How to disable pop up advertisements for magix?

hendry wrote on 27/08/2018, 16:44

I upgraded from MEP17 to latest version and now I get pop up advertisements in the lower right corner (system tray area), huge pop ups advertising Magix software (sound maker etc) even when I am not using MEP. The ads just pop up randomly at anytime when I am connected. It is shocking that my paid software is doing this to my computer and really very shady on Magix part! How to disable this? I have lost trust in Magix and shan't be upgrading to any further versions and will be switching to a different program if they keep this shady practice up. At least give us the option to opt in or out or disable the ads!

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johnebaker wrote on 27/08/2018, 20:20

@hendry

Hi

Uninstall Magix Network Sync if you are not using it and in Movie Edit Pro Program settings (Y key) , System tab check Hide news.

. . . . this shady practice up . . . .

This is not a shady practice it is becoming a very common feature with software and web sites, with some there is no way at all to disable or opt in.out.

I agree with your comment there should be an opt in/out option.

HTH

John EB

 

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hendry wrote on 12/09/2018, 04:21

Thanks, John, that helped. I've done that and no longer get any random large pop ups while I'm working in MS Word or Excel or any other random moments.

jimhbus wrote on 02/10/2018, 17:18

@hendry

Hi

Uninstall Magix Network Sync if you are not using it and in Movie Edit Pro Program settings (Y key) , System tab check Hide news.

. . . . this shady practice up . . . .

This is not a shady practice it is becoming a very common feature with software and web sites, with some there is no way at all to disable or opt in.out.

I agree with your comment there should be an opt in/out option.

HTH

John EB

 

 

jimhbus wrote on 02/10/2018, 17:21

I have been seriously considering an upgrade to my MusicMaker app, but I will not be doing so now. I am very disappointed at the invasion of my personal machine with popup ads. It may be common, but that does not justify it. I do not get any other popups: just from Magix. I really like MusicMaker and am very disappointed that will now have to identify an alternative. Thank you for posting the fix. Remember: I paid for MusicMaker. I do not accept advertising from paid apps.

 

Hengist wrote on 02/10/2018, 17:31

Have to agree. I might choose to upgrade to the latest version - which I am aware of - but might change my mind if the system keeps ignoring me checking the "Do Not Show This Again" box!

 

Thanks for the fix ... off to do that now. :)

jimhbus wrote on 02/10/2018, 17:32

You must uninstall a program named CONNECT. You will not find anything by the name of Magix Network Sync. At least, I did not. But I did find and uninstall CONNECT. In a previous post, I said that I received no popups except from Magix. I also receive them from MalwareBytes, but that software is free. I accept ads from free aps ... not paid aps.

johnebaker wrote on 02/10/2018, 20:09

@Hengist, @jimhbus

Hi

See this comment re Magix Connect/Network Sync.

HTH

John EB

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hendry wrote on 03/10/2018, 03:06

I don't mind if it was a pop up that appeared at program start with latest news or deals which can be turned off like in many programs. I cannot accept that the ads pop up at random times even when I don't have MEP up and running nor have I used it at any time during the day. I can be working on a spreadsheet and the big ad just pops up with no way to turn it off easily. Unacceptable!

emmrecs wrote on 03/10/2018, 11:11

@hendry

Did you follow the advice in John EB's post immediately above yours?

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jaslan wrote on 31/10/2018, 00:25

I agree that this “hidden” program feels suspicious and sneaky. It kind of gives one a “dirty” feeling about Magix. It certainly appears they purposely tried to hide in by naming it just “Connect” with no sign of a company name or publisher/developer while all the other apps are named “Magix something or other...”

johnebaker wrote on 31/10/2018, 08:00

@jaslan

Hi

. . . . they purposely tried to hide in by naming it just “Connect” with no sign of a company name or publisher/developer . . . .

AFAICS the Connect program is clearly identified as a Magix product ie

  • when you hover the mouse over the Connect icon

     
  • when you open the program

     
  • and in Apps and features

John EB

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jaslan wrote on 31/10/2018, 09:40

Interesting. Here I simply had an app called “Connect” without the Magix included. Perhaps I am wrong... If so, then my apologies... I saw another post mention the “hidden” Connect app and saw it here also. It is possible that particular Connect app is from something else such as a printer driver or something.

Andrey-Santos wrote on 10/01/2019, 12:13

@jaslan

Hi

. . . . they purposely tried to hide in by naming it just “Connect” with no sign of a company name or publisher/developer . . . .

AFAICS the Connect program is clearly identified as a Magix product ie

  • when you hover the mouse over the Connect icon

     
  • when you open the program

     
  • and in Apps and features

John EB

How to fix: Go to Windows Uninstall/change and find the obvious name clearly relatade to Magix: It is named "Connect" uninstall it and that pop up will (god bless) desappear.

For me, there was only a "Connect" label on the tray. No reference to "Magix". This is really annoying shaddy practice.

 

wongck wrote on 10/01/2019, 13:40

How to fix: Go to Windows Uninstall/change and find the obvious name clearly relatade to Magix: It is named "Connect" uninstall it and that pop up will (god bless) desappear.

I did that like 2 weeks ago, and it seems to come back, I don't know how.

I again uninstalled it. Will see if it comes back again this time round.

 

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browj2 wrote on 10/01/2019, 15:39

@wongck

Contrary to what Andrey-Santos indicated, Magix Connect shows up as "Magix Connect," not just "Connect." The latter is something else and I don't know what. Instead of uninstalling it, open it, as shown by John EB, and deactivate all of the products for which you don't want to receive information. You can deactivate everything if you want.

Magix Connect is useful for other things, not just providing info on new products and upgrades.

John CB

wongck wrote on 11/01/2019, 13:28

I also installed Vegas, could also be from there.

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  • MEP 17.0.3.177 & unused Vegas Pro 15
  • Win10 1809 on i5-4690, 8 GB, 250GB 840 EVO SSD, 4TB HDD, Nvidia GTX960 (23.21.13.8813) & an old DVD writer
  • Amateur video equipment: Sony HDR-CX675, JVC GZ-MG330
browj2 wrote on 11/01/2019, 16:02

@wongck

I, too, installed Vegas recently. On the install page, Magix Connect was indicated as one of the choices for installation, checked by default. I expect that is why it was installed; you accepted it.

When you are in MEP, look at the menu listing under the Import tab and you will see "Cloud Import." Click on it. It will go immediately to Magix Connect, Cloud Import tab, and list any cloud storage sites that you have linked to it. You can then open it, like Microsoft One Drive, and select and import any files that you have there. They will be imported to your computer first. One use is if you have shared cloud drives with someone who puts up photos and videos and you want to use them in a MEP project. Simple transfer.

This is one reason why I recommend keeping Magix Connect.

John CB

wongck wrote on 12/01/2019, 17:03

right I also recall the Vegas installer did install some sort of Connect, but not sure what it is. After I unitsalled few days back, I checked that it is not in my task manager.

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  • MEP 17.0.3.177 & unused Vegas Pro 15
  • Win10 1809 on i5-4690, 8 GB, 250GB 840 EVO SSD, 4TB HDD, Nvidia GTX960 (23.21.13.8813) & an old DVD writer
  • Amateur video equipment: Sony HDR-CX675, JVC GZ-MG330
Tesityr wrote on 12/02/2019, 04:36

If I may pop in to clarify, a version of MAGIX' "Connect" does show up as ONLY "Connect" in the listed Applications of the Apps And Features section of Windows Settings (where you go to Uninstall/Modify programs). Here is a Screenshot of how it looked:

As can be seen, there are two listings for "Connect" - and upon Uninstalling the "Connect" listed app (and not the "MAGIX Connect" app) - the Windows UAC warning came up, listing it as "MAGIX Software GmbH".

It is likely connected to the Vegas line of video editing applications (formerly of SONY), as their software may not be fully converted (and/or left so on purpose for differentiation).

[I state this as I had both applications (Vegas and MEP) installed on my system, and others have stated their MAGIX-editor-only-installation listing/including "MAGIX Connect" in the Apps list]

 

*Note that I am not stating that browj2 is entirely incorrect about "MAGIX Connect", I am merely showing that the "Connect" (only) listed App is indeed related to MAGIX software

browj2 wrote on 12/02/2019, 16:48

@Tesityr

Hi and welcome to the forum,

I remember having seen Connect on my laptop, but didn't find a signature on it (I didn't look hard enough). I just noticed that it is still on my desktop, or I had removed it and it came back. You are quite right, it is a Magix program. I tracked down connect.exe to the appropriately named folder:

C:\Program Files (x86)\MAGIX\Connect

It seems to have been installed late 2018.

I also have Magix Connect showing up on the App list but I couldn't track down the location of the executable, only the uninstall:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\MAGIX Services\Uninstall\{subfolder code}

So the questions now are, what does Connect do that Magix Connect does not? If I remove Connect, will it affect Magix Connect, which I want to keep?

Thanks for pointing this out.

John CB

johnebaker wrote on 12/02/2019, 17:08

@Tesityr, @browj2

Hi

The Magix Connect installed 2018 ie

AFAICS the 2018 entry, in Apps, is a leftover in the system - looks like the 2019 installer/updater did not cleanup after itself.

Uninstalling the 2018 version removes the icon without affecting the 2019.

HTH

John EB

 

 

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browj2 wrote on 12/02/2019, 17:46

@Tesityr, @johnebaker

Interesting. In your case, you see "Magix Connect" for the old version, whereas I and many others see just "Connect."

My "Connect" is 2.5.1.84 and Magix Connect is 3.0.0.1. I uninstalled "Connect."

John CB

eldenis wrote on 16/02/2019, 00:56

I upgraded from MEP17 to latest version and now I get pop up advertisements in the lower right corner (system tray area), huge pop ups advertising Magix software (sound maker etc) even when I am not using MEP. The ads just pop up randomly at anytime when I am connected. It is shocking that my paid software is doing this to my computer and really very shady on Magix part! How to disable this? I have lost trust in Magix and shan't be upgrading to any further versions and will be switching to a different program if they keep this shady practice up. At least give us the option to opt in or out or disable the ads!

I completely agree! I even uninstalled software I paid for because of it. And still the popup came up! I finally managed to remove it by uninstalling a program listed simply as "Connect". Really shady what they're doing.

MDS wrote on 09/03/2019, 00:14

That is ridiculous. I have been using Vegas since version 1, and garbage like this is enough to get me to switch to a different program.