MuzikTrak is a browser hijacker that redirects users to Search.mysearch.com. The site is connected to APN, LLC, and the company The Whiz, Ltd. developed the hijacker program. To remove the hijacker and all redirects, you should read this article.
MuzikTrak can change browser settings, as the search engine of your browsers, the homepage, and new tabs. The hijacker can also add a browser extension. Search results display adverts and are misleading.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers will have their homepage, new tabs and the search engine changed. Sponsored ad results appear in search results.|
|Symptoms||Modifies the browser homepage, new tabs and the search engine.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss MuzikTrak.|
MuzikTrak – How Did I Get It?
MuzikTrak is found within third-party installers. The hijacker can enter your computer without your knowledge because it can hide in freeware installers and bundled packages. Similar packages often include additional components for installation, which may not be disclosed, and in the end you see the Search.mysearch.com page all over your browsers. Avoiding this is usually done by performing a simple check for a Custom or an Advanced menu inside an installation.
MuzikTrak can be found on the Google Web Store like other hijackers. Advertisements, like banners and pop-ups might also spread this hijacker. Visiting suspicious websites does not exclude its delivery either. Those websites may also be affiliated with the unwanted program. All browsers can be affected, but mainly Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.
MuzikTrak – Detailed Information
Muziktrak.thewhizproducts.com is the main website portal of the browser hijacker called MuzikTrak. The program is developed by The Whiz, Ltd. and is tightly associated with the known browser hijacker makers – APN, LLC. Both of them made the predecessor of this hijacker and that is MuzikFury.
When it enters your computer, the hijacker makes changes to it and to every browser it finds. It can easily modify almost any browser’s homepage, new tabs, and even its search engine. Another thing that is commonly appearing is the related browser extension that has the same name. A toolbar is shown that links to popular music sites and this time can even play music. You can’t choose the music but its sponsored content. The extension could do the following things:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Manage your apps, add-ons, extensions and themes
Your searches will inevitably be filtered through the Search.mysearch.com domain address and that goes for any type of queries. Not only you get redirected to the above mentioned domain, but can also get redirected to sites partnered with MuzikTrak. You can witness sponsored and paid content and search results with advertisements and misdirections.
As you see in the image, the advertisements appearing are inevitable and cannot be avoided. Aside from the in-text ads and links which are shown above, you might see other forms of advertising such as pop-ups, pop-unders, banners or other. The websites you could encounter due to redirects may be getting revenue based on a pay-per-click principle.
- Your IP address
- The address of the last URL you visited
- Your browser and platform types
- Your browser language
- The data in any undeleted “cookies” that your browser previously accepted
- Search queries and misspelled URLs you enter using any related service
You can get a glimpse of the policy in the image down here:
Be aware that using the MuzikTrak search engine and all of its related services and other search applications, you give your consent for personal data collection by all of them. Said data can be shared with affiliates and partners of the hijacker, including other third-parties. Cookies may be used to track your browsing activity further.
Remove MuzikTrak and Search.mysearch.com Completely
To remove MuzikTrak manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker and the redirects completely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. A tool like this will keep your system secure in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove MuzikTrak from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MuzikTrak from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MuzikTrak from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MuzikTrak from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MuzikTrak from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MuzikTrak from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MuzikTrak from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MuzikTrak from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MuzikTrak
Step 2: Uninstall MuzikTrak 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by MuzikTrak on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by MuzikTrak there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MuzikTrak from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MuzikTrak and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 MuzikTrak 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove MuzikTrak 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.
Erase MuzikTrak 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.
Uninstall MuzikTrak 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.
Remove MuzikTrak 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the MuzikTrak will be removed.
Eliminate MuzikTrak 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.