Keep receiving constant pop-up ads by My Search Dock when you are viewing the web pages? Don’t know how these unwanted ads occur? What is the most effective way to get rid of annoying pop-up ads? Read on and you will learn what My Search Dock is and how to remove My Search Dock ads.
What is My Search Dock?
It is an application developed by Buzzbox Media. The app is considered as an adware program or PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). It claims to save you time and money by showing you item pricing for other top e-retailers making sure you’re paying the best price. However, it may be installed on your machine in deceptive ways and display advertisements within web pages when you use web browsers. Most popular web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari could be affected by this app. The program can be installed as a browser add-on/extension/plug-in once it enters the PC.
If you have this program installed on the machine unknowingly while surfing the web, many unwanted advertisements, such as coupons, deals, discounts and other content, may pop up when you view web pages. It’s annoying to encounter constant pop-up ads while surfing the Internet. But please be cautious when you see those products or services included or offered by My Search Dock. They have separate and independent privacy policies and you need to read them carefully before downloading the products or using the services. The software is not responsible for those third- -party sites. To prevent your computer from more useless programs or even malware, please get rid of this adware as soon as possible.
Note: The adware not only displays ads on your web pages, but also slows down your computer performance. Your personal information may be also at risk due to this potentially unwanted program. To avoid further damage and compromise to your system, we suggest you remove the adware program immediately and fully with an advanced removal tool.
How to prevent such potentially unwanted programs?
To avoid such adware programs in the future, you can follow the several tips below:
- Don’t download programs from websites that promote pirated software.
- Before installing an unfamiliar new program, make sure it’s safe to use.
- Go to the official sites or reliable sites to download what you want.
- Do not click on clickable advertisements on websites you never heard of.
- Read the agreements and privacy policies of software carefully during installation.
- Keep a powerful real-time anti-virus/malware program on the machine.
How to remove My Search Dock completely? (Adware uninstall guide)
To get rid of the unwanted program, you can either choose the automatic removal or manual removal. Automatic removal is recommended to those who are not familiar with computer or those that want to save time. If you want to manually remove the adware, follow the manual method.
Use a powerful removal tool to remove My Search Dock
A professional malware removal tool like SpyHunter and Malwarebytes is able to detect and remove this adware program as well as its leftovers on your computer quickly and completely. If you find it difficult to get rid of the unwanted program and don’t want to waste much time on it, follow the removal guide below to erase the adware easily.
Step1: Use SpyHunter to remove My Search Dock on your PC
Before performing a scan of your PC with the tool, you need to make sure it is the most current version. Then click on Scan Computer Now button to start scanning your computer for the adware and other threats that may be installed on your machine.
When SpyHunter is scanning, it will look like the image below. It usually takes several minutes to complete the scanning.
When the scanning ends, you will see all the threats on your computer will be showed in the results. Click on Fix Threats button to clear all of them. You will be able to delete all the threats after upgrading SpyHunter to the full version.
(Note: The threats in the screenshots above are displayed by way of example. You should find My Search Dock and other threats after running SpyHunter if you’re annoyed by its pop-up ads.)
Step2: Delete leftovers of the adware with Malwarebytes
(This link will open a new tab from where you can download Malwarebytes free)
Run mbam-setup executable file to start the installation of Malwarebytes. Follow its prompts to complete the installation process. When the setup has finished installing Malwarebytes on your computer, you can check the checkbox of Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and then click on Finish button.
The tool will automatically start. “A scan has never been run on your system” message will be displayed. Click on Scan Now button to start a system scan for the adware and its leftover files and registry entries.
When the scan is complete, all the threats related to My Search Dock found on your machine will be showed in the threat scan results. Click on Remove Selected button to remove them.
Restart your PC and the annoying ads brought by this adware will disappear.
(Tips: If the unwanted pop-ups still show up after you have performed a scan of the tools mentioned above, you can try Max Spyware Detector – a tool that is good at removing adware and spyware as well as malicious plug-ins/toolbars.)
Uninstall My Search Dock manually step by step
Sometimes, the adware can be removed manually within several steps. If you are an advanced computer user, follow the steps below to completely eliminate the unwanted program.
Please note that the step 3 is involved in modifying the Windows registry. Never perform the removal on Windows registry unless you are sure about it, otherwise your system may even stop working if any vital and valid registry key is deleted mistakenly.
Step1: Uninstall My Search Dock or other relevant programs from Windows
- Click on the Start button and then choose Settings.
- Select System and then click on App & features.
- Find the adware program or other suspicious programs.
- Select it and click on Uninstall button.
- Click on Uninstall button on the pop-up window to confirm the removal.
- Point to the upper-right corner of the screen and then click Search.
- Type control panel in the search box, and then open Control Panel in the results.
- Under View by: Category, click Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Search for My Search Dock or other relevant products, and then click Uninstall button.
- Follow the instructions to complete the removal.
- Click on Start button and click on Control Panel.
- Click on Uninstall a program under Programs category (View by: Category) or Add/Remove Programs.
- Select the adware program and click on Uninstall button or Remove button.
Follow the instructions to complete the software uninstall.
Step2: Delete adware related add-ons from your web browsers.
Click on Tools or the IE menu icon and then select Manage Add-ons from the menu.
Under Add-on Types, select Toolbars and Extensions.
Find any adware related add-on and click on Remove button.
Click on Tools or the Mozilla Firefox menu and then select Add-ons from the menu.
In the Add-ons Manager page, select Extensions on the left side.
If any add-on associated with My Search Dock is available there, click on Remove button to remove it.
Click on the Chrome menu icon on the top right and then select More Tools -> Extensions.
Find the extension which is installed by the adware and click on the trashcan icon to remove it.
Click on Opera at the top left corner of the browser.
Select Extensions from the menu and then select Extensions manager.
Remove any unknown extension that was installed recently without permission.
Click on the Safari menu icon and then select Preferences from the drop-down menu.
Click on Extensions tab in the pop-up window.
Find the adware, select it and click on Uninstall button.
Step3: Clear the leftover files and registry entries of My Search Dock
Sometimes, the adware may leave some entries in Windows Registry, some files in various folders in your hard disk drives. They are useless and might slow down your PC performance, so you’d better clean up them and free up your hard disk. Follow the steps below to delete those leftovers of My Search Dock.
- Empty Temp Folder
To open the temp folder, click Start or go to the Windows 8 Search charm, type %temp% in the search box, and open the folder that appears in the results.
Once there, you can empty them. But you probably can’t delete all of them because some files might be used by some running software or Windows services. Windows won’t let you do away with those currently in use. That’s fine. You don’t want to delete those ones anyway.
- Delete remaining Files and Folders of the adware
Click Start or go to the Windows 8 Search charm, type the following texts one by one and open the Program Files folder and Application Data folder.
Find and delete any folder with the name of My Search Dock.
- Delete the registry entries of the adware
When you uninstall the adware program from Control Panel, its entry in Windows Registry may not be deleted by the uninstaller. Follow the guide below to delete its entry by using the Windows Registry Editor.
Type regedit in Run or Start Menu search box and press Enter. Registry Editor will open.
Use “Ctrl+F” combination keys to bring up the Find window. Type the adware name in the search box and delete any key displayed in the search results.
Sometimes the key name might be based on the company name or developer name so if you suspect a key, expand it and check whether its related to the uninstalled software program. If yes, you can delete it.
For more detailed information on deleting the leftovers of unwanted programs, read this post.
Note: If you still receive pop-up ads brought by My Search Dock or other potentially unwanted programs, use a powerful malware removal tool to scan your computer and delete all the threats completely.
The following video offers a complete guide for My Search Dock Adware removal. You’d better watch it in full-screen mode!