How to Uninstall My Web Search Toolbar

By Erin McManaway

My Web Search is a toolbar add-on for Internet Explorer that is often installed when you download software from the “Fun Web Products” line. This includes software such as Smiley Central, My Mail Signature, PopSwatter, Cursor Mania and My Mail Stationary. Despite the fact that these applications are not spyware, they do run processes in the background that can use up memory and slow your computer down. Some, like the My Web Search toolbar, are also flagged by spyware scanners for removal. Even if you uninstall the My Web Search toolbar, there may be unknown files left on your computer that need to be removed.

Uninstall My Web Search Toolbar

Step 1

Click on “Start” and choose “Control Panel.”

Step 2

Click on “Add/Remove Programs” if you are a Windows XP user. Windows Vista and 7 users should click on “Programs and Features.”

Step 3

Find the My Web Search toolbar in the list of programs that are installed on your computer. The toolbar may also be installed under the name “My Search Bar,” “My Web Search Bar,” “Search Assistant” or “MyWay Speed Bar.”

Step 4

Click on the toolbar name once to highlight it in the list, then click the “Remove” button to uninstall the program.

Step 5

Reboot your computer to allow changes to take effect.

Remove Remaining Processes

Step 1

Download and install the free HijackThis utility (see Resources).

Step 2

Launch the HijackThis utility and click the “Do a system scan only” button.

Step 3

Allow the utility to scan your computer and look for any of the following entries:

R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {00A6FAF6-072E-44cf-8957-5838F569A31D} - C:\\Program Files\\MyWebSearch\\SrchAstt\\1.bin\\MWSSRCAS.DLL

O2 - BHO: MyWebSearch Search Assistant BHO - {00A6FAF1-072E-44cf-8957-5838F569A31D} - C:\\Program Files\\MyWebSearch\\SrchAstt\\1.bin\\MWSSRCAS.DLL

O2 - BHO: mwsBar BHO - {07B18EA1-A523-4961-B6BB-170DE4475CCA} - C:\\Program Files\\MyWebSearch\\bar\\1.bin\\MWSBAR.DLL

O3 - Toolbar: My &Web Search - {07B18EA9-A523-4961-B6BB-170DE4475CCA} - C:\\Program Files\\MyWebSearch\\bar\\1.bin\\MWSBAR.DLL

O4 - HKLM\\..\\Run: [MyWebSearch Email Plugin] C:\\PROGRA~1\\MYWEBS~1\\bar\\1.bin\\mwsoemon.exe

O4 - HKCU\\..\\Run: [MyWebSearch Email Plugin] C:\\PROGRA~1\\MYWEBS~1\\bar\\1.bin\\mwsoemon.exe

O4 - Startup: MyWebSearch Email Plugin.lnk = C:\\Program Files\\MyWebSearch\\bar\\1.bin\\MWSOEMON.EXE

O4 - Global Startup: MyWebSearch Email Plugin.lnk = C:\\Program Files\\MyWebSearch\\bar\\1.bin\\MWSOEMON.EXE

O8 - Extra context menu item: &Search - http://bar.mywebsearch.com/menusearch.html?p=ZWYYYYYYYYUS

O16 - DPF: {1D4DB7D2-6EC9-47A3-BD87-1E41684E07BB} - http://ak.imgfarm.com/images/nocache/funwebproducts/ei/MyWebSearchInitialSetup1.0.0.8-2.cab

Step 4

Place a mark next to each entry that you find and click the “Fix Checked” button to allow the tool to remove them.

Remove Remaining Files

Step 1

Click on the “Start” button and choose “Computer” from the Start menu.

Step 2

Double-click your main hard drive. This will usually be the “C” drive.

Step 3

Double-click the “Program Files” folder.

Step 4

Locate the folders named “FunWebProducts” or “MyWebSearch.”

Step 5

Right-click on the folders and choose “Delete” from the menu to remove them.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also run your virus or spyware scanner once you have removed the files and processes to remove any other files or registry keys that might still be left on your computer.