How to remove the My Global Search Bar malware

Most antivirus programs classify mgsbar.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for example Win32:Adware-gen [Adw] (detected by Avast), and MWS (detected by McAfee). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated My Global Search Bar software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about My Global Search Bar and how to get rid of it.

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Mgsbar.dll file information

The process known as My Global Search Bar belongs to software My Global Search Bar for Internet Explorer and FireFox or My Global Search Bar for Internet Explorer by My Global Search (

Description: Mgsbar.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file mgsbar.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 225,280 bytes (81% of all occurrences) or 229,376 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 37B85A21-692B-4205-9CAD-2626E4993404. The program has no visible window. The mgsbar.dll file is able to monitor web browsers. The mgsbar.dll file is not a Windows system file. Mgsbar.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify mgsbar.dll related errors

Important: You should check the mgsbar.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If My Global Search Bar has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving mgsbar issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active mgsbar process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the mgsbar.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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