This page aims to help you remove “My Trust Search”. These “My Trust Search” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Safary, as well as every version of Macintosh and Windows.
Do you have some really irritating issue with ads, banners, popping boxes and messages on your screen? Then here we will help you solve that issue once and for all. If the reason for your disturbance is a program called “My Trust Search”, here you are going to find the quick and detailed guide to its effective removal. And since you are going to deal with a program coming from the Browser Hijacker family, we would like to provide you with some useful information about the Browser Hijacker-like programs’ common behavior and possibly unpleasant consequences. You have probably heard about this type of advertising software before, but here you are going to learn how to effectively avoid it in the future and keep your system away from the annoying ads.
Browser Hijacker-like programs – what do they do?
Ads displaying pieces of software are commonly referred to as Browser Hijacker and the one that you are dealing with is exactly one such piece. “My Trust Search” is an application that has been created with the “mission” to display a huge number of advertising messages on the users’ screen whenever they open their browser. This program usually integrates as an add-on with all browsers – Chrome, IE, Firefox, etc. without any problems and starts to generate numerous pop-ups, banners, links, boxes and promotional pages the moment the browser is opened.
Browser Hijacker is the favorite tool of online marketers and is widely used and exclusively specialized in displaying advertisements of different products and services with the sole aim to make them popular and collect users’ clicks. However, this form of online advertising sometimes may become very intrusive and irritating to the users due to its aggressive ads invasion. “My Trust Search” may also do some undesired changes to the browser settings like change the homepage or redirect users’ searches to other promotional pages instead of their desired directory. Therefore, many people who get programs like “My Trust Search” would rather uninstall them in order to stop the annoying ads and get their browser settings to normal.
How a Browser Hijacker gets installed unnoticed?
Anyone who browses the web may come across an Browser Hijacker-like application. Programs like “My Trust Search” are widely spread through emails, links, torrents or they may very often come along with some other software installations that are usually distributed for free. The last method is known also as a software bundle and is the most effective way to distribute Browser Hijacker. Software developers use this method mostly as a way to spread their software for free while earning from the clicks on the ads. This income generating scheme is known as Pay-Per-Click and it works by generating revenue for every click that the displayed ads can get. Therefore there is no doubt that developers are quite motivated to combine their software with Browser Hijacker and earn a few extra bucks. The ads generating program is usually packed within the installation of an application that users willingly download and install from the web. But how does it get installed unnoticed? When users launch the wizard, they usually proceed with the “quick” installation and skip reading carefully the EULA or the “advanced” options in the package. This way they simply overlook the additional applications in the package and install everything as it is bundled.
Here are some brief prevention tips that may help you avoid Browser Hijacker:
- Invest in a reputable antivirus and anti-malware protection.
- Keep your system updated.
- Do not install programs from unknown sources and suspicious websites.
- When installing software, go for the advanced/custom option instead of the quick one. There you may manually unselect what you don’t need.
- Avoid shady Internet locations.
- Do not go for “Too good to be true” offers and automatic software installations.
“My Trust Search” virus or not really?
The aggressive ad-displaying activity is usually enough for users to think that they have become a victim of a nasty virus infection. Moreover, there is no quick option to disable the Browser Hijacker activity and stop the ads. However, referring to “My Trust Search” as a virus is incorrect. This is mainly because, unlike viruses, a Browser Hijacker is legally developed software that is serving certain online advertising purposes. Malware such as viruses, Trojans, Ransomware and other harmful threats, on the other hand, are illegal forms of cybercrime. This means that they are developed to do serious harm to the victim’s computer, gain control over it, spread on other machines or totally prevent access to the system files. The last has recently become one of the nastiest online threats known as a Ransomware encryption. None of these harmful actions, however, can be related to the Browser Hijacker activity, therefore it surely cannot be called a virus.
However, as harmless as it could be, this program can still perform some undesired activities and lead to unpleasant browsing related experience. For example, it may collect some browsing-related data in order to optimize the ads according to your searches, or it may transmit this data to third parties and marketers for analysis. A potential risk may occur even when your searches are redirected to some unknown pages, which may eventually contain some malware. This still happens rarely, but in order to avoid the risk, you may wish to completely remove “My Trust Search” from your system. To do so, please follow the guide below and let us know how it worked for you in the comments.
|Name||“My Trust Search”|
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Ads, banners, popping boxes and messages keep flooding the screen every time you open your browser.|
|Distribution Method||E-mails, links, torrents, software bundles|
|Detection Tool||“My Trust Search” may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
“My Trust Search” Mac/Win Removal
WARNING! If you are a Mac OS X User, please refer to this guide instead: How to remove ads on Mac
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – “My Trust Search” may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove “My Trust Search” from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove “My Trust Search” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the Browser Hijacker/malware —> Remove.
Remove “My Trust Search” from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!