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Should I remove media enhance?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
87% remove it13% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #33,629
United States Rank #28,839
Reach 0.0040%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 2.77 days
48.62 days >
Average installed length: 25.55 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.34.3.2 100.00%

media enhance

What is media enhance?

This adware program injects advertisements with its affiliate ad providers in order to serve a number of ad types including banner, inline text links and popups. These ads are aimed to promote the installation of additional questionable content including web browser toolbars, optimization utilities and other products, all so the publisher can generate pay-per-click revenue.

Once infected by this common symptoms include:
- Random web page text is turned into hyperlinks.
- Browser popups appear which recommend fake updates or other software.
- Ads with red click here button will pop up when those links are hovered on.
- Other unwanted adware programs might get installed without the user's knowledge.
- Web pages become extremely slow to download due to the multiple ads.

Overview

During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The main program executable is utils.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 10 files and is usually about 6.49 MB (6,808,413 bytes). media enhance-updater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

The program is built using the Crossrider framework, a cross browser monetization platform used to deploy a toolbar and extension for modern web browsers with monetization features including browser search and homepage redirection, contextual coupons and in-line text advertising. Crossrider extensions include background processes to monitor, update and automatically download new features/code without direct user interaction.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Built on the Crossrider toolbar platform and potentially unwanted
  • May inject ads in the web browser
  • 'Offers' to modify the browser's home and search pages by default
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Injects advertisements unassociated with the underlying web page
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in media enhance.
utils.exe (c3b8e7c4c81134a949e13a1ed9ad2889) has been flagged by the following 6 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Baidu-International 4.0.3.14422 Trojan.Win32.VMDetector.E
Bkav FE 1.3.0.4959 HW32.CDB
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0112 Trojan.Crossrider.4794
ESET-NOD32 8.9575 Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.AB
Malwarebytes v2014.04.22.10 PUP.Optional.CrossRider.A
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.112 TROJ_GEN.F47V0306
media enhance-codedownloader.exe (9079a010ff3a07b73f989dcb1010627a) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG 13.0.0.3169 MalSign.Crossrider Advanced Technologies
ESET-NOD32 9507 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.X
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!9079A010FF3A
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!9079A010FF3A
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA PC
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.Crossid
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0305
VIPRE Antivirus 27130 Crossrider (fs)
media enhance-firefoxinstaller.exe (16aacb57dcb4278b375b85a0750e9f89) has been flagged by the following 8 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG 13.0.0.3169 MalSign.Crossrider Advanced Technologies
ESET-NOD32 9507 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.Y
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!16AACB57DCB4
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!16AACB57DCB4
Sophos 4.98.0 Generic PUA NB
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.Crossid
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0305
VIPRE Antivirus 27130 Crossrider (fs)
media enhance-bho.dll (6982f039753e3cb734808474c3de2c0f) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG 13.0.0.3169 Generic5.AOLM
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.MediaEnhance.A
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!6982F039753E
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!6982F039753E
Sophos 4.98.0 AppRider
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0307
VIPRE Antivirus 27198 Crossrider (fs)
media enhance-updater.exe (621201410cdba39f7c4b4cb0b3a51624) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG 13.0.0.3169 MalSign.Crossrider Advanced Technologies
ESET-NOD32 9507 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.X
McAfee 6.0.4.564 Artemis!621201410CDB
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!621201410CDB
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.Crossid
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0305
VIPRE Antivirus 27130 Crossrider (fs)
media enhance-chromeinstaller.exe (0832d4ca1f0f32a95034a1d95c3ece6c) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG 13.0.0.3169 MalSign.Crossrider Advanced Technologies
ESET-NOD32 9575 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.Y
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.Optional.MediaEnhance.A
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0305
VIPRE Antivirus 27624 Crossrider (fs)
media enhance-enabler.exe (dcf1f2b46c4e48d7974e282cfa915488) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG 13.0.0.3169 MalSign.Crossrider Advanced Technologies
ESET-NOD32 9507 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.X
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.Crossid
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0305
VIPRE Antivirus 27130 Crossrider (fs)
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media enhance has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove media enhance.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: feven
URL: crossrider.com/pages/extension_eula
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\media enhance
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\media enhance\Uninstall.exe /fromcontrolpanel=1
Estimated size: 6.49 MB

Program filesFiles installed by media enhance

Program executable:utils.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\Program Files\media enhance\utils.exe
MD5:c3b8e7c4c81134a949e13a1ed9ad2889
Additional files:
  • media enhance-bg.exe (by feven) - media enhance (media enhance exe)
  • (Malware detected) media enhance-bho.dll (by feven) - media enhance BHO
  • media enhance-bho64.dll
  • (Malware detected) media enhance-chromeinstaller.exe
  • (Malware detected) media enhance-codedownloader.exe
  • (Malware detected) media enhance-enabler.exe
  • (Malware detected) media enhance-firefoxinstaller.exe
  • (Malware detected) media enhance-updater.exe
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • media enhance-bho.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'media enhance' with the class of {11111111-1111-1111-1111-110411411150} (CrossriderApp0044150).
5 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • media enhance-updater.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named media enhance-updater.
  • media enhance-firefoxinstaller.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named media enhance-firefoxinstaller.
  • media enhance-enabler.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named media enhance-enabler.
  • media enhance-codedownloader.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named media enhance-codedownloader.
  • media enhance-chromeinstaller.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named media enhance-chromeinstaller.

How do I remove media enhance?

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Or, you can uninstall media enhance from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program media enhance, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove media enhance.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by media enhance you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 41%
Win XP 5%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 87%
Keep it 13%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.55%
Windows 8 31.82%
Windows Vista 9.09%
Windows XP 4.55%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.91%
Windows 8.1 18.18%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.64%
Windows 8 9.09%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.55%
Windows 8.1 Pro 4.55%

Distribution by countryGeography

62.16% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 62.16%
  United Kingdom 8.11%
  Canada 5.41%
  Germany 5.41%
  France 5.41%
  Italy 5.41%
  Spain 2.70%
  Israel 2.70%
  South Africa 2.70%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.78%
Dell 16.67%
Toshiba 16.67%
ASUS 11.11%
Sony 5.56%
Samsung 5.56%
Lenovo 5.56%
Acer 5.56%
American Megatrends 5.56%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 10.00%
TOSHIBA TECRA A9 5.00%
TOSHIBA Satellite C855 5.00%
TOSHIBA SATELLITE C850D-1... 5.00%
Sony SVE1513C1EW 5.00%
Samsung RV410/RV510/S3510... 5.00%

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