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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine


Mediafiretrend.com is a browser hijacker that poses as a beneficial tool. According to our research, this infection is promoted as an assistant that allegedly can help find content using mediafire.com. If you want to use the services of this file-sharing and storage site, use it directly because anything that comes in the middle is not authentic or trustworthy. Instead of actually offering you beneficial services, the hijacker will simply corrupt your homepage. Unsurprisingly, this threat targets the three most popular web browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. If you use one or several of these browsers – and most computer users do – you have to beware of the hijacker because it might seem to come out of nowhere. If it has corrupted your browsers already, we can help you remove Mediafiretrend.com.

According to the research we have conducted, Mediafiretrend.com tries to mimic mediafire.com, and it offers software corresponding to your search queries. The problem is – and there are plenty – that this browser hijacker is COMPLETELY unpredictable. Official information was not created or shared with the users to introduce them to the services of the suspicious “search engine,” which means that you cannot know how it works unless you test it, and that is extremely dangerous. What if Mediafiretrend.com was set up by malware distributors to promote the installers or dangerous infections? Even if that is not the case, what if it supports malware creators and distributors? What if it collects information using the silent tracking cookies while you browse the web? Unfortunately, these are the questions that most users will not find answers to on their own, and that is a good enough reason to delete this threat.

Even if you do not come across malicious installers while using Mediafiretrend.com – which is unlikely – you will not be able to evade annoying and potentially misleading pop-up advertisements. These irritating ads show up every time you use the suspicious file finder, and your virtual security might be threatened with every single one of them. Whatever you do, do NOT interact with these ads because they might be used in drive-by download attacks, in which case, any click could be used to run malware. Even harmless-looking surveys and prize offers could be dangerous if they were set up by schemers who are trying to extract as much personal information as possible. To top it off, tracking cookies could be installed every time you face an advertisement, and these cookies could be extremely intrusive. To remove the cookies, open your browser, tap keys Ctrl+Shift+Delete, and follow the steps to get rid of them.

Have you not used Mediafiretrend.com and refrained from interacting with the suspicious ads? Even if you have, malware might have invaded your operating system. When this hijacker is distributed – by the way, it spreads mostly in Japan – it is likely to come packaged with additional threats. Since silent infections exist, our recommendation for you is to perform a full system scan to check out if malware exists. Use the search box at the top to find appropriate removal guides for every single detection, or install an anti-malware tool for automatic removal. Whatever your choice is, do NOT ignore any threats, even if they appear to be harmless at first. If you are careless, you could face much bigger security issues, and we are certain that you want to avoid that.

Since Mediafiretrend.com manifests via the homepage, you have to modify the URL to get rid of it. Hopefully, that is all that you need to do to get rid of this browser hijacker. You can find a full removal guide below for all the targeted browsers. This guide, however, does not show how to clean you operating system from malware completely. If you are facing other threats, you have to approach them individually, or you can install an anti-malware tool to have them erased automatically. We probably do not need to tell you which of these options is better, especially considering that anti-malware software doubles as a security blanket guaranteeing that new infections cannot invade your operating system in the future.

Mediafiretrend.com Removal

Internet Explorer:

  1. Simultaneously tap Win+R.
  2. Type regedit.exe into the RUN dialog box and click OK.
  3. In Registry Editor navigate to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
  4. Double-click Start Page and overwrite the hijacker’s URL. Click OK.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Simultaneously tap Win+E.
  2. Enter %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ into the Explorer’s bar at the top.
  3. Open the {random name} folder that represents your unique Firefox profile.
  4. Open the file called prefs.js (use Notepad) and overwrite the hijacker’s URL. Save the file.

Google Chrome:

  1. Simultaneously tap Win+E.
  2. Enter %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ into the Explorer’s bar at the top.
  3. Open the Default folder or {random name} folder that represents your unique Chrome profile.
  4. Open the file called Preferences (use Notepad) and find the hijacker’s URL.
  5. Overwrite the URL and then save the file.
  6. Open the files called Secure Preferences and Web Data and modify them as shown in step 5.
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