Cursor Mania Toolbar

Also Known As: Cursor Mania Virus
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Cursor Mania Toolbar - how to remove this adware?

What is Cursor Mania?

The Cursor Mania browser add-on enhances users' Internet browsing experience by allowing modifications to the mouse cursor style. This browser extension is developed by Mindspark and similar to Zwinky toolbar and MyWebFace Toolbar. Note that users wishing to access Mindspark's website features have to install an associated toolbar. While these browser plug-ins are not related to virus or malware infections, they do change browser settings and cause redirects to home.mywebsearch.com The Cursor Mania Toolbar is advertised by various online banner ads and it may also be bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet. If you feel that you have not willingly installed this browser add-on, it is likely that it was bundled with freeware that you have downloaded.

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When installed, this extension changes your browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox) settings such that your homepage, default search engine, and each newly-opened tab redirects to the home.mywebsearch.com website. This redirect is applied for monetization - each user to click on the sponsored search results within the mywebsearch website generates revenue for the creators of Cursor Mania. To avoid installation of unwanted toolbars, and to keep your browser settings unchanged, computer users should closely inspect each installation window of free software or free browser extensions and opt-out of any proposed changes.

Freeware developers commonly bundle their free programs with browser extensions that cause redirect issues. Whilst Cursor Mania is not technically a virus or malware, it is classed as an unwanted application or adware. If you have willingly installed this browser plug-in to change your cursor style, and are aware of redirects to mywebsearch.com, you need take no further action. If, however, you feel that Cursor Mania was installed on your computer without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate this browser extension from your PC.

Quick menu:

Cursor Mania adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

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In the uninstall programs window, look for "My Web Search (Cursor Mania)", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"

After uninstalling Cursor Mania, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.


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Cursor Mania adware removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

cursor mania removal Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Mindspark Interactive Network related entries (MyWebSearch Settings, My Web Search, MyWebSearch Search Assistant, mwsBar BHO) and disable them.

To change your homepage from home.mywebsearch.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove home.mywebsearch.com  and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the cursor mania virus, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

cursor mania removal mozilla firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable add-ons and remove "My Web Search".

To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove home.mywebsearch.com and enter your preferred domain.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with cursor mania virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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