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removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker search engine might trick you into visiting shady Internet sites

Questions about virus virus is a computer program that aims to change browser settings in Chrome, Mozilla and other popular web browsers. Once installed, Mybeginning123 can modify browser shortcuts, add unknown programs or browser extensions to the system and start collecting information about user’s browsing preferences and general interests. What is more, the virus starts redirecting to hxxp:// page, which contains a search engine. This search engine is judged by cybersecurity experts because it functions as a tool for revenue making instead of being a beneficial web search service. It seems that the majority of results it provides points users to affiliate websites instead of ones that are associated with user’s search query. Besides being completely useless, this hijacker is also distributed using shady techniques, which makes us put this program to potentially unwanted programs’ (PUPs) list. However, even if this program seems to be quite bad, it actually is a legitimate application, and technically it cannot be called a virus[1]. However, its annoying behavior has earned it this title. Besides, the fact that very similar hijackers such as[2],, or[3] fall into most aggressive browser hijackers of 2017 lists should encourage you to remove without a wait.

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According to research, the described hijacker can affect PC and Mac users. After installing it, users shortly discover that it appears in almost all web browsers after opening them or a new tab in them. It is so because this hijacker sets the aforementioned URL as default homepage and new tab page address. On top of that, it might also assign this value to “default search” setting. The website that gets promoted suggests using a shady Mybeginning123 search engine, which provides many sponsored search results instead of suggesting more organic ones. Therefore, while looking for important information online, the user might get redirected to sites that he/she never wanted to visit. It is important to note that these websites are not monitored or controlled by the developer of the hijacker and the search engine, and they can be dangerous to visit. However, the author of the search engine says that it is not responsible for privacy practices of such other sites, and “encourages [the user] to read the privacy statements of each and every website.” Everybody knowns that it almost never happens in practical situations because reading these documents takes a lot of time. The most worrisome thing Mybeginning123 hijacker does is that it silently installs tracking cookies[4] into user’s browser and starts collecting user’s search queries, the list of visited websites, observing how much time one spends on certain websites and even more. All collected data can be used for selection of targeted ads, which might get integrated into search results. As we said, clicking on them can take you to quite dangerous web pages. This is yet another reason why we recommend you to remove straight away. browser hijacker virus sneaks into computer system unnoticed and aims to transmit various third-party content to the user because it gets paid to do so. Ads might appear within search results or in pop-up windows.

Ways to protect your PC from browser hijackers

Users who want to protect their PCs from browser hijackers should carefully install free programs they download from the Internet. These programs usually offer to install a couple of free additions alongside them, and it is up to the user whether he/she wants to get them or not. Contrary to a popular belief, “Standard” or “Default” software installation settings aren’t the trustworthy ones. Users should always swap these options with “Custom” or “Advanced” ones because these will provide the possibility to alter bundled software that came with the main program. The user gets the right to drop off unwanted components, meanwhile suggested default installation settings usually never notify the user about their existence. When dealing with a program that promotes this hijacker, users should encounter suggestions to “set Mybeginning123 as home and new tab page in web browsers.” After deselecting such suggestions, the user should proceed to the next software installation step and be attentive to every detail provided by the installer.

Remove manually or using anti-malware software

You can remove virus without using any additional programs if you follow these uninstall instructions carefully. Of course, an even easier way to get rid of this hijacker is to use an anti-spyware or anti-malware program. We must point out that some antivirus programs might not be capable of deleting this browser hijacker because such programs typically target more critical viruses such as ransomware[5] or Trojans. However, it won’t hurt to run a system scan with one if you have it on your PC already. Make sure it is up-to-date before you try to carry out removal with it!

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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate from Windows systems

In order to remove Mybeginning123 hijacker, uninstall all suspicious-looking programs via Control Panel as explained below. Make sure you clean those web browser shortcuts afterward.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall and related programs
    Here, look for or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Uninstall from Mac OS X system

Search your Mac for shady apps using the instructions provided in this tutorial.

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Remove from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Firefox browser should be fixed this way:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of from Google Chrome

Chrome gets hijacked quite easily, so you should definitely check this browser for suspicious extensions that may have been added during Mybeginning123 attack.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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  1. Lorenzo says:
    April 25th, 2017 at 9:06 am

    i am wondering if this browser hijacker can collect personally identifiable data…

  2. zoe says:
    April 25th, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I wish i NEVER installed this browser virus! It was so bad, I couldnt search the internet. I kinda felt that it keeps me away from relevant information and pushes sponsored content the entire time!

  3. Dreadzone says:
    April 25th, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Reimage worked perfectly – it detected files associated with this virus and got rid of them. No more redirects or browser crashes since then. Thanks a million.

  4. Leona_Kinq says:
    April 25th, 2017 at 9:16 am

    can somebody tell what programs distribute this virus?

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