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.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Pets by MyWay from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Pets by MyWay from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Pets by MyWay from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Pets by MyWay from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Pets by MyWay from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Pets by MyWay from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Pets by MyWay from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Pets by MyWay from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Pets by MyWay
Step 2: Uninstall Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Pets by MyWay from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay 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 Pets by MyWay will be removed.
Eliminate Pets by MyWay 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.