Remove MyWebSearch and home.mywebsearch.com (Uninstall Guide)

MyWebSerch Toolbar is a program that was installed on users computer without their knowledge and which be fairly difficult to remove for most people.
MyWebSearch virus
MyWebSearch got on your computer after you have installed another free software that had bundled into their installer this potentially unwanted program.
MyWebSearch offers a toolbar and search engine which will be installed with any of the following products: Smiley Central, Cursor Mania, My Mail Stationary, My Mail Signature, PopSwatter, Popular Screensavers, Webfetti, and the My Way website portal.
You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this MyWebSerch Toolbar. Be very careful what you agree to install. Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.
Once installed on a computer,MyWebSearch will install its toolbar,set your browser homepage to home.mywebsearch.com and change your default search engine to search.mywebsearch.com.
While MyWebSearch is not a virus,because this program is installed on users computer a via third party software and without their knowledge, many have requested a detailed guide on how to remove this adware.

Remove home.mywebsearch.com and MyWebSearch Toolbar from your browser

STEP 1 : Uninstall MyWebSearch from your computer

MyWebSearch has installed a program called MyWebSearch Toolbar on your computer which we will need to uninstall.

  1. To uninstall MyWebSearch program from your computer,click the Start button,then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program. (Add or Remove Programs for Windows XP)
  2. Search and uninstall MyWebSearch program from your computer.
    MyWebSearch uninstaller

Please note that on some machines,you may not be able to find this program or in some cases it may have been renamed to MyWebSearch Bar toolbar on IE, MyWebSearch Bar toolbar helper, MyWebSearch IE plugin or MyWebSearch.com.
We recommend that you uninstall any MyWebSearch Bar related program and then proceed with the next step.


STEP 2 : Remove the MyWebSearch residual damage from your browser

Remove MyWebSearch from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer,then click on the gear icon [Image: icongear.jpg] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right) and click again on Internet Options.
    Internet Options in IE
  2. Now in the Internet Options dialog box, click on the Advanced tab, click Reset.
    Reset Internet Explorer
  3. In the Reset Internet Explorer settings section. Click Reset again in the information dialog box.
    Internet Explorer back to its default settings
  4. When Internet Explorer finishes resetting, click Close in the confirmation dialogue box and then click OK.
  5. Close and open Internet Explorer again.

Remove MyWebSearch from Mozilla Firefox

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button, go over to the Help sub-menu (on Windows XP, click the Help menu at the top of the Firefox window) and select Troubleshooting Information.
    Firefox Troubleshooting Information
  2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    Firefox default settings
  3. To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
  4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will open. That’s it – you’re done!

Remove MyWebSearch from Google Chrome

  1. Remove MyWebSearch extensions from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar,select Tools and then click on Extensions.In the Extensions tab,remove (by clicking on the Recycle Bin) the MyWebSearch extension from your computer.
    [Image: MyWebSearch Chrome Extension]
    Please keep in mind that on some computers, this program might have added a different named extension (YouTube Downloader Toolbar, WXDownloadFast, PDF Source Forge Toolbar, IObit toolbar, StartNow Toolbar or RewardsArcade,New Tab), so if you can’t find MyWebSearch on your list,then carefully look for any suspicious program and remove it from your Google Chrome.
  2. Replace the MyWebSearch with Google as default search engine.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu ,then select Setttings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    Select MyWebSearch from the list and click the X that appears at the end of the row, then select Google (Default) from the list and make it your default search engine.
    Set Google as your default Search Engine in Chrome
  3. Set Google Chrome to open your favorite web page at startup.
    MyWebSearch has modified your Google settings to open their webpage whenever you start your browser, so we will need to revert this change.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu ,then select Setttings and in the click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.
    [Image: On Startup Page Chrome]

STEP 3: Remove MyWebSearch registry keys with AdwCleaner.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting this utility,close all open programs and internet browsers.
  3. Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  4. Click on Delete,then confirm each time with Ok.
    Adwcleaner utility
  5. Your computer will be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
  6. NEXT,double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
  7. Click on Uninstall,then confirm with yes to remove this utility from your computer.

STEP 4: Run a computer scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link,then double click on it to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK(This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process.
    DO NOT make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave both the Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware checked,then click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab,select Perform quick scan and then click on the Scan button to start scanning your computer.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for MyWebSearch]
  5. When the Malwarebytes scan will be completed,click on Show Result.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected.Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked) and click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image:Malwarebytes removing virus]

If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove MyWebSearch Toolbar and Search from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • Rodd

    Thanks!

  • mcneil

    thanks Bro,for your help , my problem was solved at long last .

  • Dheny

    hey bro, thank you for the tutorials. it was very helpful. My browser is free of that crap now

  • Bobby Setyawan ST

    thx a lot. really helpful

  • Isadora

    thanks, I managed to remove the computer but could not remove the mozila firefox browser, because you have to click Help at the top of the Firefox window and select Troubleshooting Information.
    although my browser only has these options: Help, Getting Started, Report integridadedo firefox, support for data, Send my opinion, Restart with extensions disabled and About firefox

  • Brubs

    Thanks, it worked. I am getting pretty tired of these things. I haven’t the slightest where this thing came from. I keep pretty good track of the goings on with my pc, or so I thought I guess :)

  • stella

    didn’t help. ): I have windows 8 and that nasty program is well hid. it keeps changing my home page. and fast. when I ck again its changed back. even w/ the lock on.

  • tehnay

    thank you, it was very helpful

  • V

    Great page! Thanks a lot for the detailed instructions.

  • Bill

    It works.
    So simple when you follow the above instructions.

  • Miguel

    THANK YOU!!!!