In this article we are going to try and help you remove MPC Safe Navigation. Our instructions cover all Windows versions as well as most browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.
Dealing with MPC Safe Navigation
Have you ever heard about software that falls under the PUP category. Well, if you’re currently reading this, then you’re most likely dealing with one such piece of software at this very moment. The name of this particular program is MPC Safe Navigation and it is only one of many similar applications that claim to be useful but in reality are anything but. A general term used to describe such software is PUP, which stands for potentially unwanted program. This is precisely what MPC Safe Navigation is. It is a program that messes with your browser and alters some of its settings under the false premise of providing you with a safer and more secure online experience. Needless to say, the program itself does nothing of that. Instead, it carries out several obscure system processes that are both annoying and unwanted. Luckily for you, in this article you can find all the information that you may need in order to effectively deal with the invasive piece of software and to keep it away from your PC in future. Under the main part of the article, you can find a detailed removal guide that will aid you in removing the PUP from your machine without the need to seek a specialist’s help. Nevertheless, before going there, make sure that you take your time to acquire some essential information concerning MPC Safe Navigation and other similar unwanted programs.
What does it do?
Some of the most common traits of MPC Safe Navigation are its tendency to mess with your browser settings, change your default front page or search engine, generate annoying ads and even monitor your browsing activity. In fact, only the obstructive adverts are more than enough to frustrate you to your limit. They are as annoying as they can get and on top of that might sometimes expose your machine to certain security risks if you’re not careful with them. Unfortunately, this usually affects all your browsers and it does not matter if you are using Firefox, Chrome, IE or some other browser. A strategy that is often employed by this program is to display various false warning messages that urge the user to install some sort of an obscure security tool that is in fact nothing but more useless bloatware.
Is it a security risk?
With everything mentioned, MPC Safe Navigation might seem like a really nasty piece of software. Still, as annoying as it is, in most cases it does not harm your PC. Sure, it might slow it down and make it nearly unusable due to the sheer annoyance it causes, however, once out of your system, everything should be back to normal. After all, there’s a big difference between software that falls under the PUP category and malicious viruses such as Ransomware and Trojans that are undoubtedly destructive and harmful to your computer. All in all, though relatively harmless, MPC Safe Navigation is still a pretty obstructive and intrusive piece of software and the sooner you take it off, the better.
Keeping it away from your machine
It is important to remove any PUP from your computer but it is just as important to know how they’ve gotten there in the first place, so that you can avoid landing them in future. In MPC Safe Navigation’s case there are several most commonly employed distribution techniques. Sometimes spam e-mails are the preferred method, sometimes the PUP gets on your PC when you click on suspicious links displayed in shady sites. However, the most common and effective strategy for spreading programs like MPC Safe Navigation is file bundling. With this method the unwanted software is integrated within the installer of some seemingly more desirable free software. Once you install that other free program, you will also get the PUP. There, however, is an easy and simple way to avoid this. You see, most people typically go straight for the quick setup option neglecting the details of the installation. This is what gets them the intrusive program. Therefore, the next time you’re about to install some new program, especially if it’s a free one, make sure that you opt for the advanced installation settings. There, you’d be able to find all the information and customization options that you may need concerning the installation. Once you select the advanced settings, look at what added installs there are and uncheck whatever may seem suspicious or unwanted. Then, you should be good to carry on with the actual installation.
How To Remove MPC Safe Navigation
Many types of malware might restrict your access to their core files. It is highly recommended that you reboot your PC in safe mode before attempting to use this guide.
- To enable Safe Mode reboot you PC, then hit F8 repeatedly. When the corresponding menu opens please select Safe Mode with Networking.
WARNING! If you are using Windows 8,0 or later and/or your operating system is installed on a fast SSD drive this may fail to work. In this case click here to see how to start your PC in Safe Mode.
#1: Uninstall the unwanted program from your control panel
Enter control panel to look for any suspicious programs, which may have installed on your PC. To do that:
- Navigate to your Desktop
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type appwiz.cpl
- Go through the list of programs and find MPC Safe Navigation or anything else that may seem suspicious. Right-click on it and choose the uninstallation option
WARNING! Carefully read any confirmation messages that may be created in the process. Sometimes you may get offers to download more Adware applications and this can be linked to either the Yes or the No answer depending on the wording!
Go through the list of programs again and check online for any potentially unwanted programs. We have an article that covers this awesome free software that makes sure that your computer is free from bloatware and programs that you don’t need.
#2: Remove MPC Safe Navigation From Chrome
Now we’ll remove the extensions that the malware has attached to your browser.
- Open your Google Chrome browser.
- Type chrome://extensions/ in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on “Developer Mode” on the top right and look for the extension installed by MPC Safe Navigation and anything that might be related to it. Copy their IDs (the string of letters), then remove them by clicking on the trash bin icon.
- Type Regedit in the Windows Start Menu and press Enter. Go in : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome\Extensions and delete the entries corresponding to the suspicious IDs you recorded.
#3: Remove MPC Safe Navigation From Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox browser.
- Type “about:support” in the URL address bar and press Enter.
- Click on the “Refresh Firefox” button on the right and confirm.
#4 Remove MPC Safe Navigation From Internet Explorer
- Open your Internet Explorer internet browser.
- Click on the Gear icon on the up right, then on manage add-ons.
- Go through the list disable any suspicious extensions.
#5 Remove any leftover parasitic processes
From the task manager:
- Use Ctrl + Shift + Esc and open the Task manager, then click on the Processes
- Go through the list of processes and look for unknown or otherwise suspicious entries.
- If you see anything suspicious right click on the process and shoes Open File Location, then terminate the process and delete any files you find in the directory.
WARNING! If the directory you open from this menu has no files inside of it it’s probably because the malware has hidden them. You need to reveal hidden files and folders in order to be able to see them. Click here if you don’t know how to do that.
From the start menu:
- Press simultaneously the Win button together with the R button (Win+R)
- In the Run window that just opened type msconfig
- Click on the Startup tab.
This menu controls which programs are loaded when windows starts after a reboot. Disable anything that seems suspicious. Optionally you can also disable any program that you don’t need and also has a high impact on your startup time.
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