Remove MyVedicTab from your browser
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is hp.myway.com?
Developed by Mindspark Interactive Network, MyVedicTab is a rogue application advertised as providing quick access to various Hinduism-related content and is accompanied by a fake search engine. This app supposedly provides access to the Panchang Hindu almanac and festival calendar, puja worship videos, bhajan devotional songs, and so on.
In fact, MyVedicTab is categorized as a browser hijacker, since it makes unauthorized changes to browsers to promote its associated fake search tool (hp.myway.com). Most users install this application inadvertently when they are tricked. Therefore, MyVedicTab is classed as a PUA (potentially unwanted application).
Note that MyVedicTab also has data tracking abilities, which it employs to monitor users' browsing activity.
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other popular browsers are common targets of browser hijackers. These rogue applications operate by reassigning the homepage, default search engine, and new tab/window URL settings to rogue search sites.
MyVedicTab assigns these settings to hp.myway.com. Therefore, each new tab/window opened and each web search done via the URL bar redirects to hp.myway.com (the fake search engine). While these changes may seem relatively minor and easy to undo, this is not the case.
Any user changes made are automatically reset (if indeed access to settings is permitted at all). Therefore, the browser hijacker must be uninstalled to recover the affected browser. Note that MyVedicTab is often distributed together with the Ask Search browser extension.
This hijacking app can also track data. It records users' browsing and search engine histories, IP addresses, geolocations, and personal details. The collected data is then shared with third parties (often, cyber criminals) seeking to generate revenue by misusing it.
In summary, PUAs (browser hijackers included) can cause various browser and system infiltration/infections and lead to serious privacy issues (even identity theft). To ensure device and user safety, all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|Name||MyVedicTab browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:UnwantedSig [PUP]), DrWeb (Adware.MyWebSearch.145), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.BA Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.Agent.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Supposed Functionality||This dubious app claims to provide quick access to various Hindi content.|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Serving IP Address (hp.myway.com)||220.127.116.11|
|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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There are thousands of PUAs online, most of which tend to be quite similar - those released by the same developers are usually identical. GlobalJewishWorld, GetFamilyHistory, and GardeningEnthusiast are just some examples of browser hijackers released by Mindspark Interactive Network.
Unwanted applications often seem legitimate and tempt users to install by offering various "useful" features. In fact, the only purpose of all PUAs is to generate revenue for developers. Therefore, the features they advertise are rarely operational and their products are worthless to regular users.
Unwanted apps simply hijack browsers and cause redirects to various sale-oriented, compromised and even malicious webpages. These applications also run intrusive advertisements campaigns (e.g., pop-ups, surveys, coupons, banners, etc.) and gather private data.
How did MyVedicTab install on my computer?
Some PUAs (e.g., MyVedicTab) have "official" websites, on whih they are typically endorsed as "free" software. Another mode of proliferation is through the download/install set-ups of other programs. The method of packing regular software with unwanted content is called "bundling".
This technique is widely used by PUA developers. By rushing through the download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.), many users endanger their systems with potential infiltration and infections. Intrusive advertisements are also used to proliferate rogue apps.
Once clicked, the ads execute scripts to initiate downloads/installs of PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
All files/software should be researched to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing. Use trustworthy and verified download channels. Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, unofficial or free file-hosting sites, third party downloaders and similar sources are classed as untrustworthy, and thus should not be used.
When downloading/installing, read terms and explore all possible options. Additionally, use "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of downloading/installing supplementary offers (apps, tools, features, and so on). Intrusive ads usually seem ordinary and harmless, however, they often redirect to dubious websites (e.g. pornography, gambling, adult-dating and similar).
Should you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect your system and immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with MyVedicTab, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker .
MyVedicTab browser hijacker installer set-up:
MyVedicTab browser hijacker asking for various permissions:
Website promoting MyVedicTab browser hijacker:
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- What is hp.myway.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall MyVedicTab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove hp.myway.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove MyVedicTab browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove hp.myway.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove hp.myway.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
MyVedicTab 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, "MyVedicTab Internet Explorer..."), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications 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.
MyVedicTab 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://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:
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 "hp.myway".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the myvedictab 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.
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 "MyVedicTab" 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 MyVedicTab, look for a browser hijacker URL (hp.myway.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 "Ask Web Search", 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 myvedictab browser hijacker, 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 "MyVedicTab", 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 MyVedicTab, remove hxxp://hp.myway.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 myvedictab 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, 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 myvedictab browser hijacker, 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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