Mywebsearch Virus is an infection that gets inside a PC in the form of a toolbar. It can be installed on most internet browsers and the user does not even know about it before it starts acting. The most prominent feature of Mywebsearch Virus is changing the infected PC’s Home page, Start page, New Tab page, and search engine to home.mywebsearch.com.
Mywebsearch Virus quicklinks
- Mywebsearch advertising site
- Potentially unwanted program
- Dishonest installation
- Other problems
- How to remove Mywebsearch
- Automatic Malware removal tools
- Remove Mywebsearch from your browser
- How to remove Mywebsearch Virus using Windows Control Panel
|Problems||Changes the browser’s settings in unhelpful ways,
collects data about the user,
promotes related sites and displays ads.
|Distribution||Embedded in free apps and installed in the background.|
|Removal||Change your default search engine settings,|
Mywebsearch advertising site
Mywebsearch is a website. Its home page is Hp.mywebsearch.com while its search results are on Search.mywebsearch.com.
Mywebsearch’s homepage has a simple interface with shortcuts to your favourite (or so Mywebsearch hopes) sites such as Gmail, Yahoo!, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, etc. The other buttons are affiliate links (meaning that Mywebsearch makes money when you click on them), including Amazon, Couponalert, and Walmart.
Mywebsearch uses Google search to display results and ads and gets paid for every click/search performed. The money comes from paid advertisements and generating traffic to promoted sites. As a result, there are generally more ads on Mywebsearch than you would see on Google.com.
Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc., collectively Mindspark (and Ask Applications) is the owner of Mywebsearch. The company is a well-known one in its field and has more than 1.5 thousand sites of all sorts. The Mywebsearch webpage was created in 2001 and runs until recently. Although the tool is free of charge for the end-users, the company gets paid from the advertisements displayed and the traffic generated to the sites it promotes.
Potentially unwanted program
It is not surprising that Mindspark wants Mywebsearch to be as popular as possible and increase the number of its users, sometimes balancing on the thin line between legal and illegal. When Mywebsearch doesn’t really provide any useful features to make it attractive to users, how is Mindspark to promote it?
Just like many similar applications and toolbars, Mywebsearch Virus can be installed together with downloads of shareware, freeware, e.g. it is known to be distributed with an avatar program Zwinkyand an emotion program called Smiley Central. You may also get infected with it after browsing through malicious websites that have Trojan horses.
The victim does not usually know when a malicious program was installed because it does not ask for consent to be installed. In order to follow legal requirements, theoretically, one has the option to refuse to install Mywebsearch Virus. There is a checkbox marked stating that you agree with the installation of this application and, if you read the installation wizard carefully, you have an option to uncheck this checkbox. The reality is that many of us allow automatic installation, unknowingly allowing optional bundles to be added to our PCs.
What’s the most irritating with Mywebsearch Virus are the constant redirections and pop-up advertisements whenever the internet connection is on. Some PC users complain that their browsers start working slower.
Moreover, if you did not install the toolbar yourself and do not know how it got into your browser, it is very likely that this redirecting virus has been brought in by another malware. Mindspark toolbars often get installed in groups.
How to remove Mywebsearch
Once you noticed any signs of Mywebsearch Virus acting on your computer, it is recommended to remove it. It may not be that easy, even though you can find uninstall instructions on the Mywebsearch website. Some users complain that the Mywebsearch virus comes back after removing it.
For all malware to be removed we recommend using antimalware programs, for example, Spyhunter for Windows or Combo Cleaner for macOS. If you don’t remember how Mywebsearch got on your computer, it’s important to find out so that you can avoid future infections.
If you decide to remove the Mywebsearch virus manually, do not forget to change your search engine providers in all of the internet browsers you use. You should also perform a full system scan to make sure no other viruses were left.
Automatic Malware removal tools
Remove Mywebsearch from your browser
How to remove Mywebsearch Virus using Windows Control PanelMany hijackers and adware like Mywebsearch Virus install some of their components as regular Windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from the Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
- Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel and then press Enter (Windows 8, Windows 10).
- Choose Uninstall Program (if you don't see it, click in the upper right next to "View by" and select Category).
- Go through the list of programs and select entries related to Mywebsearch Virus . You can click on "Name" or "Installed On" to reorder your programs and make Mywebsearch Virus easier to find.
- Click the Uninstall button. If you're asked if you really want to remove the program, click Yes.
- In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
TopHow To remove Mywebsearch Virus from Google Chrome:
- Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
- Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
- Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
- Select Manage Search engines
- Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
- 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.
- Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings
If you are still experiencing any issues related to Mywebsearch Virus, 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.
- Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.
How To remove Mywebsearch Virus 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).
- Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Mywebsearch Virus 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.
- 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.
- Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
- ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
- Click on theReset Firefox button.
- Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
How to remove Mywebsearch Virus from Microsoft Edge:Top
- Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Microsoft Edge window. Select “Extensions”.
- Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
- Click on the three-dot menu on the browser toolbar and Select Settings
- Select Privacy and Services and scroll down. Press on Address bar.
- Choose Manage search engines.
- Remove unnecessary search engines from the list: open the three-dot menu and choose Remove.
- Go back to Settings. Open On start-up.
- Delete malicious search websites at Open specific page or pages by opening the three-dot menu and clicking Delete.
- Click on Edge's menu button and select Settings. Click on the Reset Settings button on the left.
- Press the Restore settings to their default values option.
- Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
How to remove Mywebsearch Virus from Safari:TopRemove malicious extensions
- Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
- Select Extensions and uninstall Mywebsearch Virus and other suspicious 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.
- Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
- Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
On behalf of developers of Mywebsearch Virus we were asked to remove this article due to false information on it. However, we feel like this post is correct and helpful to our readers. Mywebsearch Virus and other software developed by Mindspark Interactive Network, Inc. can be detected and recognised as viruses or potentially unwanted software by various anti-malware tools. Toolbars developed by Mindspark share same EULA (End User License Agreement) that is mislieding. It claims that this software is not an adware or malware, while there are statements that toolbars might display advertisements from 3rd parties or monetise toolbars in other ways. By definition such software is considered as an adware. All articles posted on www.2-viruses.com regarding products of Mindspark are correct.
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