My Forms Suite browser hijacker removal instructions
What is My Forms Suite?
My Forms Suite is a rogue application that supposedly allows users to download various document forms. It is identical to Find My Ancestry, Easy Weather Forecast, Fast Login Email Now, and dozens of other browser-hijacking applications. My Forms Suite may seem to be a legitimate and useful app, however, it is categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted application (PUA). The main reasons for these negative associations are stealth installation without users' consent, promotion of a fake search engine (search.hmyformssuite.com), and tracking of browsing activity.
My Forms Suite promotes the search.hmyformssuite.com fake search engine by hijacking popular browsers and assigning this address as the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage. These changes may seem insignificant, however, users are unable to revert them, since My Forms Suite reassigns browser options when attempts are made to change them. Some of the modified settings are simply inaccessible. Ultimately, users are encouraged to visit search.hmyformssuite.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the browsing experience. In addition, search.hmyformssuite.com is a useless search engine, since it simply redirects users to search.yahoo.com whenever a search query is entered. Therefore, search.hmyformssuite.com does not generate any unique results and users end up searching the web via Yahoo (a legitimate search engine). My Forms Suite and search.hmyformssuite.com also record data relating to browsing activity. The list of collected data types usually includes (but is not limited to) IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and geolocations. The data is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, data tracking might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. The My Forms Suite browser hijacker should be uninstalled and search.hmyformssuite.com should be avoided.
|Name||My Forms Suite|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.145), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Forms, My Forms Suite|
|Supposed Functionality||Access to printable document forms.|
|Serving IP Address (search.hmyformssuite.com)||188.8.131.52|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). Users are forced to visit the hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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As mentioned above, My Forms Suite is identical to dozens of other browser-hijacking applications. By offering "useful functions", PUAs often trick users into believing that these applications are legitimate and useful, however, they are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and deliver no real value for regular users. PUAs cause unwanted redirects and gather information, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a significant threat to your privacy.
How did My Forms Suite install on my computer?
This browser hijacker has an official download website, however, it usually infiltrates systems without permission. Developers promote My Forms Suite using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party software together with regular applications) and intrusive advertisements. Developers conceal "bundled" apps within various sections (for instance, "Custom" or "Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. Intrusive advertisements redirect users to dubious websites and execute scripts that stealthily download and install unwanted applications. Furthermore, many users often skip download/installation steps and click various ads - behavior that is likely to result in inadvertent installation of third party applications. In this way, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate, since developers invest time and money into their design, however, they usually redirect to dubious sites such as surveys, gambling, pornography, adult dating, and similar. Intrusive ads are often delivered by adware-type apps, and thus if you encounter them frequently, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Additionally, study each window of the download/installation dialogs using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Decline offers to download/install additional applications and opt-out of those already included. Download software from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, and thus these tools should not be used. If your computer is already infected with My Forms Suite, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
My Forms Suite browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting My Forms Suite browser hijacker:
My Forms Suite browser hijacker website asking to enable browser notifications:
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is My Forms Suite?
- STEP 1. Uninstall My Forms Suite application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.hmyformssuite.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove My Forms Suite browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.hmyformssuite.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.hmyformssuite.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
My Forms Suite browser hijacker 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 10 and 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 any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "My Forms Suite"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the search.hmyformssuite.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
My Forms Suite browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):
Video showing how to remove My Forms Suite browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (MacOS):
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.hmyformssuite.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:
Click the "gear" 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 "My Forms Suite".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hmyformssuite.com redirect, 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 extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "My Forms Suite" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "My Forms Suite" look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.hmyformssuite.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "search.hmyformssuite.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hmyformssuite.com redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "My Forms Suite" (or simply "Forms"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, disable "My Forms Suite" (or simply "Forms") remove hxxp://search.hmyformssuite.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.hmyformssuite.com redirect 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox 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.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.hmyformssuite.com redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.hmyformssuite.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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