Cursor Mania Toolbar

Also Known As: Cursor Mania Virus, Type: Adware, Distribution: High
Damage level Damage level: Medium

Cursor Mania Toolbar - how to remove this adware?

What is Cursor Mania?

The Cursor Mania browser add-on enhances users' Internet browsing experience by allowing modifications to the mouse cursor style. This browser extension is developed by Mindspark and similar to Zwinky toolbar and MyWebFace Toolbar. Note that users wishing to access Mindspark's website features have to install an associated toolbar. While these browser plug-ins are not related to virus or malware infections, they do change browser settings and cause redirects to home.mywebserach.com The Cursor Mania Toolbar is advertised by various online banner ads and it may also be bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet. If you feel that you have not willingly installed this browser add-on, it is likely that it was bundled with freeware that you have downloaded.

When installed, this extension changes your browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox) settings such that your homepage, default search engine, and each newly-opened tab redirects to the home.mywebsearch.com website. This redirect is applied for monetization - each user to click on the sponsored search results within the mywebsearch website generates revenue for the creators of Cursor Mania. To avoid installation of unwanted toolbars, and to keep your browser settings unchanged, computer users should closely inspect each installation window of free software or free browser extensions and opt-out of any proposed changes.

cursor mania toolbar

Freeware developers commonly bundle their free programs with browser extensions that cause redirect issues. Whilst Cursor Mania is not technically a virus or malware, it is classed as an unwanted application or adware. If you have willingly installed this browser plug-in to change your cursor style, and are aware of redirects to mywebsearch.com, you need take no further action. If, however, you feel that Cursor Mania was installed on your computer without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this browser extension from your PC.

Quick menu:

Cursor Mania removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs and Features".

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".

WIndows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".

cursor mania removal

In the uninstall programs window, look for "My Web Search (Cursor Mania)", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling Cursor Mania, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.

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Cursor Mania removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove Cursor Mania from Internet Explorer:

cursor mania removal Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Mindspark Interactive Network related entries (MyWebSearch Settings, My Web Search, MyWebSearch Search Assistant, mwsBar BHO) and disable them.

To change your homepage from home.mywebsearch.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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.

Optional method:

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove Cursor Mania from FireFox:

cursor mania removal mozilla firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable add-ons and remove "My Web Search".

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon(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.

Optional method:

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,firefox menu iconin the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

Select "Troubleshooting Information".

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset by clicking the

Summary:

Cursor Mania Toolbar is an adware program that tracks user's Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user's Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don't properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download.

Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the “decline” button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications. Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn't allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it's developers website. Screenshot of the free software download clients that are used in Cursor Mania Toolbar distribution:

Free software download clients used in adware distribution

To avoid installation of Cursor Mania Toolbar be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars:

Using decline button to avoid installation of adware

When installing the already downloaded free program choose “custom” or “advanced” installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program:

Using custom installation when downloading free software
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