Search.myway.com Removal [2020 Instructions]
What is Search.myway.com virus
Search.myway.com virus is a browser hijacker website that will be set as your homepage and new tabs if a particular hijacker installs on the computer. The hijacker isn’t a particularly dangerous infection, though it is an annoying one. It will make unwanted changes to your browser, such as set Search.myway.com as your homepage, new tabs and search engine, and then try to redirect you to sponsored websites in order to generate revenue. Some of those sites could also be potentially dangerous, so if you got redirected to them, you could end up with malware or fall for a scam. Thus, while hijackers aren’t particularly dangerous themselves, their redirects are far from harmless.
Hijackers are usually installed by users accidentally, via software bundling. Hijackers, adware and potentially unwanted programs often come attached to freeware as extra offers, and are authorized to install alongside without users needing to do permit it. Since not many users pay attention to how they install programs, these infections are very widespread. Fortunately, they are not difficult to prevent, and if you continue reading, we will explain how.
As soon as you notice the your browser has been taken over by a hijacker, you need to scan your computer with anti-spyware software and delete Search.myway.com virus.
Browser hijackers install via freeware bundles
To install essentially without users’ permission, infections like browser hijackers and adware use software bundling. They come attached to popular free programs as additional offers, and while optional, they are set install alongside the program. They are purposely hidden from users to prevent them from deselecting the offers. In most cases, users are not even aware of these additional installations until it’s too late. This makes software bundling very appealing to unwanted program developers. Fortunately, as long as you pay attention, it’s not difficult to prevent unwanted programs.
During installation, opt for Advanced (Custom) settings instead of Default. While Default will hide the offers, Advanced will make them visible. If you notice that something has been attached to the program you are installing, you need to deselect it. This takes seconds since you just need to uncheck a couple of boxes.
Installing programs the right way is very important because otherwise, your computer will fill up with rubbish very quickly. And uninstalling those pests can be troublesome, compared to unchecking a few boxes.
Hijackers aim to redirect users to sponsored websites
As soon as the hijacker installs, it will hijack your browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Their settings will be changed so that Search.myway.com is set as the homepage, new tabs and search engine. These changes will be performed without your explicit permission and will be irreversible while the hijacker is still installed. So until you remove Search.myway.com virus, Search.myway.com will load every time you open your browser.
Search.myway.com will try to pass as a legitimate search website that will greatly improve your searches. However, the only difference between it and other search engines is that Search.myway.com will insert sponsored content into search results. Hijackers aim to redirect you to sponsored websites and in order to do that, they alert search results to include links to those sites. Not all of those sites will be safe, and some could lead to dangerous sites promoting malware and scams. So if you find that Search.myway.com has been set as your search engine, do not use it. While most of the sponsored results will be pretty obvious because they’ll have little to do with what you were searching for, you may be tricked into clicking on one. Best to not use the search engine at all.
The hijacker will also track you as you browse the Internet, collecting information about what you search for, what sites you visit and what kind of content you engage with. That information can then be shared with unfamiliar third-parties.
Search.myway.com virus removal
The easiest way to uninstall Search.myway.com virus would be with anti-spyware software. The program would find and remove all hijacker-related files without you having to do anything. After the hijacker is no longer present, you can change your browser’s settings back to normal.