Search.myinterestsxp.com redirect removal instructions
What is search.myinterestsxp.com?
My Interests XP claims to allow quick access to various content on the Internet, pin it, and share with friends. This app is distributed using the 'bundling' method (stealth installation of additional applications together with regular software), and therefore, users often install it inadvertently. My Interests XP modifies Internet browser settings and is, thus, categorized as a browser hijacking application. Following system infiltration, the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine settings of most popular Internet browsers (including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) are assigned to search.myinterestsxp.com. Furthermore, this software installs other applications ('helper objects'), which are developed to prevent users from reverting these changes. Commonly, My Interests XP is distributed with free software, since many users do not pay close enough attention when downloading free software from freeware download websites. This is an effective way for developers to distribute third party applications.
If you have downloaded software from freeware download websites (for example, downloads.com, softonic.com, soft32.com, etc.), you are probably aware that these sites enforce the use of small 'download programs' to download the chosen software. These sites attempt to trick users into believing that download programs (also called 'download tools', 'installers', 'download managers', 'download clients', etc) make download of chosen software faster and easier. In fact, the purpose of download clients is to monetize freeware download websites' traffic and free services by offering installation of additional programs together with the chosen software. Promoted software is often described as 'genuine and virus-free', however, this statement is disproved, since carelessly accepting installation of third party software often causes adware or malware infections. These dubious applications are developed to generate revenue by displaying intrusive online advertisements and sharing collected information with third parties. The advertisements are generated using a virtual layer, which allows placement of graphical content on any website visited. Furthermore, these potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) track information including keyboard and mouse input, geographic locations, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, sites visited, pages viewed, search queries, saved passwords, etc. Note that the behavior of rogue applications may cause serious problems - displayed adverts can redirect to bogus sites, thereby causing high-risk computer infections. Information sharing with third parties may result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft, since the collected data is likely to be personally identifiable.
Browser hijacking apps (such as search.myinterestsxp.com) have similarities to many others such as searchzillions.com, search.findwide.com, and start.alawar.com, most of which are distributed using the bundling method. These sites are presented as valid search engines displaying advanced Internet search results, and although some redirect to genuine search engines (such as Yahoo.com), most (including search.myinterestsxp.com) provide no real value for the user. The purpose of browser hijacking apps is to display ads, gather information, and cause unwanted browser redirects, thus, generating traffic for certain websites and revenue for the developers. Decline offers to install third party applications. If you feel that your Internet browser continually redirects to search.myinterestsxp.com without your consent, follow the instructions below to uninstall this browser hijacker. This website should not be used as your default search engine or homepage, since the displayed search results may cause further adware or malware infections.
How did search.myinterestsxp.com install on my computer?
Browser hijacking applications are often distributed together with free software downloadable on freeware download websites. In some instances, however, these apps are distributed on websites claiming it to be legitimate software used to improve Internet search experience. Inadvertent installation is often caused by users not paying enough attention when downloading and installing free software - the third party software is hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options, and since this step is often skipped, users install additional programs without their knowledge or consent. This software is installed to monetize the distribution websites or actual software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
If possible, download software from official websites only. If you are downloading from third party websites, select the direct download link. Many sites force users to download the software via download managers. In this case, pay close attention and closely observe each step of the download process. Decline offers to download unrecognised software. Furthermore, applications downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bundled apps listed for installation and allow you to opt-out.
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- What is search.myinterestsxp.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall search.myinterestsxp.com application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.myinterestsxp.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove search.myinterestsxp.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.myinterestsxp.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.myinterestsxp.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Search.myinterestsxp.com browser hijacker 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 "My Interests XP" and other recently-installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the search.myinterestsxp.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Search.myinterestsxp.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
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Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.myinterestsxp.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" 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 "OneSearch".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.myinterestsxp.com browser hijacker, 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 "Extensions". Locate "My Interests XP", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://search.myinterestsxp.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
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" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "myinterestsxp" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.myinterestsxp.com browser hijacker, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "My Interests XP 0.0.1" browser plug-in.
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, remove hxxp://search.myinterestsxp.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: "myinterestsxp.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.myinterestsxp.com browser hijacker 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 search.myinterestsxp.com browser hijacker, 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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