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What is MY WEB SEARCH and how did I get it?

by jaxsdad / December 6, 2008 12:35 PM PST

On my desktop with Windows XP, I have software called "My Web Search" which among other things puts up another tool bar. I don't where it came from, but when I did a search on it, one writer said it is difficult to get rid of.
Can anyone tell me what it is or if I / should I get rid of it? Thanks a lot

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MyWebSearch Removal Instructions
by Marianna Schmudlach / December 6, 2008 2:15 PM PST

Most of the program can be remove by clicking on Start->Settings->Control Panel and double clicking on Add/Remove Programs. Then find "My Web Search" in the list of installed programs and click on Change/Remove to uninstall it. You may also want to uninstall any of the following items associated with

My Web Search (Smiley Central or FWP product as applicable)
My Way Speedbar (Smiley Central or other FWP as applicable)
My Way Speedbar (AOL and Yahoo Messengers) (beta users only)
My Way Speedbar (Outlook, Outlook Express, and IncrediMail)
Search Assistant - My Way

To clean up the registry, delete the keys and value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\MyWebSearch Email Plugin.

Reboot your Computer.

Next, open My Computer, Drive C, and double-click on the Program Files folder

Right-click and delete the folders for:


MyWebSearch should now be completely uninstalled from your computer.


You also could give MalwareBytesAntiMalware a try:

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malwareand save it to your desktop.
alternate download link 1
alternate download link 2

* Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
* Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
* When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
* When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
o Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
o Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
* Then click Finish.

MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.

* If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.
* Press the OK button to close that box and continue.
* If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates,
manually download them from here
and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
Alternatively, you can update through MBAM's interface from a clean computer,
copy the definitions (rules.ref) located in
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes'
Anti-Malware from that system to a usb stick or CD and then copy it to the infected machine.

On the Scanner tab:

* Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
* Then click on the Scan button.
* If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
* The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top.
It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
* When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully.
Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
* Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.

Back at the main Scanner screen:

* Click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
* Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
* When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
* The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
* Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.

Note:-- If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,
you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process.
Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately.
Failure to reboot normally (not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware.

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by jaxsdad / December 6, 2008 2:29 PM PST


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by jimbulluck / September 21, 2011 4:14 AM PDT

I did all of this and it is still there. What's next?

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If nothing helped..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / September 21, 2011 4:22 AM PDT
In reply to: MyWebSearch


If scanning with Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware didn't help, I would suggest creating a thread of your own. A post in a 3 year old thread, is likely to be over-looked.

I'm going to lock this one.

Thanks for your understanding..

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