is one of many browser toolbar add-ons
(to include MyWay
, MySearch) created and distributed by Ask Jeeves
. It is often bundled with "free software
" such as wallpaper and screensavers offered by third party software vendors and part of the Fun Web Products suite of utilities (Smiley Central, Cursor Mania, FunBuddyIcons, FunWebProducts, MyFunCards, My Mail Stationary, My Mail Signature, PopSwatter, Popular Screensavers, Webfetti, My Way website portal, etc). The toolbar is also aggressively offered via annoying banner ads and pop ups advertised on third party web sites that target kids. For a more detailed overview, refer to the Ask Jeeves Software Review
conducted by Sunbelt Software Research Center.
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.
Although MyWebSearch is not technically spyware, the program uses tracking cookies
and transmits information regarding search requests performed through the toolbar's search facility. Some anti-virus and anti-malware programs detect the toolbar
as a non-viral threat
(i.e. not-a-virus:AdTool.Win32.MyWebSearch) or Potentially Unwanted Program
, while others (Spybot, MBAM, Ad-aware...) may detect or remove individual files files and registry entries. However, even after these security tools detect and remove files/registry entries, remnants may still be found from time to time during subsequent scans.
To remove MyWebSearch, please follow the instructions for How do I "uninstall" the My Web Search toolbar?
To remove the Search Assistant, please follow Dell's Search Assistant removal instructions
Alternatively, MyWay.com offers the My Web Search Bar Uninstaller
for software installed on Dell and other vendor computer. Another alternative is MS-MVP Kelly Theriot's MyWaySearchAssistant Uninstaller
If Add/Remove Programs is showing an entry but the program/folder has been removed, then its likely an orphaned entry
. You can remove orphaned entries in the registry but a much safer and easier way to do this is to download and use a third party program like MyUninstaller
. After launching the program, right-click on the entry and choose the option to "Delete the selected entry
To fix manually in the registry, refer to:CAUTION:
This step involves making changes in the registry. Always back up your registry before making any changes
. If you are not familiar with working in the registry, then you should NOT attempt to make any changes on your own. Improper changes to the registry could adversely affect your computer and render it inoperable
is an excellent free tool that allows you to to take a snapshot (backup) of your registry before making changes and restore it when needed.