MySocialShortcut is a new browser hijacker application developed by the Mindspark Interactive Network. You can directly download its browser extension from the site of the same name or Google’s Chrome web store. If you have the extension or any other unwanted program on your computer your homepage, search engine and new tab will be changed to Hp.myway(.)com. A toolbar could appear and search results could mislead you and show ads and targeted content. To see how to remove this hijacker and reverse the changes it made, you should read the article to its end.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||All browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and filter your search queries.|
|Symptoms||Browser settings which are changed are the homepage, search engine, new tab, and browser extensions. A toolbar can be added, too. You can see targeted content and advertisements.|
|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 MySocialShortcut.|
MySocialShortcut – Delivery
The Hp.myway(.)com page of MySocialShortcut uses the usual methods for delivery. It can be delivered with the help of third-party installations. Bundled software, along with free programs, can install the hijacker on your PC. Freeware setups could have more components to be added set as a default install. Lots of settings can get changed or modified until you notice you have the hijacker on your computer. Preventing unwanted programs from installing is doable when you find Custom or Advanced settings in a setup.
As you can see in the picture above, Hp.myway(.)com can use alternative methods to spread its search engine and tamper with your search settings. The method shown above is by using an extension downloadable at the Chrome Web Store. Another is by using advertisements on websites, such as pop-ups, banners, and any additional advertisement content or redirects. Such websites could be partners or affiliates with Mindspark. The following browsers can be affected: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer/Edge, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.
MySocialShortcut – Information
MySociaShortcut(.)com is the main download page of the browser hijacker application of the same name. MyWay, owned by Mindspark Interactive Network has developed the hijacker, as many other ones, like TestForSpeed. If you have any application associated with it on your PC, the search engine, start page and new tab of your browsers will change to Hp.myway(.)com.
You can view the below image to see how the changed page looks like:
The Hp.myway(.)com web page consists of a search bar, with many links in the form of buttons. The buttons redirect to popular social media sites, but can be changed in a way to display advertisements and targeted content. That page will replace your search engine and settings of all browsers you have, including the new tab setting and home page. Browser extensions could be added as well as a toolbar.
An extension associated to the hijacker does the following:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Read and change your browsing history
- Manage your downloads
- Manage your apps, extensions and themes
If any application related to Hp.myway(.)com or MySocialShortcut(.)com enters your PC system, you will notice a lot of changes when you are browsing. Your computer might become affected by such apps with the aid of bundled software. You can see various sponsored content or targeted advertisements in the search results. The address that your searches go through is int.search.myway(.)com/search/:
As you can see when you use Hp.myway(.)com your searches get filtered by the search engine of MyWay. You can get redirected to search.myway(.)com and also see lots of pop-up ads related to the hijacker, such as the following one:
As Mindspark is a big company, notorious for their many browser hijackers, you should be very careful with what you type in searches. Do not click on the social buttons of MySocialShortcut, because the links might be modified to redirect or show you targeted content when the page loads. Read below to find out what information can be gathered from you.
According to the Policy, information is still collected, even personally identifiable one, including:
- Your name
- Your address
- Email address
- Telephone number
- Number of your page views
- What links you clicked
- Your login times
The following excerpts quoted from the policy, are important as they are indicative of Mindspark:
Mindspark, its Affiliates, or Service Providers may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world.
The services of Hp.myway(.)com and Mindspark, including all toolbars and applications related to them gives your approval for automatic information collection. All data that is gathered may be disclosed to third parties. You should remove this unwanted program as soon as possible.
Remove MySocialShortcut Completely from Your PC
To remove Hp.myway(.)com and anything associated to MySocialShortcut manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer safe in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove MySocialShortcut from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of MySocialShortcut from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove MySocialShortcut from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase MySocialShortcut from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall MySocialShortcut from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove MySocialShortcut from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate MySocialShortcut from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove MySocialShortcut from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove MySocialShortcut
Step 2: Uninstall MySocialShortcut 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 MySocialShortcut 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 MySocialShortcut there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of MySocialShortcut from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall MySocialShortcut 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 MySocialShortcut 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 MySocialShortcut 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 MySocialShortcut 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 MySocialShortcut 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 MySocialShortcut 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 MySocialShortcut will be removed.
Eliminate MySocialShortcut 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.