Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Mindspark toolbar removal instructions
Mindspark is a company which develops various toolbars and extensions for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Internet users can download these browser plugins from their homepage, however most commonly they install together with some free software downloaded from the Internet or thought deceptive banner advertisements. Many Internet users reported that Mindspark toolbars were installed on their Internet browsers without their consent. Such unwilling installation could be caused by freeware download clients which advertise such browser plugins in the download steps of the chosen free software. Mindspark toolbars are also being advertised in various download websites, banner ads which are used to promote these browser extensions have download buttons and thus Internet users commonly download these toolbars while thinking that they are downloading some free software.
After successful installation Mindspark toolbars alters Internet browsers settings by changing user's default search engine and homepage to either ask.com or mywebsearch.com To avoid installation of such adware (also called potentially unwanted application) Internet users should be very attentive when downloading free software. If you are offered to install some browser toolbar together with your chosen free software be sure to opt-out such installation by clicking "decline". While Mindspark toolbars are not related to virus or malware infection they cause unwanted browser redirects and thus it's recommended to eliminate them from one's Internet browsers.
Mindspark toolbars are similar to other browser plugins which causes redirect issues, for example babylon toolbar, delta search toolbar and many other. Most commonly Internet users install such adware without their consent and thus experiences unwanted browser redirects. Other problem with such browser toolbars is the fact that they install together with browser helper objects which doesn't allow users to roll back the altered browser settings back to default. The best way to avoid installation of these browser extensions is to download free software from it's developers websites. Also when already installing freeware be sure to choose advanced or custom installation options, this step could reveal hidden installation options, such as bundled toolbars, etc. If you have unwillingly installed any of Mindspark's toolbars use the provided removal guide to eliminate it/them from your Internet browsers.
Here's a list of known Mindspark powered toolbars:
Audio to Audio
Better Career Search
Bring Me Apps
Bring Me Sports
Bring Me Sports Rugby
Bring Me Sports Tennis
Conservative Talk Now
Crazy for Crafts
Crazy for Cricket
Daily Bible Guide
Daily Dollar Guide
Daily Fitness Center
Daily Wellness Guide
Easy Home Decorating
Fantasy Football Boss
File Share Fanatic
Know the Bible
MMA in Motion
My Car Companion
My Daily Runway
My Image Converter
Play Pop Trivia
Product Recall Alert
Round Up Radio
Sample Sale Dash
Total Recipe Search
Video Download Converter
Your Local Lotto
Your Video Chat
From Doc To PDF
How to Simplified
Mindspark toolbar removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel".
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 programs which publisher is Mindspark Interactive Network select each and click " Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling potentially unwanted toolbars which causes browser redirects to home.tb.ask.com or mywebsearch.com website scan your computer for any left unwanted components. To scan your computer use recommended malware removal software. Remove all of the entries that this program detects to make sure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Mindspark toolbars removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Mindspark toolbars from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for toolbars and browser helper objects which publisher is Mindspark Interactive Network select these entries and click "Remove".
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove home.tb.ask.com or mywebsearch.com and enter your preferred domain which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click "Tools" (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing" or any other preferred search engine as your default and then remove "Ask Wen Search" or "My Web Search".
If you continue having problems with redirects to home.tb.ask.com or mywebsearch.com you can reset you 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 Mindspark toolbars from Google Chrome:
Click on bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate Mindspark related browser add-on (you can refer to a list of all known toolbars developed by this company) select it/them and click on a trash can icon.
Click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over home.tb.ask.com or mywebsearch.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click on the "Bars" icon (top right corner), select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Ask.com" or "Mywebsearch.com" and add or select your preferred.
Remove Mindspark toolbars from Mozilla Firefox:
Click "Firefox" (at the top left of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove Mindspark related browser plugins.
To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove home.tb.ask.com or mywebsearch.com and enter your preferred domain.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "mindspark"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
If you continue having problems with redirects to home.tb.ask.com or mywebsearch.com you can reset you 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.