MyWay search is the type of web page that you do not want set on your web browser. The search engine is associated with multiple browser hijacking programs, which are developed by the notorious Mindspark – a company known for regarding it’s own software as potentially unsafe. Any application that is associated with MyWay search virus is strongly believed to be indirectly harmful to your computer, display advertisements, change your browser settings and perform other activities on your computer. This is why if you have this MyWay search on your computer, it is strongly recommended to read this article and learn how to remove it from your computer system.
|Name||MyWay Search "Virus"|
|Type||PUP – Ad-supported software.|
|Short Description||Hoax search engine that is associated with unwanted programs that are regarded as browser hijackers.|
|Symptoms||Changes your home page to the MyWay search page and then advertises third-party websites via pop-ups and other forms of ads.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundling, websites of fake helper programs and other methods.|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by MyWay Search "Virus" |
Malware Removal Tool
|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss MyWay Search "Virus".|
MyWay Search “Virus” – How Did I Get It
The MyWay Search engine can land on your computer as a result of multiple different ways. The main of those ways is known as bundling. Bundled free and paid software may install this browser hijacker on your PC alongside their original installations. Such installers could have added the program files of MyWay Search – related programs. So far, we have tracked the following of those seemingly helpful programs, but be sure to know that there are thousands of them out there:
These are just some of the many programs that are associated with MyWay search and most of those apps, appear to look helpful at first glance. During the installation of a program you may have downloaded online, you may find them being on one of the installation steps, appearing “as a free extra” to your current installation. Usually, In most cases those installation steps are located either in the Custom or Advanced installation options.
Another method by which those extensions could be added to your browser is visiting the suspicious site advertising them and each one of them has it’s own custom web page, which prompts you to install it’s own browser extension and as you can see from the image below, the similarity between them is staggering:
MyWay Search “Virus” – Further Information
When this suspicious browser extension is first added to your web browser, it may immediately change it’s settings and set MyWay search engine as the home page and default search engine of your web browser. Most MyWay related applications ask for the following permissions on your web browser:
Then, the corresponding toolbar of the suspicious program using MyWay is also added to your web browser. The main page may appear somewhat like the following:
The MyWay page also has numerous buttons under the search bar, linking to third-party sites and services and it also uses an extremely large amount of cookies:
Theses cookies and other tracking technologies used by MyWay search page may be used to obtain different information from your computer, such as the following:
- Your name.
- Your address.
- E-mail account name.
- Where you click online.
- Which sites do you visit most often.
- Your browsing history.
- System and network information from your computer.
We may allow third-parties, including our authorized service providers, IAC affiliates, advertising companies, and ad networks, to display advertisements or place ad tags or beacons on or via MS Services. These companies may use tracking technologies, such as cookies, to collect information about users who view or interact with their advertisements.
Furthermore, besides using cookies to track your movement, the MyWay search URLs are also not HTTPs protected which means that you are at risk of becoming a victim of information phishing sites eventually.
Furthermore, it is also important to know of the main purpose of all the suspicious programs, related to MyWay search virus and it is to display suspicious advertisements under different forms, the main of which is ad-support search results, after you search for something:
Since MyWay search does not have it’s own search database, it uses Google, however it adds advertisements to almost the whole first page of search results, like the image below displays. Besides conventional ad-supported results, MyWay “virus” may also cause:
- Browser redirects.
- Banners to change with it’s own ones.
- Other forms of ads.
Besides that these numerous advertisements may significantly slow down your computer system, they may also lead you to third-party websites that are not only suspicious but may also be outright dangerous for your PC and the information stored in it. These can be sites containing malware, phishing web pages and even direct links to infection URLs. This is the main reason why security experts consider MyWay and all related to it programs as potentially harmful and a low-level threat.
Remove MyWay Search “Virus” and Protect Your PC from Future Threats
In order for you to completely remove the MyWay search virus, you should bear in mind that you should follow the manual and the automatic removal instructions down below. Since manual removal cannot guarantee that all associated files and objects, created by the MyWay search “virus” are removed from your computer system, researchers advise to use an advanced anti-malware software for the removal as the best method to automatically and fully erase MyWay search virus files permanently. Using such software will also protect your computer against any future intrusions, related to MyWay search and other unwanted software as well as malware.