SearchFormsOnline Toolbar

Also Known As: SearchFormsOnline browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Hp.myway.com redirect removal instructions

What is hp.myway.com?

SearchFormsOnline is a deceptive application that supposedly helps users to find US government forms relating to taxes, healthcare, travel, etc. On initial inspection, this functionality may appear legitimate and useful, however, SearchFormsOnline often infiltrates systems without users' consent. Furthermore, this app stealthily modifies web browser settings, displays intrusive online advertisements, and continually collects various user/system information. For these reasons, SearchFormsOnline is categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

hp.myway.com browser hijacker

SearchFormsOnline targets Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers. Following infiltration, the app assigns the default search engine/homepage/new tab URL settings to hp.myway.com. These changes may not seem significant, however, users are unable to revert them - SearchFormsOnline reassigns any attempted changes. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users continually encounter unwanted browser redirects to hp.myway.com, significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. SearchFormsOnline uses a 'virtual layer' to deliver pop-up, banner, and other similar advertisements. These ads conceal underlying content, and might also lead to malicious websites. Therefore, clicking them is risky and can result in further computer infections. Another downside is information tracking. This app continually records IP addresses, search queries websites visited, and other similar information relating to users' Internet browsing activity. The collected data might be personally identifiable and shared by SearchFormsOnline's developers (Mindspark Interactive Network) with cooperating third party companies (who often misuse private details to generate revenue). The presence of an information-tracking app on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. For these reasons, SearchFormsOnline should be uninstalled immediately.

There are dozens of browser-hijacking apps designed by Mindspark Interactive Network identical to SearchFormsOnline. Examples include MarineAquariumLite, VideoDownloadConverter, HomeworkSimplified, and many others. Note that all of these apps offer different functionality, however, they have identical behavior. By offering various 'useful features', apps such as SearchFormsOnline often trick users to install. Their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers and provide no significant value for regular users. Browser-hijacking apps simply cause unwanted redirects and record private data.

How did SearchFormsOnline install on my computer?

SearchFormsOnline has an official download website, however, developers also proliferate it by employing a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, most users install SearchFormsOnline inadvertently, without their consent. Developers hide bundled programs within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download/installation processes. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of bogus applications, including SearchFormsOnline.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent system infiltration by PUPs, be cautious when downloading and installing software. Closely analyze each step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Furthermore, decline offers to download/install additional applications.

SearchFormsOnline browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official SearchFormsOnline browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting SearchFormsOnline browser hijacker:

Website used to promote SearchFormsOnline browser hijacker

Quick menu:

SearchFormsOnline browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

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

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

hp.myway.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications (for example, "SearchFormsOnline Internet Explorer..."), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the hp.myway.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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SearchFormsOnline browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing hp.myway.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing hp.myway.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://hp.myway.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing hp.myway.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), 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 "myway".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchformsonline browser hijacker, 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 wish 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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing hp.myway.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "SearchFormsOnline", and other recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing hp.myway.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hp.myway.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing hp.myway.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "myway" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchformsonline browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing hp.myway.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "SearchFormsOnline", and all other recently-installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing hp.myway.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://hp.myway.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing hp.myway.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "myway"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with searchformsonline browser hijacker removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

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 wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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. 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.

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