If the FF, Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge opens automatically to MySearch web page, then your PC system is infected with the MySearch DS2 extension. As a result, your new tab page, startpage and search engine by default are replaced to MySearch and all your search results are redirected to this harmful page or other domains. It can also create tons of pop-up advertisements on your computer and increase your vulnerability. With the few simple steps below, you can get rid of MySearch DS2 extension completely.
Besides the fact that MySearch DS2 extension rewrites your home page, this intrusive web-site can set yourself as your search engine. But, obviously, it does not give you a good search results, as they will consist of lots of ads, links to unwanted and ad web-pages and only the remaining part is search results for your query from the major search providers. Of course, the very fact that you encounter with the inability to properly search the World Wide Web, is an unpleasant moment. Moreover, the MySearch DS2 plugin may collect personal information about you, and in the future to transfer it to third parties. What creates the risk of theft of your personal data.
Table of contents
- What is MySearch DS2
- How to remove MySearch DS2 from system
- How to manually remove MySearch DS2
- MySearch DS2 extension automatic removal
- Use AdBlocker to stop MySearch DS2 and stay safe online
- How can you prevent the MySearch DS2 addon
- Finish words
The MySearch DS2 extension usually affects only the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. A browser hijacker will perform a scan of the personal computer for web-browser shortcuts and alter them without your permission. When it infects the web-browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you launch the browser, you will see the MySearch intrusive page.
It’s important, don’t use MySearch DS2 web site and do not click on ads placed on it, as they can lead you to a more harmful or misleading pages. The best option is to use the guide posted below to free your machine of MySearch DS2 and thereby return your previous home page and search provider.
How to remove MySearch DS2 from system
There are several steps to uninstalling MySearch DS2 extension, because it installs itself so deeply into Windows. You need to uninstall all suspicious and unknown programs, then remove harmful addons from the Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge and other web-browsers you have installed. Finally, you need to reset your web-browser settings to delete any changes MySearch DS2 extension has made, and then scan your PC system with Zemana, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner to ensure the extension is fully removed. It will take a while.
How to manually remove MySearch DS2
The step by step instructions will help you remove MySearch DS2 plugin. These MySearch DS2 removal steps work for the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge, as well as every version of MS Windows operating system.
Uninstall suspicious programs using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
In order to remove PUPs such as this extension, open the MS Windows Control Panel and click on “Uninstall a program”. Check the list of installed programs. For the ones you do not know, run an Internet search to see if they are ad supported software, hijacker or PUPs. If yes, uninstall them off. Even if they are just a applications which you do not use, then deleting them off will increase your PC system start up time and speed dramatically.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
First, click the Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
First, click “Start” and select “Control Panel”.
It will open the Windows Control Panel as displayed on the screen below.
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all programs installed on your computer. Scroll through the all list, and delete any suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed applications, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Remove MySearch DS2 extension from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the extension, malicious and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to recover the browser’s home page, new tab page and search provider by default that have been replaced by MySearch DS2 add-on.
First launch the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to show the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web-browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown in the figure below and click the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will display the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The browser will start the process of cleaning. Once it’s done, the web-browser’s settings including home page, new tab and default search engine back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your personal computer.
Get rid of MySearch DS2 extension from IE
In order to recover all browser new tab, home page and search provider by default you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, that was when the Windows was installed on your machine.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as displayed on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove MySearch DS2 extension which cause a reroute to an undesired web site, disable malicious and ad-supported web browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings such as startpage, newtab page and search provider by default to default state.
Remove MySearch DS2 from Mozilla Firefox by resetting browser settings
Resetting your FF is first troubleshooting step for any issues with your browser program, including the reroute to MySearch web site.
First, launch the Mozilla Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, press the Help button ().
In the Help menu press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page press on “Refresh Firefox” button like below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Clean up the web browsers shortcuts
Important to know, most anti-malware programs that are able to delete add-on, but unable to detect and recover modified shortcuts. So, you need to fix the desktop shortcuts for your Chrome, FF, Edge and IE web-browsers manually.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The add-on can change it. If you are seeing something similar to “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the internet browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example like below.
Once is finished, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for web browser shortcuts which redirects to an intrusive sites. When you have completed, go to next step.
MySearch DS2 extension automatic removal
Many antivirus companies have designed software that help detect and get rid of addon, and thereby return installed internet browsers settings. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to use. Your computer can have lots of PUPs, adware and add-ons installed at the same time, so we advise, if any unwanted or malicious program returns after rebooting the system, then start your system into Safe Mode and use the antimalware tool again.
How to get rid of MySearch DS2 with Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM)
You can get rid of MySearch DS2 extension automatically with a help of Zemana. We suggest this malware removal tool because it can easily delete extensions, PUPs, ad supported software and toolbars with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
- Please download Zemana on your MS Windows Desktop by clicking on the following link.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your internet browser will show the “Save as” dialog box. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- After downloading is done, please close all programs and open windows on your personal computer. Next, run a file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- This will start the “Setup wizard” of Zemana onto your system. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Zemana will open and display the main window.
- Further, press the “Scan” button .Zemana Anti Malware application will scan through the whole computer for the MySearch DS2 plugin and other malware and ‘ad supported’ software. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) is checking, you can see count of objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
- Once the scan is done, Zemana will open you the results.
- Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click the “Next” button. The utility will remove MySearch DS2 extension and other security threats and move items to the program’s quarantine. When the clean up is complete, you may be prompted to restart the machine.
- Close the Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) and continue with the next step.
How to delete MySearch DS2 with Malwarebytes
You can delete MySearch DS2 extension automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malicious software removal tool because it can easily delete add-ons, adware, potentially unwanted programs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download MalwareBytes Anti Malware by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
After the download is finished, close all windows on your computer. Further, launch the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will allow you set up MalwareBytes on the machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes AntiMalware will automatically start and you can see its main window as displayed in the following example.
Next, press the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the MySearch DS2 addon which cause a redirect to an intrusive page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your machine.
When that process is complete, you can check all items found on your personal computer. In order to remove all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware will delete MySearch DS2 extension which redirects your browser to unwanted web-pages and move items to the program’s quarantine. Once the cleaning process is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your PC. We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes Free to remove hijackers, adware and other malicious software.
Run AdwCleaner to delete MySearch DS2 extension
If MalwareBytes anti-malware or Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) cannot get rid of this plugin, then we recommends to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for extensions, adware, potentially unwanted software and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner from the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: April 28, 2022
After the download is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the tool is launched, you will see a screen as shown on the screen below.
Further, click “Scan” button for scanning your system for the MySearch DS2 add-on and other web-browser’s malicious add-ons. This process can take some time, so please be patient. Once that process is finished, a list of all threats detected is produced as displayed in the figure below.
When you are ready, click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt as displayed in the figure below.
You need to click “OK”. After the clean-up is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your system. When your system is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Use AdBlocker to stop MySearch and stay safe online
Enabling an adblocker program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad-blocking software will also protect you from malicious ads and sites, and, of course, block redirection chain to MySearch DS2 and similar pages.
Download AdGuard program on your Microsoft Windows Desktop from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once downloading is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as displayed on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. When the install is finished, you will see a window as shown below.
You can press “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your PC system, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop-up advertisements, web pages such MySearch, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
How can you prevent the MySearch DS2 addon
Most commonly, the free software setup file includes the optional software or PUPs like this addon. So, be very careful when you agree to install anything. The best way – is to choose a Custom, Advanced or Manual installation mode. Here disable (uncheck) all optional software in which you are unsure or that causes even a slightest suspicion. The main thing you should remember, you don’t need to install the third-party software which you do not trust! The only thing I want to add. Once the free software is installed, if you uninstall this software, the home page, new tab page and search provider by default of your favorite web browser will not be restored. This must be done by yourself. Just follow the few simple steps above.
Now your computer should be clean of the MySearch DS2 extension that developed to reroute your browser to an undesired site. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted ads and annoying harmful pages) and Zemana Free (to periodically scan your machine for new plugins and other malicious software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove MySearch DS2 extension from the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and IE, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.