Remove Melondrea Ads (Virus Removal Guide)

Melondrea is an adware program that displays pop-up ads, advertisement banners and sponsored links within Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Melondrea pop-up ads will be shown as boxes containing various coupons that are available or as underlined keywords, which when clicked will display an advertisement that states it is brought to you by Melondrea Deals or Melondrea Ads.
[Image: Melondrea Deals]

[Image: Melondrea Ads]
The Melondrea adware infection is designed specifically to make money. It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites, and will display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser.
Melondrea it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.

Melondrea is an ad-supported (users may see additional banner, search, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements) cross web browser plugin for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome, and distributed through various monetization platforms during installation. Melondrea is typically added when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this adware program. When you install these free programs, they will also install Melondrea as well. Some of the programs that are known to bundle Melondrea include 1ClickDownload, Superfish, Yontoo and FBPhotoZoom. Very often users have no idea where did it come from, so it’s not surprising at all that most of them assume that Melondrea is a virus.

Once installed, whenever you will visit Amazon, Best Buy, Youtube, Ebay and other websites, Melondrea will display on product images a See Similar button, which when clicked will show you ads by Melondrea.
Melondrea will also display advertising banners on the webpages that you are visiting, and as you browse Internet, it will show coupons and other deals available on different websites.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Melondrea adware. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove Melondrea pop-up ads (Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Melondrea from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Uninstall Melondrea program from your computer
STEP 2: Remove Melondrea pop-up ads from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome
STEP 3: Remove Melondrea adware from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner
STEP 4: Remove Melondrea virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the Melondrea infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1 : Uninstall Melondrea program from your computer

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  1. To uninstall the Melondrea program from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel“. Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall Melondrea and any other recently installed or unknown programs from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall Melondrea program from Windows]

If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the Melondrea program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completely remove this unwanted program from your machine.
Depending on what program has installed the Melondrea adware infection, the above program may have a different name or not be installed on your computer. If you cannot find any unwanted or unknown programs on your machine, then you can proceed with the next step.


STEP 2 : Remove Melondrea Ads and Melondrea Deals from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome

Remove Melondrea pop-up ads from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right), then click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, then click on the Reset button.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section, check the Delete personal settings box, then click on Reset.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings  to remove Melondrea virus
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer.

Remove Melondrea Ads and Melondrea Deals from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window), and select Troubleshooting Information.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Firefox default settings  to remove Melondrea virus
  3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish

Remove Melondrea Ads and Melondrea Deals from Google Chrome

  1. To remove the Melondrea extensions from this web browser, click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
  2. In the Extensions tab, remove Melondrea 1.0.0 and any other unknown extensions by clicking the trash can [Image: Remove an extension from Chrome] icon.
    Basically, if you have not installed an extension, you should remove it from your web browser.
    [Image: Melondrea Chrome extensions]

STEP 3: Remove Melondrea adware from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer for Melondrea malicious files and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the Scan button as shown below.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Scan button
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for Melondrea malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the Melondrea malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Clean button.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Clean button
    AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.

STEP 4: Remove Melondrea virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free utilizes Malwarebytes powerful technology to detect and remove all traces of malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more.

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double-click on the icon named mbam-setup.exe to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK(This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process, then at the last screen click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan, and then click on the Scan button to start searching for the Melondrea malicious files.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for Melondrea as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Melondrea virus]
  5. When the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan has finished, click on the Show Results button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the computer infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked), then click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing Melondrea]

STEP 5: Double-check for the Melondrea infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.).

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named HitmanPro.exe (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or HitmanPro_x64.exe (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    HitmanPro scanner
    Click on the Next button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for Melondrea malicious files.
    HitmanPro detecting for Melondrea virus
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the Next button, to remove Melondrea adware.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click on the Activate free license button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro 30 days activation button]

Your computer should now be free of the Melondrea infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Melondrea from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • Vanhees Benoit (Ben)

    Hi Stelian
    Thank you very much for the clear and systematically proposed options to get rid of the very irritating and invasive Melondrea disease. I’m not quite sure why it is called a PUP, that should be DUP, for Definetely Unwanted Program. I think it slipped into my father’s computer, while installing Libre Office. All kind of pop ups appeared, which only could be closed by using different ways: an “x” in the right upper corner, a nasty add about “Together we fight cancer / Fortuneo Bank” with no “X” but a “Close button” in the left lower corner, yet another add which only could be pushed sideways by clickin on a V shaped arrow. Other typical problem, Melondrea slipped continuously a number of links placed on top of the page, whenever a Google search was made.

    I really don’t understand companies that use this very agressive way of making publicity, as it only breeds irritation, and I really can’t imagine they will get new clients this way. All companies that use the Melondrea loophole should be put on a blacklist, so that they can be publicly or at least virtually be bombarded by rotten tomatoes. I’m throwing the first one on that “help defeat cancer” campaign, that was so irritating, I’m suspecting it is rather helping to increase the numbers of cancers in the next 20 years…. Smassssshhh…..

    I’ve followed your excellent step by step approach, at first glance it seems to have helped, but I will watch what happens in the following days, if that nasty cyberworm doesn’t pop up somewhere else. I’m using the 30 days trial for Hitmanpro, it also will be interesting to see if things won’t be affected afterwards, and if Adw and Malware Bytes together are enough to defend my father’s computer. Except for these programs, the computer is also defended by Microsoft Essentials, but as I’m completely illeterate about computers, I don’t know if that is sufficient, if I can combine it with let’s say a Norton anti virus program etc. and if adding such an anti virus program won’t clash with the presence of Adw / Malware Bytes etc. Maybe you should add a section explaining with which other computer defences (anti virus, firewall…) these programs can be combined.
    As I’m only here for the weekend, I’ll check my father’s computer again in 2 weeks, and will let you know if your remedies for this sick cyberpatient were effective. But I was already very happy I stumbled on your clear step by step approach, so thank you very much. By the way, I’m wondering if some of the “remove Melondrea” links on Google actually don’t send you to even more malicious places, that make more holes in stead of less in one’s computer defences. Have you ever checked that out ?
    Keep up the good work, it’s really appreciated. You should have by now 2400 positive comments, according to me !
    All the best
    Benoit Vanhees Antwerp Belgium