My Web Search Toolbar (redirect)
Also Known As: My Web Search Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
My Web Search Toolbar - how to eliminate browser redirects to search.myway.com etc. ?
What is My Web Search Toolbar?
My Web Search Toolbar is a browser add-on, which adds a search bar, weather forecast quick launch button, etc. to Internet browsers. When installed, this toolbar changes your homepage to search.conduit.com or home.mywebsearch.com This action is taken by default, however, if you look closely at the installation progress of the toolbar, you can elect to change these options so that your homepage is not changed. When searching the Internet using the added search bar, the organic search results are gathered from Google, but the sponsored results are generated by conduit or My Web Search Toolbar.
Clicking the sponsored results can lead to installation of unwanted applications or malware. Deceptive sponsored results and redirects to mywebserach.com clearly indicate that this toolbar should be uninstalled from your computer. Internet users are advised to express great caution when installing free toolbars, software etc., downloaded from the Internet. Each installation phase should be studied carefully to prevent the modification of your default computer settings. Installation of this software can result in the change of your Internet browser's homepage, default search engine, etc.
My Web Search Toolbar can be downloaded from the ourtoolbar.com website (conduit powered toolbars), or may come bundled with third party software. Unwanted toolbars are often bundled with free software that can be downloaded from the Internet. Free software developers monetize their products using toolbars or other software. There are two different types of toolbar that redirect computer users to an identical landing-page. These toolbars, and the websites to which they redirect, are developed by Mindspark, a company that develops online applications. This removal guide demonstrates how to remove both of these toolbars from your computer (mywebsearch.com and myway.com)
Why should the My Web Search Toolbar be uninstalled from your PC?
- This toolbar changes your homepage and default Internet search engine
- Deceptive sponsored results in the presented search bar could lead to malware installation
- Having this toolbar installed on your computer increases the risk of identity theft
- The new Internet browser's tabs are redirected to the My Web Search website
- What is My Web Search Toolbar?
- STEP 1. Uninstall My Way Speedbar and mywebsearch Toolbar applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove My Web Search redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove My Web Search browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove My Web Search homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
My Web Search Toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs" and click "Uninstall a program".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Programs and Features".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "My Way Speedbar, mywebsearch Toolbar", select these entries and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling My Way Search Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
My Web Search Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove My Web Search Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for My Way Search Toolbar related entries (My Way Speedbar, myBar BHO, mywebsearch Toolbar) and disable them.
To change your homepage from search.conduit.com to your preferred domain: Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the my web search toolbar (redirect), reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove My Web Search Toolbar from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "mywebsearch", select it and click on the trash can icon.
To change your homepage from search.conduit.com to you preferred domain, click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.conduit.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the my web search toolbar (redirect), reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove My Web Search Toolbar from FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "mywebsearch".
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window, remove search.conduit.com and enter your preferred domain.
Computer users who have problems with my web search toolbar (redirect) removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window, click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in My Web Search Toolbar (redirect) distribution:
To avoid installation of My Web Search Toolbar (redirect) be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
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