MySearchDial is described in this entry as a hijack virus (which it is) rather than a browser helper object it’s wrongfully marketed as. Those who fell victim to this adware will be instructed on removal of Mysearchdial.com from the web browsers affected. The most likely contamination paths and possible collateral adverse effects of this infection are covered here as well.
MySearchDial (My Search Dial) exemplifies a widespread segment of potentially unwanted software whose primary goal is to hijack a number of web browser preferences, namely the homepage and Internet search provider, setting both of which is supposed to be strictly at the user’s discretion. The malicious code behind this adware penetrates into a computer as a latent bundle to freeware downloads or gets inside a system via a drive-by download that, by definition, takes place unnoticed. Having trespassed on the targeted PC, the virus adds MySearchDial toolbar to the installed web browsers, which in its turn leads to persistent interference with the default or custom settings. Moreover, Start.mysearchdial.com being opened at browser launch is not an “off and on” thing in this scenario – it will be constantly returned instead of the right value until the respective virus gets removed from the computer for good. The same applies to the use of online search as the victims find themselves restricted to just one resource, with no opt-out ability provided.
The web service being so outrageously promoted in this fashion (Start.mysearchdial.com) is not something that actually poses risk to the PC. Well, it definitely contains too many sponsored links and ads above the fold displayed when you enter your search queries and it might not come up with the most relevant results, but the website proper isn’t dangerous. What is potentially more trouble-making is the underlying toolbar which appears to get overly extensive access to the things that may infringe user privacy. For instance, judging from MySearchDial toolbar’s permissions screen below, it can read your browsing history, access your online activity and data on all visited websites, etc. As a whole, these features are a goldmine for the authors of this adware, but obviously a nightmare for the user whose PC got infected.
All the unwanted consequences of Mysearchdial.com virus operating inside a PC taken into account, it’s apparently a must to get rid of it. Whereas the cleanup is not simply an add-on uninstall thing, a complex of measures can be employed to guarantee the desired outcome and completely restore the status quo.
MySearchDial adware automatic removal
Elimination of the Mysearchdial.com virus can be efficiently accomplished through the use of reliable security software. Sticking to the automatic cleanup technique ensures that all components of the adware get thoroughly wiped out from your system.
1. Download recommended security utility and get your PC checked for malicious objects by selecting the Start Computer Scan option
2. The scan will come up with a list of detected items. Click Fix Threats to get this adware removed from your system. Completing this phase of the cleanup process will most likely lead to complete eradication of the infection. However, it might be a good idea to consider ascertaining that the malware is gone for good. Furthermore, you will also need to fix the browser shortcut settings.
Remove MySearchDial using Control Panel
- Open Control Panel. On Windows XP / Windows 8, go to Add or Remove Programs. If your OS is Windows Vista / Windows 7, choose Uninstall a program
- Look for Mysearchdial on the list and click Change/Remove option to get it exterminated
Remove Mysearchdial.com from Firefox
- In Firefox, go to Tools and select Add-ons from the drop-down list
- In the left-hand pane of the screen, click on Extensions. Then click the Remove button next to Mysearchdial entries spotted
- In order to restore your correct Firefox preferences, type about:config in the browser’s address field and press Enter
- Confirm that you would like to proceed by clicking on “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button on the alert that pops up
- In the field called Search, type mysearchdial
- Firefox will display all preferences related to Mysearchdial.com hijacker. Be sure to right-click on each item and select the Reset option
Remove Mysearchdial.com from Internet Explorer
- In IE, go to Tools and choose Manage Add-ons option in the drop-down menu
- Select Toolbars and Extensions in the left-hand part of the interface. In the field to the right, click on the entries related to Mysearchdial and select Disable for those
- On the same screen, select Search Providers. Start off with highlighting the search engine that you wish to use, and click Set as default down at the bottom
- Also, click on the Mysearchdial entry and hit the Remove button as shown on the following image
- Now you need to set the correct the IE homepage. Go to Tools and choose Internet Options. Hit the General tab and type in or paste the homepage you would like to open at browser launch
Remove Mysearchdial.com from Google Chrome
- Click on the Chrome menu icon in the top right-hand part of the Chrome window
- Proceed to Tools –> Extensions
- Locate MySearchDial on the list and remove it by clicking on the trash bin icon next to it
- Click on the Chrome menu icon again
- Choose Settings
- Proceed to the section named On startup under Settings, select the radio button for Open a specific page or set of pages option and click on Set pages link
- On the Startup pages screen that pops up, find start.mysearchdial.com and click X button to the right
- Under Appearance, select the Show Home button option. Click Change
- Now select Use the New Tab page option and click OK
- Proceed to the Search section under Settings, select Manage search engines option. Find Mysearchdial on the list and delete it. Also, select your preferred search provider
Recheck if MySearchDial virus has been successfully removed
For certainty’s sake, it’s advised to repeatedly run a scan with the automatic security software in order to make sure no harmful remnants of Mysearchdial.com adware are left inside Windows Registry and other system locations