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Remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net from Your Computer

Mysearch-engine.net is yet another suspicious search engine that leads users to third-party sites with malicious intentions. It is most likely set on your computer by a browser hijacker program which is also ad-supported. Such applications are made solely for one purpose – to generate profits to their developers via affiliate schemes and pay-per-click strategies with third-parties.

NameMysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionThe page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages as well as suspicious ones. Reported to link scamming websites as well as other unhealthy online locations.
SymptomsThe user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval and may experience third-party advertised content in the form of blackhat SEO results.
Distribution MethodBundling.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker
User ExperienceJoin our forum to discuss about Mysearch-engine(dot)net browser hijacker.

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Virus researchers strongly advise users to be extremely careful what programs they install and to scan their computers immediately in case they spot mysearch-engine.net on their PCs, instructions for which are provided below.

Mysearch-engine.net – How Did I Install It?

One way to have this mysterious and insecure search engine installed on your computer is by simply having downloaded freeware from a third-party software providing website. Some sites bundle(include) third-party applications within the installers on their websites as a part of a scheme to make profit by aggressively marketing them. This is why security engineers recommend not to install any application from a thrid-party software providing site if it is present in its official website. In case it is not, it is recommended to always use trusted third-party sites that will not bundle PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) such as Mysearch-engine.net browser hijacker with your freeware. It is also highly advisable not to fast-click your way through the installation process and instead to check every installation step for ‘free extras’.

Mysearch-engine.net – Description

Once installed on your computer, this browser hijacker may begin to acquire various information from you with different purposes. This may happen via many tracking technologies including cookies:
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What is more, the suspicious search engine does not have https encryption which is highly uncommon for search engines.
The main danger for users however are the third-party links that are embedded within the search engine when you search something. They are automatically generated with the same text that you type and will lead to the same third-party site no matter what the user types in the search bar:
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When clicked on, at the moment of writing one of the results redirects to an unknown search engine displaying custom third-party results and the other link lead to a fraudulent prize claiming scam for a car and various other cool gadgets. The pop-up claimed that you are the winner every time a search has been made and wanted us to enter our personal information in the following form:
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such prize dude

These are just few of the dangers associated with this suspicious domain. It may also lead to sites that contain malware and infect user PCs.

Removing Mysearch-engine(.)net Completely

In order to get rid of this application fully, you should follow the step-by-step manual below. What is more, it is highly recommended to use an advanced anti-malware program to scan your computer in case you have been infected with malware related to Mysearch-engine(.)net browser hijacker on your computer.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes 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:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker.

    Step 2: Remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker and click “Remove

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    After Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

    2. Remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker. 2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker associated files automatically.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.
    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to detelete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    3. Remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    4. Remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    1. Install STOPZilla Anti Malware to scan for and remove Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker. 2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker associated files completely.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker in the future

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker should be restored.

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    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker threat: Manual removal of Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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