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MyWay Search “Virus” Redirect – How to Remove from Browser and PC

Update August 2019. This article aims to help you by showing how to remove “MyWay” search redirect virus from your computer and your web browser completely.

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.

Threat Summary

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.
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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.

And since MyWay is a search engine that is also supported entirely by Mindspark Interactive Network, it also uses it’s privacy policy:

In addition to this, MyWay search also does not hide in this privacy policy what it may do with your information:

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:
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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:

  • Pop-ups.
  • 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.

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How to Remove MyWay Search "Virus" from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MyWay Search "Virus"

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall MyWay Search "Virus" and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors 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:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by MyWay Search "Virus" on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by MyWay Search "Virus" there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for MyWay Search "Virus" with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of MyWay Search "Virus" from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall MyWay Search "Virus" and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to MyWay Search "Virus":

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to MyWay Search "Virus". If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to MyWay Search "Virus". Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove MyWay Search "Virus" via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as MyWay Search "Virus". If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove MyWay Search "Virus" files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MyWay Search "Virus", the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for MyWay Search "Virus":


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Remove MyWay Search "Virus" from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase MyWay Search "Virus" from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall MyWay Search "Virus" from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove MyWay Search "Virus" from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the MyWay Search "Virus" will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate MyWay Search "Virus" from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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