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.
|Name||Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The 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.|
|Symptoms||The 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.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Mysearch-engine(dot)net browser hijacker.|
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:
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:
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:
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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker and click “Remove”
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.
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’.
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.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Mysearch-engine(dot)net Browser Hijacker
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.