How to remove MessengerNow (Virus Removal Guide)

MessengerNow (also known as MessengerNow – Facebook Messenger for Desktop, MessengerTime, MessengerSpot or Messenger2go) is a potentially unwanted program compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. MessengerNow is self-promoted as “the ultimate way to enjoy Facebook Messenger right from your PC.”

MessengerNow

According to VirusTotal, MessengerNow is detected as a Trojan and potentially unwanted program by multiple antivirus engines. This could be due to the fact that the developer employs questionable marketing tactics, downloads other programs without consent, displays advertisements, collects information, and/or utilizes high volumes of system resources.

On count for questionable marketing, MessengerNow is often advertised by malicious advertising networks that also advertise other potentially unwanted programs, adware, and spyware. This is an issue because it can lead to a more serious computer infection that puts personal information and computer functionality in the front line.

MessengerNow may also be introduced to a computer by bogus software bundlers and freeware installation procedures.

How to Remove MessengerNow

This virus removal tutorial provides free removal steps to remove MessengerNow, viruses, malware, adware, spyware, and other threats from a computer. We recommend that you follow each step. If you are experiencing issues removing MessengerNow please leave a comment below.

Step 1: Use Malwarebytes to Scan for Malware and PUPs

Malwarebytes will remove MessengerNow, known malware, and PUPs from your computer.

1. Download Malwarebytes.

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Why should you buy the premium version?

Malwarebytes Premium has real-time protection that automatically protects your computer and other devices from viruses, spyware, and malware. With Malwarebytes Premium you can stay ahead and safely browse the web with confidence.

2. Double click the executable file or icon, such as mb3-setup-1878.1878-3.7.1.2839.exe to begin installing the program.

3. When you have installed Malwarebytes, click the Scan Now button to begin scanning your computer.

4. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine Selected button to remove all threats detected by Malwarebytes.

Step 2: Use HitmanPro to Remove Remaining Trace Files

HitmanPro will remove remaining trace files, malware, tracking files, and repair settings.

1. Download HitmanPro. Fill out the information on their website and download the executable file.

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Why should you buy the full version?

HitmanPro is a little different than your usual security program. It goes beyond simply removing viruses, it completely eradicates all traces and remnants of the infection. HitmanPro is also designed to run alongside your Antivirus program which makes it a match up great with Malwarebytes Premium.

2. Double click the executable file or icon, such as HitmanPro.exe to begin installing the program.

3. When you have installed HitmanPro, click the Next button to begin scanning your computer.

4. When the scan is complete, click the Next button to remove all threats detected by HitmanPro.

Step 3: Use CCleaner to Clean Your System, Maintain Browser Settings, and Update Programs

Use CCleaner to get rid of junk files and temporary files that can remain on your system, maintain browser settings that may have been modified by malware, and update software (if needed) in order to keep your computer up to date with the latest security patches.

1. Download CCleaner.

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Why should you buy the professional version?

CCleaner Professional has the power of real-time automation, so your computer always stays clean, safe, and fast. CCleaner Pro bundles privacy protection, system cleaning, and more with outstanding customer service.

2. Double click the executable file or icon, such as ccsetup556.exe to begin installing the program.

3. When you have installed CCleaner, click the Analyze button to begin analyzing your system.

4. Once analyzation is complete, click the Run Cleaner button to clean your system.

5. Now, let’s run through the Tools section; Go to Tools.

6. Uninstall: Is there a program you missed uninstalling before? CCleaner can often show you programs that are hidden from the Control panel.

7. Software Updater: Are there any programs to update? Make sure to keep the programs on your computer up-to-date to avoid issues with security vulnerabilities.

8. Startup: Go through the Windows, Scheduled Tasks, and Context Menu tabs. Are there any suspicious startup keys enabled? If so, highlight them with your mouse and click the Delete button to remove them.

9. Browser Plugins: Go through the tabs for each browser installed on your computer. Are there any suspicious plugins installed? If so, highlight them with your mouse and click the Delete button to remove them.

10. Finally, let’s clean up the registry. Get out of the Tools area and go to Registry.

11. Click the Scan for Issues button and follow the instructions.

12. Once the registry scan is complete click the Fix selected Issues… button and follow the instructions to fill all the selected issues found in your computer’s registry.

Step 4: Uninstall MessengerNow From Windows

Uninstall MessengerNow from Google Chrome.

1. Right-click the Start menu.

2. Click to Apps and Features.

uninstall MessengerNow

3. Find MessengerNow and click the Uninstall button.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.

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