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MyWay Search Assistant

What is MyWay Search Assistant?

MyWay Search Assistant is a potentially unwanted application that runs in the web browser as a toolbar and web extension. The web extension is primarily designed to take control of the user's browser in order to modify the search provider and redirect web searches to the search engine partner the publisher has a revenue relationship with. In doing so, the toolbar performs a number of behaviors in order to maximize the potential of a user to click on sponsored advertising through search. It is typically installed via a bundled offer within a 3rd-party distribution.

Functionality of the toolbar includes:
- Changing the web browser's default home page to the affiliate search portal.
- Changing the browser's search provider, built-in search box as well as the address bar.
- Ability to modify the 'new tab' functionality to launch the modified search portal page.
- Adds an alternative error page, DNS error and 'page not' found functionality.
- Adds additional functionality that is designed to protect the search and home page settings.
- May 'inject' advertising in the form of context ads, links and pop-ups.

About  (from Mindspark Interactive Network)

My Way offers not one, but FIVE of the Internet's leading search providers. Choose from Google, AltaVista, Ask Jeeves, LookSmart and AlltheWeb as your My Way primary Search Provider. On My Way we give you choices. The choice to use our own features, or to establish direct, one-click access to features and services that...  Read more
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Loads into the web browser
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • The wisdom of the crowd agrees, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in MyWay Search Assistant.
desrcas.dll (1236c9c8c9db725e3c09c355b375058c) has been flagged by the following 28 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2013.01.27 Win-Adware/MySearch.86016
Avira AntiVir SPR/MySearch
Antiy-AVL AdWare/Win32.PurityScan.gen
avast! 2014.9-130925 Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]
AVG 2014.0.3571 Generic
Bitdefender Adware.Mysearch.E
Comodo Security 15060 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Adware.MyWay.66
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Mysearch
eSafe Win32.SPRMySearch
ESET-NOD32 7.7936 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.MyWay
F-Prot v6. W32/Mywebsearch.C.gen
G Data 13.9.22 Adware.Mysearch
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. not-a-virus.AdWare.MyWayWebSearch
Jiangmin KV130925 AdWare/MyWay.z
K7 AntiVirus 13.158.8156 Unwanted-Program
Kaspersky not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.MyWay
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.18219 Win32.Troj.MyWay.aw.(kcloud)
McAfee 5600.7209 Artemis!1236C9C8C9DB
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7209 Artemis!1236C9C8C9DB
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Mysearch.E
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.MyWay.okldy
nProtect Adware.Mysearch.E
Panda Antivirus Application/MyWay
PC Tools 2013 2446
Rising Antivirus Trojan.Win32.Generic.11EA1795
VIPRE Antivirus 15234 My Way Speedbar (not malicious)
ViRobot 2011.4.7.4223 Adware.MyWay.86016.B
       View all 28 all detections
MyWay Search Assistant has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove MyWay Search Assistant.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: MyWay
URL: info.myway.com/index/id/terms.html
Help link: help.myway.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\mywaysa\srchasde
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{E7559288-223B-453C-9F06-340E3BE21E39}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by MyWay Search Assistant

Program module:desrcas.dll (Malware detected)
Name:MyWay Search Assistant for Internet Explorer
MyWay Search Assistant
Path:C:\Program Files\mywaysa\srchasde\desrcas.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • desrcas.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a Browser Helper Object with the class of {4D25F921-B9FE-4682-BF72-8AB8210D6D75}.
Internet Explorer URL Search Hook
  • desrcas.dll is loaded in Internet Explorer as a URL search hook using the CLSID {4D25F926-B9FE-4682-BF72-8AB8210D6D75} and is used by IE to redirect the address of an unknown typed URLs.

How do I remove MyWay Search Assistant?

Quickly and completely remove MyWay Search Assistant from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
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Or, you can uninstall MyWay Search Assistant 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: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program MyWay Search Assistant, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: 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 MyWay Search Assistant.
  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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by MyWay Search Assistant you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win XP 67%
Win 8 11%
Uninstall it 79%
Keep it 21%
United States

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 88.89%
Windows 10 11.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

77.78% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 77.78%
  France 11.11%
  United Kingdom 11.11%

About Mindspark Interactive Network

Mindspark is a business unit of IAC that focuses on interactive products and web portals and operates IAC's interactive products and web portals such as Life123, Myway.
Publisher URL: www.mindspark.com


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