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Remove Mybrowser-search.com Hijacker

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This article explains the issues that occur in case of infection with mybrowser-search.com hijacker and provides a complete guide on how to remove harmful files from the system and how to restore affected browsers.

In case that you see the domain mybrowser-search.com to load during your regular browsing sessions, this is a warning that your computer has been affected by a potentially undesired program. Once this program finds a way to run its configuration files on your system it could access settings of installed web browsers in order to alter them and hijack target browsers. So after the changes occur the domain of this hijacker may be set to appear as browser start page, new tab page and default search engine. Keep reading and find out how to fix this issue.

Threat Summary

NameMybrowser-search.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short DescriptionDomain that hosts questionable search enigne. Its configuration files hijack main browser settings without your permission and you start see the main page of this search engine each time you open an affected browser.
Symptoms Affected web browsers have their settings modified by the hijacker. Their homepages, new tab pages and default search enigne in preferred web browser are set to dislay the main page of Safesearchprotect.com hijacker. Browser slowdowns occur due to increased number of online ads.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Mybrowser-search.com – Spread Techniques

Being a potentially unwanted program of browser hijacker form mybrowser-search.com is likely to be spread with the help of shady techniques that aim to conceal its presence and trick users into running its configuration files unintentionally. Among these techniques are usually software bundling, corrupted web pages, fake software update notifications, and other.

In the case that the PUP landed on your device via the technique software bundling you might have installed it along with any desired and supposedly useful free third-party program. How you might installed it without noticing its presence in the installer of the desired app. The moment of its installation is often missed by users who choose to follow the regular setup steps. An opportunity that could help you to prevent unattended installation of undesired apps on your device is hidden in the Advanced/Custom configuration step.

Once you get familiar with all details presented there you could choose wisely how to act further. In case that you see some unnecessary extras, you could opt out their installation and continue with the installation of the primary app.

Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari could be affected by mybrowser-search.com hijacker.

Mybrowser-search.com – More About Its Impact

Mybrowser-search.com is classified as browser hijacker due to the shady ways it uses to access computer systems. Most of the registered cases of infection with this undesired app indicate that its code is designed to modify main browser settings in order to force affected uses into using a questionable search engine.

By replacing the start pages, new tab pages and default search engines of target browsers with its domain address, the hijacker leaves you with no other choice but to use its bogus services. Following modifications, its main page becomes the first one to load in your preferred web browser.

Here is a screenshot of an affected Mozilla Firefox browser:

mybrowser-search.com hijacker main page sensorstechfroum removal guide

A misleading visual combination of the design of this hijacker is Google’s logo accompanied by the phrase Custom Search. This trick is applied by hijackers’ owners in an attempt to make you more prone to use the services of their bogus search engine.

However, the purpose of their product has nothing in common with the proper performance of its searching services. Being an undesired program that infiltrates computer devices without users’ knowledge, mybrowser-search.com primarily aims to achieve two goals:

  1. To obtain data from affected browsers and systems
  2. To run the advertising scheme pay-per-click and generate profits to its owners

So as long as you are using the searching services provided by this hijacker you should know that the results it generates may not be the ones that suit best your search query. Based on your search query, however, the hijacker is likely to display lots of sponsored results in an attempt to trick you into visiting them. This could be explained by the fact that each click on an ad displayed by their program generates revenue for its owners.

What’s more the ads may come in various other shapes and types. Except search ads, mybrowser-search.com hijacker could be generating lots of annoying pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, sliders, images and so on. Unfortunately, instead of being useful and provide you valuable propositions these ads are likely to expose your system at risk of drive-by download attacks caused by the web pages they promote. So be careful which of them you visit or better avoid visiting any.

As of data collection practices associated with mybrowser-search.com hijacker, some of them could be reviewed on its privacy policy page. And here is what this program is able to obtain and transfer to its servers as long as it is running on your device:

  • Browsing history
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Search queries
  • Type of used browser

Even if it’s not mentioned as typical browser hijacker, mybrowser-search.com may be also collecting:

  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system
  • Browser’s home page
  • Operating system type

Collection of sensitive data could be explained by the fact that hijacker’s owners need it for the optimization of their advertising campaigns. Another reason may be its selling to third-parties of unknown origin.

If you want to clean your computer and prevent all issues caused by mybrowser-search.com you need to remove all files associated with the program from the system and then reset the settings of affected browsers. See how to go step-by-step through the removal of this hijacker in the guide below.

How to Remove Mybrowser-search.com Browser Hijacker

In order to remove Mybrowser-search.com hijacker and all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser, you need to complete all removal steps below in their exact order. The removal guide below presents both manual and automatic removal steps. Be notified that only combined they could help you to get rid of this undesired program and provide for the overall security of your device as well. Have in mind that files associated with this hijacker may be stored with names different than Mybrowser-search.com.

In case that you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment under the article or contact us via email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove Mybrowser-search.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Mybrowser-search.com

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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 Mybrowser-search.com 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 Mybrowser-search.com 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 Mybrowser-search.com 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 Mybrowser-search.com 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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 Mybrowser-search.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Mybrowser-search.com 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 Mybrowser-search.com:

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 Mybrowser-search.com. 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 Mybrowser-search.com. 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 Mybrowser-search.com 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 Mybrowser-search.com. 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 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.



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Remove Mybrowser-search.com 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 Mybrowser-search.com 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 Mybrowser-search.com 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 Mybrowser-search.com 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.

stf-safari-extensions


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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Mybrowser-search.com 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 Mybrowser-search.com 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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