Bring Me Sports Adware
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
Bring Me Sports Toolbar - how to eliminate redirects to mywebsearch.com?
What is Bring Me Sports toolbar?
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.
Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Bring Me Sports Toolbar
- What is Bring Me Sports?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Bring Me Sports toolbar application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Bring Me Sports add-on from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Bring Me Sports extension from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Bring Me Sports ads from Safari.
Bring Me Sports toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
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 lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Bring Me Sports toolbar", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "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:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser plugins:
Remove malicious add-ons 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 (BringMeSports, 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 removal of the bring me sports , 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla 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 "BringMeSports".
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.
Computer users who have problems with bring me sports removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
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 wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History 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. To avoid installation of bring me sports 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.
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