How to remove mymailcenter.co from browser settings
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is My Mail Center?
The My Mail Center app supposedly allows users to manage multiple email inboxes using quick links, however, this app also changes browser settings to promote a fake search engine (mymailcenter.co) and collects data relating to users' browsing habits.
Apps of this type are called browser hijackers. Typically, users download and install them inadvertently, and for this reason, they are also known as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
Browser hijackers usually target browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer, and change settings such as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. In this case, My Mail Center assigns these settings to mymailcenter.co.
Changed settings cannot generally be undone or modified, since browser hijackers prevent users from changing the appointed settings as long as they are installed on the system. Therefore, users who have browser settings changed to mymailcenter.co are forced to visit this URL when they open a browser, new tab, or search by entering queries into the URL bar.
Additionally, apps of this type and fake search engines often record information such as users' IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, geolocations, and so on. The data can also include personal, sensitive details.
In any case, people who develop these apps (and search engines) share the information with other people/third parties who misuse it to generate revenue. Some of the third parties might be cyber criminals.
All unwanted apps that might be responsible for changing the aforementioned settings to informationvine.com should be removed immediately, otherwise they might cause problems with browsing safety, privacy, or even lead to identity theft.
|Name||My Mail Center|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||My Mail Center|
|Supposed Functionality||My Mail Center supposed to provide quick access to various email inboxes.|
|Serving IP Address (mymailcenter.co)||184.108.40.206|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser 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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People often use browser hijackers and fake search engines inadvertently, and are unaware that it is not safe to do so. Furthermore, developers advertise these apps and search engines as useful, legitimate, and so on, however, they provide misleading, irrelevant results, change browser settings, and gather details relating to users' browsing habits.
Examples of other similar apps are MyPDFConverter, World Time News, and Directions and Maps Plus.
How did My Mail Center install on my computer?
Typically, people download and install browser hijackers or other PUAs through set-ups of other software. They are included in various download and installation set-ups, and information relating to this can be found hidden in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and so on.
Unfortunately, many people do not check these settings and by leaving them unchanged, thereby allowing PUAs to be downloaded and installed with other, regular software.
This marketing method is known as "bundling". Additionally, unwanted downloads and installations can be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements: if clicked, some ads run scripts that lead to unwanted downloads and even installations.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To avoid unwanted downloads, installations, and changes to browser settings, download programs and files from official websites. Channels/tools such as third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), untrustworthy/unofficial websites, etc., should never be trusted.
Check settings (such as "Custom", "Advanced") of all download and installation set-ups. Decline any offers to download/install unwanted apps or to change browser settings before completing the download or installation setup. Do not trust intrusive advertisements, especially those displayed on dubious web pages (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on).
These ads usually lead to untrustworthy sites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. To prevent the browser from causing redirects to dubious pages and showing ads, remove all unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons and plug-ins. The applies to programs of this kind installed on the operating system.
If your computer is already infected with My Mail Center, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
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- What is My Mail Center?
- STEP 1. Uninstall My Mail Center application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove mymailcenter.co redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove My Mail Center browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove mymailcenter.co homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove mymailcenter.co redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
My Mail Center browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 Mail Center"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the mymailcenter.co website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
My Mail Center browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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://mymailcenter.co 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 Mail Center".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mymailcenter.co 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 Mail Center" 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 Mail Center", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.mymailcenter.co) 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 "mymailcenter.co", 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 mymailcenter.co 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 Mail Center", 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 Mail Center", remove hxxp://mymailcenter.co 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: "mymailcenter.co"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with mymailcenter.co 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 mymailcenter.co 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.
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