Search.myway.com Redirect

Also Known As: search.myway.com browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.myway.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.myway.com?

The Search.myway.com website is developed by Mindspark Interactive Network. This page claims to enhance the Internet browsing experience by displaying advanced search results and providing access to the most popular social networks/websites (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.) While this functionality may seem legitimate and useful to some users, it is categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are a number of reasons for these negative associations. Firstly, this browser hijacker infiltrates the system without users' permission using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' or via intrusive pop-up ads. Secondly, it causes unwanted browser redirects, modifies browser settings, and tracks Internet browsing activity.

search.myway.com browser hijacker

The developers of this website have released many applications (including fromDocToPDF converter) that assign the Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL settings to the search.myway.com website. These modifications significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience, since users are continually redirected to the aforementioned site. In addition, this company co-operates with third parties, and therefore, may collect and share your personal information. These gathered details can be misused to generate revenue. Thus, having an information-tracking app such as this installed on your system can lead to privacy issues. You are strongly advised against the use of search.myway.com as your default search engine. Uninstall any application that modifies your browser settings immediately.

Search.myway.com Privacy Policy regarding data collection:

Automatically Captured Information. We automatically collect information from your computer and/or device when you use the MS Services. This information may include your IP address, your browser type and language, access times, the keyword query, search query text, search results clicked, pages viewed, search history, the content of any undeleted cookies (see section D on "Cookies" below), software installed upon and/or devices connected to your computer and/or device, and the referring website address.

This browser hijacking website is similar to safefinder.com, eshield.com, mymapsxp.com and hundreds of other web pages claiming to provide useful features. Browser hijackers deliver fake promises to trick users to install. Rogue applications rarely provide the features promised. Rather than delivering any value for the user, they generate revenue for developers by causing unwanted browser redirects (thereby increasing traffic to certain websites), displaying ads (via the 'Pay Per Click' - PPC - advertising model), and collecting information (which is later shared with third parties to generate revenue).

How did search.myway.com install on my computer?

Browser hijacking apps that assign browser settings to search.myway.com are often distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of additional programs with regular software), and therefore, infiltrate systems without users' permission. Research shows that many users are unaware that potentially unwanted programs are often concealed within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options. When users rush the download/installation procedures, they expose their systems to risk of infection.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should be downloaded and installed with great caution. Never skip any steps of the download procedure and decline all offers to download additional apps. Furthermore, downloaded software should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any bogus programs listed for installation and enable you to opt-out. The key to computer safety is caution. Rushing installation may compromise your computer security.

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Quick menu:

Search.myway.com browser hijacker 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.

search.myway.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "fromDOCtoPDF") select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the search.myway.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Search.myway.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects (Windows OS):

Video showing how to remove search.myway.com browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner (Mac OS):

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.myway.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.myway.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.myway.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:

Removing search.myway.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click 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 "search.myway.com".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.myway.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.

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 search.myway.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "FromDocToPDF", and other recently installed suspicious browser plug-ins, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.myway.com from Google Chrome homepage

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 hxxp://search.myway.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.myway.com from Google Chrome default search engine

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 "search.myway.com" and add or select your preferred domain.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.myway.com browser hijacker, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.myway.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "FromDocToPDF" (and other recently-installed browser plug-ins).

Change your homepage:

Removing search.myway.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://search.myway.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.myway.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "search.myway.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.myway.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, 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.myway.com browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search.myway.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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thanks for the help! finally removed it ;)

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