Guide to Remove MyOfficeX Search Redirect
MyOfficeX Search Redirect is a nasty browser extension that alters the default browser settings such as home-page, search engine & new tab without the user’s consent. Software Bundling & luring advertisements are the prime methods used by MyOfficeX Search to propagate its infection.
Once this browser hijacker infects the system, it replaces the default browser search engine with https://services.myofficex-svc.org & redirects all the search results to Yahoo.
Analysis of MyOfficeX Search Virus has revealed that it also redirects the users to certain affiliate & sponsored websites in order to generate illicit money in return.
If your system has been impacted by MyOfficeX browser hijacker, refer to our guide mentioned below to learn how to remove MyOfficeX Search from your browser & restore the default settings.
Threat Behavior of MyOfficeX Search Redirect-
MyOfficeX Search is an application that claims to be a convenient online office, which allows the users to process Word documents, presentations & spreadsheets free of cost. It also asserts to provide quick & convenient access to search on internet!
Despite of these claims & services, many users have complaint about the questionable behavior of the browser extension.
According to the overview, MyOfficeX Search Redirect is capable of modifying the default search provider & reading the web browsing history. This dubious search extension sets the default search provider to https://search.yahoo.com/.
In addition to that, MyOfficeX Search browser hijacker does not let the user restore the default browser settings. It makes the web browsing infuriating by redirecting the searches to affiliated & sponsored websites.
The main motive behind redirecting is to increase traffic on certain websites & generate revenue in return.
The research by cyber-security analysts shows that MyOfficeX Search Redirect is able to read & track your browsing history & search preferences. These are positives of your collected data being sold or shared with the third-party advertisers in order to target promotional ads, discount coupons & pop-ups.
The intrusive permissions of this MyOfficeX Search Redirect such as the ability to read & change user’s data on the visited sites make it a threat to user’s privacy.
Modifications Made by MyOfficeX Search Redirect-
Once the system is infected by MyOfficeX Search Redirect, the victims will be able to observe following changes in the system:
- Default browser settings such as home-page & new tab functionality are changed without your consent.
- Default search engine is replaced by myofficex-svc.org.
- The new search engine provides the results generated by yahoo.com. Also, users are redirected to Yahoo.com.
Apart from modifying the settings, this browser hijacker tracks the user’s information such as IP Addresses, Geo-locations, entered search queries, visited pages & other potentially sensitive data.
Security Analysts suspect that the gathered data may be shared with other third-parties / advertisers (may be cyber-criminals too) & lead to identity theft.
Therefore, the impacted users are advised to uninstall MyOfficeX Search or download MyOfficeX Search removal tool to get rid of it.
Distribution Techniques of MyOfficeX Search Redirect-
The cyber-criminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –
- Software Bundling: Software bundling is the process in which a malicious program is distributed with other free software, to get an unnoticed entry into your computer system. When a user installs a free application, the malicious programs gains a front door entry with the free application, the user has downloaded. Thus, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the installation screens while installing these free applications.
- Infected Storage Devices: Your system can also get infected by using removable media such as USB hard drives and jump drives without scanning them with an anti-virus.
- Spam Emails – Spamming is the most economic and common method used for the distribution of such malware. The targeted users get genuine looking emails which contain .doc, .txt, and other similar attachments. These attachments can be named as anything which can grab the user’s attention and triggers him/her to open the attachment. As soon as the user opens this attachment, the malware infects the user’s computer system.
- Malicious Websites or Malevolent Advertisements: The malicious websites are the ones which are created just for promoting the malware infections. Such websites include but are not limited to porn sites, torrent sites and other free downloading platforms. By visiting such websites, the adware infects the user’s computer without permission. Fake advertisements and updates like Flash player and windows updates which ask the user to update to the latest version are a few examples. When the users click on such links, their computer system gets infected. That is why, it is highly recommended to resist clicking on such links. Also avoid clicking on advertisements offering free stuff such as Win an iPhones, cars or free overseas trips etc.
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How to remove MyOfficleX Search infection from the system-
STEP A: Remove unwanted & suspicious browser extension from Google Chrome
- Open Google Chrome and click on the three vertical dots ( ) i.e.Menu option which are located at the upper right corner of the Chrome Window.
- Find and click on More tools from the drop down menu that is displayed & select Extensions or you can open a Chrome window and type “chrome://extensions” in the address bar.
- Check the developer mode option which is located opposite to extensions heading on the top of the Chrome window. By enabling the developer mode, additional details and option related to all the installed extensions will be displayed. One of the details that will be displayed is the ID. ID is the folder name created by the extension at the location “C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions”.
- Locate the extension you want to uninstall or delete. Copy and paste the folder name opposite to the ID Tag of that extension into a notepad file. In this case the folder name is “eneipjnidijckfbjokmaemejdfigaeii”.
- Now, uncheck the enabled option next to the extension in question. Make sure you also click on the “Remove” button to delete the extension from the browser. It is important to note that even after uninstalling and deleting the extensions from the browser, the extension might not uninstall properly. Thus, it is a good practice to make sure that we have deleted the folder as mentioned in step 3.
- Make sure that you have made the hidden files and folders visible.
- Open My Computer and go to “C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions”. Now, look for folder with the name as specified in Step 4 i.e. “eneipjnidijckfbjokmaemejdfigaeii”. Delete the folder if present.
- Close and re-open the Chrome browser. It is also advisable to restart your computer once the extension is removed.
STEP B: Restore the Settings of Google Chrome changed by the Browser Hijacker
- Open Google chrome and click on the three vertical dots () located on the top right corner of the Chrome Window.
- From the Drop down menu that appears, click on the “Settings”. A new browser tab will open up, displaying all the settings.
- Now, we will make changes to the appearance section. Under the “Appearances” section, we will enable the “Show Home Button” option. You can select New Tab page or can add Google or any of your preferred browsers under the “Show Home Button” option.
- After this, we will go to the “Search Engine “section.
- Here, make Google or any of your preferred browsers as your default browser in the drop-down menu under the option “Search engine used in the address bar”.
- After this click on Manage Search Engines. Now you can remove Other Search Engines that were added by the browser hijacker. Simply click the three vertical dots () and select the option “Remove from list”.
- You can make Google or any other preferred browser as your Default Search Engine by clicking the three vertical dots () and clicking on the “Make default” option.
- At the end, we will go to the section “On Startup”. You can select the “Open the New Tab page” or can “Continue where you left off”. If you want to open a specific page or set of pages, select the option “Open a specific page or set of pages” and remove any pages added by the browser hijacker by clicking on the three vertical dots () and selecting “Remove”.
- Then, add Google or any of your desired URL in “Add a new page” option under the “Open a specific page or set of pages”.
- This is a very important step and we would like you to pay very close attention here. This step has to be repeated with all the shortcuts to the browser that you can locate; like your desktop, start menu and the shortcut pinned to your taskbar. Right click on the shortcut and a context menu will appear. On this menu select the last option that reads Properties.
- A Google Chrome Properties Dialogue box will appear as below. Replace whatever is there in the text box next to the label Target with the following: Make sure that inverted commas are included.“C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe”
- Click OK at the end to save the changes.
How to prevent MyOfficeX Search from infecting your system-
- Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
- Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
- Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
- Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
- Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Vipre and BULL GUARD so that it remains safe.
- Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.