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stf-inspiringbackgrounds-com-inspiring-backgrounds-myway-my-way-mindspark-browser-hijacker-redirect-main-search-page is a browser hijacker that is made by Mindspark Interactive. A related browser extension is hosted on this site. If you have the extension or more unwanted applications on your computer, know that they will switch your homepage, search engine and new tab to A toolbar might show up. Search results may mislead you and display ads and sponsored content. To see how to remove the browser hijacker, you should read the article in full.

Threat Summary
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionAll browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker will redirect you and filter your search queries.
SymptomsBrowser settings which are altered are the homepage, search engine, and new tab. A browser extension or a toolbar might be added, too. You can see targeted advertisement content.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss – Delivery

The site uses popular delivery ways to spread its hijacking application. It could be delivered with the help of third-party installations. Bundled software, including freeware programs, could install the browser hijacker on your computer machine. Such setups might be configured to add more components along with the installation set by default. Preventing unwanted software from installing on your PC is doable if you find Custom or Advanced settings to deselect components from there.


In the above picture you can see that the site has a specific online page that is spreading a related browser extension. This is another delivery way, which might also be available on the Chrome Web Store. Another way for delivering the unwanted program to your browsers and computer might include the use of advertisements and redirects. They will be presented as pop-ups, banners and text-links on websites. Those websites could be affiliated or partnered up with Mindspark. The following browsers can be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer/Edge, Safari and Mozilla Firefox. – Details is the main download page for a browser hijacker bearing the same name. This hijacker will redirect you to the MyWay search engine from every search you do. MyWay is owned by the Mindspark Interactive Network, which is the hijacker’s developer. That very company has made dozens of applications with browser hijacking capabilities like the hijacker. In case you have any application tied to it on your computer machine your search engine, start page and the new tab window of your browsers will all change to

You can check out the main page from the below image:


The main page consists of a picture background of your choosing or one set by default. Those pictures are meant to be inspirational, but most are just a picture of nature. The page also has a search bar and a bunch of links in the footer of the page. The links are to the Privacy Policy and Terms and Agreements pages of the browser hijacker. The same page will be placed as your default search engine of each browser you have, plus its new tab window and home page. A toolbar or a browser extension might be added, too.

The extension connected to the hijacker does the following:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
  • Read and change your browsing history
  • Manage your downloads
  • Manage your apps, extensions and themes will make various changes to your browsers if it has pushed one of its related applications on your computer system. Your computer might become affected by such applications with the aid of bundled software. Various sponsored content and targeted advertisements could show up in your search results. Your search queries will go through the URL address:


If you have the search redirect, all the online searches that you do, will be filtered by MyWay. You will get redirected to and witness a large amount of pop-up adverts associated with the hijacker redirect.

Mindspark is a company, which mainly gained its notoriety from all of the browser hijacking software that it developed. So, you should be on a high alert when dealing with this type of search engine redirects. Read on below to find out what information exactly can be acquired from you. – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of InspiringBackgrounds will redirect you to Mindspark’s official EULA and Policy page found at The policy has not seen changes since this year’s February as seen in the image below:


According to this Policy, the following information is going to be acquired:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Number of your page views
  • What links you clicked
  • Your login times

The following two quotation excerpts from the Privacy Policy are typical for Mindspark:

Mindspark, its Affiliates, or Service Providers may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world.

and this one:

By downloading, registering for and/or using Mindspark’s Services, you consent to the transfer of information to the U.S. or to any other country in which Mindspark, its Affiliates or Service Providers maintain facilities and the use and disclosure of information about you as described in this Privacy Policy.

The policy states that if you used any service associated with and the Mindspark company, including their toolbars and apps, will automatically be considered as your approval for personal information collection. All data that is gathered from them could be disclosed to third party businesses. In case you don’t want your personal space to be invaded in this way, you should remove the unwanted application.

Remove Fully

To remove and anything associated to InspiringBackgrounds manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.


Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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