders and Registry keys that must be erased. If this seems too complicated, you can install an antimalware tool and use it to eliminate the application.

Delete MediaNewPage from your system

  1. Press Windows Key+E.
  2. Copy and paste given locations:
    %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
    %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\[USERPROFILE]\Extensions
  3. Find folder named as hneaaghedghjobekmljhlpkcdfekfgpi in both paths.
  4. Right-click hneaaghedghjobekmljhlpkcdfekfgpi and select Delete.
  5. Insert this location: %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[PROFILE]\extensions
  6. Find a file titled as MediaNewPage-the-extension1@mozilla.com.xpi and right-click to delete it.
  7. Insert following path %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[PROFILE]\searchplugins
  8. Locate a file named as medianewpage-engine-two.xml, right-click it and press Delete.
  9. Insert %APPDATA%\\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[PROFILE]\searchplugins into the Explorer.
  10. Find file named as medianewpage-engine.xml and right-click to delete it.
  11. Close the Explorer and press Windows Key+R.
  12. Type regedit and select OK.
  13. Navigate to: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage
  14. Locate Registry keys titled as medianewpagesearch.com and search.medianewpagesearch.com.
  15. Right-click listed keys separately and select Delete.
  16. Empty your Recycle Bin.
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