You log into your Internet Explorer, and every time that you do, you are led to www.mywebsearch.com or have a MyWebSearch toolbar across the top. You may have also noticed your internet dragging, websites taking extended periods of time to load, and other quirky things happening on your PC. MyWebSearch, or the mywebsearch.com spyware, tracks your internet usage, and comes attached to free downloaded program, such as “Smiley Central,” or “Cursor Mania” or “Zwinky.” It’s amazing how much a simple downloaded portal can mess with your system. If you are having problems with a MyWebSearch virus, here are some steps to take care of the problem–for good!
Before you get going trying to remove the MyWebSearch virus and spyware from your computer, you will need to probably print this How-To or use a nearby computer (that isn’t affected!) to read the instructions off of.
One main program that you shouldn’t live without when browsing the internet is MalwareByte’s Anti-Malware Software. This can be downloaded through the resources section link below. It is free, of no cost, and can help you remove the MyWebSearch malware as well as other viruses, trojans and spyware you may not have been aware of!
Download the file onto your desktop, and then click the MalwareBytes icon to load up and install the software.
When the install is complete, you should have two check box options–update and launch. You’ll want to make sure both are checked before continuing on.
By doing this, it will automatically load the MalwareBytes software. Click to agree to the update, which will quickly check for any updates for new rogue or dangerous malware, viruses, trojans, and the like. If you are dealing with malware other than MyWebSearch.com or the MyWebSearch toolbar, you will want to make sure it is updated to keep on top of new and developing applications.
Once the update is complete, you will be led to the main screen. On the Scanner tab, click “Perform Quick Scan.” If you have a little more time on your hands, go ahead and do the full scan, but the quick scan should pick up the MyWebSearch.com and MyWebSearch toolbar files on its own.
When the program is done scanning your computer for viruses, a message box will come up saying that the scan is complete. Click OK to continue.
On the next screen, click “Show Results.” What you see may surprise you! Chances are, you have quite a few files related to the MyWebSearch issue you’ve been having.
Make sure all the results are checked in the check mark. Once they have all been checked, click “Remove Selected.”
Doing so will allow the program to delete the files associated with the MyWebSearch.com and MyWebSearch toolbar program as well as any other malware, trojans, viruses, or spyware the program may have found while scanning. In doing so, the program may ask to restart the computer in order to continue. Go ahead and let it restart, and if you want extra protection, it might not be a bad idea to do one more “Quick Scan,” just in case. Never hurts to be extra thorough.
You can now close the program, and you should be free of the MyWebSearch program. No matter what you call it, whether you call it a trojan, virus, malware, spyware, whatever, you definitely don’t want it on your computer!
Tips & Warnings
- If you are an avid internet browser, be sure to run this program on a regular basis, preferably doing a full scan on a weekly basis. Quick scans can be done at any time you notice unusual computer activity.