The other day I came across a program that would automatically create web avatars based on your photograph. I figured that wouldn’t be a bad thing to try out, so I downloaded it. I expected that it would be a traditional executable file that I would use like any other application. Instead, it was an automatically-installing Firefox plugin.
This plugin, called “My Web Search” not only puts an unwanted toolbar in Firefox, but also changes your default page, and who knows what else.
I don’t like deception such as this, because only spyware and other malware use these types of tactics to run their software. I went to uninstall this new “My Web Search” toolbar from Firefox, but the “uninstall” button was greyed out. The only option available was to disable the toolbar… but this means that the software is still resident, doing who knows what.
Since you can’t uninstall this plugin directly through Firefox’s normal Add-on screen, you have to take a few more steps.
MyWebSearch should now be completely removed from your Windows-based computer.
There may be some leftover registry keys, but any malware checker like Spybot Search and Destroy or Windows Defender should be able to take care of this. You are using a malware screener, right?…