Zwinky Toolbar - how to remove browser redirects to home.mywebsearch.com?
Zwinky is an online service which let's it's users to create their own cartoon avatars. While many computer users could find this service useful it's developers have chosen a deceptive monetization strategy by asking their users to download Zwinky toolbar in order to use their free services. This toolbar when installed on users computer will change Internet browsers settings by changing user's homepage and default search engine. Moreover every new opened tab will be redirected to home.mywebsearch.com website. Notice that using the mentioned website for your daily Internet searches doesn't add any real value - this redirect is applied for monetization purposes. Every time a computer user clicks on sponsored search results developers of Zwinky Toolbar would gain revenue.
Furthermore PC users complain that it's very hard to eliminate Zwinky toolbar and related redirect issues from their computers. While this browser add-on is not related to malware or virus infections it doesn't add any real value and it should be eliminated from your system to avoid Internet browser slowdown issues and possible malware infections. If you feel that you haven't installed Zwinky toolbar on your computer but it still appeared, this most be a consequence of free software installation. Free software developers are commonly bundling their free programs with browser add-ons for monetization purposes.
To avoid unwilling installation of Zwinky toolbar or similar unwanted application computer users should always closely inspect every installation step of free software that they have downloaded from the Internet. When installing freeware be sure to disallow any changes to be made to your Internet browser settings. To sum up Zwinky toolbar is not a virus or malware however it's an unwanted application which is complicated to eliminate. If you have downloaded Zwinky toolbar by yourself and you are using it you don't need to perform any removal steps, however if you feel annoyed by redirects to home.mywebsearch.com and you feel that this browser extension was installed on your computer without your consent you can use the provided removal guide to eliminate this Zwinky toolbar.
Zwinky toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for Mindspark Interactive Network related entries: "Zwinky Toolbar" select this entry and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for Mindspark Interactive Network related entries: "Zwinky Toolbar" select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling Zwinky Toolbar scan your computer for any left unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended anti-spyware software.
Zwinky Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Zwinky Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Mindspark Interactive Network related entries (5qbar.dll, Zwinky, Toolbar BHO, Search Assistant BHO) and disable them. To change your homepage from home.mywebsearch.com to your preferred: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove home.mywebsearch.com and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue having problems with redirects to this website you can reset you Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "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 on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove Zwinky Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable add-ons and remove "Zwinky". To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove home.mywebsearch.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue having problems with redirects to this website you can reset you Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.