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Remove My Search Bar (Free Instructions)

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as MySearch | Type: Browser hijacker

What is My Search Bar?

My Search Bar is a commercial Internet Explorer add-on but you may discover it on your Mozilla Firefox and other web browser. This toolbar allows searching the web with the help of the most popular search engines. However, it may also display altered search results and advertising links in them. MySearchBar virus can be installed manually or in a bundle with freeware/shareware. Lots of ad-supported applications can trick you into adding it to the system, so you should double check them before installing.

The official My Search Bar web page states, that “it is an add-in toolbar for the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers which helps you to quickly search the web using multiple search engines, like Google,, and Yahoo. All those search engines add, near the search results, some sponsored listings, and we are paid on a revenue share model on advertisement revenues. “ So, My Search Bar virus even warns you that it can collect your activity on the Internet, share it with third parties and cause numerous sponsored ads during your browsing. After clicking them, you may notice MySearchBar redirects to other websites. In addition, it admits that these activities help for its developers to earn the money via pay-per-click method: “as any other search engine, My Search Bar shows related sponsored listings in the search result pages. They are paid from an advertiser on a pay-per-click model.“ Remember that all these advertisements use your PC resources, so the performance of your computer may slow down. Moreover, some of these redirects may lead you to malicious websites, so you shouldn’t click on them. Generally, if you want to stay safe, we recommend staying away from suspicious search engines like this one. Use a well-known search engine instead of the questionable ones you have never heard about before. If you want to use an alternative and reliable search engine, you should delete My Search Bar. For that, you can download ReimageIntego to detect and remove all computer threats that are hiding in it.

My Search Bar

How can My Search Bar hijack my computer?

There are two ways how this program may enter your computer – you can download the MySearchBar browser hijacker from its official site, but most commonly this app is spread with other free programs. It comes together in a bundled program packs. If you have downloaded some free applications off the web recently, most likely you’ve got MyWeb Search browser hijack with one of them. You probably rushed through the installation setup clicking „next“, „I agree“, chose „default“ or „standard“ installation options, and clicked „finish“. The most important step is to choose the right installation settings. Always opt for „custom“ or „advanced“ options. Untick all the undesirable extra applications that you didn’t ask for. This way you will avoid the bundled adware, viruses, unnecessary system tools or browser hijackers.

How to remove My Search Bar redirects?

It is pretty clear that My Search Bar is useless searching tool and doesn’t have any advantages. If you would like to remove it, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

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To remove My Search Bar, follow these steps:

Erase My Search Bar from Windows systems

  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 My Search Bar and related programs
    Here, look for My Search Bar 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 My Search Bar 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.

Delete My Search Bar from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove My Search Bar from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for My Search Bar-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove My Search Bar, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to My Search Bar and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the My Search Bar-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of My Search Bar from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for My Search Bar and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete My Search Bar removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove My Search Bar from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the My Search Bar-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall My Search Bar 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 My Search Bar 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 My Search Bar removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate My Search Bar 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 My Search Bar 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 My Search Bar removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase My Search Bar 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 My Search Bar 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 My Search Bar, 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 My Search Bar removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Justin says:
    March 6th, 2004 at 11:15 pm

    Although from the same creators as Aornum, this product does not appear to create any advertising or transmit data.

  2. user says:
    May 27th, 2004 at 5:05 am

    It would be nice if it was in add/remove.
    It would also be nice it once the scanner had found a load of spy ware that you could remove it without having to go back on line to purchace the tool.

  3. Guest says:
    September 9th, 2004 at 1:09 am

    I've tried all methods.. from spyware removals to add/remove programme it doesnt seem to help remove 'mysearch' toolbar. Could someone please advise how to?
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  4. Guest says:
    October 25th, 2004 at 3:10 pm

    I cannot remove my search from add/remove programs, can someone tell me how to remove it besides going into registry and manually removing. Do i need a special spyware program?

  5. Guest says:
    November 26th, 2004 at 1:11 am

    Here you go guys:

    Send your thanks to Ad-Ware Remover Inc. I work for them!

    Please follow the instructions below if you would like to remove My Search Installer.B manually. Please notice that you must follow the instructions very carefully and delete everything that is mentioned. In most cases the removal will fail if one single item is not deleted. If My Search Installer.B remains on your system after stepping through the removal instructions, please double-check by stepping through them again.

    Start the registry editor. This is done by clicking Start then Run. (The Run dialog will appear.) Type regedit and click OK. (The registry editor will open.)
    Browse to the key:
    'HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion RunOnce'
    In the right pane, delete the value called 'SearchBar Installer', if it exists.
    Exit the registry editor.
    Restart your computer.
    Delete the following file:
    Note: %ProgramsDir% is a variable. By default, this is C:Program Files.

    Cheers All;

  6. Guest says:
    November 26th, 2004 at 1:11 am

    i am in the same boat guys! Add/remove doesn't work I need manual instructions! I can rewrite the registry if someone can tell me what to delete!

  7. Jill says:
    February 3rd, 2005 at 2:02 pm

    I have tried everything to remove this bar. its not coming off. i don't like it because it doesn't show my URL whenever i go onto a site. i'm tired of it!!!

  8. Guest says:
    March 17th, 2005 at 5:03 pm

    A good program to get that will help you remove programs such as MY search bar is Hijackthis. Its will scan the registry for you and display all results for somebody that knows whats good and possible registry entries that could be spyware. Most but not all will be spyware. Have hijackthis scan your system and then copy and paste the bad and they will tell you what entries you can delete. Also to compliment this you should get a good adware/malware/spyware remover such as Adaware or Spybot search and destroy or microsoft anti spy

  9. clare says:
    April 3rd, 2005 at 8:04 pm

    Removed it by going to Control Panel, Ad/Remove Programs, look for My Seach Bar and Remove, After you delete that. Go to Windows Explorer, Go to C: and go in Program Files look for My Way and delete the file.

  10. Guest says:
    July 24th, 2005 at 9:07 pm

    iMesh now uses a My Seach Spyware toolbar call the iMesh Bar. It can be removed by the Add or Remove Programs but it still leaves spyware keys in the registry that can be removed by Spybot Search & Destroy. The iMesh forum claims that it is only adware and tells people that it is safe.

  11. Guest says:
    September 24th, 2005 at 2:09 pm

    Good News. If you can manage the responsibility of regedit, the file C:Program FilesMyWay actually had an Uninstall Readme file that stated word for word which keys needed removal, then after restarting my computer I was able to delete the files. 🙂

  12. thanx says:
    October 15th, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Thank you very much. It was quite useful

  13. Olie says:
    November 2nd, 2012 at 2:15 am

    How to remove mysearch results search engine:

    1. On Google chrome, click the 3 hotdogs (formerly wrench icon) beside the star.

    2.Click settings

    3.Look for On Start up

    4. Check- Open a specific page or set of pages.

    5. Check- Set pages

    6. Delete mysearchresults by clicking the X beside it.

    7.Add a new page by typing –

    8. click OK


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