How to remove the My Way Search Assistant malware

Most antivirus programs classify mysrchas.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for example ADWARE_MYSEARCH (detected by TrendMicro), and not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.MyWay.z (detected by Kaspersky). 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 Way Search Assistant 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 Way Search Assistant and how to get rid of it.

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Mysrchas.dll file information

The process known as My Way Search Assistant belongs to software My Way Search Assistant for Internet Explorer by My Way (

Description: Mysrchas.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Mysrchas.dll is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 81,920 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 98,304 bytes or 86,016 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 04079851-5845-4dea-848C-3ECD647AA554. The program has no visible window. Mysrchas.dll is able to monitor web browsers. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the mysrchas.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If My Way Search Assistant 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.


User Comments

Spyware searchbar reinstalls itself very hard to remove
Associated with a known Spyware 'Search Assistant'
  The Sci  
won't remove. my search toobar file.
Hard to remove. Got rid of it with SpyBot.

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Summary: Average user rating of mysrchas.dll: based on 6 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think mysrchas.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving mysrchas issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active mysrchas process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the mysrchas.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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