MyWebSearch and MyWay are Internet Explorer toolbars (Add-ons
) often bundled with "free software" offered by third party software vendors. You can read more about it in What is MyWebSearch?
. The MyWebSearch Help Center
provides additional information and frequently asked questions related to the toolbar.
MyWebSearch and MyWay were pre-installed on new Dell computers
starting in November 2004 as reported in The Pharmer In The Dell
. Dell had a link to "What is the Dell MyWebSearch Home Page?
" but it has since been redirected to The "Dell My Way" Home Page
. Dell now uses the "Dell Search Assistant
" where they address many of the same concerns previously addressed in the redirected link. To remove the Search Assistant, please follow Dell's Search Assistant removal instructions
Some anti-virus and anti-malware programs detect the toolbar as a malware
threat (not-a-virus:AdTool.Win32.MyWebSearch) while others (Spybot, MBAM, Ad-aware...) may detect or try removing its files and registry entries. Although these types of scanning tools detect its files/registry entries, remnants may still be found from time to time during subsequent scans. If that's all you are dealing with, then I wouldn't be too concerned.
To remove MyWebSearch, please follow the instructions for How do I "uninstall" the My Web Search toolbar?
or try using MS-MVP Kelly Theriot's MyWaySearchAssistant Uninstaller
Afterwards you could also download and perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
which does a good job of finding and removing MyWebSearch remnants.