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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.

Threat Summary

Name MuzikTrak
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
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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.

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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.

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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.

The Privacy Policy of Search.mysearch.com has been updated. IAC Search and Media Europe Limited are now a major affiliate partner of APN, LLC outside America. The policy claims that personal information will be collected. And as mentioned in the policy, that information is:

  • 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:

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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.

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How to Remove MuzikTrak from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MuzikTrak

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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 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. 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 MuzikTrak 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 MuzikTrak 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 MuzikTrak 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'.

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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.

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


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Get rid of MuzikTrak from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall MuzikTrak and remove related files and objects

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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 MuzikTrak:

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 MuzikTrak. 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 MuzikTrak. 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 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:

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 MuzikTrak. 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 MuzikTrak files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as MuzikTrak, 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 MuzikTrak:


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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.


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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.



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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.



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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".

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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 MuzikTrak 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 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.


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