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Remove (Removal Guide) - Aug 2019 update

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as mysites123 redirect | Type: Browser hijacker

Why my friend says I cannot trust virus?

Mysites123 virus is a browser hijacker, which tries to trick its victims into thinking that it is reliable and trustworthy. Nevertheless, just like, this search engine should not be used for daily searches because all it seeks is to show people corrupted search results and earn the money from advertising. The main problem here is that you cannot know what is promoted with the help of this hijacker. While mysites123 can be used to increase web traffic to harmless sites, it can also be used to promote unsafe and very questionable domains. To prevent redirects to malicious websites, we highly recommend eliminating this search engine from your web browser. When having this search engine inside the system, you may also notice redirect problem and constant interruptions of promotional ads. What you may not know is that it may track your activity on the Internet.

Typically, starts tracking activities on the hijacked web browser. It does that a homepage and a default search engine because it is a browser hijacker that has been redirecting people to affiliate websites. Besides, it has been tracking computer users with the help of its browser add-ons and similar components that are typically installed on the system in a bundle with it. If Mysites 123 has already hijacked your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or another web browser, it means that you have installed a related download manager, PDF creator, video streaming software or similar program without understanding that it is used for spreading this browser hijacker around. In this case, you should scan your computer with the reliable anti-spyware and remove Mysites123 with other programs from the system.

What are the dangers of this search engine?

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Here are the most known dangers that you may run into when having virus on your computer:

  • Corrupted search results. As soon as this search engine becomes the start page or the default search engine, it gets an ability to show you its search results. Beware that the most of them are selected according to your search sessions, so it can be said that they are corrupted. Their main purpose is to increase the visitors' traffic of needed websites that pay for the developers of mysites123 in exchange for that.
  • Annoying pop-up ads or commercial notifications. Before leaving a browser hijacker on your computer, you should keep in mind that it may try to “bombard” you with its pop-up ads. There is no surprise why these pop-up notifications trick users into clicking them – the most of them report about sales, discounts, and similar stuff.
  • Redirects to unknown websites. hijack may result in redirects to unknown websites. The most of such sites seek to increase their popularity, but there is no guarantee that each of them is harmless. Those who don't want to end up on a questionable site seeking to trick its victims into installing malware should stay away from this search engine.
  • Failure to leave the system. Just like hundreds of other browser hijackers, this one uses various techniques for preventing its elimination from the system. Obviously, this is done for seeking to make the victim use this search engine for as long as possible. If it does not provide any uninstall option for you, you should run a full system scan with the reliable anti-spyware and complete removal. For that, we recommend using Reimage. virus

How to prevent from hijacking my system?

This virus can show up on your computer if you tend to install freeware recklessly. Signs that you download and install programs in a wrong way:

  1. You download programs without paying attention if the site providing the download link is considered to be trustworthy.
  2. You skip and do not read Terms of Use and Privacy Policy documents.
  3. You favor “Default” and “Basic” installation methods.

Remember that installing new programs carefully can help to avoid hijacker and other spyware hijacks. You must read Terms of Use and Privacy Policy documents; moreover, you have to pick either “Custom” or “Advanced” installation discipline to see a list of suggestions to get optional apps together with your chosen program. You have to opt out these suggestions and install only the preferred app. In case you have already ended up with this browser hijacker on your system, you should know that you can uninstall with the help of two different methods. Please, continue to the page 2 if you want to know more about them.

How to remove Mysites123?

Mysites virus is a browser hijacker, which has been promoted as a useful tool designed for searches. However, after testing it, it becomes obvious that it can cause unpleasant effects on your computer. If your machine has already been affected by this hijacker, you should stop using it and try to get rid of it. The good news is that you can uninstall hijacker manually and it is not a complicated process. For that, you should look through the removal instructions that we have provided below or install one of removal tools that can also be found there. Don't postpone virus removal because it may lead you to additional problems! If you think that you don't have enough knowledge for the removal of this browser hijacker, we suggest you try our recommended anti-spyware programs and get rid of this browser hijacker automatically.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove, follow these steps:

Remove 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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 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 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 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 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 removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall 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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Erase 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. tacobell says:
    November 25th, 2015 at 8:12 am

    i have followed every single step of this tutorial and is still set as my homepage. anyone know what the problem is?

  2. Maryus says:
    November 26th, 2015 at 2:59 am

    It seems that you did not follow every single step though… It is so easy! Have you removed it from your programs list? Did you uninstall it from each web browser? Have you reset your browsers settings? It should work then…

  3. pandaz says:
    November 25th, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Instructions worked well! Thank you so so much!

  4. Italian889 says:
    November 26th, 2015 at 3:05 am

    Guys, SpyHunter is so easy to use and I am so happy with it! I gave it a go and installed this anti-spyware program. Guess what, it found about 3 browser hijackers and several more PUPs on my computer! All of these apps were slowing down my PC but I did not realise it before. You should really take care of your computer with such software. I recommend it!

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