Also Known As: MyWebFace Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
MyWebFace toolbar - how to remove this adware (redirects to home.mywebsearch.com)?
What is MyWebFace?
MyWebFace Toolbar is a browser add-on that allows users to access an online tool called MyWebFace. This web tool enables users to transform their face photos into cartoon images, share their creations, etc. Whilst such functionality is seen by many as useful and fun, in order to access this tool, users are asked to install the MyWebFace toolbar - adware that modifies users' Internet browser settings and causes redirects to mywebsearch.com When installed on your PC, the toolbar will change your default search engine and homepage to home.mywebsearch.com Moreover, each newly-opened browser tab will also redirect to the this website.
If your Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox) redirect you to mywebsearch.com, in most cases this is a consequence of installing one of Mindspark's browser extensions. The MyWebFace toolbar is similar to Zwinky toolbar. Note that these extensions can be downloaded from their homepage or may be bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet. To avoid installation of unwanted browser toolbars and extensions that cause redirect issues, computer users should always closely check each installation step of any freeware they intend to install. When installing, disallow any additional software installation options and opt-out of any changes to your Internet browser settings.
While MyWebFace's services are not directly related to malware or virus infections, the toolbar modifies users' Internet browser settings and thus is categorized as an unwanted application. Moreover, computer users report that it is complicated to remove the browser extension and related browser redirect issues. If you have willingly installed this toolbar, are content with the services provided, and you are aware of the redirects, then you need take no further action. If, however, you feel that this browser add-on was installed on your computer without your consent and are annoyed by redirects to home.mywebsearch.com, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this browser add-on.
- What is MyWebFace?
- STEP 1. Uninstall MyWebFace Toolbar application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove MyWebFace redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove MyWebFace browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove MyWebFace homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
MyWebFace toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".
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 screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "MyWebFace Toolbar", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling MyWebFace Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
MyWebFace Toolbar removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove MyWebFace Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Mindspark Interactive Network related entries (5abar.dll, MyWebFace, Search Assistant BHO, Toolbar BHO) and disable them.
To change your homepage from home.mywebsearch.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 home.mywebsearch.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to this website, 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 want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove MyWebFace 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 add-ons and remove "MyWebFace".
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 home.mywebsearch.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to this website, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
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 want 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 MyWebFace Toolbar distribution:
To avoid installation of MyWebFace Toolbar 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove MyWebFace Toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.
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