This page aims to help you remove Search Myway. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Can Search Myway expose me to any security hazards while browsing the net?
Search Myway is problematic software that falls into the browser hijacker group. It is designed to “hijack” Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox, but it can also affect other browsers as well. This app tries to get its victims to change their homepage or default search engine and claims that it provides an enhanced browsing experience and better search results.
The program promises not to monitor the user and improve browsing by providing the most accurate search results. However, we think this statement is deceptive. Once installed, Search Myway starts to redirect your browsing queries and provides its own search results when you try to search the net directly from the browser’s address bar. These results are often paid by companies that want certain pages, ads, pop-ups, and banners to appear in the users’ search results. The modified search results may contain links that point to some good offers, but you may also find results filled with dubious or dangerous links, which may contain viruses, Trojans, Ransomware and other nasty infection. That’s why we highly recommend that you rely on your own judgment and do not browse through suspicious sites. It looks like Search Myway is trying to make money through pay-per-click, but it does not care about the reliability of the links it promotes through the search engine. This is one reason not to recommend the use of the imposed search engine and we suggest you remove it by uninstalling the hijacker completely from your PC.
Search Myway Removal
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 Search Myway 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 Search Myway from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Search Myway 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
How did I get infected with the browser hijacker?
First of all, you should remember that, although it is annoying, this browser hijacker is a legitimate program. So, it does not use illegal tricks to install on the victim’s computer and even may have an official website that users can visit and download the program. However, some people install the program without knowing, and that’s no surprise.
Most of the time, users install software like Search Myway and similar ad-generating applications alongside another free program, a video or audio player, an optimization tool or some attractive new software. This is mostly due to inattention by the user during the installation process, which usually provides several installation options from which users can choose. Normally, the developers automatically suggest the Standard options (or default/ primary/ automatic) as the most reliable and prompt the users to use them. In fact, these installation options contain agreements for the installation of other programs or “suggested software” alongside the main software, and these programs are usually adware, browser hijackers, and other dubious applications nobody wants to install. In some cases, malicious hackers may insert even nasty viruses like Trojans and Ransomware, so you should be very careful what you install. Needless to say, you need to use Manual or Advanced installation settings and unmark all proposed items one after the other. Continue with your installation only after making sure all the linked items are unmarked.
How do I remove Search Myway from Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox?
Please use the instructions provided below to remove the potentially unwanted program from affected browsers. You should not ignore the problem. Changing the afflicted browser to another will not allow you to escape this browser hijacker because it can affect multiple web browsers at once. Therefore, we recommend that you consider uninstalling Search Myway completely from your system. If you do not like the idea of removing the hijacker manually, you can quickly perform a system scan with an anti-spyware or anti-malware tool and allow it to eliminate the hijacker automatically. You can use the professional removal tool for that as it can easily detect all the related hijacker files and delete them within a few minutes.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Your browser may start to redirect your searches, various aggressive ads and pop-ups may disturb your activity, new search engien or homepage may get installed.|
|Distribution Method||This software is mostly distributed via program bundles, torrents, free download links, spam messages, automatic software installers and shareware platforms.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
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!