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MyVideoTab Toolbar Removal Guide

What is MyVideoTab Toolbar?

MyVideoTab Toolbar offers a movie-watching experience in exchange for hijacking your browser

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MyVideoTab Toolbar is a browser extension that provides quick access to “endless movies and video content for free,” according to its developers. Users who install it can reach YouTube, IMDB, and Rotten Tomatoes with one click. Even though it might seem extremely handy, experts classify this potentially unwanted program as a browser hijacker[1].

Once installed, it will swap your homepage to hp.myway.com – a customized search engine that shows plenty of sponsored content at the top of search results. Therefore, you might scroll well down before you reach organic links that match your search queries. This is just one part of the adverse effects, as the hijacker also monitors users' online activities, which can pose a risk for privacy.

Name MyVideoTab
Type Browser hijacker
Developer Mindspark
Distribution Third-party websites, software bundles
Symptoms Changes homepage and new tab address to MyWay; delivers sponsored links and ads; redirects all searches to a customized search engine
Removal Uninstall PUPs by following our manual guide or employ antivirus program
System fix After the elimination of adware or malware, we highly recommend running a scan with ReimageIntego repair software

Developed by Mindspark Interactive (previously known as Linkury), a notorious PUP maker known for Search.anysearchmac.com, Search.safefinderchoose.com, Search.anysearchplus.com, and others, the tool can hardly be considered useful. All it does is insert links to popular websites that can be used for video steaming – this can also be done without letting a hijacker take over your Google Chrome or another web browser.

At first, browser changes might not seem significant. However, once you try to reset your browser to the primary state, the plug-ins and add-ons which come together with the potentially unwanted program prevent you from doing it. Therefore, it might be difficult to find all the components and eliminate them effectively.

If that is not enough, this browser hijacker stealthily tracks your browsing routine and collects information that might be misused to deliver intrusive ads. In the Privacy Policy, the contrivers of the toolbar disclose they share the gathered data with the following:

Other third parties (including retailers, media networks, feed providers) for the purpose of developing or delivering content (whether via our Service, or websites, applications or services of third parties), or for other business purposes. This information may be combined with information we collect from other sources, to the extent that the information remains Non-Personal Information.

MyVideoTab toolbar illustrationMyVideoTab toolbar is a potentially unwanted program which sets hp.myway.com as a default search provider.

Typically, those ads might correspond to your latest searches, frequently visited pages or clicked advertisers. This is a popular marketing trick to lure inexperienced computer users into clicking on them and increasing click-generated revenue for My Video Tab virus developers.

Besides, some ads might be malware-laden. It means that redirect tendency might lead you to highly suspicious pages used to distribute viruses. If you click on those advertisements, you not only risk your privacy, but system's security as well.

Likewise, you suggest you to use ReimageIntego to perform MyVideoTab removal right now. It is the easiest and safest way to get rid of the browser hijacker and all of its components. Additionally, you can check the step-by-step elimination guide which is attached at the end of this article.

PUP's spreading techniques

The most common way to distribute potentially unwanted programs by developers is to bundle them with regular applications[2]. You can download them online for free and they most commonly appear in system optimization or file converter bundles. The contrivers of browser hijackers hide the information about the questionable application when the user attempts to install it.

However, you can avoid the PUP by opting for Custom/Advanced settings of the installer.The permission to install the browser hijacker might show as “Get MyVideoTab for free now” box. Likewise, you should attentively monitor each step of the procedure and de-select any marks which have been selected before.

Elimination of unwanted apps explained

While the easiest way to remove MyVideoTab from your PC is scanning it with anti-malware, the best and most effective approach would be first using manual steps below and then using security tool to ensure that no malicious programs are running on your system unnoticed.

It is also important to understand the risks that come along with the manual termination — as mentioned above, the potentially unwanted program additionally installs specific plug-ins which might disguise under names you are not aware of.

Experts from UdenVirus.dk[3] warn that PUP removal requires to uninstall all its elements. Therefore, there is a high possibility that you will not be able to detect them and fail to eliminate the browser hijacker. Luckily, you can employ a security software which will successfully remove the potentially unwanted program within seconds.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of MyVideoTab Toolbar. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

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

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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 from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

You can fix your Chrome and clean your PC from the hijacker by uninstalling related extensions and resetting your browser.

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of MyVideoTab Toolbar registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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