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Remove Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com Completely

Wallpaper by MyWay is a browser extension developed by Mindspark Inc. It provides high-quality graphic images for free. It is created to customize your homepage background and new tab pages with high-quality graphic images. However, it is yet another browser hijacker that tries to earn money from affiliate marketing.

Name Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com
Type Browser Hijacker
Short Description The page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.
Symptoms The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.
Distribution Method Bundling.
Detection Tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com
User Experience Join our forum to discuss about Wallpaper by MyWay.

Distribution Methods of Wallpaper by MyWay

The application is available on its official website wallpaper.myway(dot)com, at Chrome Web Store and most of the times bundled with other freeware. Bundling is common distribution method that consists of group of software packages that are sold together.

Some users may have installed it from its official website wallpaper.myway(dot)com.

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Our research shows that its performance differs on the different web browsers.

If you are using Google Chrome web browser, you could download Wallpaper by MyWay either from its official site or Google Chrome Web Store. When you add the Wallpaper by MyWay browser extension, it automatically changes your homepage to home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com background wallpaper and changes your search engine to search.myway(dot)com. When the user opens a new tab in the browser, it is also replaced with home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com.

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If you are using Mozilla Firefox the only way to intentional install, it is visiting its website. It is not provided at Mozilla Firefox Add-ons. Once landed on its website the user will be provided with the option to change the default homepage, and, therefore, the search engine. New tabs remain the same.

In case you are visiting the official page through Interner Explorer, there is provided “Click here” button. If the user clicks the button, a pop-up crops up on the screen.
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However, it is possible to notice Wallpaper by MyWay browser hijacker on the web browsers even if you do not intentionally install it. The app may have been installed on the PC as a component of another freeware. The result may be hijacked homepage and hijacked new tabs. The installation process of this browser hijacker is most of the times undetected and unintentional. Silent installations of potentially unwanted programs like Wallpaper by MyWay may be avoided when the installation process is reviewed thoroughly.

That means the user should select Advanced or Custom option when installing programs. Thus, enables displaying all marked boxes by default. All options that are marked and seem to be suspicious or unwanted should be unmarked before going on a full install. It is recommended because third-party apps are usually promoted via free software installers.

It is not a danger app, but much of your non-personal information is collected once you have it. It is advisable to remove it using our manual below and perform a system scan with advanced AV scanner for other malicious or unwanted files.

Description of Wallpaper by MyWay and wallpaper.myway(dot)com

It is a product of Mindspark Inc. According to their Privacy Policy, their products should be regarded as unsecure because they are exposed to various security issues. The app may collect non-personal information such search terms, IP address and pages viewed. The picture below is from Mindspark Inc. Privacy Policy. On it is displayed what type of information they may collect and whom they may share it with:
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Once the user has installed the app, there are provided 3 steps to personalize the page. The first step allows the user to select wallpaper by category. If provided wallpapers don’t appeal to the user, there is an option for uploading himself. Next step is setting Local Weather that usefully predicts your current location. The last step is set up e-mail. It is not advisable to give such information in order to keep your browsing and your PC safe. Don’t forget that this app is classified as a browser hijacker and may try to earn some money promoting its affiliates.

Remove completely Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com

You can manually completely remove Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com following the step-by-step guide we provided below. Another possible way is using an advanced malware removal tool. In case you want to keep your PC safe and detect all security issues on it use a professional AV scanner..

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com.

    Step 2: Remove Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com and click “Remove

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    After Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
    2. Remove Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    4. Remove Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com with STOPZilla AntiMalware
    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com threat: Manual removal of Wallpaper by MyWay and home.wallpaper.myway(dot)com requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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