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Remove My Search Dock ads (Easy Removal Guide)

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Adware

My Search Dock (by Buzzbox Media) is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that should not be used by computer users. It claims to be an advantageous program, which helps to save money while shopping online because “it instantly shows item pricing for other top e-retailers making sure you are paying the best price.” Moreover, it provides a ‘SearchDock,’ which is described like that:

SearchDock saves you time. Perform a search and let us show you results from the web leading sites and search engines, in 1 easy to navigate dock.

However, although the description sounds promising, this program is NOT good at all. In fact, it is deemed to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP), and it also belongs to the adware group. Adware type programs are ad-supported. Therefore, My Search Dock adware delivers ads for you, sadly, these ads are not helpful at all. Although they might seem to be related to your interests and look catchy, you should know the little trick this program does – it collects information that you type into search boxes, it tracks what websites you visit and other browsing related information, which helps to understand what interests you. Based on such data, this app chooses corresponding ads and sends them for you. These ads are usually labeled as “My Search Dock ads,” “My Search Dock deals,” “by My Search Dock,” “ads by My Search Dock” and similarly. Do not click on these ads! There is a huge possibility you will be forced to visit insecure web sources that belong to the sponsors of this software. You might visit these websites by force because the ads powered by this program usually hold misleading hyperlinks, which do not lead to desired websites, but to pre-destined sponsors’ sites.

My Search Dock virus sends ads

What is more, you should avoid clicking on the SearchDock panel that usually appears whenever you search for something online. This panel might also provide corrupted links to you that can cause unreliable redirects. Remember that websites that are advertised via this rogue app can promote suspicious and insecure software, so you should deny installing anything that these sites may suggest you to. If you are a security-minded person, you should uninstall My Search Dock PUP with a reliable anti-spyware software, for example, SpyHunter. It is a program that can scan your computer system thoroughly and detect various computer threats and then remove them.

How can My Search Dock hijack computer without my permission for that?

Sadly, PUPs like this one tend to occupy victims’ computers’ in an indirect and unfair way, using an infamous software bundling technique. Let us explain how this shady technique works and how it uses users’ carelessness:

  1. Let’s say you have found a free program online that looks useful. You want to install it, so you download the file.
  2. Next, you open the installation setup. You think that it is easy to install it, so you just click ‘Next’ several times, skip reading ‘Terms of Use,’ hit ‘I agree,’ proceed to next installation steps.
  3. When you reach the ‘Installation settings’ stage, you see several options from which you can choose. You see that ‘Default’ mode is already selected, and you think it is safe; so you proceed and click ‘Finish.’

WRONG! You should never install programs in such way. You should know that Default, Basic, Standard, Express installation settings HIDE the agreements to install software attachments. To refuse to install them, you should always opt for Custom or Advanced installation mode. Moreover, we strongly recommend reading software’s Terms Of Use document – it is a very important document, too.

However, if this sneaky software has already infected your computer without your knowledge, we recommend reading its removal guide that we have prepared. It can be found on page 2.

My Search Dock removal techniques:

As we have already stated, My Search Dock virus can be removed automatically. For that, you can use SpyHunter or any other reliable anti-spyware software. Another option to delete this PC parasite is to uninstall it on your own – follow the manual removal guidelines provided below this article, and get rid of this computer threat for good. In case you have any questions about our recommended software, or simply if you face problems while trying to remove My Search Dock, do not hesitate and send us a question via ‘Ask us’ form. Good luck!

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To remove My Search Dock ads, follow these steps:

Delete My Search Dock 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 Dock and related programs
    Here, look for My Search Dock 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'

Erase My Search Dock from Mac OS X system

  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 My Search Dock 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'

Eliminate My Search Dock 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 My Search Dock 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 My Search Dock removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of My Search Dock ads 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, My Search Dock should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Remove My Search Dock 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 Dock 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete My Search Dock removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete My Search Dock 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 Dock or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Dock removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Villy says:
    January 11th, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I almost got infected by clicking on a freaking trashy ad that this stupid virus provided! I thought I was gonna catch a great deal, how naive I was?! Do not believe what this virus sends you! All is sugar coated lies. You can get infected!

  2. KelseyPi says:
    January 11th, 2016 at 10:21 am

    not even a spyware, id call it malware, nearly lost control trying to remove it manually! I said screw it and got spyhunter, it was better than i expected! Totally worth having, removed this stupid virus in minutes. Thank you for recommendation!!!!!!!

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