How to remove Search MySearch Virus (Chrome/FF/IE) April 2018 Update


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Search MySearch Virus is a software piece which a lot of web users may consider as a virus. However, the truth is, this application is not an actual threat to your computer. It belongs to the Browser hijackers’ software category and its primary use is for promotional and advertising purposes and not for destruction or any sort of cyber crimes. However, due to some rather irritating and invasive features which this piece of software has, most security experts consider Search MySearch Virus to dall under the category of potentially unwanted programs/applications (PUPs/PUAs). In the text below, we will discuss all the main characteristics of this browser hijacker and will explain to you in detail how it gets distributed, what issues it may cause and how to remove it from your system quickly and effectively. If you have been recently struggling with annoying page redirects, aggressive ads, pop-ups, and banners exposure and if your homepage or default search engine have suddenly been replaced, then stay on this page. In the Removal Guide below we will show you how to get them back and bring your Chrome, Firefox, IE (or any other browser that might have been affected) back to normal. Just make sure you read the next paragraphs and carefully follow all the necessary instructions for the successful uninstallation of hijacker from your system.

The specifics of the browser hijackers and their annoying page redirects:

The browser hijackers, as we mentioned in the beginning, are special pieces of software, which are created and used for advertising purposes. The apps of this type (such as Search MySearch Virus) typically are responsible for the enforcement of some potentially unwanted changes onto the users’ browsers and this is the reason why they have a reputation of annoying and potentially unwanted software. However, the reason the hijackers install new homepages or search engines on your browser and initiate page redirects and annoying ads generation on your screen is not malicious. It simply that this way, such software tries to promote certain sponsored webpages, ads, new search engines, different tools, software programs, services and products on your screen.

The problem with the hijackers is that with their advertising activity, they may create quite a lot of disturbance and annoyance. Potential inconveniences in the normal web browsing may often happen when the users try to load a specific webpage but actually end up getting redirected to some totally unfamiliar sites. They may also often get exposed to various aggressive ads, pop-ups, and banners, which are difficult to remove. The affected browser may also experience issues such as sluggishness, unresponsiveness and sudden crashes, which may contribute to the decision to uninstall the hijacking software from the machine.


Search MySearch 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

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 Search MySearch 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 Search MySearch Virus from Firefox:

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

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

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!

Despite that they, might be promoted as helpful tools. In fact, apps like Search MySearch Virus are hardly ever developed in a way that would actually serve the users. Their main goal is to serve the needs of the advertisers and the marketers who try to promote their items through them. Such pieces of software also tend to generate revenue for their developers through methods like Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-View. Therefore, they are usually programmed to display as many ads as possible and make you click on them.

Clicking on randomly generated web content, however, may hide security risks since you never know when you may land on potential virus transmitters. It is a well-known fact that threats such as Trojans and Ransomware often use fake ads, pop-ups and different promotional web pages to get the web users infected. With this in mind, permanently removing the source of the annoying ads and the redirecting activity is a good way of preventing potential exposure to insecure or unreliable web content. You can achieve that by uninstalling the hijacker with the help of the instructions in the Removal Guide below or by scanning your computer with the professional removal tool which is available on this page.

How to prevent potential future page redirects and browser hijacking?

Protecting your computer from browser hijackers is not as challenging as preventing a Ransomware or a Trojan horse infection. However, there are some basic rules which need to be followed if you don’t want programs like Search MySearch Virus to become part of your system and disturb your web browsing in the future. The first and most important thing is to mind your software sources and be very careful where you click and what you install on your PC. Most of the browser hijacking apps get distributed via software bundles, free downloads, automatic installation managers, torrents and email attachments. That’s why, you have to always customize the installation of any new software and carefully read the EULA before you agree on any component or additionally bundled application to become part of your system. Do not fear to use options like Advanced or Manual when installing new software as this is the way to have full control over the setup process and prevent potentially unwanted programs from getting inside your system. Of course, it is mandatory to have reliable antivirus and antimalware software to keep you safe while browsing the Internet so never neglect its importance and invest in good system protection software.

Name Search MySearch
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A new homepage or a search engine may get installed on your default browser.
Distribution Method This program could be distributed via different software bundles, free downloads, automatic installation managers, torrents, email attachments, ads, spam messages.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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