My Search Dock Ads

Also Known As: startpagethemes.com redirect
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

My Search Dock removal instructions

What is My Search Dock?

My Search Dock is presented as an application that saves time and money by displaying the best online shopping deals. These false claims might trick some users into believing that My Search Dock is a legitimate and useful app, however, My Search Dock often infiltrates systems without users’ permission. Furthermore, it gathers various information relating to Internet browsing activity and generates intrusive online advertisements. For these reasons, My Search Dock is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.

My Search Dock adware

This PUP generates various intrusive online advertisements such as coupon, banner, and pop-up ads. These are generated using a 'virtual layer', which enables placement of various third party graphical content on any sites. Therefore, none of the displayed ads originate from users' visited websites. By concealing underlying web content, displayed advertisements significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience. In addition, some might redirect to malicious websites containing infectious content. Thus, even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections. Furthermore, My Search Dock continually tracks Internet browsing activity and gathers various information that might be personally identifiable. Be aware that the gathered data is shared with third party companies who are can misuse personal data to generate revenue. Thus, the presence of an information-tracking app such as My Search Dock on your system may lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall My Search Dock adware immediately.

As with My Search Dock, apps such as Groover, SmartShop, Dealz, and Clip Clip Save also claim to provide time and money saving features, however, these false claims are merely attempts to trick users to install. After successful system infiltration, these applications generate intrusive online advertisements, track personally identifiable information, and provide no real value for users. Adware-type programs such as My Search Dock are designed only to generate revenue or the developers.

How did My Search Dock install on my computer?

Although My Search Dock has an official download website, many users download and install this application inadvertently. Developers hide My Search Dock within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings of other software download/installation processes. This deceptive software marketing method is called 'bundling'. Many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software. Therefore, by skipping the aforementioned settings, they expose their systems to risk of various infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Many PUPs such as My Search Dock are distributed as 'bundles' with other software. Therefore, the key to computer safety is caution. Closely analyze each step of the software download and installation processes using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. In addition, all additionally-included applications should be cancelled, since there is a high probability that bundled software will be malicious.

Official My Search Dock adware installer set-up:

Official My Search Dock adware installation setup

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Quick menu:

My Search Dock adware 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.

My Search Dock adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "My Search Dock", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes My Search Dock ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove My Search Dock adware from Internet browsers:

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing My Search Dock ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "My Search Dock", select this entry and click "Remove".

Removing My Search Dock ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the startpagethemes.com redirect, 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 My Search Dock  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "My Search Dock", select this entry and click the trash can icon.

Removing My Search Dock ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the startpagethemes.com redirect, 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 My Search Dock ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

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 "My Search Dock".

Removing My Search Dock ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with startpagethemes.com redirect 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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 adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the startpagethemes.com redirect, 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 adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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