What is My Keypro?
My Keypro is the name of a rogue browser extension. Our analysis of this piece of software revealed that it operates as a browser hijacker promoting the keysearchs.com fake search engine. Additionally, My Keypro gathers private information.
My Keypro browser hijacker overview
Browser hijackers reassign browsers' default search engine, new tab/window, and homepage URLs - to fake search engine addresses. With My Keypro installed: new browser tabs/windows opened and search queries typed into the URL bar - result in redirects to the keysearchs.com site.
Illegitimate search engines are rarely capable of generating search results, so they redirect to genuine ones. We observed keysearchs.com redirecting straight to Google and via my-search.com and trafficjunction.com to Bing. However, keysearchs.com might land elsewhere, as redirects can be determined by certain factors like user geolocation or similar.
My Keypro uses persistence-ensuring techniques, which is typical for software within this classification. Furthermore, this rogue extension has data tracking abilities.
Browser-hijacking software typically collects the following information: URLs visited, webpages viewed, search queries typed, usernames/passwords, personally identifiable details, financial/banking data, etc. The gathered can be monetized via sale to third-parties.
In summary, the presence of browser hijackers like My Keypro on devices can lead to system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||My Keypro|
|Detection Names (keysearchs.com)||CRDF (Malicious), Heimdal Security (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address (keysearchs.com)||188.8.131.52|
|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 hijacker examples
This software tends to look legitimate and offer "handy" features. However, these functionalities seldom work as advertised, and in most cases - they are utterly nonoperational. Therefore, not only is browser-hijacking software useless, but it also endangers device/user safety.
How did My Keypro install on my computer?
Browser hijackers can have "official" download pages, and they are promoted on scam websites. Users typically enter webpages of this kind through redirects caused by misspelled URLs, sites using rogue advertising networks, spam browser notifications, intrusive ads, or installed adware.
Browser-hijacking software can also be bundled together with regular programs. Download from untrustworthy sources (e.g., freeware and third-party sites, P2P sharing networks, etc.) and rushed installations increase the risk of allowing bundled content into the system.
Intrusive advertisements proliferate browser hijackers as well. Once clicked on, some of these adverts can execute scripts to make downloads/installations without user consent.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
We highly recommend researching software prior to download/installation and/or purchase. Additionally, all downloads must be performed from official and verified channels. When installing, it is crucial to read terms, study possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings, and opt-out of all supplementary apps, tools, features, etc.
We advise exercising caution when browsing since fraudulent and malicious content usually appears legitimate. For example, intrusive ads look harmless yet redirect to questionable websites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.).
In case of encounters with adverts and/or redirects of this kind, check the system and immediately remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with My Keypro, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
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- What is My Keypro?
- STEP 1. Uninstall My Keypro application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove My Keypro browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove keysearchs.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove keysearchs.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
My Keypro 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 Keypro"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the keysearchs.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
My Keypro browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove My Keypro browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:
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 Keypro" and other recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
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 Keypro", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.keysearchs.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 "keysearchs.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the keysearchs.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 extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate "My Keypro", as well as all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable "My Keypro", remove hxxp://keysearchs.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 "Accept the Risk and Continue".
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 keysearchs.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 keysearchs.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 to visit keysearchs.com website?
Redirects to sites like keysearchs.com are caused because the developers of browser hijackers and fake search engines generate revenue through them.
Is visiting keysearchs.com a threat to my privacy?
To a certain extent, yes. Websites like keysearchs.com usually collect and monetize (sell) information about their visitors.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are primarily distributed through deceptive promotional sites, dubious download channels (e.g., freeware and third-party websites, P2P sharing networks, etc.), software bundling, online scams, fake updates, spam browser notifications, and intrusive ads.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove My Keypro browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate installed browser-hijacking applications. Note that manual removal (unaided by security programs) might be ineffective when multiple browser hijackers are present. Since when one is removed - the others may simply re-install it. Furthermore, removal-related settings might be unmodifiable with browser-hijacking software installed. Therefore, it is paramount to eliminate browser hijackers thoroughly and all at once.