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Should I remove MySearchs?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
87% remove it13% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #44,729
Reach 0.0019%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.88 days
114.59 days >
Average installed length: 60.21 days


What is MySearchs?

Pay-By-Ads from Montiera is a web browser search injector and hijacker which also includes an installer which bundles legitimate and open-sourced programs with offers for additional third party applications that may be unwanted by the user. Such third party programs are typically installed onto users' PC by default, but may include an option to opt-out during or after the installation process.

Once running the toolbar/extension communicates with a remote web server using the DNS toolbarservices.com and reports.montiera.com in order to track various aspects of a user's browsing behaviors as well as to update the toolbar's components.


It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named mysearchs.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 59 files and is usually about 1.39 MB (1,457,162 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Known to include offers within the setup
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in MySearchs.
mysearchs.exe (4ed4ac0a1088e46ecb2f2f6d38b6e361) has been flagged by the following 18 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Antiy-AVL RiskWare[WebToolbar:not-a-virus]/Win32.Montiera
AVG 2015.0.3285 Montiera
Avira Adware/Montiera.d
AVware Montiera (fs)
Baidu-International PUA.Win32.Montiera.BK
ByteHero BDV 11.20.2014.10 Virus.Win32.Heur.n
ESET-NOD32 8.10670 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Montiera.L
Fortinet FortiGate 11/20/2014 Riskware/Montiera
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. not-a-virus:Downloader.Montiera
K7 AntiVirus 13.185.13888 Trojan
K7GW 13.185.13902 Trojan ( 004a07831 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.Montiera
Malwarebytes v2014.11.20.02 PUP.Optional.PayByAds.A
McAfee 5600.6941 Artemis!4ED4AC0A1088
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.6941 Artemis!PUP
Sophos 4.98 PayByAds
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.324 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0808
VIPRE Antivirus 34510 Montiera (fs)
mysetup.exe (6b1bec8908852635eca714c4e15b4898) has been flagged by the following 20 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG Paybyads.893
AVware Montiera (fs)
Baidu-International Hacktool.Win32.Montiera.aqG
Dr.Web Adware.Searcher.2712
ESET-NOD32 10732 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.Montiera.R
Fortinet FortiGate 5.0.999.0 Riskware/Montiera
IKARUS anti.virus T3. not-a-virus:Downloader.Montiera
K7 AntiVirus 9.185.14021 Riskware ( 0049c6851 )
K7GW 9.185.14030 Riskware ( 0049c6851 )
Kaspersky not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.Montiera.b
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.MySearchs.A
McAfee Artemis!6B1BEC890885
McAfee-GW-Edition v2014.2 Artemis
Panda Antivirus Trj/Chgt.I
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.Downloader.42e
Sophos 4.98.0 PayByAds
Symantec 20141.1.0.330 Trojan.Gen.2
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_GEN.R047C0EJR14
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R047C0EJR14
VIPRE Antivirus 34840 Montiera (fs)
       View all 38 all detections
MySearchs has been seen bundling various 3rd party software during the installation process. Make sure to check for and remove unused programs.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Pay-By-Ads
URL: www.montiera.com
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\local\pay-by-ads\mysearchs\
Uninstaller: "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Pay-By-Ads\MySearchs\\mysearchs.exe" /uninstl
Estimated size: 1.39 MB

Program filesFiles installed by MySearchs

Program executable:mysearchs.exe (Malware detected)
Additional files:
  • rvt.js
  • 0bcBdbfp.dll
  • 5zJkcOix.dll
  • ahAmnfbb.dll
  • bopinknb.dll
  • cfbbd8cX.dll
  • chrmXtn.dll
  • djmdjbeg.dll
  • DkiSkljm.dll
  • ebomjxmi.dll
  • eecahmh4.dll
  • eOmfgFld.dll
  • epbggpng.dll
  • fbcgphll.dll
  • fcikkexd.dll
  • ffxtn.dll
  • flbzclgw.dll
  • fnlmbnob.dll
  • fOcoknbb.dll
  • fpCdgjfb.dll
  • g9pfpmgi.dll
  • gFpgobee.dll
  • gng8mlcd.dll
  • gpdiYcma.dll
  • Hkugjaap.dll
  • ibefifck.dll
  • icmkmbjk.dll
  • ienmmdpS.dll
  • iffmmWbm.dll
  • imkeoofm.dll
  • impmT9Oi.dll
  • ipfaAlma.dll
  • itofewo7.dll
  • jblshkli.dll
  • jbv0idkn.dll
  • jgfipRbl.dll
  • jpikgeld.dll
  • Kbfiebgk.dll
  • laeo7oll.dll
  • ldbocWfi.dll
  • lhiSbabd.dll
  • lii0andp.dll
  • mbiodVkk.dll
  • migkdjUk.dll
  • (Malware detected) mysetup.exe (by Pay By Ads LTD)
  • npEennce.dll
  • ofhbmcjZ.dll
  • owlehndn.dll
  • oXjopidj.dll
  • pipecldi.dll
  • plvhndfs.dll
  • res.dll (by Pay By Ads LTD)
  • serp.js
  • SgNhqeec.dll
  • Siahbonq.dll
  • sqlite.dll
  • U6afenm0.dll
  • xihdkbkl.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • mysetup.exe is scheduled as a task named 'MySearchs Udpater' (Next runs on 16/10/2014 at 08:55).
  • mysearchs.exe is scheduled as a task named 'MySearchs' (Next runs on 16/10/2014 at 08:55).
Startup File (User Run)
  • mysearchs.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'MySearchs' and executes as C:\users\user\appdata\Local\MySearchs\MySearchs\\mysearchs.exe.

How do I remove MySearchs?

You can uninstall MySearchs from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program MySearchs, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove MySearchs.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 10 49%
Win Vista (SP1) 3%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 87%
Keep it 13%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 48.65%
Windows 7 48.65%
Windows Vista 2.70%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 27.78%
Windows 8.1 27.78%
Windows 8.1 Single Langua... 11.11%
Windows 7 Ultimate 8.33%
Windows 7 Starter 5.56%
Windows 7 Professional 5.56%

Distribution by countryGeography

29.73% of installs come from France
Which countries install it?
  France 29.73%
  Italy 29.73%
  United States 10.81%
  Australia 10.81%
  Mexico 8.11%
  Chile 2.70%
  Argentina 2.70%
  Spain 2.70%
  United Kingdom 2.70%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 42.42%
Acer 24.24%
Toshiba 9.09%
ASUS 6.06%
Dell 6.06%
Sony 3.03%
Samsung 3.03%
MSI 3.03%
American Megatrends 3.03%
Common models
TOSHIBA SATELLITE L775-17... 2.94%
TOSHIBA Satellite L500 2.94%
Sony VGC-JS35GJ 2.94%
Samsung R530/R730 2.94%
Samsung 100NZA 2.94%


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