Тhe effects of programs like MyWebSearch can still be rather unpleasant, which has earned them the title of potentially unwanted programs. These effects include a potential slowdown of your machine and an overall decrease in its general performance.
Potentially Unwanted Programs are among the most irritating, frustrating and sometimes even downright infuriating software types ever to grace the plains of the internet. And if you have been dealing with a program called MyWebSearch lately, we’re sure you will agree with us on this.
In most first-time encounters, they can even be intimidating to users, because the users may have no idea what they’re up against and what has caused the strange and conspicuous changes to their Chrome, Firefox, Opera or other browsers. We’re talking about the change to your browser homepage and/or default search engine that you have likely already experienced. In addition, the appearance of numerous online ads, such as popups, box messages and banners may be rather unsettling. And last but not least, many users complain about the fact that they be browsing the web, minding their own business, when all of a sudden their browser redirects them to some random webpage – without even asking! Luckily, you won’t have to deal with this for long, as our team of professionals is ready to offer you just the thing to solve your issues with MyWebSearch.
What is a Potentially unwanted program and how can you stop it?
You may have already tried to get rid of annoying changes to your favorite browser by resetting the settings and changing the homepage/search engine to the one you were using before. But in the end they just ended up reverting to what MyWebSearch had decided they should be. Furthermore, you may have also tried to delete the browser hijacker from your system, but only to no avail. And that is because programs like this like to hide their components deep in the computer’s system. So unless you delete them all, you won’t be able to reclaim your browser again. That’s why we have created a special removal guide for this purpose. You can find it just below this article and it will walk you through the steps necessary to eliminate MyWebSearch once and for all.
But should you be worried about this program in the meantime? Is there something that it could do to your system to damage it? Thankfully, Potentially Unwanted Programs are quite different from what is considered malicious software. They have nothing to do with viruses like Trojans, ransomware or similar and can therefore not directly harm you or your computer. These are marketing tools, designed to advertise and promote various products and services, as you can very well see on all the colorful box messages and banners that appear on your screen. And in doing so, they also earn revenue for their developers. So, they have no interest in hacking your system or corrupting it in any way.
You might start to notice programs taking longer to load, your browser freezing more often; sometimes it might even crash and you may need to restart your whole system. Potentially Unwanted Programs run their processes in the background and rely on your system resources for their activities. This means less disk space, less RAM, and more CPU times being wasted on something you never really wanted or asked for.
Other unpleasant effects of such software involves the possibility of landing on insecure web locations with its help. Being constantly redirected from page to page, or having to accidentally click on the occasional popup can get you to unwillingly visit numerous sites. Are all of them safe? Certainly, nobody can guarantee that. And the last thing you want is to end up on some malicious website that will get you infected with some virus. So, with this in mind, we would advise you to avoid clicking on any links, ads, banners, etc., even after you have removed MyWebSearch from your system. What’s more, it wouldn’t hurt for you to install a popup blocker to at least block all web-hosted ads. As for Potentially Unwanted Programs, the most common way of landing one is from within a program bundle. This can easily be avoided by customizing the setup of new programs you install on your computer, which will allow you to opt out of any added installs.
|Symptoms||New browser homepage and/or default search engine, streams of popups, banners, box messages and other ads, etc.|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles, spam messages, sketchy freeware and shareware-distributing sites|
If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.
If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
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.
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.
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- 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.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove MyWebSearch 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 MyWebSearch from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove MyWebSearch 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.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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!