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Remove Search.hmylocaltransit.co (Virus Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Search.hmylocaltransit.co is a fake search engine that might show up questionable results

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My Local Transit is a fake search engine that operates as a browser hijacker. It was noticed spreading in software installers and hijacking the most popular web browsers, including Chrome, Explorer, or Firefox. After the hijack, it sets Search.hmylocaltransit.co as a startup page.

Created by Polarity Technologies, so-called Search.hmylocaltransit.co virus might look like a legit and useful search tool. It offers to help users by providing all the information about local transit. It offers quick access links to bus services and car rental all over the world. However, it can provide all these features from your browser without asking whether you need it or not.

After the Search.hmylocaltransit.co hijack, users might have to deal with these problems:

  • changed the browser’s homepage, default search engine or/and new tab URL address;
  • inability to revert these changes and customize these browsers;
  • redirects to questionable or promotional websites from the search results page or clicking specific web content;
  • the appearance of unknown browser add-ons or extensions[1] like My Local Transit.

Furthermore, My Local Transit virus might create additional shortcuts, install browser helper objects or modify Windows Registry. These activities allow protecting the hijacker and preventing users from eliminating it. Additionally, these modifications allow controlling user’s browsing habits.

However, users should be aware of Search.hmylocaltransit.co redirect tendencies. Despite the fact this search tool redirects to the Yahoo results page, you cannot trust them. Once you click on a link, you might experience redirect to an unknown third-party website instead of the one that might give the information you need.

These redirects are one of the ways in which developers of the potentially unwanted program generates revenue. Additionally, they might place ads and make pay-per-click revenue. The success of this strategy lies under the hijacker’s ability to track user’s information which allows placing ads that suit their needs. Researchers say that personalized ads[2] are expected to get more clicks, meaning – more money.

The problem with commercial content is that it might be harmful or spread malware. Thus, you should not let this browser hijacker put your computer, data, and security at risk. Remove Search.hmylocaltransit.co as soon as it steps in on your browser.

You can follow the manual Search.hmylocaltransit.co removal guide at the end of the article or you can speed up this procedure with ReimageIntego or another anti-malware program.

Picture of Search.hmylocaltransit.co virusSearch.hmylocaltransit.co is a dubious search engine that might replace your default one after incorrect installation of freeware.

Users can install browser hijacker unintentionally

When installing freeware from the internet, please do the following in order to avoid browser hijack or other computer-related problems:

  • Always use Advanced settings instead of Recommend/Quick ones.
  • Read through installation instructions attentively
  • Opt-out of any unwanted programs which might be hiding in advanced settings

Additionally, never install software updates from third-party websites as they might not be genuine. Also, avoid visiting sites of dubious content such as pornographic, gambling, online dating and similar that might trick you into installing PUPs.

Uninstall My Local Transit virus immediately

Fortunately, deleting browser hijackers from your machine is relatively simple, even if you are an inexperienced user. The quickest search.hmylocaltransit.co removal method – scan the system with an anti-malware program and let it eliminate the PUP for you.

However, if you feel advanced computer users, you can try to remove Search.hmylocaltransit.co manually. Our specialists prepared detailed instructions on how to perform this procedure correctly. Though, you have to be careful and not rush.

IT specialists from losvirus.es[3] claim that many computer users fail with manual elimination and find hijackers once they restart their computers. The problem is that people often uninstall only suspicious extensions and forget to check the system for additional components that are responsible for reinstalling the hijacker. Thus, don’t be one of them!

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To remove Search.hmylocaltransit.co, follow these steps:

Delete Search.hmylocaltransit.co from Windows systems

Follow these steps to wipe out hijacker-related components from Windows OS:

  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 Search.hmylocaltransit.co and related programs
    Here, look for Search.hmylocaltransit.co 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 Search.hmylocaltransit.co 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.

Eliminate Search.hmylocaltransit.co from Mac OS X system

These instructions will help you to remove Search.hmylocaltransit.co from Mac OS X:

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

Remove Search.hmylocaltransit.co from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Search.hmylocaltransit.co 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 Search.hmylocaltransit.co 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 Search.hmylocaltransit.co removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Search.hmylocaltransit.co 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 Search.hmylocaltransit.co-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

Get rid of Search.hmylocaltransit.co from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall My Local Transit and other unknown Firefox extensions to reject changes to your browser.

  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 Search.hmylocaltransit.co 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 Search.hmylocaltransit.co removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Search.hmylocaltransit.co from Google Chrome

This guide will help you to eliminate the hijacker from 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 Search.hmylocaltransit.co 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 Search.hmylocaltransit.co removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Search.hmylocaltransit.co from Safari

To remove browser hijacker from the Safari entirely, you have to follow these steps carefully:

  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 Search.hmylocaltransit.co 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 Search.hmylocaltransit.co, 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 Search.hmylocaltransit.co removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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