Bring Me Sports Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Bring Me Sports Toolbar - how to eliminate redirects to mywebsearch.com?
The Bring Me Sports browser toolbar was developed by Mindspark. This extension promises to show live sports events, scores, etc. on your computer. This browser toolbar alone is not related to malware or virus infections, however, it changes users' homepage and default search engine settings to mywebsearch.com This behaviour can be categorized as ad-ware. The toolbar is installed in a number of ways: Internet users can download this toolbar from its homepage, or it may automatically install together with freeware downloaded from the Internet. Internet users should always express caution when installing free software - developers of these products commonly bundle their free programs with browser add-ons for monetization purposes.
The Bring Me Sports toolbar redirect to mywebsearch.com is applied in order to monetize incoming web traffic - each user-click on the sponsored search results within the displayed search engine, generates revenue for Mindspark. Using mywebsearch.com for your daily Internet searches adds no real value when compared with legitimate search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, etc. Moreover, the displayed third party ads can lead to installation of other unwanted software or even malware.
The Bring Me Sports toolbar is an unwanted browser toolbar that causes redirect issues and diminished Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox) performance. Note that all of the shortcuts presented by this browser extension can be reached without using this toolbar. If you have willingly installed this toolbar and are aware of the redirects to mywebsearch.com, you need take no further action. If, however, you feel that you have inadvertently installed the Bring Me Sports toolbar, use the information provided to eliminate this browser toolbar and associated redirect issues.
Bring Me Sports 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: "BringMeSports 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: "BringMeSports Toolbar", select this entry and click Remove.
After uninstalling BringMeSports Toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Bring Me Sports Toolbar removal from browsers:
Remove Bring Me Sports Toolbar from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Mindspark Interactive Network related entries (BringMeSports, Search Assistant BHO, Toolbar 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 Bring Me Sports Toolbar from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable add-ons and remove "BringMeSports". 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.
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 Bring Me Sports Adware distribution:
To avoid installation of Bring Me Sports Adware 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 Bring Me Sports Adware from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.