MyWebSearch.com - how to eliminate browser redirects to home.mywebsearch.com?
What is MyWebSearch.com?
The Mywebsearch.com website is promoted using various popular browser toolbars developed by Mindspark. Computer users who install toolbars such as this, without paying close enough attention to the installation steps, are frequently redirected to home.mywebsearch.com Browser extensions created by this company modify Internet browser settings including the homepage and default search engine. Some popular browser toolbars which cause these redirect issues include MapsGalaxy, Bring Me Sports, Cursor Mania, MyWebFace, and many others. Note that the mywebsearch.com or home.mywebsearch.com websites are not malicious and they use a customized Google search engine which returns legitimate search results.
Computer users often visit these websites unwillingly (via redirects) and they add no real value as compared to the original search engine. To avoid redirects to mywebsearch.com or similar unwanted websites, always pay close attention when installing freeware or free browser plug-ins downloaded from the Internet - disallow any suggested changes to your Internet browsers when installing such software.
The Mywebsearch.com website is not related to virus or spyware infections, however, redirects to this website are a consequence of reckless free software installation (commonly, Mindspark browser toolbars). If you are one of the many computer users who feel that redirects to mywebsearch.com were applied without your consent, use these removal instructions to eliminate these issues. There are many browser toolbars causing redirect issues to this particular website, and therefore, when following the provided removal steps, ensure that you eliminate all unwanted browser extensions (some of which may not be listed below).
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- What is MyWebSearch.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BringMeSports, GameTap Web Player, Guffins Toolbar, My Web Search (Popular Screensavers) applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove MyWebSearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove MyWebSearch.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove MyWebSearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove MyWebSearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Mywebsearch.com redirect 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 "BringMeSports, GameTap Web Player, Guffins Toolbar, My Web Search (Popular Screensavers)", select these entries and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling browser toolbars that cause redirects to mywebsearch.com, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all of the entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Mywebsearch.com redirect removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for Mindspark Interactive related entries (1cbar.dll, My Web Search, Guffins, BringMeSports, Search Assistant BHO, MyWebSearch Search Assistant, mwsBar BHO etc.) and disable them.
To change your homepage from home.mywebsearch.com to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mywebsearch toolbar, 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 "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "mywebsearch", select it and click on the trash can icon.
To change your homepage from home.mywebsearch.com to your preferred domain, click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over home.mywebsearch.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the mywebsearch toolbar, 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "BringMeSports, Guffins, My Web Seatch" and other unwanted browser extensions.
To reset your homepage click on the Firefox menu (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.
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Plugins" and disable "MindSpark Toolbar Platform Plugin Stub" and "My Web Search Plugin Stub" entries.
Computer users who have problems with mywebsearch toolbar 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 mywebsearch toolbar, 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 mywebsearch toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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