Cursor Mania Toolbar
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Cursor Mania Toolbar - how to remove this adware?
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.
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.
Cursor Mania 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 My Web Search related entries: "My Web Search (Cursor Mania)", 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 My Web Search related entries: "My Web Search (Cursor Mania)", select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling Cursor Mania, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Cursor Mania removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Cursor Mania from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), 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 "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 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 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 Cursor Mania from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable add-ons and remove "My Web Search". 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 to have problems with redirects to this website, reset your 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.
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:
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:
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:
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