MySearch - How to remove

Mysearch.com virus is referred to as a browser hijacker due to the fact that it changes browsers’ search and new tab preferences without users’ authorization. Over the years, we have noticed a lot of Google Chrome extensions that assign this search engine as users’ home pages and new tabs: MySportTab, ScreenDream, and StreamFrenzy are one of the few deceptive add-ons. All of them are said to belong to a company called APN, LLC. Mysearch virus is not unique – there are several similar fake search engines that use some version of “my search” in name.

What do you need to know about MySearch threat

Due to extreme distribution strategies, the Mysearch.com website is currently rated as the 3,460 most visited website in the world. Knowing that this search parasite can cause redirection to remote websites, social engineering scams, and other deceptive content, we urge you to prevent this hijacker from influencing your system (Signs of malware infection). In 2018, this browser hijacker appears to be the most active in Brazil, Indonesia, India, Thailand and Vietnam.

We also found a domain which is hosted on the same web server as Mysearch.com hijacker: Searcbetter.com rogue search engine. It can also insert some questionable lines of code to your operating system, thus leading to infection with other malware. It is very similar to other browser hijackers, such as MySearchs or Mysearchresults.com.

Moreover, there are several other infections that look identical to this one – Hp.mysearch.com and Mywebsearch.com virus. In addition to this, our research group finds that the main logo of Mysearch.com virus is extremely similar to the one, belonging to Mindspark. Therefore, it is possible Hp.myway.com hijacker could be related to the infection we are discussing in this article. If this is true, this means that Mindspark Interactive company is now operating with a different name. This is done to trick users into thinking and browser extensions from APN company are safe to use.

MySearch virus remove

Reliable security researchers have indicated products from Mindspark as potentially unwanted (PUP.Optional.Mindspark). Therefore, it is clear that browser extensions by these developers can arrive into your operating system without permission. As we suspect that Mysearch.com hijacker is related to these creators, we hope you won’t decide to keep this search engine as your preference.

Parasites, similar to MySearch

Creator Search Engine Created Specific features
www-mysearch.com Uknown Bing search 2010 Unique ‘www-‘ domain
www-searching.com Uknown Plusnetwork.com Displays ads from 1-1ads.com, unique ‘www-‘ domain
Mysearch.com APN, LLC Mostly targets Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, United Kingdom,India
Mysearchprotect.com Uknown Google search

2017

Works on Safari, but not Chrome
Mysearches.info Uknown Google search

2015

Mostly targets Romania, United States, France, Germany and United Kingdom
Mysearch24.com MySearch24 Ltd Rambler.ru

2017

Redirects to infected Mac promotional message
Mysearch-engine.net Uknown Mysearch-engine.net

2016

Mysearchmarket.com Eight Point Technologies Ltd. / Polarity Technologies Ltd.

2015

No access anymore
Mysearchtoolbar.com Uknown 2015 – 2016 Recent version redirects to Chinese ManBetX page registration
mysearchengine.info Imali Media Ltd Yahoo search 2015 – 2017 Instantly redirects to http://search.newtabtvsearch.com/ Based in Israel. Related to mysearch123.com
Mysearch123.com Imali Media Ltd Google search

2015

Based in Israel. Related to mysearchengine.info
MySearchPage.net Uknown Google search

2011

Spreads with EasySpeedCheck uninstall. Based in Israel
Start.mysearchs.com Babylon Ltd

2014

Mostly targets Chrome and rarely Mozilla
Mysearchresults.com Search Results, LLC Infospace.com

2014

Most active in the U.S.
MySearchDial.com Montera technologies Google search

2013

Quick social media platform access toolbar. Most active in the U.S.
my-search.online Airfind Google search

2018

Most active in the U.S.
mywebsearch.com Mindspark Interactive Network Googlesearch

2001

Most active in South America.
MySearches.co Polarity Technologies Ltd. Yahoo search

2018

Most active in India and U.S.

How does MySearch virus work

MySearch gets paid for every click you make on those malicious advertisements and links. They generate web traffic to third parties websites and collect sales leads. That’s why they try to help them to develop very attractive advertisements, that looks interesting and trustworthy. For this reason, they collect your personal information. This can help third-party advertisers tempt you with more personalized ads that are actually created for the purpose of distributing malware or completing phishing scams (What is a phishing scam and how can they be avoided?). Pay a visit to their official website and take a look at their Privacy Policy:

Each time you visit the Site, we collect the limited information that your browser makes available whenever you visit any website. This information includes: (a) your Internet Protocol (IP) address; (b) the address of the last URL you visited before clicking through to the Site; (c) your browser and platform type (e.g., a Netscape browser on a Macintosh platform); (d) your browser language; and (e) the data in any undeleted “cookies” that your browser previously accepted from us.

We aggregate query information for internal reporting purposes and optimization of advertising revenue. We count, track, and aggregate our visitors’ activities in our analysis of general traffic flows at the Site (e.g., tracking where users come from, what pages they select within the Site, how they interact with search results, etc.).

Information about the search queries you submit to the Site and how you interact with search results may also be used to personalize the content and advertisements that we present to you. We may, based on the search queries you submit and the search results you select (including paid search results), draw inferences about your interests and display advertisements matched to such interests. However, please understand that although information, once deleted, is not available on the Site, it may remain stored indefinitely in our back-up and archival records.

We may share the following information with third parties: (a) your Internet Protocol (IP) address; (b) the address of the last URL you visited before clicking through to the Site; (c) your browser and platform type (e.g., a Netscape browser on a Macintosh platform); (d) your browser language; (e) the data in any undeleted cookies that your browser previously accepted from us; and (f) the search queries you submit. These third-party companies have their own recordkeeping and data-retention policies.

This means your private info, such as browsing history, search queries, top visited sites, IP and email address will be collected and transferred to third parties. Even your geographic location can be tracked! Third parties adjust their ads according to given data and make them more relevant and attractive to your browsing habits this way, so chances that you will click on one of those ads rise (Is ad personalization a threat to privacy?). And you already know that you should not do this.

How MySearch browser hijacker distributes

If you are wondering how you can get infected with this potentially unwanted program, there are several most common ways. First of all, avoid visiting sites with a questionable reputation, because there you can find a lot of infected links. It’s enough just to click on one of them and you will be infected. This infection can be sent to you by email as well.

That’s why it is not recommended to open spam emails. And absolutely the most popular way of MySearch.com virus is distributed with other free software that can be downloaded from the Internet. I.e. when you download and install some freebie from the Internet, there is a chance that MySearch will be installed alongside, without you being aware of it. To avoid this – avoid downloading software from websites with the questionable reputation. However, if you have no other options, be very attentive during the installation of it.

If possible – opt out for a custom or advanced install mode. This way you will be sure that you see all available options. Do not skip any steps, as you may miss some important information. Read all terms of conditions as well. Some of the information can be displayed in a very tiny font, so don’t rush. If you see that some additional software is being installed alongside and you are not aware of it – do not allow this installation to be completed. In case your computer is already infected with MySearch, get rid of it as soon as possible.

How to get rid of MySearch infection

We hope that the article allowed you to understand the risks of using MySearch.com and are ready to save your computer and data from money-thirsty crooks and corporations. While the browser hijacker, deciding from your search history, can offer you some fake computer protection/spyware removal tools or services, don’t trust them because it is actually not that hard to get rid of such virus on your own or at least with legitimate programs.

2-viruses.com presents you both methods on how to do it manually or automatically. We recommend to do it automatically because it is a more efficient and reliable way. Download a trustworthy anti-malware, such as Spyhunter, StopZilla or Malwarebytes and scan your PC with it. It will automatically detect and remove the threat.

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In case you prefer to complete this manually by yourself, or can’t download the anti-malware tool, feel free to follow our step-by-step MySearch removal guide given below for every browser specifically.

Methods to remove MySearch manually

TopRemove malicious extensions from Internet Explorer

  • Press on the Gear icon→Manage Add-ons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to MySearch and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Close the Options.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

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

  • Press on the Gear icon->Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset button.
    Reset settings
  • Select a Delete personal settingscheckbox 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.

It is believed that Internet Explorer is the most prone to various browser hijacker infections, but other extensions are vulnerable targets as well.

TopRemoving MySearch from Chrome

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Google Chrome window. Select “Settings”.
    Open settings
  • Click “Extensions” on the left menu bar.
  • Go through the extensions list and remove programs you do not need, especially similar to MySearch. Click on the trash bin icon next to MySearch or other add-ons you want to remove.
    Remove extensions
  • Press on the “Remove” button on the Confirmation window.
    Remove approve
  • If unsure, you can disable them temporarily.
    Disable extension
  • Restart Chrome.

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

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

  • Click on Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
    Open settings
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on the Reset settings button.
    Reset 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.

How To remove MySearch from Firefox:Top

  • 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 MySearch 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 MySearch, 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.

Despite the sophisticated Apple’s security in their products and applications, Safari is not an exception when it comes to MySearch virus.

How to remove MySearch from Safari:Top

Remove malicious extensions
  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall MySearch 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 MySearch, 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.

Removal guides in other languages

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6 responses to “MySearch

  1. Hi Giedrius

    I was wondering if you could answer a question I had. I had a couple of these MySearch things (I think it was SmileyCentral and FunWebProducts. I cannot remember if they had installed a toolbar or not. Anyway, I am curious whether or not these would have been stealing ALL my internet history, or just what I typed into the MyWebPage homepage or toolbar?

  2. Hello Annie,
    Short answer is no.
    They collect information related to sites you use. Each toolbar request can store the site you use as long as toolbar is active in it. How much information is stored is known for Mysearch owners only.

  3. Thanks Giedrius!

    What about this..

    Lets say I am on Youtube.com and search for “cats”. The URL of the results page is https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cats

    If I had one of the toolbars or services like I mentioned above active, is that url (with search term in it) being transferred to them? Technically, I didn’t use the toolbar for that search, would they still get that do you think? I know GoogleToolbar used to transmit all the URLs if you had certain features enabled, I was wondering if this could have done the same.

    Thanks again!

  4. It is possible to retrieve and store the url received. This can be done through extension API or , if extension modifies the page received, through loading some sort of file from 3rd party website. If an extension shows advertisements on some page, in most cases this fact and URL it was requested from will be logged. Another possibility (through used more by outright malware rather that less harmful programs) is creating an browser proxy that intercepts the requests. While the page might be encrypted, the request itself is not (when not using TOR). So, this can be done. One could intercept traffic in various points, especially not encrypted one, but that would require more than simple extension installed.
    The MySearch though relies more on advertisements in new tabs, advertising other searches and regular ads.

  5. Is it possible this virus is evolving? I have this redirect problem right now, and there’s is nothing related to my-search in any browser, I have reset everything and followed all the steps. Spybot, malwarebytes, and hitman pro don’t find anything. And I still have it. I’m at a loss what to do. Also, in Firefox, rather than redirecting me to bing, it simply blocks me from going to google, says it’s an insecure page.

    Thanks

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