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Mysearchtoolbar.com Redirect

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

How to eliminate browser redirects to mysearchtoolbar.com?

What is mysearchtoolbar.com?

According to the developers, the mysearchtoolbar.com website displays advanced Internet search results to improve the Internet search experience. These false claims are used to trick users into believing that mysearchtoolbar.com is a legitimate and useful website. Be aware that developers promote this site using deceptive software 'installers' that modify browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) settings without users' consent. The search results generated by this app may lead to bogus sites. In addition, the browser hijacker collects information relating to users' Internet browsing activity.

mysearchtoolbar.com browser hijacker

Once the system is infiltrated, the homepage, new tab URL, and default search engine browser settings are assigned to mysearchtoolbar.com. The shortcuts of these browsers are also modified - installers add an extension to shortcut targets. Therefore, when users open the browser or simply attempt to search the Internet, they are redirected to mysearchtoolbar.com. This behavior significantly diminishes the Internet browsing experience, since these actions are performed without users' permission. Another downside of this 'search engine' is information tracking. Users' Internet browsing activity is continually monitored, and various information (that might be personally identifiable) is recorded, including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (to determine geolocations), websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. This information is later shared with cooperating third party companies who can misuse it to generate revenue. Thus, the presence of a browser hijacking application on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even an identity theft. For these reasons, you should uninstall this browser hijacking app and never use the mysearchtoolbar.com website.

Mysearchtoolbar.com shares many similarities with safesearch.net, portalsepeti.com, taplika.com, and tens of other browser-hijacking apps. These applications offer a wide range of useful features merely to trick users to install. Their true purpose, however, is to generate as much revenue for the developers as possible by collecting private information (which is later shared with third parties), causing unwanted browser redirects (thereby generating traffic for certain websites), and sometimes displaying intrusive online advertisements (using the 'Pay Per Click' [PPC] advertising model).

How did mysearchtoolbar.com install on my computer?

The developers promote mysearchtoolbar.com using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' - stealth installation of rogue applications with the chosen software/apps. Many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software - they rush these processes and skip most/all steps. Thus, developers conceal PUPs within the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' settings. By skipping this section, users often install rogue applications inadvertently, compromising their privacy and exposing their systems to risk of further infection.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be attentive during download and installation of all software. Use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings, since rogue applications are often hidden. Only by opting-out of these third party apps can you be sure to safely download and install your chosen software. All software should be downloaded from a trusted source - usually the official website.

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Quick menu:

Mysearchtoolbar.com 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.

mysearchtoolbar.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes browser redirects to the mysearchtoolbar.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Mysearchtoolbar.com homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Remove mysearchtoolbar.com related Internet Explorer add-ons:

Removing mysearchtoolbar.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 suspicious browser extensions, select such entries and click "Remove".

Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:

Removing mysearchtoolbar.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.mysearchtoolbar.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".

Removing mysearchtoolbar.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing mysearchtoolbar.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://www.mysearchtoolbar.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open every time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing mysearchtoolbar.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, then remove "mysearchtoolbar.com".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mysearchtoolbar.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:

Remove mysearchtoolbar.com related Google Chrome extensions:

Removing mysearchtoolbar.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 any recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:

Removing mysearchtoolbar.com from Google Chrome shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker modifies the "Target" field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.mysearchtoolbar.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Removing mysearchtoolbar.com from Google Chrome shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing mysearchtoolbar.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://www.mysearchtoolbar.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing mysearchtoolbar.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 "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "mysearchtoolbar" and add or select your preferred Internet search engine.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the mysearchtoolbar.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:

Remove mysearchtoolbar.com related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

Removing mysearchtoolbar.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", in the opened window, remove any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:

Removing mysearchtoolbar.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.mysearchtoolbar.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Removing mysearchtoolbar.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing mysearchtoolbar.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://www.mysearchtoolbar.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change default search engine:

Removing mysearchtoolbar.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: "mysearchtoolbar.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with mysearchtoolbar.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 mysearchtoolbar.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.

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