How to Remove MySearchDial (Chrome/FF/IE) August 2018 Update


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This page aims to help you remove MySearchDial. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Probably one of the most irritating things that could happen to your IE, Chrome or Firefox (or any other) browser is for it to get hijacked by a browser hijacker. Browser hijackers are small programs/applications that can only function after getting added to a browser. They are similar to browser extensions and add-ons, however, there the difference is that they are usually unwanted and the effects that they might have on your browser usually decrease the quality of your Internet experience. Some of the things you can expect from a typical browser hijacker are replacement of your default search engine, starting page and new-tab page, addition of a new toolbar and buttons to your browser as well as streaming of ads, banners, pop-ups and page redirects during the time your browser is being used. All of this could be highly irritating and is the main reason why hijacker browser components are seen as unwanted and undesirable. Pretty much every week (if not every day), a new hijacker gets released by some obscure developer that seeks to make quick money through the ads displayed by the hijacker. One of the more recent examples of a browser hijacking app is the so-called MySearchDial. Similarly to the rest of its category, MySearchDial can be highly irritating and could impose changes and initiate activities on your browser that are unpleasant, obstructive and might even lead to the exposure of your system to certain online hazards and risks. The best thing that one could do when faced with MySearchDial or any other hijacker is to have the undesirable software component removed from their browser and from their computer. Doing this, however, might not be that easy, especially if you don’t know where to look for the hijacker in your system. Software like MySearchDial is usually created in a way that would make its removal difficult or at least non-intuitive so that the pesky app could remain on the PC for longer periods of time and thus generate greater sums of money. Nevertheless, here we aren’t talking about a malware infection and you aren’t dealing with some dangerous and noxious Ransomware or Trojan so the removal of the hijacker, while a bit tricky, is still not going to be all that difficult or time consuming. Instructions on how to successfully uninstall MySearchDial will be available for you down below in case you need help with eliminating this hijacker. If the manual steps are too advanced for you, you can also resort to the removal software tool that we have added to the guide manual. It is a tested removal program for unwanted and harmful programs and would make quick work of the pesky app.

How to Remove MySearchDial

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove MySearchDial from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove MySearchDial from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove MySearchDial from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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 up 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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Potential dangers

Though a hijacker isn’t suppose to harm your machine in any way, the ads it displays and the redirects to promoted pages that it triggers can lead to unforeseen consequences and your machine might get exposed to different dangers. Clicking on advertising materials that this unwanted software piece tries to put on your screen is inadvisable – you can never know if the next advert, banner or pop-up that you click upon isn’t going to land you on some malware-infested page. Before you know it , your machine might get invaded by serious virus threats such as Trojan Horses, Spyware, Rootkits, Ransomware, Worms and other nasty malicious programs. The fact that MySearchDial might indirectly cause your computer to get exposed to such threats is one other good reason why you should make sure to eradicate the invasive advertising app from your PC and browser so go ahead and use the suggested removal methods that we have posted on this page – there is simply no need to put up with the unpleasant effects that the hijacker is likely to have on your browser especially since there’s hardly any actual use coming from this obstructive software piece.

Avoiding hijackers in the future

In order to stay away from such pesky apps in the days to come, you need to be careful with your online activities. Downloading stuff from unreliable sources and visiting sites with suspicious contents isn’t advisable if you want to keep your PC safe. The same applies for opening e-mails that are spam and interacting with online offers, requests and ads that seem unreliable or that are too-good-to-be-true. Also, be sure that every time you are about to install a new program on your PC you check the Advanced setup options and see if there are any settings concerning bundled installs. If you see there’s anything added as an optional component and you don’t think you can trust it or if you simply don’t want it on your PC, leave it out by opting out of its installation before you continue.

SUMMARY:

Name MySearchDial
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If you have a hijacker on your PC, then your browser would likely have a new toolbar, search engine and starting page that have been imposed without your permission.
Distribution Method Hijackers are mostly distributed via spam and software bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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