Home.mywebsearch.com: all you need to know about this search engine
Home.mywebsearch.com is a website that provides MySearch search engine. At the first sight, this search engine looks completely normal. It provides regular search results, but it inserts a lot of sponsored search outcomes as well. These sponsored search results are marked “Ads related to…” and leads to various Internet sites. If you are a computer user who is interested in exploring sponsored search results, you might find this search engine useful, but if you prefer getting relevant and not sponsored search results, you might not be so satisfied with its functionality.
We have noticed that computer users tend to call this search engine as Home.mywebsearch.com virus. That is not true because this search engine is not malicious. Some computer security experts claim that Home.mywebsearch.com is a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and such classification means that Home.mywebsearch.com cannot cause damage to your computer system or initiate any illegal actions. This search engine can be set as your homepage and new tab page after installing a related program or adding a certain browser extension. It is a legitimate search engine, and users have a full right to refuse to use it.
As you can see, by using this search engine, you allow third-parties to collect particular information about you. What is more, this PUP collects certain data about the user itself. It claims that it and third-parties collect information such as user’s demographic information, IP address, and data about user’s interaction with ads or links on third-party sites and apps. Such information is not considered as personally identifiable, but if you do not want to be tracked, you can simply remove this program from your computer. For that, use an anti-spyware software like Reimage, or simply uninstall it manually.
How did Home.mywebsearch.com enter your computer?
You can freely choose whether you want to install Home.mywebsearch.com or not. The program that sets this URL as homepage and new tab page can be downloaded from the Internet, and possibly it may be spread together with other free programs. It is a completely legitimate distribution method. For example, when you download a free program from the Internet, it might suggest you to install several additional applications or try a new search engine. Bear in mind that by selecting Default or Standard installation settings you agree to install all extra applications or apply suggested changes in your browser.
If you do not want to get these programs for free, you can simply deselect the agreements to install them via Advanced or Custom settings. Some computer users tend to rush while installing software, and because of that, they end up installing some unexpected programs. If you have installed Home.mywebsearch.com this way and if you do not want to keep it on your computer, please look at Home.mywebsearch.com removal instructions we have prepared. You can find them on page 2.
Recently, the developer of this program contacted us asking us to remove this post from 2-spyware.com website. We believe that we shouldn’t do that as long as programs that we offer for the removal of Home.mywebsearch.com can detect it and help users to remove it from the system. As it is mentioned under each of download buttons, we ARE affiliated with these anti-malware programs, and while some of them are free, others can remove a virus only after purchasing them. These mentions fully fulfill each of the requirements of FTC.
Nevertheless, we have recently decided to make a revision of this and other posts that are related to this developer. We claim that all of them are described properly.
How to remove Home.mywebsearch.com?
First of all, we would like to say again that Home.mywebsearch.com virus is a wrong term to describe this program. However, if you do not want to keep this program on your computer or if you would like to use another search engine, follow these Home.mywebsearch.com removal instructions:
- Uninstall programs that are related to Home.mywebsearch.com from your computer:
- Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
- When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for Home.mywebsearch.com and other programs that are unknown to you.
- Click ‘Uninstall’ and then OK to save the changes.
- Reset your web browser:
- Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Extensions’.
- Here, select unfamiliar plugins (Home.mywebsearch.com, MyWebFace Toolbar, MyWay, MyWebSearch, Mywebsearch.com, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
- In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose ‘Settings’ -> ‘On startup’ section -> ‘set pages’.
- Here, eliminate myway.com by clicking on the “X” and enter your preferred website.
In order to change your default search engine, click on the menu icon -> ‘Settings’ -> ‘Search’ section.
- Here, click ‘Manage Search Engines…’ and add your preferred domain name.