AVG Search Redirect

Also Known As: AVG Safe Guard Toolbar
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Low

AVG search redirect removal instructions

What is is AVG search?

AVG Search redirect is a term used by Internet users who have installed AVG antivirus software, and thus, experience browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) redirects to mysearch.avg.com or isearch.avg.com These browser redirects are caused by AVG toolbar, which installs on users' computers together with AVG antivirus. Note that users have an option to opt-out of installation of these toolbars by unchecking several options when installing the software. Unfortunately, however, the majority of Internet users do not pay close enough attention during the installation phase, thus inadvertently install various toolbars, which modify the Internet browser settings (specifically, the homepage and default search engine).

AVG Search redirect page

The Mysearch.avg.com and isearch.avg.com websites use the Google and Yahoo! search engines to return legitimate Internet search results, however, they add little significant value and are used only to monetize incoming web traffic. Note that, today, the majority of download websites and freeware developers 'bundle' their software downloads with various toolbars and free browser add-ons, and therefore, these browser add-ons are often categorized as potentially unwanted applications or adware. Whilst AVG antivirus is a legitimate security program, Internet users should be attentive during installation in order to avoid unwanted browser redirects - ensure you opt out of installation of AVG toolbar.

AVG toolbar is categorized as being adware since it modifies browser settings and generates coupon ads (AVG Rewards). This toolbar is similar to other potentially unwanted applications such as Ask toolbar and Conduit toolbar, amongst many others. Internet users who wish to avoid installation of these toolbars, should pay close attention when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a 'download client', opt-out of installation of any promoted browser add-ons by clicking the 'decline' button. When installing free software, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled browser toolbars or plugins. If your Internet browser/s redirect you to mysearch.avg.com or isearch.avg.com, use the removal guide provided to eliminate AVG toolbar from your computer.

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Quick menu:

AVG search redirect 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.

AVG search redirect (toolbar) uninstall

In the uninstall programs window: look for "AVG SafeGuard toolbar", select it click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the AVG SafeGuard toolbar (which causes browser redirects to the mysearch.avg.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.

AVG search redirect removal from browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Avg search redirect removal from Intenret Explorer extensions

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "AVG SafeGuard toolbar" and "ScriptHelperApi Class", select these entries and click "Remove".

Change homepage:

Removing AVG search from Intenret Explorer homepage

To change your homepage from mysearch.avg.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 mysearch.avg.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change default search engine:

Removing AVG search from default search settings in Intenret Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 "AVG Secure Search".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the avg safe guard 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.

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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing AVG search from Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "AVG SafeGuard", select it and click on the trash can icon.

Change homepage:

AVG Search removal from Google Chrome homepage

Change Google Chrome homepage from mysearch.avg.com to your preferred domain- click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over "Search" and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change default search engine:

AVG Search removal from Google Chrome default search settings

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in the "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "AVG Secure Search" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the avg safe guard toolbar, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

AVG Search removal from Mozilla Firefox extenions

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "AVG SafeGuard toolbar".

Change homepage:

AVG Search removal from Mozilla Firefox homepage

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 mysearch.avg.com and enter your preferred domain.

Change 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: "mysearch.avg.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with avg safe guard toolbar 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 browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

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

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

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 did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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.

Removal assistance:
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everytart

yes, i also got these avg redirects when i downloaded from CNET. ty for the help.