hp.myway.com redirect removal instructions
What is hp.myway.com?
Developed by the Mindspark Interactive Network, Test iNet Speed is a dubious app promoted as a tool for quick access to free internet speed testing services. This application is classified as a browser hijacker, since it operates by making modifications to browsers to promote hp.myway.com, a fake search engine. Furthermore, Test iNet Speed has data tracking capabilities, which are employed to monitor and record information relating to browsing activity. Due to the dubious methods used to proliferate Test iNet Speed, it is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).
Browser hijackers mainly target Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other browsers with large user bases. These rogue applications assign the addresses of fake search engines (e.g. hp.myway.com) as the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs. To elaborate on how this affects browsing, with Test iNet Speed infiltrated into the system, each new browser tab/window opened and each search query typed into the URL bar redirects to hp.myway.com. Fake search engines are seldom able to generate unique results, and so they tend to redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Google, Yahoo, Bing and other legitimate sites. Even if the promoted web search engines are capable of providing search results, they are usually inaccurate and/or promote dubious and malicious websites. Additionally, recovering a hijacked browser is impossible without eliminating the software affecting it, since browser hijackers can reset any changes users attempt to make to their browsers, if they allow access to the settings in the first place. As mentioned, Test iNet Speed monitors users' browsing activity. Information of interest includes: visited URLs, viewed web pages, searched queries, IP addresses, geolocations and other details. The gathered data is highly likely to contain personally identifiable information. Furthermore, browser hijacker developers often monetize this information by sharing it with and/or selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Therefore, the presence of data-tracking software on devices can lead to financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, you are strongly advised to remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||Test iNet Speed 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 Potentia), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:WebToolbar.Win32.Age), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).|
|Browser Extension(s)||Test iNet Speed|
|Supposed Functionality||Easy access to internet speed testing tools.|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Serving IP Address (hp.myway.com)||126.96.36.199|
|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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SimpleDIYOnline, OnlinePrivacyManager and MyAudioTab are some examples of other browser hijackers developed by Mindspark. They may seem legitimate and often tempt users into download/installation with offers of various "useful" functionality, however, they rarely work as advertised and, in most cases, the features do not work at all. This is common to all types of PUAs, not just browser hijackers. The only purpose of this unwanted software is to generate revenue at users' expense. Rather than delivering any real value, PUAs hijack browsers, force-open dubious and dangerous pages, run intrusive advertisement campaigns and collect private data.
How did Test iNet Speed install on my computer?
Some PUAs (including Test iNet Speed) have "official" promotional sites, from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased. These applications can also be downloaded/installed with other products. "Bundling" is the name of this deceptive tactic of packing normal software with unwanted or malicious additions. Rushing downloads/installations (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertent installation of dubious and bundled content. Intrusive ads proliferate this software as well. When clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are strongly advised to research all products before download/installation. Use only official and verified download source, since untrusted channels such as unofficial and free file-hosting (freeware) websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive and bundled content. When downloading/installing, read the terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, functions and other additions. Intrusive ads typically seem legitimate and harmless, however, they can redirect to dubious web pages (e.g, gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on). If you encounter these ads or redirects, inspect the system and remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately. If your computer is already infected with Test iNet Speed, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Installation setup of Test iNet Speed browser hijacker:
Test iNet Speed browser hijacker asking for various permissions on Google Chrome:
Test iNet Speed browser hijacker asking for various permissions on Mozilla Firefox:
Website promoting Test iNet Speed browser hijacker (Google Chrome):
Website promoting Test iNet Speed browser hijacker (Mozilla Firefox):
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- What is hp.myway.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Test iNet Speed application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove hp.myway.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Test iNet Speed 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.
Test iNet Speed 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, "Test iNet Speed 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.
Test iNet Speed 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 test inet speed 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 "Test iNet Speed" 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 Test iNet Speed, 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 test inet speed 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 "Test iNet Speed", 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 Test iNet Speed, 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 test inet speed 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 test inet speed 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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