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InspiringBackgrounds redirect. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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How does InspiringBackgrounds function and should you trust this free application?

If you like to explore the internet and try free programs the world has to offer, sooner or later you might come across InspiringBackgrounds extension. It is a free software that can be added to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, or other web browsers. However, we have noticed that some computer users tend to call this extension as InspiringBackgrounds virus, so we want to clear it up and let you know that this program is not malicious at all. However, its functionality and distribution methods do not get it out of the potentially unwanted programs’ category, still. This application promises to provide access to “dozens of inspirational quotes and images FREE,” however, as an application, it affects web browsers in a way that not all computer users like. It changes homepage and new tab page settings and makes the browser launch MyWay search engine each time the user opens the infected browser. This search engine might not function the way you want it to function – it does present many sponsored third-party results that might lead you to suspicious sites. According to its Privacy Policy, it “may integrate, be integrated into, bundled, or be provided in connection with third-party services, feeds and/or content […] You further acknowledge and agree that [the developer] shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource.”
Screenshot of the program that causes the InspiringBackgrounds redirect issue

Questions about InspiringBackgrounds redirect

In other words, content accessible via this search engine can be dangerous, and you have to mind general Internet hazards when trying to explore these sponsored results. InspiringBackgrounds redirect issue might not seem like a big problem to you, but please stay away from suspicious content, especially annoying pop-up ads that suggest free programs or software updates – third-party websites that advertise such downloads are considered untrustworthy. As you can see, InspiringBackgrounds PUP is not itself dangerous or malicious, but links accessible via this search can be untrustworthy. If you do not want to use this search engine, you can remove InspiringBackgrounds extension using instructions that we have prepared. These InspiringBackgrounds removal instructions are given below the article.

How did you install this application?

Have you discovered InspiringBackgrounds in your computer although you have never downloaded it? It probably seems suspicious, but this application cannot be installed without your permission, which means that at some point you gave the authorization to install it. We have noticed that computer users tend to choose “recommended” settings when installing new programs, and this might be the primary reason why potentially unwanted programs get installed without user’s knowledge. These programs are usually promoted via other free programs and are presented to the user during the installation process. If you want to reveal what additional programs are added to your download, make sure you choose Custom or Advanced installation settings. Then you get the possibility to reject unwanted additions and install only your selected program.

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 InspiringBackgrounds 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 InspiringBackgrounds?

If you feel that you do not need InspiringBackgrounds in your life, uninstall it. If you do not know how to do it, follow InspiringBackgrounds removal instructions that we have prepared. To remove InspiringBackgrounds, you have to check not only extensions added to your browser but recently installed programs’ list as well.

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To remove InspiringBackgrounds redirect, follow these steps:

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Remove InspiringBackgrounds from Windows systems

Remove InspiringBackgrounds and everything related to MyWay from your PC. Then clean up your web browsers.

  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 InspiringBackgrounds and related programs
    Here, look for InspiringBackgrounds 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 InspiringBackgrounds 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

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Get rid of InspiringBackgrounds from Mac OS X system

Use instructions provided here and for every web browser separately to remove all files that belong to Myway or InspiringBackgrounds.

  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 InspiringBackgrounds 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'
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Uninstall InspiringBackgrounds 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 InspiringBackgrounds 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 InspiringBackgrounds removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase InspiringBackgrounds redirect 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, InspiringBackgrounds should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate InspiringBackgrounds from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 InspiringBackgrounds 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 InspiringBackgrounds removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete InspiringBackgrounds from Google Chrome

  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 InspiringBackgrounds 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 InspiringBackgrounds removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove InspiringBackgrounds 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 InspiringBackgrounds 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 InspiringBackgrounds, 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 InspiringBackgrounds removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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