Remove Start.MySearchDial.com hijack (Removal Guide)

Start.MySearchDial.com is a browser hijacker, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it will add MySearchDial Toolbar, and change your browser homepage and search engine to Start.MySearchDial.com.
[Image: Start.MySearchDial.com virus]
Start.MySearchDial.com will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries.
Start.MySearchDial got on your computer after you have installed a freeware software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this browser hijacker.
For example, when you install MySearchDial, you will also agree to change your default browser homepage and default search engine to Start.MySearchDial.com and install the MySearchDial Toolbar.
[Image: Start.MySearchDial.com search]
However, when you uninstall MySearchDial from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored. This means that you’ll have to remove MySearchDial Toolbar and Start.MySearchDial.com from your favorite web browser manually.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this Start.MySearchDial hijacker. 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.

How to remove Start.MySearchDial.com browser hijacker (Virus Removal Instructions)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove Start.MySearchDial.com from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Uninstall Start.MySearchDial programs from your computer
STEP 2: Remove Start.MySearchDial from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome
STEP 3: Remove Start.MySearchDial.com adware with AdwCleaner
STEP 4: Remove Start.MySearchDial.com virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the Start.MySearchDial.com infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1 : Uninstall Start.MySearchDial programs from your computer

  1. To uninstall the programs that are responsible for the Start.MySearchDial.com redirect from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel“. Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove MySearchDial and any other unwanted or recently installed programs from your computer.
    [Image: Uninstall Start.MySearchDial program]

Because Start.MySearchDial is installed with other additional programs, we recommend that you search and uninstall any other unwanted or unknown programs from your computer.


STEP 2: Remove Start.MySearchDial from Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

Start.MySearchDial has installed a browser extensions (MySearchDial Toolbar), and has changed your homepage and your browser default search engine to Start.MySearchDial.com

Remove Start.MySearchDial.com from Internet Explorer

  1. Remove MySearchDial extension from Internet Explorer.
    Open Internet Explorer,then click on the gear icon [Image: Internet Explorer gear icon] (Tools for Windows XP users) at the top (far right) and then  select Manage add-ons.
    [Image: Manage Add-ons in Internet Explorer]
    From the Toolbars and Extensions tab, select MySearchDial Helper Object and MySearchDial Toolbar, then click on Disable.
    [Image: Start.MySearchDial Internet Explorer extensions]
    NOTE: Start.MySearchDial.com may have added additional add-ons which you will need to remove. We recommend that you remove any unwanted or unknown add-ons from Internet Explorer.
  2. Set Internet Explorer default search engiwne from Start.MySearchDial.com to Bing.
    To change your default search engine, click on the gear icon [Image: Internet Explorer gear icon] , select Manage Add-ons, and then, under Add-on Types, click Search Providers.
    Select Bing and on click the Set Default button.
    [Image: Start.MySearchDial Internet Explorer search]
    To remove Start.MySearchDial.com from Internet Explorer, select MySearchDial and click on Remove.
    [Image: Start.MySearchDial Internet Explorer removal]
  3. Change your Internet Explorer homepage from Start.MySearchDial.com to its default
    To change your home page, click on the gear icon [Image: Internet Explorer gear icon] , select Internet Explore options, and in the General tab,under the Home page section, click on Use default to restore Internet Explorer default home page.
    [Image: Set Internet Explorer to its default homepage]

Remove Start.MySearchDial.com from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Remove MySearchDial extensions from Firefox.
    At the top of the Firefox window, click the orange Firefox button, then select Add-ons.
    Firefox addon menu
    Select the Extensions tab, then remove MySearchDial 7.0 and MySearchDial.com from Mozilla Firefox.
    [Image: Start.MySearchDial Firefox extension]
    NOTE: Start.MySearchDial.com may have added additional extensions which you will need to remove. We recommend that you remove any unwanted or unknown extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Reset your default search engine and homepage from Start.MySearchDial.com to their default.
    To reset your search engine and homepage to their default, we will use the SearchReset extension.This add-on is very simple: on installation, it backs up and then resets your search preferences and home page to their default values, and then uninstalls itself. This affects the search bar, URL bar searches, and the home page.
    You can download SearchReset from the below link, and then we will just need to install it to revert Firefox to its default settings.
    SEARCHRESET DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open another web page from where you can download the SearchReset Firefox extension)
    [Image: SearchReset extension]

Remove Start.MySearchDial.com from Google Chrome

  1. Remove MySearchDial extension from Google Chrome.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button on the browser toolbar, select Tools and then click on Extensions.
    Google Chrome Extensions
    In the Extensions tab, remove MySearchDial 8.0.1 by clicking on the Recycle Bin at the end of the row.
    [Image: Start.MySearchDial Chrome extension]
    NOTE: Start.MySearchDial.com may have added additional extensions which you will need to remove. We recommend that you remove any unwanted or unknown extensions from Google Chrome.
  2. Set Google Chrome default search engine from Start.MySearchDial.com to Google.
    Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu  button, then select Settings and click on Manage search engines in the Search section.
    In the Search Engines dialog that appears, select Google and click the Make Default button that appears in the row.
    [Image: Start.MySearchDial.com Chrome removal]
    Search for Start.MySearchDial.com in the Search Engines list, and click the X button that appears at the end of the row.
    [Image: Start.MySearchDial  Chrome search]
  3. Change Google Chrome homepage from Start.MySearchDial.com to its default.
    MySearchDial 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  button, then select Settings and click on One the New Tab page in the On Startup section.
    [Image: Change Google Chrome homepage to its default]

STEP 3: Remove Start.MySearchDial.com browser hijacker with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer for Start.MySearchDial.com malicious files and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the Scan button as shown below.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Scan button
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for Start.MySearchDial.com malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the Start.MySearchDial.com malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Clean button.
    Picture of AdwCleaner Clean button
    AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.

STEP 3: Remove Start.MySearchDial.com virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free utilizes Malwarebytes powerful technology to detect and remove all traces of malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more.

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double-click on the icon named mbam-setup.exe 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, then at the last screen click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform full scan, and then click on the Scan button to start searching for the Start.MySearchDial.com malicious files.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for Start.MySearchDial.com as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for Start.MySearchDial.com virus]
  5. When the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan has finished, click on the Show Results button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the computer infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked), then click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing Start.MySearchDial.com]

STEP 4: Double-check for the Start.MySearchDial.com infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti virus software, firewalls, etc.).

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named HitmanPro.exe (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or HitmanPro_x64.exe (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    HitmanPro scanner
    Click on the Next button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for Start.MySearchDial.com malicious files.
    HitmanPro detecting for Start.MySearchDial.com virus
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the Next button, to remove Start.MySearchDial.com adware.
    HitmanPro scan results
  5. Click on the Activate free license button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro 30 days activation button]

Your computer should now be free of the Start.MySearchDial.com infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the PRO version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove Start.MySearchDial.com from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • Joe

    Awesome man Thank You. My machine is clean again. Awesome!!!!!

  • Anuva

    thank you so much

  • Lisa Schensted

    THANK YOU SO MUCH.

  • Katie

    dear stelian! thank you so much! you instruction is very good and helpful! thank you!

  • Vincent

    Outstanding!!!! Many thanks for your help…much appreciated! :)

  • Lauren

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! My computer was FREAKING out and so I was freaking out, but not anymore :) My appreciations, good sir! :D

  • Heather

    Thank you very much for your very thorough instructions!!!!

  • Randy

    Thank you very much! I was trying to download a free you tube downloader and got hijacked. You saved my computer. Great wisdom and info. Are the programs you listed to use yours?

  • dmg013

    Thank you so very much! Your detailed instructions allowed me to get this bugger off my computer…and to better understand how it got there and how not to do it again!!

  • John Pullen

    Thank you Sir. A very clear concise guide.

  • Father McLunacy

    thanks fella

  • Meghen

    Thank you
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  • MySearchDialHater

    Thank you Stelian! I picked up ‘myseachdial’ in a seemingly innocent update for Skype. Many insane ‘help’ pages out there got me nowhere. Your advice fixed the probem. Making a PayPal donation later today as a token of my appreciation. Thanks again!!!

  • Ashlynn

    Thank you! I spent a couple of hours troubleshooting but you had the answer.

  • Wendi NaDell Toth

    You are a Godsend! Thank you so much for the help. I just purchased my first brand new laptop a month ago and picked up this crazy mysearchdial garbage attached to a seemingly harmless file viewer download. I am required to use Firefox for college and it was to a point where I could not accomplish ANYTHING online. Please keep doing what you do because you do it VERY WELL.

  • Wendi NaDell Toth

    You are a Godsend…thank you! Just purchased my first brand new laptop a month ago and this crazy mysearchdial thing attached itself to a seemingly harmless file viewer…has haunted me ever since and got to a point where I could no longer do ANYTHING online using Firefox. I am required to use Firefox for college and I was about to lose my mind. Keep doing what you do because you do it VERY WELL.

  • Kyle

    Okay, firstly, thank you SOOOO much haha I couldn’t figure this out for the longest time. Secondly, hey look there’s another Kyle 3 comments down. Yup. Hahaha thanks!

  • Ryan

    Thank you Stelian, AdwCleaner removed MySearchDial perfectly. Donation imminent:) Can I uninstall AdwCleaner, or do I have to keep it because it’s quarantining this virus? I already have Webroot SecureAnywhere that I pay for monthly through my internet provider.

  • Gratefully Alive

    Can’t thank you enough. My laptop is back to fully operational. I used malware bytes.

  • suze q

    I am soooooo grateful…..this was sending me crazy! Thank you. donation on it’s way.

  • Kyle

    Thank you! Your guide was clear and EFFECTIVE. Thank you for allowing me to eliminate this mysearchdial nuisance. Bitdefender didn’t catch it, but your instructions enpowered me to make it go away.

  • gary s

    You did it! Thank you SO much. You saved my PC. Your directions were easy to follow and they worked perfectly.

  • Elliott

    today my laptop got blighted with the vile mysearchdial. This walk through allowed me to nip it in the bud immediately!

  • Hypodrasta

    Bless u, laddy! Incredibly annoying stuff which I have no idea how infiltrated my browser (I never agree to install what I do not want to be installed but ofc everyone says that).

  • A

    Thank you!!!! This was a super annoying issue…

  • Chelsea D

    Thank you so much! You really saved my sanity here! Donated a few bucks, not much but I hope it helps.

  • molly magill

    aaaaaah thank you soo much yours is the only one that worked yeeyyyyyy

  • Tinman

    mysearchdial was created by an Israeli company called Iron Source Israel Ltd. You can visit their site and tell them how you feel about them hijacking your computer and making your life miserable.

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    Go ahead with the other steps as Malwarebytes and AdwCleaner should detect and remove any malicious files…
    Stay safe!

  • Travis

    Truthfully worked amazingly for me, anyone with this problem, follow these steps and you will be good to go with your start.mysearchdial problem. Keep up the great work guys; both easy and effective!

  • KP

    Thanks so much. Absolutely easy to follow and effective.

  • Kris Campbell

    Thank You! It worked perfectly –

  • Sara

    Thank you! This was really helpful :) Your instructions was very clear, even I 14 years old Finnish girl understood them. P.S. Sorry my bad English :DD

  • KS

    Worked awesome, thank so much for the easy step by step directions! This was so annoying!

  • Primrose2

    Thank you!!! This cleaned my computer of that My Search Dial. I really appreciate the help

  • Primrose

    Thanks for this – seem to have finally got rid of mysearchdial which was driving me mad. If you still can’t get rid of it then Yahoo answers has some slightly different tips which might help. Worth a try.

  • Care Ash

    You saved my sanity! Thank you so much.

  • bob

    fantastic. thanks

  • Melo

    Awesome man thank u sooooo much

  • Matt

    Thanks a lot dude!! The tips worked perfectly and mysearchdial has been completely removed.
    Wish i’d found your site earlier.

  • Fraser

    Thanks this really helped me I know a lot about hardware but software is on another level. Thanks again.

  • Chris

    great tips, it worked to remove my Start.MySearch components that creeped everywhere on my computer, thanks

  • Special

    Thanks mate!

  • halz

    thanks alot this was great help!! i was panicking trying to get rid of it – it was taking over my latop i was like juhsdmahywudinca! i love you man you’re amazing!!! :D

  • steve

    So helpful. I accidentally downloaded a program and it installed the mysearchdial along with buzzsearch and font(something). Anyway, thank you for this guide. You saved me a lot of time.

    • Rosemary

      Same with me! Thank you!

  • Jong

    holyyy shit, I panicked there a moment!! I mean the mysearchdial was installed too fast It was out of hand, and I trusted the program I downloaded because it was from CNET,,,, OMG, never again!
    But thanks alot! I appreciate it!

  • john

    omg, thank you so much! that thing was taking over my whole computer!

  • Trevor L

    Very helpful. Thank you.

  • Tim

    Cheers dude

  • C

    Thank you soooo much! It worked for me phew!

  • winnieomacpinsentingtondonson

    Excellent. Worked a treat. I wish I found this website earlier, instead of wasting days trying to eliminate the junkware.

  • ssrana1

    Thanks bro! , a very helpful and precise step by step tutorial. Removing the malware was a breeze after that.

  • Maria

    Thanks for this. Had attempted to download ‘Atomic Clock Sync’ from download.cnet.com.(as my clock won’t sync with internet time). who I have always found to be pretty trustworthy for downloads. But this particular software downloaded Mysearchdial and other bits and pieces instead. Your removal instructions worked and are very clear. Thanks again.

  • sm

    That was the most comprehensive article I found to remove this pest “myserachdial” – Thanks you sooo much Stelian :)

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    Lets try to remove this infection:
    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner

    Please run AdwCleaner (as seen on STEP 3) to remove this infection!

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Stay safe!

  • ccdd

    thanks – this really helped!!

  • Mick

    Great site very helpful and easy to use, tired of these “stealth programs” being installed, in this case I deliberately unchecked all additional installs when installing some free software, worst bit is it was Avast antivirus which installed it!

    Guess I’ll go back to AVG instead. do NOT reccommend Avast because of this, maybe these providers of free software will wake up and stop associating themselves with these kind of programs!

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    Lets try to remove these programs:
    STEP 1: Run a scan with AdwCleaner
    Please run AdwCleaner (as seen on STEP 3) to remove this infection!

    STEP 2: Run a scan with Junkware Removal Tool

    1.Download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop from the below link:

    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL : http://thisisudax.org/download

    2. Double-click on the JRT.exe icon to start this utility.

    3. The tool will open and start scanning your system. Please be patient as this can take a while to complete depending on your system’s specifications

    Waiting for your reply to see how everything is running…

  • bjsimon

    Fantastic, I just followed your simple instructions, and it worked as anticipated. The AdwCleaner took out the rest of the Start.MySearchDial crap that I had been burdened with. I am going to leave a donation.