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Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MyWebSearch
Technical name:Application/MyWebSearch
Threat level:Medium
Type:Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)

It is a search toolbar that returns results provided by certain search engines.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT

First detected on:Sept. 29, 2004
Detection updated on:Feb. 1, 2010
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 


MyWebSearch belongs to the category of Potentially Unwanted Programs, also known as PUPs. It is an Internet Explorer search toolbar that returns results provided the following search engines:

  • Ask Jeeves
  • Google
  • LookSmart
  • Yahoo!

Visible Symptoms 


MyWebSearch is easy to recognize, as it adds the following search toolbar to Internet Explorer: