What type of application is My Togo?
My Togo is a browser hijacker designed to promote the togosearching.com address, a fake search engine. This app hijacks a browser by changing its settings. A big part of browser hijackers are distributed using questionable methods. Thus, most of them get downloaded and installed inadvertently.
My Togo browser hijacker in detail
My Togo replaces the homepage, default search engine, and new tab pages (their addresses) with togosearching.com. It pushes users to use a fake search engine that shows results generated by bing.com, google.com, and possibly some other search engines.
Fake search engines like togosearching.com can display results containing links to untrustworthy websites. Either way, it is strongly recommended not to use them. A step-by-step removal guide for browser hijackers and fake search engines is provided below.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||My Togo|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Detection Names (togosearching.com)||Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Browser hijackers in general
In some cases, browser hijackers and (or) the addresses promoted through them can read/collect various information that could be misused for various purposes (including the malicious ones). Browser hijackers and fake search engines cannot be trusted. More examples of apps of this type are Smart Search, HistCleaner, and Key Omni.
How did My Togo install on my computer?
Most users download and install browser hijackers through advertisements designed to run certain scripts, fake or other third-party installers, or downloaders and installers for other programs. Downloaders and installers containing PUAs have "Custom", "Advanced", or similar settings.
Users agree (knowingly or unknowingly) to download or install PUAs when they do not change the settings mentioned in the previous paragraph. Ads capable of downloading or installing PUAs do that when users click on them.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Use official websites as sources for downloading applications (and files) and avoid using other sources. Do not download or install programs until all unwanted optional downloads and installations are deselected (it can be done using the settings mentioned in the previous section).
Additionally, avoid clicking on advertisements that appear on shady web pages. If your computer is already infected with My Togo, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Togosearching.com redirects to bing.com (GIF):
Website promoting My Togo browser hijacker:
Browser notification informing that My Togo can read and change certain data:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is My Togo?
- STEP 1. Uninstall My Togo application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove My Togo browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove togosearching.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove togosearching.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
My Togo 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, "My Togo"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the togosearching.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
My Togo browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "My Togo" 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 "My Togo", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.togosearching.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 "togosearching.com", 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 togosearching.com redirect, 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 "My Togo", 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 "My Togo", remove hxxp://togosearching.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 togosearching.com redirect 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 togosearching.com redirect, 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit togosearching.com website?
The amount of revenue that individuals behind togosearching.com generate depends on the number of the website visits.
Is visiting togosearching.com a threat to my privacy?
To a certain extent, yes. Togosearching.com and browser hijackers can be designed to collect various information about their visitors/users.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are distributed using social engineering tactics (for example, browser notifications, certain advertisements), downloaders, and installers for other programs.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove My Togo browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate My Togo or other browser hijackers. It is worth mentioning that when there are multiple browser-hijacking applications present, manual removal could not work. Apps of this type can be capable of reinstalling one another. Also, browser hijackers can prevent users from undoing the changes made by them. Thus, all of them have to be removed at once.