Do you know what My Search Dock is?
My Search Dock is a legitimate-looking application developed by Buzzbox Media PA, LP. It is promoted on MySearchDock.com but, of course, it might find other ways to enter systems. Users who download and install this program willingly do this mainly because this software promises to help to save money and time for them. We do not think that you can trust all those promises because it is known that this program is a typical advertising-supported application. In other words, it is very likely that it simply seeks to drive traffic to other web pages. If you have already found this program useless, annoying, or simply cannot explain how it has sneaked onto your computer, you should eliminate it from the system as soon as possible. If you do not know how you can do that, read this article from beginning to end very carefully.
Our team of specialists has tested My Search Dock thoroughly and found that the official website of this extension is hosted on the 188.8.131.52 IP address, which shows that the origin of this product is, most likely, Arlington Heights, Illinois. In case of the domain itself, it seems to be registered through markmonitor.com. Last but not least, we can say from the so-called Alexa rank that My Search Dock is quite a popular piece of software these days. Even though it is clearly targeted at users living in the USA, we are sure that others might encounter it too, especially if they surf the web on a daily basis, tend to download software from third-party sources, and keep clicking on various advertisements they come across.My Search Dock screenshot
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There is no doubt that My Search Dock is installed on your system if you see a new extension called My Search Dock 1.0.0 added on Mozilla Firefox and can detect the add-on My Search Dock on Internet Explorer. Many users also notice that their homepages have been changed to startpagethemes.com/startpage/9861621421/?ref=839. Last but not least, more experienced users can also notice the main folder of My Search Dock in %PROGRAMFILES% and %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%. If you are already sure that this piece of software is installed, you should hurry to eliminate it from your system because it is not the most trustworthy program. On top of that, specialists say that it might even cause harm to the system.
My Search Dock is not a very bad program itself; however, it has been noticed that it is capable of displaying advertisements (mainly coupons) to users. It informs users about that in the EULA too: “users may be shown advertisements within web pages rendered by a browser with the plug-in enabled.” It is quite dangerous to click on those ads because you might be redirected to an untrustworthy third-party web page and thus infect your system with malicious software. In addition, you might be asked to enter information about yourself on those third-party web pages, and this information might be used by cyber criminals for a variety of bad purposes.
It is possible to download My Search Dock from its official website mysearchdock.com (a user needs to click on the Click Here For Free Download button); however, we are sure that it is not the only way how this program is distributed. We have managed to find out that this software also travels in software bundles together with other applications that are not always reliable. If you feel that My Search Dock has slithered onto your computer without permission, it is very likely that other untrustworthy programs have been installed too. Find and eliminate them all from your system as well.
My Search Dock will disappear from your system after you remove its extensions from browsers. Unfortunately, it is known that it might leave leftovers too. You will remove them yourself if you follow our step-by-step instructions. Another way to fully erase My Search Dock is to scan the system with an automatic malware remover, e.g. SpyHunter. It is up to you how to get rid of this program, just make sure that it is really gone.
Delete My Search Dock
- Open your browser and tap Ctrl+Shift+A.
- Click Extensions.
- Select the extension and erase it.
- Open your browser.
- Tap Alt+F and open More Tools.
- Click Extensions.
- Select the extension.
- Get rid of it by clicking the recycle bin button placed next to it.
- Click Remove.
- Tap the Windows key + R to launch RUN.
- Enter regedit.exe.
- Tap Enter.
- Tap F3 on your keyboard to enable Search.
- Find the following CLSID keys and remove them one after the other:
In non-techie terms:
Nowadays, there are hundreds of different ad-supported programs on the web, and, unfortunately, it is not so easy to protect the system from them. If you are really determined to block their way to your PC, you should not only install a security tool, but also stop visiting untrustworthy websites and downloading software from them.