How to get rid of MyShortcutTab browser hijacker?

Also Known As: search-find.net redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

MyShortcutTab browser hijacker removal instructions

What is MyShortcutTab?

MyShortcutTab is classified as a browser hijacker because it is designed to promote a fake search engine. To be more precise, it changes certain browser's settings to search-find.net. More often than not apps of this type are designed to collect details related to user's browsing activities as well. Typically, users download and install browser hijackers unknowingly, unintentionally. Therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).

search-find.net browser hijacker

As a rule, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by assigning their address as an address of a homepage, new tab and default search engine. After installation MyShortcutTab sets them to search-find.net. Fake search engines are useless/should not be trusted because in most cases they either do not generate any unique results or include links to questionable pages in their results. It is common that browser hijackers are designed to ensure that users could not modify the aforementioned settings (remove address of a fake search engine from browser's settings). Therefore, it can be done only when a browser hijacker (in this case MyShortcutTab) is no longer installed on a browser and/or computer. Furthermore, browser hijackers often are designed to gather data like IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries and other browsing data. In some cases such PUAs collect sensitive details as well. In one way or another, it is not safe to have a browser hijacker installed: its developers may misuse gathered data to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or in other ways. By doing so they could cause users problems related to browsing safety, privacy, it is possible that some users may even become victims of identity theft.

Threat Summary:
Name MyShortcutTab
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names BitDefender (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) MyShortcutTab
Supposed Functionality This app supposed to improve browsing experience
Promoted URL search-find.net
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.
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Usually browser hijackers are advertised as apps that supposed to improve browsing experience, include some features, quick links to popular websites, etc. However, most of the times they are designed only to change browser's settings (promote some fake search engine) and collect various data. Also, a browser hijacker can be the culprit of the aforementioned problems. Therefore, it is recommended not to trust apps of this type and uninstall any installed browser hijacker. Some examples of other PAUs that are classified as browser hijackers too are: Image Seeker, Perfect Startpage and Weather Discover.

How did MyShortcutTab install on my computer?

Quite often users download and/or install PUAs accidentally, when they are included as additional offers in download and/or installation setups of other programs. Typically, offers to download and/or install them are mentioned in "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings of setups. Users who do not change those settings when they download and/or install programs allow for included apps to be downloaded and/or installed too. This distribution method is called "bundling". Also, there are ads that are capable of causing unwanted downloads and/or installation by running certain scripts. However, they can cause it only after being clicked.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Programs, files should never be downloaded from unofficial websites, through Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule, and so on), third party downloaders, installed through third party installers, etc. It is because by using such channels as tools to download or install software users often download and/or install unwanted, sometimes even malicious apps. It is recommended to download software (and files) only from official pages and through direct links. Furthermore, download and installation setups often contain settings like "Custom", "Advanced", etc., those settings can include offers to download and/or install additional, unwanted software. Therefore, it is advise not to finish any download and/or installation process without checking those settings. Additionally, it is recommended not to click intrusive ads that are displayed on shady pages. Such ads often open other questionable websites or even cause unwanted downloads, installations. If some unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons from are installed on a browser and/or programs of this kind are installed operating system, then they should be uninstalled as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with MyShortcutTab, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Notification saying that ShortcutTab is capable of reading and changing certain data:

notification saying that MyShortcutTab can read and change certain data

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Quick menu:

MyShortcutTab 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.

search-find.net browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "MyShortcutTab"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search-find.net website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

MyShortcutTab browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search-find.net 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 search-find.net 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://search-find.net 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 search-find.net 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 "MyShortcutTab".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search-find.net 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 search-find.net 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 "MyShortcutTab" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search-find.net 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 "MyShortcutTab", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search-find.net) 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 search-find.net 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 "search-find.net", 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 search-find.net 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search-find.net 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 "MyShortcutTab", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search-find.net 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 "MyShortcutTab", remove hxxp://search-find.net and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search-find.net 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search-find.net 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search-find.net redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset 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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