How To Remove Mysearch24.com Hijacker From Your Browser

Mysearch24.com is a popular browser hijacker. It usually changes your homepage, new tab appearance and default search engine. It is closely related to nova.rambler.ru and r0.ru.

While it may look like mysearch24.com is a real search engine or a legitimate browser component, it is actually just a parasite which does not have any value. Instead of providing its own results, mysearch24.com redirects to Rambler or any other search provider. Its main purpose is to generate traffic from infected browsers and earn advertisement revenue by redirecting and displaying unwanted banners, links, affiliate products and sponsored search results.

This adware should be removed from your machine in order to prevent spying on your activity and restore normal browsing experience. We recommend using the automatic tool provided below as it will quickly remove the threat and protect your system in the future as well.


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What is Mysearch24.com browser hijacker?

This hijacker is technically not a virus although it may seem so. The main difference is that most users install it willingly instead of getting infected silently. However, many affected people still do not know how the program appeared on their computers. This is because the adware uses bundling technique and gets installed together with other free programs downloaded from the internet. While this distribution method is legal, in many cases it is unethical as many developers try to hide the additional software deeply in terms and conditions or make the setup process too complicated for the users to follow it carefully.

It is much harder to remove browser hijackers from your system than to prevent installing them. This is because such programs usually place additional backup files, monitor for browser settings changes and modify shortcuts. All these measures are taken in order to stay on your computer for as long as possible and avoid removal. This helps the hijacker to generate more traffic to its websites and earn more advertisement revenue.

Mysearch24.com might look like a legitimate browser component or “new tab” page. However, the design is deceptive as it actually is a parasite website with no real functionality. The search field simply redirects your queries to Rambler search provider instead of displaying custom results. This means that your browsing activity goes through a third party and can be tracked.

The website also displays unwanted advertisements and might redirect to other pages. This can result in further infections when you visit suspicious links. The source code might also contain hidden affiliate links, iframes and other dangerous content.

At the moment mysearch24.com website generates more than 40 000 pageviews per day. This means that the distribution campaign is quite aggressive and most users probably do not know how to remove this hijacker.

You should eliminate this adware from your system as soon as possible in order to prevent spying on your activity and restore normal browsing experience. The adware also slows down your system as it has additional background programs running and monitoring for browser settings changes. Unfortunately, simply changing browser settings is not enough as the hijacker tends to come back automatically. You will have to either use the automatic tool or follow manual removal guide.

We recommend using the automatic tool provided above as it will not only remove this and any other threats but also protect your system in the future. This option is the easiest and most reliable way to stop unwanted browser redirects.

Screenshots of mysearch24.com browser hijacker:

  


 Manual Removal Instructions:

NB: Make sure you are familiar with editing important Windows settings and files. In order to not only remove the symptoms but also any possible leftovers of the adware as well as other possible infections we recommend using the automatic tool provided above.

Bookmark this page, print it out or simply open on another device in order to access it after a browser or computer restart which will be required during the removal process.

Step 1:

Remove any suspicious programs that might contain the adware.

Start by opening the Programs and Features window using the following method:

Hold Windows () key and click R key while holding.

Enter the following in the field:

appwiz.cpl

Click OK.

You might have to wait a bit before the list of all programs is loaded as it displays a list of all programs installed on your PC.

We recommend sorting the programs by “Installed On” column (simply click on the column name in order to sort by this value).

Look for any recently installed suspicious programs that might contain the adware as a bundle or could be the adware itself. Such programs also have the word “search” in their name. If you have never seen or used an app chances are that it is an unwanted software.

Example of a program name:

Mysearch24

Uninstall all suspicious programs by right-clicking on them and choosing Uninstall…

Repeat this process until no more suspicious programs are left.

Step 2:

Delete registry values created by this adware.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

regedit.exe

Click OK.

 

Search for virus entries by pressing keyboard buttons CTRL + F and entering the virus name. Here is an example:

mysearch24

Click Find Next.

Delete any registry entries associated with the virus.

Repeat the search until all entries are cleaned.

Step 3:

Clean up Windows temporary files.

You can safely remove all temporary files without posing any risk to your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

%Temp%

Click OK.

All temporary files will be listed in the directory.

Select all temporary files by simultaneously pressing CTRL + A and delete them.

Step 4:

Remove suspicious programs from your startup config so they would not launch as soon as you boot your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

msconfig.exe

Click OK.

Go to the Startup tab and uncheck all suspicious entries. Look specifically for “Mysearch24” as well as other similar programs.

You will see locations of the files in “Command” column. Navigate to the location and delete it if a suspicious file is found.

If you are unsure you can simply leave it unselected but not delete it.

Click OK when you are finished unselecting and deleting all potentially dangerous processes.

Step 5:

Delete the shortcuts for all browsers on your computer as they might have been changed by the hijacker.

Remember that there are shortcuts not only on your Desktop but also in other places (for example, Start Menu).

Then create them again in order to have clean browser start.

Alternatively, you can click Properties on each of the shortcuts and remove any additions made to the Target field by the adware.

Step 6:

IMPORTANT: Now you will have to reset browser settings for each browser individually that you have installed on your computer. Alternativelly, you could simply reinstall them.

The unwanted addons are usually named similarly to the program you have just uninstalled using Add or Remove Programs.

 Google Chrome:

Launch the browser and select More Tools, then click Extensions.

Check for any suspicious extensions.

Click Remove From Chrome for each unwanted or suspicious toolbar or extension (the trashcan icon on the right).

Go to Settings.

Scroll to the very bottom of the settings page and click Show advanced settings…

Scroll to the very bottom again and click Reset settings.

Click Reset.

 Mozilla Firefox:

Launch the browser and go to Add-ons.

Search for any suspicious toolbars and add-ons and Remove them.

We recommend going to Options (input about:preferences in your address field and press Enter) and clicking Restore to Default near the Home Page field.

You can also completely refresh the browser settings by entering the following in the address (URL) field:

about:support

Press Enter.

Click Refresh Firefox… and then click Refresh Firefox again.

 Microsoft Edge:

Since Microsoft Edge is not a separate program and is a core component of Windows 10 you should backup your computer or at least create a Restore Point before continuing.

Navigate to the following folder (where %username is your computer user name):

C:\Users\%username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Clear all contents of the folder. Click CTRL + A to select everything and delete the contents.

Click Start (Windows logo).

Search for Windows PowerShell.

Right-click on the result.

Choose Run as administrator.

Paste the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

Press Enter.

The settings should now be reset to default.

 Internet Explorer:

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

cmd

Click OK.

Enter the following command in the appeared window:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ResetIEtoDefaults

Press Enter.

Check Delete personal settings.

Click Reset.

Alternatively you can run this command to delete all caches and settings:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

After removing the virus

When you have finished removing the “Mysearch” adware and reverting your browser settings make sure to protect your computer by installing a good antivirus suite that would identify the threats online and in programs you have downloaded. Also, never install suspicious programs. If you are installing a new software, make sure it has nothing bundled in it by following the install wizard as well as searching for user reviews online.


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