How to Remove Mio.exe (Chrome/Edge/Firefox)

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I wrote this article to help you remove Mio.exe. This Mio.exe removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Mio.exe is the executable of a malicious program. Since this software does not get installed under a specific name, it is referred to by the title of its setup file. Mio.exe poses a threat to both the infected system and the user’s personal security. Due to the essence of its activities, it has been categorized as adware. The clandestine program has two main tasks on its malicious agenda. The first is to display advertisements. Mio.exe generates ads in high quantity. To do this, the adware uses up a lot of virtual memory. Thus, the initial symptom for the presence of the sinister program is a slump in the system’s performance speed. The good news is that spotting the adware is easy. Just open your Task Manager and search for the process Mio.exe. The personal security threat stems from the tracking activity the shady software carries out.

Mio.exe is not among the programs which pretend to be reliable. Hence, it does not have an official website. This means that you have not willingly downloaded and installed the insidious program to your computer. If you are wondering how the adware can gain entry into your system without your approval, we can explain. It is not as unusual as you might think it is. Malicious programs can trick their way into people’s machines in many ways. This happens to many users on a daily basis. In the case of Mio.exe, there are two propagation vectors you need to be on the lookout for.

The first penetration technique we will address is called bundling. This method involves a piece of software attach itself to another and get installed in parallel with it. The host can be a pirated tool, a freeware or shareware utility. Mio.exe will be included in the terms and conditions of the download client as a bonus. To prevent undesired software from entering your machine, check all the options when conducting the installation. You should be just as stringent with your incoming postage. Fake email notifications are as convincing as ever. Spammers often copy templates to turn their messages into an exact duplicate of the notifications a certain entity sends out. They can misrepresent various organizations, such as national posts, courier firms, banks, shopping platforms, social networks and government branches. To proof the reliability of a given letter, check the email address.

Upon accessing your system, Mio.exe will start to bombard you with ads. The clandestine program generates large quantities of pop-up advertisements on a constant basis. Your screen will be flooded every time you go online. You will have to work through interruptions and cope with a slow system performance. The owners of the adware make profit by supporting third party content. They use the pay-per-click system. As the term suggests, this technique calculates payments according to people’s activity. The more ads users follow, the higher the proceeds for the developers of Mio.exe would be. The coders depend on your predisposition to click on the pop-up windows.

To attract users to the content, the adware uses a wide array of marketing tricks. To begin with, the shady tool decorates the pop-up windows with colorful patterns, cursive fonts, flash animations and other special effects. This stimulates people’s senses to make sure they would take notice of the ads. Marketing tricks naturally play an important role in the concept, as well. Mio.exe puts an accent on bargain deals for high quality items. You will receive suggestions for clothes, technological devices, furniture, accessories, decorative elements, gardening equipment, sports gear, household items and other goods. Be advised that the windows contain links to websites which have not gone through a security check. Any of them could lead to a harmful domain, so it is best to avoid them altogether.

Mio.exe also poses a personal security threat. The insidious program collects information from web browsers. It will track your browsing history, cookies and keystrokes, record your IP address, email account, geographic location, telephone number, physical address, user names, passwords and other details you have disclosed through your online activity. The adware will pack the gathered data into catalogs and sell it on the darkweb. The people who purchase your personal information can use it to hack your online accounts. Cyber criminals often shop for login credentials and other sensitive input.

Mio.exe Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Mio.exe from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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