How to remove mymailcenter.co from browser settings

Also Known As: mymailcenter.co redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

My Mail Center browser hijacker removal instructions

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).

mymailcenter.co browser hijacker

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.

Threat Summary:
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.
Promoted URL mymailcenter.co
Serving IP Address (mymailcenter.co) 104.28.27.187
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.
Removal

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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 Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting My Mail Center browser hijacker:

Website used to promote My Mail Center browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

My Mail Center 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.

mymailcenter.co browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing mymailcenter.co 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 mymailcenter.co 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://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:

Removing mymailcenter.co 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 "My Mail Center".

Optional method:

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.

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 mymailcenter.co related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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:

Removing mymailcenter.co from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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:

Removing mymailcenter.co from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mymailcenter.co redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing mymailcenter.co related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing mymailcenter.co 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, 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:

Removing mymailcenter.co 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: "mymailcenter.co"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

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

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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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