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.
|Name||Pets by MyWay|
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The program may be advertised as useful but it causes issues on the system.|
|Symptoms||Ads are displayed, the browser’s default settings may be changed.|
|Distribution Method||Installation of PUPs, third party software installers.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Pets by MyWay|
General Description of Pets by MyWay
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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Pets by MyWay.
Step 2: Remove Pets by MyWay from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Pets by MyWay and click “Remove”
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.
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’.
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.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Pets by MyWay
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.
– 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:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
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.