What Is MTView?
MTView is a potentially unwanted program which usually enters users’ computers when the users download and install free software from freeware websites. After entering the system MTView becomes the default image viewer and causes many pop-ups and redirects to Chinese sites (hao123.com, 999.com, etc.), which can be a hassle for the user. Unfortunately, MTView doesn’t have an entry in Programs and Features and can’t be uninstalled that way. If this has happened to you and you want to get rid of MTView, this page describes how to do it.
How Did MTView End up on My PC?
MTView’s method of distribution is bundling with freeware programs. Websites offering free software downloads often make money by letting junkware be included into packages with their software. To avoid junkware you can follow these simple steps: select Advanced or Custom installation if asked; remove checkmarks responsible for installation of optional software; when you see “By clicking Next I agree to install
How to Remove MTView
The simplest method to uninstall MTView is to run an anti-malware program capable of detecting adware in general and MTView in particular. Norton Security is one of such tools; it finds and removes all files, folders and registry entries left by MTView.
Other software that may be able to get rid of MTView:
You can also try to remove MTView by hand using the following instructions.
Boot Into Safe Mode
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7:
- Restart the computer.
- Once you see a boot screen tap F8 key continuously until a list of options appears.
- Using arrow keys, select Safe Mode.
- Press Enter.
Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10:
- Press Windows key + X key.
- Select Shut down or sign out.
- Press Shift key and click on Restart.
- When asked to choose an option, click on Advanced options => Startup Settings.
- Click Restart in the bottom right corner.
- When offered a list of options, press F4 to select Enable Safe Mode.
- Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer).
- Go to C:\Program Files(x86)\MTV20151125\ folder (or C:\Program Files\MTV20151125\ if there’s no Program Files (x86)).
- Find and double-click uninstall.exe.
- In the confirmation window click on the right button to uninstall the program.
How to Protect Your PC From MTView and Other Adware
- Get a powerful anti-malware software, capable of detecting and eliminating PUPs. Having several on-demand scanners would be a good idea too.
- Keep Windows firewall enabled or get a third-party one.
- Keep your OS, browsers and security utilities updated. Malware creators find new browser and OS vulnerabilities to exploit all the time. Software writers, in turn, release patches and updates to get rid of the known vulnerabilities and lesser the chance of malware penetration. Antivirus program’s signature databases get updated every day and even more often to include new virus signatures.
- Adjust your browsers’ settings to block pop-ups and to load plug-ins only when clicked.
- Download and use Adblock, Adblock Plus, uBlock or one of the similar trustworthy extensions for blocking third-party advertisements on web-sites.
- Don’t just click on any link you see while browsing the web. That applies particularly to links in comments, on forums, or in instant messengers. Pretty often these are spam links. Sometimes they are used for increasing the traffic to websites, but often enough they will land you on pages that will try to execute a malicious code and infect your computer. Links from your friends are suspect too: the person who shares a cute video might not know that the page contains threatening script.
- Don’t download software from unverified web-sites. You can easily download a trojan (malware that pretends to be a useful application); or some unwanted programs could get installed along with the app.
- When installing freeware or shareware, be sensible and don’t rush through the process. Choose Custom or Advanced installation mode, look for checkboxes that ask for your permission to install third-party apps and uncheck them, read End User Licence Agreement to make sure nothing else is going to get installed. You can make exceptions for the apps you know and trust, of course. If declining from installing unwanted programs is not possible, we advise you to cancel the installation completely.