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Remove MySearch DS-3 (Free Guide)

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Why is it recommended to remove MySearch DS-3 virus?

When speaking of MySearch DS-3, computer security experts regard it as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). To be precise, they say that this PUP is a browser hijacker, which changes user’s homepage and new tab page settings and also replaces default search engine with an infamous MySearch engine. If MySearch DS-3 browser hijacker manages to enter your computer system unnoticed, it is going to set as your homepage, new tab page and, as we have already mentioned, set this search engine as a default one in your browser. Despite the fact that this search engine looks reliable, as a matter of a fact, it is dangerous.

We do not recommend using it for your searches because it might unexpectedly reroute you to one of its affiliate sites, which can be unreliable. MySearch DS-3 redirects are supposed to boost the attendance of several Internet sites and also generate pay-per-click revenue for the developers of this shady browser hijacker. Some of these sites might falsely inform you that you need to update your software, other might suggest you to download questionable or even harmful programs, yet others can ask you to provide personal information for some suspicious purposes. Hence, if you do not want to end up on hazardous web pages, remove MySearch DS-3 redirect virus from your computer right now. You can do that with ReimageIntego anti-malware tool, or manually. MySearch DS-3 removal guidelines are provided on page 2.

MySearch DS-3 redirect virus controls web browser

Questions about MySearch DS-3

However, that is not the end of the story yet. MySearch DS-3 hijacker also collects particular information about the computer user while he/she browses the Internet. The information that this vague browser hijacker collects includes user’s browsing history, latest search queries, clicks, IP address, computer geolocation, browser type, and so on. Based on such information, it starts to serve targeted advertisements, which are usually labeled as “ads by MySearch DS-3” or “MySearch DS-3 ads.” Therefore, it is rather easy to identify these ads and avoid clicking on them. Computer security experts say that clicking on these ads can also trigger redirects to suspicious third-party websites, so obviously, you should not click on them.

How did MySearch DS-3 hijack your computer?

Many computer users ask us, how can they protect their computers and prevent such PUPs from hijacking them? The answer is simple – if the computer user does not want to end up installing suspicious or even malicious software on his/hers PC, he/she needs to handle software installation process properly. This is how you should install software on your computer:

    • First of all, download programs only from secure Internet sources.
    • Never agree to install applications from pop-up windows that suggest installing unknown computer software.
    • Read Terms of Use document as well as Privacy Policy.

How to remove MySearch DS-3 browser hijacker?

To eliminate MySearch DS-3 virus, you need to check all web browsers that were affected and remove add-ons related to MySearch DS-3 redirect virus. You should also look for its files on your computer system. If you have never experienced such computer problems before, and if you do not know what is the right way to remove browser hijackers, take a look at MySearch DS-3 removal guide, which is presented below this article. In case you do not wish to spend time trying to remove MySearch DS-3 malware manually, just install a good malware removal tool and delete MySearch DS-3 automatically.

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To remove MySearch DS-3, follow these steps:

Uninstall MySearch DS-3 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 MySearch DS-3 and related programs
    Here, look for MySearch DS-3 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 MySearch DS-3 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.

Get rid of MySearch DS-3 from Mac OS X system

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

Remove MySearch DS-3 from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for MySearch DS-3-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 MySearch DS-3, 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 MySearch DS-3 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the MySearch DS-3-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete MySearch DS-3 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 MySearch DS-3 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 MySearch DS-3 removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase MySearch DS-3 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 MySearch DS-3-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

Remove MySearch DS-3 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 MySearch DS-3 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 MySearch DS-3 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate MySearch DS-3 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 MySearch DS-3 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 MySearch DS-3 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall MySearch DS-3 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 MySearch DS-3 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 MySearch DS-3, 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 MySearch DS-3 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

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If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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  1. Regina56 says:
    May 30th, 2016 at 10:16 am

    MySearch! again! Is this is like some, most popular browser virus or something? This is like the third time I find it in my browser after i install some programs from the internet. well, at least now I know how it gets on my computer system. Thanks for opening my eyes, 2-spyware, now I know what bundled software is. I am surprised that I have never heard about it before.

  2. AngellaQueen says:
    May 30th, 2016 at 10:18 am

    When I have encountered MySearch DS-3 redirect issue, I decided to use an anti-malware software, because I really have no idea how computer programs work and how should I uninstall them. If anyone wants to know, the software this page recommends works. I used SpyHunter.

  3. jack says:
    May 30th, 2016 at 10:19 am

    got rid of it manually. useful instructions. thumbs up.:)

  4. tryingtosolvethis says:
    May 30th, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Mysearch is bad! I was using it for a while and I have infected my computer with several other useless programs (well, i have agreed to install them from websites that ive got redirected to, silly me) and now I am just sitting there, trying to find all of them one by one… ugh!

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