Mywebsearch Home Page Removal

Welcome to our Mywebsearch home page removal instructions. This article intends to help you remove Mywebsearch home page from your system and is designed to work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer and all Windows versions.

Mywebsearch is a type of a home page more commonly referred to as a browser hijacker. As the name suggests, and as you have probably already noticed, what it does is bombard you with an obscene amount of advertisements that come in all shapes and sizes. These ads are no mere coincidence – they are how their developers make a profit. The money making model on which browser hijacker is typically based on is known as the Pay per click scheme. This literally translates to each click of yours on a given ad earns money for the developers. Sounds convenient, right? Well, there are quite a few factors that come into play here and you probably won’t be happy to learn about them, but it is essential that users are educated about how exactly browser hijacker operates in order to better understand the risks of having it on their computer. Below is a step by step guide with very easy to follow instructions designed to help you remove Mywebsearch, but before that, stick around and we’ll tell you all there is to know about this particular program type. 

Risks

First, we’d like to assure you that, though there are certain risks involved with a browser hijacker, it shouldn’t be confused with genuinely harmful programs like viruses, such as Trojans or ransomware. Ransomware, in particular, are capable of inflicting substantial damage onto your system and that’s not quite the case here. Mywebsearch is there to merely plaster the websites you visit with banners, hyperlinks, surprise you with popups and page redirects. However, in order to make these more appealing to you and attract that much sought after click, the browser hijacker developers tend to gather and store your browsing related info. This includes your history, things you have searched for online, favorites and bookmarks, as well as your personal details. Once the data has been analyzed and put to use, optimizing those advertisements to fit your taste, the information is often sold to third parties. We trust there’s no need in us having to explain the dangers of data misuse and identity theft.

We would like to emphasize that no matter how attractive all those ads may be made and how much they may speak to you, you shouldn’t be quick to trust them. On the one hand, it’s very likely that they do not correspond to the actual page they will bring you to and you will end up disappointed and confused. And that would be the best case scenario. If things take a turn for the worst, you might click on an ad that will take you to a malicious website, from which you might get infected by actual viruses. For this reason, we recommend avoiding those ads as much as possible and closing any pop-ups or pages you have been redirected to.

Distribution methods

Mywebsearch may have been bundled into another program, which you might have downloaded, as this seems to be the most effective distribution method. What this means is that Mywebsearch was hidden in the program in question and when you installed it, the browser hijacker was installed alongside it. In these cases you could have averted this whole thing if you would have opted for the custom or advanced settings. That way you will have had the ability to see what additional programs have been included and, most importantly, you will have had the option of disabling them and denying access to your computer. By choosing the default setup you basically surrender that choice to the software developers and you automatically allow their settings to be implemented, regardless of what they are.

It’s also quite possible that Mywebsearch was sent to you in a spam email, which you may have thought of as legitimate and ended up clicking on some link in it. This could have downloaded the program, alternatively you may have knowingly downloaded Mywebsearch, but thought of it to be something different than the annoying pest it is. False marketing isn’t unheard of and is also pretty successful in getting users to download certain things. Perhaps Mywebsearch was promoted as a speed enhancer or browser improving feature, but as a result turned out to do quite the opposite. In fact, many users have reported that a browser hijacker has slowed their computer’s performance and even led to system crashes.

Threat Mywebsearch
Classification Browser Hijacker
Security Alert
Medium
Negative Effects Obscene amount of advertisements seen throughout the whole browsing experience. PC might be running slow. 

Mywebsearch Removal

Step1Reveal Hidden Files. If you don’t know how to do this, ask us in the comments.

Step 2Press Start Button => Control Panel => Uninstall a program.

Uninstall in Control Panel

Locate the browser hijacker and any other suspicious looking programs and uninstall them.

Additional 2.1:

Sort the programs by Installed On.

Installed On

Delete recent suspicious entries.

Additional 2.2:

In the search field type => msconfig => hit Enter.

Type msconfig

Go to Startup and disable all entries with Unknown as Manufacturer.

Disable Unknown Manufacturer

Step 3Start Button => Search=> Copy/Paste “notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts” => Enter.

Hosts File

If you notice other IPs different from the localhost IPs – you might be in danger!

Localhost IPs

Ask for additional help in the comments.

Step 4Mywebsearch Removal from Chrome BrowserChrome

Click Chrome => More Tools => Extensions.

Extensions in Chrome

Locate the browser hijacker and remove it.

Mywebsearch Removal from Firefox BrowserFirefox

Click Bars in Firefox => Add-ons=> Extensions.

Extensions in Firefox

Locate the browser hijacker and delete it.

Removal from Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer

Press on IE Gear => Manage Add-ons =>

Extensions in IE

Find the browser hijacker and remove it.

Step 5Right click on the Taskbar => Start Task Manager.

Start Windows Task Manager

Navigate to Processes.

Processes in Task Manager

Locate any suspicious processes associated with Mywebsearch. Right click on the process = > Open File Location => End Process = > Delete the directories with the suspicious files.

Step 6Start Button => Search => Type:

  • %AppData%
  • %LocalAppData%
  • %ProgramData%
  • %WinDir%
  • %Temp%

Type in Search

Hit Enter after each new search. Check each Folder and delete recent entries.

If you run into any trouble – ask us for help in the comments section!