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Remove Mysearchency.com (Free Instructions) - Removal Guide

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Mysearchency.com is a questionable search engine that seeks to monetize on advertisements

Mysearchency.com PUP

Mysearchency.com is a potentially unwanted application that enters users' machines as a package in a software bundle. The browser hijacker immediately changes settings of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or other browsers and modifies start page, new tab URL and search engine. All the search queries are redirected to Webcrawler.com, and the results are filled with sponsored links. Mysearchency.com can also initiate unwanted behavior, such as redirect to sponsored websites that may not be safe, display pop-up ads on all the pages visited, and record non-personally identifiable information.

Summary
Name Mysearchency.com
Type Browser hijacker/PUP
Distribution Software bundling, insecure websites
Main dangers The hijacker can lead to unsafe sites where users can inject malware into their PCs
Symptoms Altered web browser settings, redirects, ads, sponsored links, etc.
Elimination Use our instructions below or security software that specializes in PUP removal
Optimization We recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to fix the damage done by the hijacker

Mysearchency.com is your typical browser hijacker that is created having one goal in mind: to monetize on pay-per-click revenue. The developer, “MySearchency” is well-known PUP author that is responsible for such creations as the infamous Weknow.ac and many other unwanted applications.

Initially, Mysearchency.com hijack should be easy to get rid of. However, if you have more aggressive PUPs installed on your machine, it might be difficult to perform Mysearchency.com removal. For that reason, we suggest you scan your device with reputable security software and then use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to fix all the damage done by the unwanted application.

Annoying sponsored links, pop-up ads, redirects, and similar disturbances is not the only reason you should remove Mysearchency.com hijacker from your computer. The web pages you visit can redirect you to suspicious domains, such as phishing or hacked sites. While the former might trick you into installing bloatware[1] or paying for unneeded services, the latter can result in malware infections.

Hackers can intercept the traffic of a web page and inject a malicious script in it. In such a case, users do not need to download anything – the operation is performed automatically. Therefore, an unfortunate redirect from Mysearchency.com might result in keylogger, spyware, crypto-mining malware, or other infections.

Due to such behavior, some users might refer to the hijacker as a Mysearchency.com virus. They are partially right, although PUP authors cannot be liable for any type of infections or other consequences induced by it, as is explained in the Privacy Policy of the hijacker's official website:[2]

In order to clarify, we do not review, approve, monitor, endorse, warrant, or make any representations with respect to such Third Party Content and Services and your access to any Third Party Content and Services is at your own risk. We are not responsible for the information contained and/or made available through, the practices of, or your use or inability to use such Third Party Content and Services. You expressly relieve us from any and all liability arising from your use of such Third Party Content and Services.

Thus, do not trust Mysearchency.com search engine. Rather use reputable ones, like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. However, if you want to uninstall Mysearchency.com, you should check the last section of the article.

Mysearchency.com browser hijackerMysearchency.com is a potentially unwanted application that might disturb web browsing sessions with sponsored links, redirects and pop-up ads

Beware of bundled software – PUPs are hidden inside

Software bundling and a potentially unwanted program are two terms that often go together, as it is the most prominent distribution method. When done right, the marketing technique can help users try out software for free before purchasing it, and allows free app creators to earn some money. However, bundling is often abused, and optional components are often cleverly hidden under fine print, which is read just by a few.

Therefore, whenever you rush through the installation steps and skip the fine print, there is a high chance that you are letting a browser hijacker, adware or another unwanted program in. To avoid the installation of unwanted content, experts advise the following:

  • Download your software from official sources;
  • Avoid third-party sites;
  • Stay away from gambling, porn, and file-sharing sites;
  • Read the fine print during the installation;
  • Always opt for Advanced/Custom installation settings;
  • Deselect tick boxes that are preselected to Remove all the optional installs.

Get rid of Mysearchency.com hijacker for a better browsing experience

Some users might not even pay attention to the fact that their homepage and search engine changed. In most cases, they do not know and the effects of the hijacker either. However, security experts[3] recommend staying away from potentially unwanted programs, as they can compromise the security and negatively affect the web browsing experience.

Fortunately, Mysearchency.com removal should not be that complicated of a task. All you have to do is follow our step-by-step guide below and then reset each of your browsers. If you are having troubles with it, you can remove Mysearchency.com automatically by using anti-virus software that specializes in PUP detection and elimination. Regardless of which method you choose, you are much better off without a browser hijacker on your computer.

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To remove Mysearchency.com, follow these steps:

Delete Mysearchency.com from Windows systems

To remove Mysearchency.com hijack from Windows machine, follow these steps:

  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 Mysearchency.com and related programs
    Here, look for Mysearchency.com 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 Mysearchency.com 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.

Remove Mysearchency.com from Mac OS X system

Get rid of the PUP on Mac by following these steps:

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

Remove Mysearchency.com from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Mysearchency.com 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 Mysearchency.com 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, Google.com).
  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 Mysearchency.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Mysearchency.com 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 Mysearchency.com-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 Mysearchency.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To reset Mozilla Firefox, follow this guide:

  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 Mysearchency.com 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 Mysearchency.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Mysearchency.com 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 Mysearchency.com 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 Mysearchency.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Mysearchency.com 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 Mysearchency.com 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 Mysearchency.com, 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 Mysearchency.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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