How to Remove a Codec Virus
Media-Codec is a type of trojan horse, a type of malicious software that gets onto your computer disguised as a harmless file. Media-Codec files often gain access to your computer when you try to watch adult videos on the web, as they pretend to be required upgrades to a program like Windows Media Player. Trojans like Media-Codec are dangerous because they can contact other servers or computers and give sensitive information about your computer. Removing a Media-Codec trojan from your computer is multi-step process.
Removing Media-Codec Files
Click on the Start menu in Windows. Select "Search."
Click "All files and folders" on the search menu that appears. Type "mediacodec" into the search box.
Click on and select "Local Hard Drives" and then click "Search."
When Media-Codec files appear in the search box, right-click on the files and select "Delete" to remove them.
Removing Media-Codec Registry Keys
Open the Start menu and select "Run." Type "regedit" into the field that appears and click on "OK."
Click on "Edit" and then "Find" when the Registry Editor opens.
Type "Media-Codec" into the search bar.
Right click on the Media-Codec registry key, select "Modify" and then "Delete."
Deleting Media-Codec DLLs
Open the Start menu and select "Run." Type "cmd" into the field that appears and click on "OK."
Enter "Dir" in the command box that appears to display the directory's contents.
Type "regsvr32 /u NameofMedia-Codec.dll" into the command prompt once you locate the Media-Codec DLL to delete it.
Tips & Warnings
- Some Media-Codec files do not have obvious names. You can download a security program that identifies processes running on your computer and lets you know which are safe and which are malicious.
- Make sure the Media-Codec file isn't running before you delete it. You can close it by hitting "CTRL+ALT+DEL" at the same time. Select "Task Manager" and then "Processes." If you see a Media-Codec file running, simply close it.
- If you are unsure if a file is a Media-Codec, do not delete it until you found out what it is. Deleting files without knowing their use can cause serious problems to your computer.