Hp.myway.com redirect removal instructions
What is hp.myway.com?
MyAudioTab is one of the browser hijackers designed by Mindspark Interactive Network. It supposed to provide a quick access to various audio converting tool. Although, its main purpose is to promote the hp.myway.com address (fake search engine) by changing some of the browser's settings. Typically, apps of this type are designed to collect browsing data and/or other information as well. It is common that users do not download and install browser hijackers intentionally, therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
After installation MyAudioTab changes address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab to hp.myway.com so that users would visit it every time they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. Such search engines are called fake because they either do not generate independent results or they generate misleading results. As a rule, users cannot undo changes that were made by browser hijackers unless users uninstall them. Therefore, to remove hp.myway.com from the aforementioned settings it is required to uninstall MyAudioTab first. Additionally, it is common that browser hijackers are designed to collect various browsing-related data like addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, geolocations, IP addresses. However, they can be designed to gather sensitive information as well. What is worse, their developers can sell collected data to third parties (who may be cyber criminals) or misuse it to generate revenue in some other ways. Users who have apps like MyAudioTab installed on a browser and/or computer are at risk of becoming victims of identity theft, experiencing problems related problems related to online privacy, browsing safety and/or other issues. These are the main reasons why such apps should never be downloaded and installed.
|Name||MyAudioTab browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:UnwantedSig [PUP]), AVG (Win32:UnwantedSig [PUP]), ESET-NOD32 (Win32/Toolbar.MyWebSearch.BA Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:WebToolbar.Win32.Agent.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to provide users with a quick access to audio converting tools|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Serving IP Address (hp.myway.com)||188.8.131.52|
|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 many PUAs that Mindspark Interactive Network has developed, some more examples are MyDocsHere, MyTelevisionHQ and SimplePackageFinder. As a rule, they are designed to promote some fake search engine and collect data related to user's browsing habits. It is common that browser hijackers are advertised as useful apps, they supposed include some features, improve browsing experience, etc. Nevertheless, more often they are useless and can cause various problems. If MyAudioTab or any other PUA is already installed on a browser and/or computer, then it should be uninstalled.
How did MyAudioTab install on my computer?
Usually PUAs are distributed by including them in download and/or installation setups of other programs, this distribution method is known as "bundling". Developers include PUAs as additional offers, these offers can be found and declined in "Custom", "Advanced" options/settings of setups. However, not all users check and change those settings when they download and/or install programs and that is how they allow for PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed too. In some cases such downloads and/or installations can be caused by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to download software, files only from legitimate, official websites and through direct links. Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, etc., can be used to distribute unwanted, in some cases even malicious applications. Furthermore, unwanted downloads, installations can be prevented by declining offers to download and/or install additionally included apps in setup's settings (like "Advanced", "Custom"). Since intrusive advertisements that are displayed on shady pages often open other untrustworthy pages or even cause unwanted downloads, such ads should not be clicked as well. If there are any unknown, unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a browser and/or programs of this kind installed on a computer, then they should be uninstalled right away. If your computer is already infected with MyAudioTab, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Installation setup of MyAudioTab browser hijacker:
Notification saying that MyAudioTab can read and change certain data:
Website promoting MyAudioTab browser hijacker (on Chrome)
Website promoting MyAudioTab browser hijacker (on Explorer):
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- What is hp.myway.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall MyAudioTab application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove hp.myway.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove MyAudioTab 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.
MyAudioTab 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, "MyAudioTab Internet Explorer..."), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which 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.
MyAudioTab 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 myaudiotab 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 "MyAudioTab" 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 MyAudioTab, 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" 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 myaudiotab 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "MyAudioTab", 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 MyAudioTab, 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with myaudiotab 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 myaudiotab 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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