What is mysearchtoolbar.com?
According to the developers, mysearchtoolbar.com website displays advanced Internet search results, and therefore, improves users’ Internet search experience. These false claims often trick users into thinking that mysearchtoolbar.com is a legitimate and useful website. However, they should be informed that developers promote this site using deceptive software installers that modify browsers’ (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox) settings without users’ consent. It is also worth mentioning that search results generated by this app may lead to bogus sites. In addition, the browser hijacker collects information related to users’ Internet browsing activity.
Once the system is infiltrated, the aforementioned browsers’ homepage, new tab URL and default search engine options are assigned to mysearchtoolbar.com website. The shortcuts of these browsers are also modified – the installers add an extension to the shortcut’s target. Therefore, whenever user opens the browser or simply tries to search the Internet, he is redirected to mysearchtoolbar.com. This kind of behavior significantly diminishes users’ Internet browsing quality, since all this is being done without their permission. Another downside of this ‘search engine’ is the information tracking. Users’ Internet browsing activity is being continually monitored and various information, that might be personally identifiable, is gathered. Note that Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (used to determine geo-location), websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other collected info is later shared with cooperating third party companies. Hence, due to the fact that personal data can be misused to generate revenue, presence of a browser hijacking application can eventually lead to serious privacy issues or even an identity theft. For these reasons, you should uninstall this browser hijacking app and never use mysearchtoolbar.com website.
Mysearchtoolbar.com shares many similarities with safesearch.net, portalsepeti.com, taplika.com and tens of other browser-hijacking apps. Users should be informed that this type of applications are designed to offer a wide range of useful features in order to trick users into installation. However, their true purpose is a bit different than giving value for the users. Browser hijackers aim to generate as much income for the developers as possible. Therefore, all they do is collect personally identifiable information (which is later shared with third parties in exchange for money), cause unwanted browser redirects (thereby generating traffic for certain websites) and sometimes displaying obtrusive online advertisements (using ‘Pay Per Click (PPC)’ advertising model).
How did mysearchtoolbar.com install on my computer?
The developers promote mysearchtoolbar.com using a delusive software marketing method called ‘bundling’ – an undercover installation of rogue applications together with the users’ chosen ones. The problem is that many users do not express caution when downloading and installing software – they recklessly rush these two processes and skip most/all of the steps. Thus, developers conceal potentially unwanted programs within ‘Advanced’ or either ‘Custom’ settings. Users who skip this section often end up installing rogue applications. By doing so, users simply put their privacy into threat and expose the system to risk of further infections.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent this situation users must be very attentive during the download and installation of any software. Both of these processes should be performed with ‘Custom’ or either ‘Advanced’ settings, because rogue applications are most likely to be hidden. Only by opting-out these third party apps you’ll make sure the desired software is being downloaded and installed safely. Noteworthy that every software should be downloaded from a trusted source – usually it’s official website.
Quick solution to remove mysearchtoolbar.com
Mysearchtoolbar.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes browser redirects to the mysearchtoolbar.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Mysearchtoolbar.com homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Remove mysearchtoolbar.com related Internet Explorer add-ons:
Click the “gear” icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select “Manage Add-ons”. Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select such entries and click “Remove”.
Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the “Target” field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose “Properties”. In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.mysearchtoolbar.com/…), which is entered after “C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe”.
Change your homepage:
Click the “gear” icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select “Internet Options”, in the opened window remove hxxp://www.mysearchtoolbar.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the “gear” icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select “Manage Add-ons”. In the opened window, select “Search Providers”, set “Google”, “Bing” or any other preferred search engine as your default, then remove “mysearchtoolbar.com“.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mysearchtoolbar.com , reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Remove mysearchtoolbar.com related Google Chrome extensions:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select “Tools” and click on “Extensions”. Locate any recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
This browser hijacker modifies the “Target” field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose “Properties”. In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.mysearchtoolbar.com/…), which is entered after “C:Program FilesGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe”
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select “Settings”. In the “On startup” section, click “set pages”, hover your mouse over hxxp://www.mysearchtoolbar.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select “Settings”, in “Search” section, click “Manage Search Engines…”, remove “mysearchtoolbar” and add or select your preferred Internet search engine.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mysearchtoolbar.com , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Remove mysearchtoolbar.com related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select “Add-ons”. Click on “Extensions”, in the opened window, remove any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the “Target” field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose “Properties”. In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.mysearchtoolbar.com/…), which is entered after “C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe”
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select “Options”, in the opened window remove hxxp://www.mysearchtoolbar.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click “I’ll be careful, I promise!”.
In the search filter at the top, type: “mysearchtoolbar.com“
Right-click on the found preferences and select “Reset” to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with mysearchtoolbar.com removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences…
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker – change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data…
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user’s Internet browser settings by changing one’s homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user’s operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one’s daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it’s recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of mysearchtoolbar.com be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.
If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine. Some of the mentioned free software download clients don’t allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it’s offered toolbars, in such cases it’s recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker: your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed, appearance of new toolbars, slow performance of Internet browsers, new Bookmarks or Favorites added, you can’t change your homepage or default search engine, you see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website, you get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
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