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Remove Pets by MyWay and home.pets.myway(dot)com

Pets by MyWay is an application that may appear beneficial and friendly to the pet lovers. It provides users with images of pets and animals that customize your search engine’s background. In fact, Pets by MyWay is considered to be potentially unwanted program (PUP) and it is not a surprise as our research shows that it is most likely a MindSpark Interactive Inc. development.

NamePets by MyWay
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionThe program may be advertised as useful but it causes issues on the system.
SymptomsAds are displayed, the browser’s default settings may be changed.
Distribution MethodInstallation of PUPs, third party software installers.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Pets by MyWay

General Description of Pets by MyWay

The aim of the application is to convince the user that it is a useful and friendly search engine with pleasant pet background and shortcuts to popular web pages such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Gmail, Amazon, and Yahoo. However, the developers of Pets by MyWay is MindSpark. Although the app pretends to be legitimate and reliable, its real aim appears to be advertising of its sponsors. According to the provided Privacy Policy of MindSpark their products are exposed to various security issues and should be regarded as insecure. The case with Pets by MyWay is not an exception of the rules and the application is classified as a browser hijacker.

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Distribution method and Behavior of Pets by MyWay

Its distribution is in most cases bundling with other suspicious programs. So it is highly recommended to check all installed programs on your computer with an advanced AV scanner.

Once executed on your PC, the program will install a browser extension to your internet browser. Therefore, it will modify the browser settings and make home.pets.myway(dot)com the default homepage. Opening a New Tab page may again land you on the same page. As Pets by MyWay’s main purpose is to advertise its sponsors, every time you use this search engine your search results will be modified and links to third-party websites will be frequently included. Thereby, the users are exposed to security related issues because the majority of third-party websites or ads and sponsored links redirect to websites with malicious content.

Pets by MyWay is supported by Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Chrome web browsers. In addition, this browser hijacker uses a lot of cookies that may collect information about user’s browsing history, search history, online clicks, IP address and location.

Remove Pets by MyWay completely

If you have detected this browser hijacker on your PC, you probably have other unwanted programs installed. Using a professional AV scanner will do the detection of all possibly threats and help you keep your PC safe. Complete removal of Pets by MyWay can be done either manually, following the step-by-step instructions provided below, or automatically – by using an advanced malware removal tool.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay.

    Step 2: Remove Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay and click “Remove

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    After Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Pets by MyWay. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Pets by MyWay will be removed.

    In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:

    Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Pets by MyWay.

    Removing Pets by MyWay from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

    1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
    2. Select one of the two options provided below:

    For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

    For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

    3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
    4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

    While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

    Removing Pets by MyWay from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:

    Substep 1:

    Open the Start Menu
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    Substep 2:

    Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.

    Substep 3:

    After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
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    Substep 4:

    You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
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    Substep 5:

    After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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    Substep 6:

    Click on Restart.
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    Substep 7:

    A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove Pets by MyWay.

    Step 4: Remove Pets by MyWay automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all Pets by MyWay associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Pets by MyWay threat: Manual removal of Pets by MyWay 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.

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer, focused on user privacy and malicious software. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’.

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