How to remove My Search Virus (Chrome/FF/IE) June 2018 Update

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If you have a software app called My Search Virus on your computer, it is quite understandable why you may have been experiencing some really irritating browsing interruptions, page redirects and intrusive ads generation lately. This browser extension-like application is classified as a browser hijacker and its job is to integrate itself with your Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge or any other browser that you may typically use, and make it operate a bit differently. My Search Virus may change your browser’s homepage or default search engine, install a new toolbar or a page-redirecting component and start to display various types of ads, pop-ups, banners and new tabs the very moment you being a new browsing session. Such software applications are generally not harmful, but they could be really irritating with their ability to alter the appearance and functionality of your browsers. Moreover, they may redirect you to random websites which you never intended to visit and may also force you to interact with unfamiliar and sometimes even potentially dangerous content.

Typically, the browser hijackers try to promote certain products, services, web pages, online stores and offers on your screen while you are browsing. Therefore, they may constantly generate a rather overwhelming number of advertisements, pop-ups, banners and redirecting new tabs. If you landed on this page, however, you are most probably looking for a way to remove these ads permanently and uninstall the changes that have been imposed on your browser. Fortunately, this could be done fairly easily and in the Removal Guide below we have described the exact steps which need to be completed in order for this to happen. Just keep on reading and you will find all the details that you need for effectively getting rid of My Search Virus and all of its nagging redirects.

Is My Search Virus a harmful virus?

The moment you notice some new software on your computer, you would surely like to know whether it poses a security risk to your system or not. In the case of browser hijackers such as My Search Virus, you should not be concerned about your computer’s safety because these pieces of software have no malicious features. In fact, they significantly differ from threats such as Trojans, Ransomware and other similar nasty viruses because their purpose is to advertise and not to perform a cyber crime. The creators of My Search Virus and similar page-redirecting apps are typically not criminals but actually legitimate software developers and online advertisers, who simply try to advertise different programs, applications, webpages, search engines and services and utilize revenue-generating methods such as Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-View to sponsor their business.


My Search Virus Removal

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

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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 My Search Virus 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 My Search Virus from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove My Search Virus 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

WARNING!
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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

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!

If you don’t want to suffer from endless ad-generation, it’s better to have My Search Virus uninstalled

As we said above, My Search Virus most other apps from this category should not be considered as computer threats. Still, having them on your PC might create a lot of disturbance and browsing issues which may decrease the quality of your overall web surfing experience. For instance, the ads that the hijacker may generate on your screen may often be intrusive and very difficult to close. Even if you click on the “X” button, they may not go away and they may keep prompting you to click on their content.

Another rather irritating thing could be the sudden redirecting service, which may automatically land you on different pages that you never really wanted to go to. Interacting with web content that you don’t know and letting yourself to be randomly exposed to ads, sites, links and new tabs is not advisable at all. Every computer user should know that one careless click on a sketchy page or on a misleading link may get them some nasty virus infection and infect their machine with viruses like Trojans, Worms, Ransomware, etc. That’s why, uninstalling the hijacker is the best solution to this type of disturbance and even a prevention measure against exposure to dubious or unreliable web content.

What are the most typical sources of browser hijackers and how to avoid them?

Hijackers like My Search Virus might have their official websites from where they may be downloaded for free. Such pieces of software may often be promoted as some helpful free tools, which provide you with handy features and they may be bundled with other free software in one installation pack. You may come across browser hijackers through some ads, spam messages, email attachments, free download links, torrents or different shareware platforms. They typically become part of the computer’s system when the people install new software packages improperly and skip reading the EULA and customizing the setup. Fortunately, preventing hijacker installation is very easy – you simply have to carefully read the installation agreement, select the Custom or Advanced options and uncheck any pre-selected or suggested additional software which you may not like to have on your PC.

Name My Search
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Your browsing may be regularly getting interrupted by redirects, different ads, pop-ups and banners. 
Distribution Method Typically, this program could be found inside different free installation packs, torrents, free download links, email attachments, automatic installation managers and other similar sources. 
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.