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removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Myway | Type: System tools is the browser hijacker that poses as a legitimate and useful search engine to infect the system further is the fake search engine that claims to have more useful features, but it only redirects your online traffic without any additional value. is the potentially unwanted program that can come in the form of a website offering in-browser searching services or a toolbar that installs extensions and plugins with shady purposes. This program appears on Windows devices and infects Mac OS supporting machines, so this cross-platform hijacker can come to any machine that can offer internet browsing feature. Unfortunately, it makes the rogue toolbar even more persistent and effective when it comes to distribution.

There is no reason to keep on the device and use it as a useful search engine. There is no value that the service can give since it focuses on redirecting your online traffic and delivering promotional content filled pages. Those websites, unfortunately, can also be malicious and contain misconfigured codes leading to cyber infections when triggered.

Questions about virus virus is a term used to call this intruder by users,[1] because of the intrusive behavior and deceptive techniques used to promote other programs, associated services. Once the penetration takes place, this hijacker displays adware-type symptoms and causes speed issues, so react to those as soon as possible and delete the PUP.

Type Browser hijacker toolbar
Category  Potentially unwanted program
Developer  Mindspark Interactive Network
Similar to
Symptoms  Changes web browser settings, alters search results, dhows intrusive ads, and causes redirects. Can install other in-browser content
Distribution Freeware installations, other malware or PUPs
Elimination removal requires tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego is considered to be a search engine which you can accidentally download with another product. It belongs to Mindspark Interactive Network. Though the company is regarded as one of the major software developers on the market[2], its products often cause doubts.

Even though this search engine is not considered to be technically a virus, certain characteristics and features raise concern over the reliability of this browsing tool. is not a reliable service, that you should use all the time. You should notice that immediately when all the browser searches go to shady sites.

What is more, you may recall several other search engines or tools identical to this one:, My Way Search, My Way Email Search Engine, Pets by MyWay, Wallpaper by MyWay, etc. You will also discover that the same company promotes EasyDirectionsFinder Toolbar, QuickWeatherAlert Toolbar, etc. The browser hijacker can initiate the automatic download of any related software. PUP is the suspicious program that appears on the web browser out of nowhere and besides all the toolbars and extensions it alters online searching preferences. might have settled on your PC system as an add-on to a recently installed weather app or another program. Most of them claim that they are capable of improving people's browsing experience and help them organize their work, save money, or receive other benefits.

However, if this search site gets an ability to change the start page, the new tab page, and the default search engine of the user, it will display ads and commercial deals during a browsing session. You need to remove since it is related to many ad-supported pages. This is why the number of pop-ups and redirects only increases over time.

It is not surprising since the search tool displays the content of multiple third parties and even share data collected about you with them:

  • Authorized service providers
  • Advertisers and Ad Networks
  • Business partners
  • Other IAC businesses
  • Other Situations 

Thus, some users, who value their online privacy may be inclined to perform removal rather than keeping it. Manual method is not recommended because it takes time to find all the associated programs and files, Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego does it for you faster. Such a tool also can repair some files that get corrupted on the machine, so many experts[3] recommend using it. virus is the intruder that mainly affects Windows devices and affects web browsers with annoying adware-type features.

Concerns over the privacy

The major negative aspect of Myway virus is that it tracks your online activities with the help of multiple tracking cookies and other ad-tracking methods. Thus, your data may be used not only for “Software improving,” but for advertising purposes as well. As a result, more commercial ads may surface bothering you during your browsing sessions.

In addition, there is an identical browser engine – – available in the cyberspace. It also shows similar design as its Search MyWay counterpart. However, neither of the search tools support security plug-ins, which is a major flaw if you value cybersecurity. Furthermore, the search engine may display the same load of sponsored advertising content while you are watching a movie or reading news article.

Unfortunately, this issue with information tracking is not properly disclosed and all the “we may” parts in the EULA and other privacy statements are there to trick the user into believing that is not that serious. Always read these sections on websites you visit, freeware downloader pages, and so on. and other tools that are developed by the same Mindspark Interactive Network company, state in their Privacy Policy section:

We may collect information from you in a variety of different ways. This is information that may identify you, and anonymous information, such as the number of your page views, link clicks, and login times. Your information may be kept in an identifiable format, or in an aggregate format which means that you cannot reasonably be identified from it. example

Suspicious software installations lead to PUP infiltrations and even more

Fake search engines are mostly promoted as the additional component to a specific toolbar. Whether you download a music or weather app, your search engine will be automatically replaced by another browsing tool or fake search engine. It becomes your default homepage, in-browser search engine.

Fortunately, you can prevent it from installing if you pay attention to the programs and their installation wizards before you click on the “Install” button. Choose “Custom” or “Advanced” option and deselect all shady optional programs, browser extensions, and toolbars.

Besides, you may also find unknown toolbars and other add-ons on each of your web browser. You can delete them manually. It is also possible to remove browser hijacker with the assistance of manual instructions, but general system cleaning gives better results.

Eliminate effectively from Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox

If any of your web browsers has been offering you Search MyWay instead of your favorite search engine, you should not ignore such alert. It may suggest that one of Mindspark Interactive Network products has already found its way on the system. Carefully investigate the list of system programs and find anything associated with virus.

You should not only remove but eliminate its web scripts, content installed behind your back, and all the in-browser tools. The guide displayed below will instruct you how to do it.

It will be of service if you decide to opt for manual removal. If you have installed an app created by this company, you can uninstall it the usual way via the Control Panel. Though the search tool is available to everyone, occasionally, it targets more Italian netizens.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of from Windows systems

You need to remove  completely from the machine until it causes serious damage

  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.

Uninstall 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'

Remove 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

Erase virus 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)

Make sure you delete all elements associated with MyWay search tools.

  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

Eliminate 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

Get rid of 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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