Today’s article is about the removal of the browser hijacker known as Mysearch123, a virus that changes your home page and search engine settings to match www.Mysearch123.com .
Since you are reading this then probably your PC has already been infected by it and you are looking for the way to remove this bugger. Well – you’ve come to the right place. Our removal guide will get the job done, but before rushing to it consider reading the article in full. Knowing how your computer was infected will likely help you recognize similar viruses in the future and stop them before they have the chance to do any harm. This is especially true when you find out that browser hijackers – viruses that can infect you with Mysearch123 or something similar – successfully infiltrate many different parts of PC systems. This includes installing files, dlls, different registries, backup boot options that can regenerate the virus on each startup, new tab URLs, things like that.
WARNING! It is a well known fact that there are just a few ways users can get infected by this browser hijacker and all of them require it to somehow get access from you. The only other option available that they have is to trick users into not knowing they are installing adware or PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). Also, this virus has been flagged as an addition to another one. It comes “out” when you successfully remove Delta-homes.
A glance at how it works.
Due to the endless waves of ads Mysearch123 generates it is regarded as a browser hijacker type of virus. Obviously the annoyance those ads create is enough to want it removed, but the real problem is that they are only a drop in the bucket. Most of the time the homepage search results lead you to generic commercial advertisements containing products. This is about 70% of the time. If you think about it, it all makes sense, because in essence, these people are trying to crudely promote websites by forcefully redirecting traffic there. Of course it’s a promotional tool that opens backdoors for further trouble and installs a whole package of unwanted programs, but to those people that probably seems acceptable.
The following is an example of the program, given to us by a user who uninstalled Mysearch123:
The other 30% of the time are the real trouble. There’s a chance you’ll get redirected to other websites containing so-called “rogue pages.” These pages contain different types of malware – some of which are much more dangerous than a homepage like www.Mysearch123.com – and are slated to begin downloading a .exe file that begins installation immediately after finishing up. Don’t waste time trying to exit the setup from the inside – most likely a virus is made so that you won’t be able to cancel it whenever you want. Start the Task Manager and end the process manually, then delete the file that was downloaded.
You may also start to encounter a number of other things – for example:
- A pop-up warning that you have a missing plug-in and need to download and install it. These are known as “banner fakes” and you will most certainly encounter them when dealing with this fake homepage.
- Some kind of video shown in an empty media window with a message that you need to download a specific video player to see the video. These are often overlayed on top of streaming platforms like Twitch or Youtube, and make the websites practically unusable since the ads do not have a close sign – they are thumbnails.
- Urgent messages to fix security vulnerabilities in an existing, but outdated program by downloading an update for it.
- A “generous” offer to download and try a “free” application. Often anti-malware programs are used as the bait here. Alternatively www.Mysearch123.com may try to outright imitate an anti-virus and hope that you’ll get confused and give it access. Users trust outright anti-virus programs most of the time. Even if they can’t immediately recall if this program was installed bundled with their own software of choice, they may trust it. And that’s what cyber criminals take advantage of.
Make no mistake – every single out of these offers is actually a virus. In fact this is a very commonly used trick and you make see such messages on different websites around the net. These are a very good indication of dangerous sites you should stay clear of. If you suspect you may be in fact missing a plug-in or some program needs an update you should just google it and look for the official website. Always get new software from the official developer’s site for it. Its the only way to be sure it’s 100% virus free.
And to be honest any updates won’t run away – remove the malware first, and you’ll have all the time in the word to apply any real updates.
The most common dirty tricks used by hackers to spread their viruses.
This trick are the program bundles. Many developers include in their program’s installer several other programs – as promotional extras. Unfortunately, especially with free programs, these extras may in fact be an browser hijacker program, because the people who create the software give it up for free, and have to make money somehow, right? So they get “compensated” for including adware/hijackers in their bundles.
Here’s the good thing in all of this though. Whoever creates the programs this fake homepage come in with, is afraid you’ll sue him/her. They are so afraid that they give out a disclaimer you can actually see if you monitor the setup steps and use Custom/Advance Install. It will allow you to see and control what exactly is getting installed. Deny access to anything you don’t need or looks suspicious.
So the disclaimer should look like this:
Although this isn’t really the virus we’re talking about, the installation works in exactly the same manner.
How to Remove Mysearch123
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning. You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone