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Search.myinterestsxp.com virus

How to remove search.myinterestsxp.com (Virus Removal Guide)

search.myinterestsxp.com (Virus Removal)

Search.myinterestsxp.com virus (search.myinterestsxp virus) is a misused term frequently used to identify a deceptive search engine which is promoted by various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and browser hijacker type programs that change existing internet browser settings. Most internet users are unaware that unwanted programs are present on their machines until they open a new internet browser window, open a new browser tab, or search the web using their browser address bar and fall victim to browser redirects to search.myinterestsxp.com, google.com, and other webpages.

Search.myinterestsxp.com virus

Once potential Search.myinterestsxp malware or programs that promote the search engine are introduced to a computer, internet users will notice continuous browser redirects to search.myinterestsxp.com and other webpages when a new browser window or tab is opened. This is because potentially unwanted programs that promote the search.myinterestsxp.com search engine change existing internet browser settings including the home page, default search engine, and browser shortcut.


Programs used to promote the “search.myinterestsxp.com virus” can also create new tasks in Windows Task Scheduler and add or change Windows registry keys in order to run every time Windows starts and remain enabled if disabled by the user. This uses a lot of system resources including CPU and memory, and can cause a computer to become slow and sluggish.

There are a variety of potentially unwanted programs used to cause browser redirects to search.myinterestsxp.com. This means it will be necessary to uninstall multiple programs, remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions, and eradicate any existing possibly malicious files.

How to remove search.myinterestsxp.com

Step 1: Uninstall potentially unwanted programs

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2.Navigate to the Control Panel on Windows Start Menu.

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3. Click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove a program).

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4. A list of programs installed on your computer will appear. Search for suspicious and unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once a program you want to remove is located, double click to begin the uninstall process (or select the program and click Uninstall).

Step 2: Remove unwnated browser add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to it.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the add-on, select it, and remove it.

Step 3: Remove search.myinterestsxp.com search engine

  • In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove search.myinterestsxp.com search engine from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove search.myinterestsxp.com search engine from the list.
  • In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to search.myinterestsxp.com search engine to remove it.

Step 4: Remove search.myinterestsxp.com homepage

  • In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove search.myinterestsxp.com from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove search.myinterestsxp.com from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
  • In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings.Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove search.myinterestsxp.com and replace it with your preferred homepage URL.

Step 5: Scan your computer for malware

1. Download and Install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, open the Anti-Malware program and click the Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Malwarebytes may automatically begin to update and scan your computer at this point.

3. When the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button to isolate and remove the detected files. You may be asked to reboot your computer to completely remove detected files.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 6: Clean up and repair settings

1. Download and Install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Open CCleaner after it is installed and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, etc., all the way to Context Menu and click Disable and Delete once anything you do not recognize is found. This will help you locate and remove unwanted browser attachments and repair other settings.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

Sean is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. He is featured in several publications.

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