What is hp.myway.com?
WatchMyTVShows is a browser hijacker developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. Typically, apps of this type promote fake search engines by modifying certain browser settings. WatchMyTVShows promotes hp.myway.com in this way. Browser hijackers also gather information relating to users' browsing habits.
In most cases, people download and install apps such as WatchMyTVShows inadvertently and, therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
WatchMyTVShows promotes hp.myway.com by assigning it as the address of the homepage, default search engine and new tab. Do not use fake search engines, since most display results generated by other (dubious or legitimate) search engines or generate results that include links to rogue websites.
Typically, addresses such as hp.myway.com can only be removed from browser settings after removal of the browser hijackers that promote them (in this case, WatchMyTVShows).
These apps should also be avoided since they often collect data. In most cases, they target browsing data (e.g., geolocations, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites), however, some browser hijackers are capable of accessing sensitive, personal information.
The developers misuse the information to generate revenue. For example, they can sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). This can lead to problems relating to online privacy and browsing safety, and some users might even become victims of identity theft. All of this can be avoided by never downloading or installing browser hijackers (or other PUAs).
|Name||WatchMyTVShows 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 supposedly provides quick access to various TV shows websites.|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Serving IP Address (hp.myway.com)||184.108.40.206|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Some more examples of apps similar to WatchMyTVShows are OnlinePrivacyManager, MyAudioTab and MyDocsHere. The main purpose of these apps is to change browser settings, thereby promoting fake search engines. They also help the developers to generate revenue by gathering certain data.
Browser hijackers are useless and can cause serious problems. If WatchMyTVShows or other apps of this type are installed on the browser and/or computer, remove them immediately.
How did WatchMyTVShows install on my computer?
In some cases, users download and install PUAs by clicking deceptive advertisements that are capable of executing certain scripts, however, they mostly infiltrate with other programs. Commonly, developers distribute PUAs using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling".
I.e., they include PUAs into the download/installation set-ups of other programs as 'additional offers' and hope that users will not notice/decline them. The offers are generally mentioned in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of the download/installation set-ups.
When users download and install their programs without checking and changing these settings, they agree by default with offers to download and install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), dubious websites, etc., are often used to distribute PUAs and even malicious programs. Therefore, all files and programs should be downloaded from official websites and through direct links.
Check all "Custom" and "Advanced" settings and decline offers to download or install additionally-included applications (PUAs) before completing the process. Do not click advertisements that appear on dubious websites (e.g., on those relating to pornography, gambling, adult dating).
Commonly, these ads open untrusted, potentially malicious websites or download and install unwanted software. Remove all unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons) that are installed on the browser.
If your computer is already infected with WatchMyTVShows, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Installation setup of WatchMyTVShows browser hijacker:
Website promoting WatchMyTVShows browser hijacker (Google Chrome):
Website promoting WatchMyTVShows browser hijacker (Mozilla Firefox):
Notification stating that WatchMyTVShows can read and change certain data on Chrome:
Notification stating that WatchMyTVShows can access certain data on Firefox:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is hp.myway.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall WatchMyTVShows application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove hp.myway.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove WatchMyTVShows 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.
WatchMyTVShows 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, "WatchMyTVShows 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.
WatchMyTVShows 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 watchmytvshows 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 "WatchMyTVShows" 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 WatchMyTVShows, 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 watchmytvshows 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 "WatchMyTVShows", 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 WatchMyTVShows, 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 watchmytvshows 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 watchmytvshows 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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