MyTransitGuide - How To Remove?

 

MyTransitGuide is a rogue browser toolbar developed by MindSpark (MS) Interactive Network Inc. This kind of rogue extensions are generally regarded as browser hijackers. Commonly they tend to promote themselves as useful optimization tools but, actually, they are wolves in sheep’s clothing. There are definitely more cons than pros (if there are any) of having MyTransitGuide browser hijacker on your computer.

About MyTransitGuide Browser Hijacker

MyTransitGuide is promoted as ‘‘a free trip planner’’ giving access to the best transportation websites. It has its official website mytransitguide.com with free download option and is available on Chrome web store for free as well. When MyTransitGuide gets installed, your default homepage (start page), new tab URL and search engine is replaced with mytransitguide.com. This extension affects all the most popular web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari (if you made a little search you would come up with threads on how to remove it from Mac). MyTransitGuide is capable of changing the biggest search providers such as Google, Yahoo and Bing.

The purpose of the modifications referred to above is to increase web traffic to 3rd party websites and generate PPC (pay-per-click) revenue. Search results influenced by MyTransitGuide rank 3rd party domains highly. Additionally, it injects a stack of advertisements into the non-affiliate websites you manage to come up. These ads encompass pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, interstitial ads, floating ads, full window ads, etc. They offer various fake shopping benefits and make other suggestions of various kinds depending on the page you visit. This, in turn, means that MyTransitGuide tracks your browsing and NPII (non-personally identifiable information). It is quite difficult to tolerate spam ads and redirection to irrelevant websites, but these are only clearly noticeable vices of this plug-in. What remains unnoticeable is the dubious content of 3rd party websites, specifically, malware or even spyware or ransomware infections for which the responsibility falls on your shoulders.

How does MyTransitGuide Browser Hijacker Infiltrate Your Computer?

MyTransitGuide is typically bundled with other freeware/shareware available on the Internet. This stealthy practice of unwanted software infiltration is called ‘‘bundling’’. MyTransitGuide is just another PUP (potentially unwanted program) similar to DailyLocalGuide, SuddenlyMusic, OnlineMapFinder, etc., which employ bundling. Usually, the most popular free download websites such as download.com, softonic.com and soft32.com, are targeted. And the most popular downloads are bundled with, including Flash Players, Adobe Readers, etc. Thus, installation is a procedure not to be overlooked. Always opt for Advanced/Custom setup mode and deselect optional installs. Do not exit the installation wizard without having accomplished this task. Furthermore, do not visit unreliable links such as gaming websites or pornographic sites.

If MyTransitGuide has invaded your computer, make use of credible malware removal tools such as Reimage, SpyHunter, Malwarebytes or StopZilla. These anti-malware utilities will perform an automatic removal of this PUP. Follow the detailed instructions for the removal of MyTransitGuide below.


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Manual removal of MyTransitGuide

How to remove MyTransitGuide using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like MyTransitGuide install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to MyTransitGuide .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing MyTransitGuide from your browsers

  Top Remove shortcut hijack (all browsers) (optional): If your browser opens MyTransitGuide page on startup only, try this:

  • Right click on your browser icon. Choose Properties;
    Shortcut properties
  • Open Short cut tab;
    Remove url
  • Delete MyTransitGuide part from target field.

  Top How To remove MyTransitGuide from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to MyTransitGuide, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove MyTransitGuide from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything MyTransitGuide related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to MyTransitGuide, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js
If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove MyTransitGuide virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove MyTransitGuide virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the MyTransitGuide from the list.

How to remove MyTransitGuide from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to MyTransitGuide and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to MyTransitGuide, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove MyTransitGuide from Microsoft Edge:  Top


Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, MyTransitGuide should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove MyTransitGuide from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall MyTransitGuide and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to MyTransitGuide, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

       
 

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