Remove by Mindspark

Remove by Mindspark


A known unwanted program created by the Mindspark Interactive Network has re-emerged on the Web. is the main download page for a browser hijacker of the same name. The updated version of the program comes with more advertisements, redirects, and pop-ups. To see how to remove this program, you should read the article to the end. The hijacker changes the homepage, new tab page and search engine of your browsers. Search results might be misleading and full of ads and sponsored content.

Threat Summary
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionYour browsers have their homepage, search engine and new tab page changed.
SymptomsYou see a new homepage and new tab page in your browsers. A new search engine is also set. You get redirected. You see advertisements on web pages, especially in search results.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss – Distribution generally distributes through third-party installations. The hijacker get in your PC without your awareness, because it hides in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packs, additional components can be selected for default installation. They might be improperly disclosed, so you end up with on your PC. Just pushing the button Next repeatedly in a setup until it’s complete will lead to that result. Avoiding unwanted installations, is usually done by checking for a Custom or an Advanced menu.

Other ways of distribution for this hijacker are through advertisement pop-up and banner clicks or from visiting untrusted sites. Websites with low reputation, you could get redirected to, are probably affiliates of Mindspark Interactive. Affected browsers can be Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. – More Information is the name of a browser hijacker developed by Mindspark Interactive Network Inc.. It is the newest iteration of the toolbar bearing the same name. If the unwanted app is on your computer, different settings are changed in your browsers – homepage, new tab page, and search engine. The hijacker can redirect you to product pages and sites that are partnered with Mindspark.

As started as a toolbar, it is not excluded that you may get the toolbar version of it. It is possible for another kind of a browser extension or an add-on to be installed as well. Usually, they also come bundled with apps installed on your PC. A toolbar or an extension supporting the hijacker can also redirect you. An extension related to the hijacker can do 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, add-ons, extensions and themes

The company has made many other browser hijackers and adware programs over the years. Newer examples are TestiNetSpeed and EasyPhotoEdit.

Every bit of information you type into the search engine of can be collected. The page of the search engine will also be set as your homepage and new tab and has the address.


The results of your search queries can be incorrect or misleading. In the search results or on web pages there are different advertisements showing in the form of in-text links, messages, banners, and pop-ups. You can see examples on the image down here:


You can get redirected from the advertisement messages, no matter if you click on a pop-up, banner or some link inside a text. All redirects probably generate traffic to webpages, and they receive revenue based on pay-per-click.

The Privacy Policy of redirects to the Mindspark’s general EULA and Policy page found at With the newer version of their program the privacy policy has been changed this February.


Despite the recent change, the policy still states that personal information can be collected, even personally identifiable one. It is not exactly stated what kind of info is to be gathered, but here are two important excerpts quoted from the policy:

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.


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.

This means that using any services or products related not only to but Mindspark as well, gives your approval for information collection. All of your gathered data may be shared with third parties. You should remove this undesirable application immediately. Free online programs exist, converting to various formats, which don’t collect information from you.

Remove Completely

To remove manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. If the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a tool will keep your PC secure 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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