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How to Detect and Remove MySearch?
Information added: 17/03/08 Information updated: 04/03/09
Title: MySearch Also known as: My Search Bar, MyWay Speed Bar
Type: Toolbar Threat Level:
MySearch Description:

MySearch is a browser toolbar. This toolbar allows to search the web using popular Internet search engines. However, it also displays advertising links. When processing the search query, My Search may send a request to their servers that includes the keyword query, time of day, browser type, default language setting, IP address, an anonymous unique ID, and a code which identifies the distribution source of My Search application. It is distributed from a variety of websites including www.mysearch.com. Also, our research team has observed the Toolbar being installed with a bundle of known adware and file-sharing applications and other rogue programs. Recently, MySearch was found bundled with adware from FasterXP.com. In the past, it was observed being installed without user awareness or permission through security exploits from a variety of websites belonging to third-party distributors.

MySearch/MySearch was the first variant, targeted at mysearch.com.

MySearch/MyWay uses different filenames and is targeted at myway.com itself.

MySearch/MyWeb is a new variant targeted at mywebsearch.com.

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MySearch Manual Removal:

To remove MySearch, please follow the instructions:

  1. Terminate the processes in Task Manager:
    s4bareq.exe
    my2ns.exe
    s42ns.exe
    s4sept.exe
    soproc.exe
    adinstalle.exe
     
  2. Click Start > Run. Type REGSVR32 -u %Dll_name%. Then click OK. Replace %Dll_name% with followings:
    mysrchas.dll
    s4plugin.dll
    npmysrch.dll
    s4popswt.dll
    s4bar.dll
    s4ezsetp.dll
    pagerevisor.dll
    mybar.dll
     
  3. Click Start > Run. Type REGEDIT. Then click OK. Navigate to the subkeys and delete the values:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{014da6c1-189f-421a-88cd-07cfe51cff10}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{014da6c5-189f-421a-88cd-07cfe51cff10}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{014da6c7-189f-421a-88cd-07cfe51cff10}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{014da6cb-189f-421a-88cd-07cfe51cff10}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{014da6ce-189f-421a-88cd-07cfe51cff10}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{04079856-5845-4dea-848c-3ecd647aa554}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{2cb71122-a917-44c1-ad6c-0573fb63803e}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\clsid\{fac94900-96d9-47fa-ba33-7ef1bbfbbcec}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\interface\{014da6ca-189f-421a-88cd-07cfe51cff10}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\interface\{014da6cc-189f-421a-88cd-07cfe51cff10}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mysearch.popswatterbarbutton
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mysearch.popswattersettingscontrol
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mysearchtoolbar.netscapeshutdown
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mysearchtoolbar.netscapestartup
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mysearchtoolbar.settingsplugin
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\typelib\{014da6c0-189f-421a-88cd-07cfe51cff10}
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\typelib\{85204a50-6997-4543-9ff8-d9bbcb9108f5}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\menuext\web rebates.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\new windows\allow www.mysearch.com
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser {014da6c9-189f-421a-88cd-07cfe51cff10}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\urlsearchhooks {04079856-5845-4dea-848c-3ecd647aa554}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\ext\stats\{014da6c1-189f-421a-88cd-07cfe51cff10}
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\ext\stats\{58f0b492-a42e-435a-bcbf-c6b2608077ba}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\code store database\distribution units\{58f0b492-a42e-435a-bcbf-c6b2608077ba}\contains
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar {014da6c9-189f-421a-88cd-07cfe51cff10}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\explorer\browser helper objects\{014da6c1-189f-421a-88cd-07cfe51cff10}
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\uninstall\my search uninstall
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\mysearch
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  4. Remove the following directories and files in Explorer if exist:
    %Program Files%\mysearch\
    %Program Files%\MyWay\
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