Hp.myway.com redirect removal instructions
What is hp.myway.com?
SimpleDIYOnline is a browser hijacker which is developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. Like many other apps developed by it, SimpleDIYOnline is designed to promote a fake search engine (hp.myway.com) by modifying certain browser settings. Another issue with browser hijackers is that they often are designed to collect details related to user's browsing activities. In most cases users download and install apps of this type unknowingly, inadvertently. Therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
As a rule, browser hijackers promote fake search engines/their addresses by changing browser settings such as: address of a default search engine, homepage and/or new tab. SimpleDIYOnline is designed to change these addresses to hp.myway.com so that users would visit this address every time when they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. Search engines promoted by browser hijackers are called fake because they do not generate unique results. In some cases they include links to questionable pages in their results (generate misleading results). Typically, address of a fake search engine cannot be removed from browser settings unless users uninstall the app that is designed to promote it. In this case hp.myway.com can be removed from settings when SimpleDIYOnline (or any other app that changed the aforementioned settings to this address) is no longer on a browser and the operating system. Furthermore, browser hijackers can be designed to collect various browsing data and/or other information. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited websites, entered search queries, etc., and/or sensitive information. Moreover, collected data could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in some other ways. Therefore, users who use a hijacked browser may experience problems related to browsing safety, online privacy, or even become victims of identity theft.
|Name||SimpleDIYOnline 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||Quick access to online DIY tutorials|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Serving IP Address (hp.myway.com)||22.214.171.124|
|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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FormFinderHQ, Satellite And Earth Maps and Go To My News are a couple of examples of other PUAs that are classified as browser hijackers. It is common such apps are advertised as useful, legitimate: they supposed to include various features, improve browsing experience, provide a quick access to popular sites, etc. Nevertheless, most of them are useless and can be the culprit of certain issues.
How did SimpleDIYOnline install on my computer?
Typically, potentially unwanted apps get installed through download and/or installation setups of other programs - when they are included in setups as additional offers. As a rule, users can find and decline such offers in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", or other settings of setups. When users leave the aforementioned settings unchanged, they give PUAs a permission to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with software that has them included in its setup. This distribution method of potentially unwanted apps is known s "bundling". In some cases users unintentionally download and/or install PUAs by clicking deceptive advertisements: there are ads that can download and install unwanted apps by running certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites, etc, can be used as tools to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious apps. Therefore, it is advised to download and/or install software only from official websites and via direct links. Furthermore, it is recommended not to leave settings like "Advanced", "Custom" that are available in download and installation setups unchecked. If they mention offers to download and/or install PUAs, then they should be declined before a download and/or installation is completed. Intrusive ads that appear on various questionable websites should not be clicked as well: it is common that such ads open untrustworthy websites, sometimes they can be designed to cause unwanted downloads, installations. If some PUA (extension, add-on or plug-in) is already installed on a browser, then it should be removed from it. This should be applied to software of this kind that is installed on the operating system too. If your computer is already infected with SimpleDIYOnline, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Installation setup of SimpleDIYOnline browser hijacker:
Website promoting SimpleDIYOnline browser hijacker (Chrome):
Website promoting SimpleDIYOnline browser hijacker (Firefox):
Notification saying that SimpleDIYOnline can read and change certain data (Chrome):
Notification saying that SimpleDIYOnline can access certain data (Firefox):
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- What is hp.myway.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SimpleDIYOnline application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove hp.myway.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SimpleDIYOnline 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.
SimpleDIYOnline 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, "SimpleDIYOnline 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.
SimpleDIYOnline 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 simplediyonline 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 "SimpleDIYOnline" 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 SimpleDIYOnline, 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 simplediyonline 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 "SimpleDIYOnline", 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 SimpleDIYOnline, 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 simplediyonline 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 simplediyonline 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove simplediyonline browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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