Myway Hijacker - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
Other names: Myway virus, Hp.myway.com
 

Myway hijacker is a semi-malicious browser plugin family developed by Mindspark that presents itself as a genuine search tool and new tab tool. The program is advertisement supported and will show ads in in new tab.

Myway virus by Mindspark Interactive

Mindspark Interactive Network is a legitimate company, but it chose unacceptable marketing tactics. Even public information on Wikipedia confirms that this company is responsible for distribution of browser hijackers and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). Their products are not entirely malware, but it is crucial to constitute that digital apps, belonging to Myway collection, can invade Internet surfers’ privacy and violate their personal affairs. This application first appeared back in 2016 and a lot of users are complaining that they can’t get rid of www.hp.myway.com website constantly appearing on their web browsers.

Myway extensions

Myway.com is very closely-related to Hp.myway.com hijacker which can be remodeled according to a specific product from Mindspark. FileShareFanatic, RecipeKart and MyTransitMapper all have original Myway.com versions that visualize icons of these browser extensions. Mostly all add-ons function as toolbars, but provide an additional service of a search engine and assigns it as browsers’ preferences.

This is occasionally done without users’ approval. The bigger percentage of deceitful search tools demonstrate results in an Int.search.myway.com page. We have found some evidence to suggest that these search results, even though enhanced by Google, by also be altered by other browser hijackers like Discretesearch.com and Iwebs.site.

Myway engines

However, the latter searching service has many other subdomains: it is quite difficult to count them all. One of the most popular are as follows: Search.myway.com, Dl.myway.com, Wallpaper.myway.com, Webmail.myway.com. The last utility will be closed down on the 2nd of October, 2017. In fact, with new and improved extensions coming out regularly, Mindspark does not see the advantage of continuing to support its older products, like Inspiring Backgrounds.

Myway.com did not obtain the 160th position in the global ranking system on its own: it had some help to reach the top. Products of Mindspark are blooming in United States of America, India and Brazil, but we have our suspicion that the competitive apps are cheating and exploiting misleading techniques to grab more consumers.

Myway.com virus

Speaking of the ad-networks that have become loyal partners of Mindspark, we have found out that majority of the ad-serving platforms have been criticized for distributing objectionable promotional content. Propeller Ads Media is one of the networks that have been on the radar of security researchers, together with Adcash service.

Landing page of Myway hijacker – hp.myway.com

Once inside, Myway hijacker takes over you web browser and sets your new tab page to search.myway.com. This website is not safe and displays tons of ads in the first page of your search results. In fact, you have to scroll down to see the real (and not sponsored) results there. Later versions of the searches might be redirected to other search engines too, depending on how much they choose to pay to Mindspark.

Once you get infected by Myway hijacker, you will notice that your homepage were replaced to Search.myway.com. Although it says that its search engine is enhanced by Google, if you try using it, you will see that there is no way you can trust it. The program changes the color scheme of sponsored results to match close the organic results. So it is harder to distinguish between the two.

On top of that you will notice plenty of ads while you browse the web that also contain links to sponsored pages. Most of the ads displayed by Myway hijacker are insecure and they contain links to compromised websites. For this reason, if you have noticed that any of your browsers have been affected by this hijacker, you should immediately remove it from your computer and reset your Internet browser settings.

Additionally, during the instal procedure you are asked to set your search engine settings to an engine their promote. Typically, it is Ask.com, which is legitimate. We do not recommend switching to any search engine promoted by Mindspark.

Deceptive methods used to distribute Myway

Myway hijacker can infiltrate into your system bundled with various freeware from the Internet. It can come alongside various music or video players, download managers, PDF creators, etc. We highly recommend paying more attention to your downloads from the Internet. It is the best way to avoid potentially unwanted programs. You should always opt for Custom installation mode, follow every installation step and never allow to make any changes in your system that can cause unknown consequences. Avoid adding any suspicious applications as you may end up creating a lot of problems in your system.

As it is stated by ZDNet, Unwanted bundled software might be even more dangerous than actual, typical malware: “59 percent of bundles are flagged by at least one antivirus engine as potentially unwanted, and that some packages are built not to install when the presence of antivirus has been detected.”

You should never trust this fake search engine and if it happened that it has taken over your browsers, you must remove Myway hijacker as soon as possible. We recommend running a full system scan with a reputable anti-malware program. Manual removal instructions are provided below this article.

If your browsers have already been hijacked, you must eliminate the hijacker as soon as possible. To remove Myway hijacker, first of all, you will have to remove My Way Search Assistant plugin from your system. Then we recommend scanning your PC with a reputable antispyware program, for example, Reimage to ensure that your system is completely clean. Finally, reset your search settings on your browser. Below you will find an explanation how to do it.



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Manual removal of Myway hijacker

How to remove Myway virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Hp.myway.com 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 Myway hijacker .
    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 Myway virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Myway hijacker 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 Myway hijacker, 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 Myway hijacker 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 Myway hijacker 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 Myway hijacker, 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 Myway hijacker virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Myway hijacker 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 Myway hijacker from the list.

How to remove Myway hijacker from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Myway hijacker 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 Myway virus, 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 Myway hijacker 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, Myway hijacker should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Myway hijacker 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 Myway hijacker 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 Myway virus, 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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February 25, 2014 03:27, November 16, 2017 04:34
 
   
 

18 thoughts on “Myway hijacker

18 Comments
  1. Thank you very much. It was the plug-in fromDocToPdf by mindspark that was the source of this problem.

  2. Thankyou, it was the download from open office that gave me this affliction.

  3. how do i remove from my apple computer? this myway toolbar is terrible. is there a free way to do this?

  4. Did you tried to follow our manual removal instructions (you can find it below this article)? It’s free and it should help to solve the problem

  5. Thank you, that was easy to remove from chrome. Don’t know how I got the virus. It showed up as the first extension. I also went to reset and it now seems fine

  6. I have searched on my pc for this my way search program so as to delete but it isn’t visible. Is it under another name

  7. It might be under plugins (it won’t be always visible under control panel).

  8. I just installed windows 10 and now suddenly acebox my way has appeared. I do not know how to delete or uninstall it. I want mozilla firefox . Can you help me? I am not really computer literate and don’t even know if this is a browser, program, toolbar or what.

  9. Run Adwclear or microsofts bloatware uninstall tool first. If it does not help, run spyhunter or malwarebytes.

  10. Dear God thank you. I have no clue how that crap got on my computer but thank you so much for helping me get it off chrome.

  11. windows 7 I search with explorer and Bing one day turned into my way…I’m not experienced in this stuff so how can I remove it ..step by step for dummies would be perfect…thank you

  12. Hey Judie,
    have you tried to perform manual removal by the step-by-step instruction below this article?

  13. How owns this hijacker? It amounts to fraud, and they belong in prison. New York Attorney General, pay attention!

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