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Danger level 7
Type: Browser Plugins
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Strange toolbar installed without Your permission
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Changes default search engine

MyFormsFinder Toolbar

MyFormsFinder Toolbar is a browser extension developed by IAC Applications (Formerly known as Mindspark Interactive Network.) It has been configured to hijack your browser’s homepage and other settings, so you might want to remove it, provided that you have it installed. We are aware of the fact that this toolbar has additional functions that some users find useful, but we do not recommend risking your computer’s security for features that can only be described as gimmicks. The fact of the matter is that this application was created for the purpose of generating advertising revenue as its custom search engine is set to include ads and promotions in its search results. Furthermore, it is possible that some of the promoted content come from shady sources, so Internet fraud is also a possibility. So please continue reading if you want to find out more about this toolbar.

This gimmicky toolbar contains a link to one website called Getformsonline.com. However, this website’s subpages are presented as separate four tabs or bookmarks if you will. The four have been labeled Immigration, Naturalization, Passports, Voting, and Email. All of them present document forms for various purposes, but the whole theme of this toolbar is immigration to the US. Therefore, Getformsonline.com contains forms from Department of Homeland Security, but we do not know if the forms are valid, so they might be of no use to you.

If you download MyFormsFinder Toolbar from its main website, then you will be asked whether you want it to change the homepage and search engine, but you will only be provided with this option if you use Internet Explorer or Firefox, because on Chrome these changes will be implemented automatically. The search engine this toolbar has been configured to promote is Home.tb.ask.com, which is a modified version of Ask.com, so all of your search queries get redirected to it. Both Home.tb.ask.com and Ask.com seem to be legitimate search engines, but Home.tb.ask.com may have more third-party ads that come from IAC Applications’ partners which may not always be the transparent type. So, we have a reason to doubt this search engine’s reliability. Furthermore, search-related ads are just plain annoying. While doing our research, we have found that this toolbar connects to several servers that host advertisements, so it is possible for MyFormsFinder Toolbar to inject its ads into any webpage you visit.

Also, we want you to know that this application will do many modifications to your browsers and add registry keys. For example, it will add suspicious files to Google Chrome’s %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage directory. It adds a total of six files (http_myformsfinder.dl.myway.com_0.localstorage, chrome-extension_iocnhkokennibojphbjahdahgplliebk_0.localstorage, and so on.) Also, it will add many files for Firefox as well (e.g. %AppData%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\*\MyFormsFinder_fl, %USERPROFILE%\Application Data\MyFormsFinder_fl, and so on. Some of these files have to be deleted manually, so consult our removal guide after reading this description. This program leaves many so-called leftovers, which is indicative of how bad this program was made. So we should take a look at who is responsible for developing it.

As mentioned in the introduction, it was created by Mindspark Interactive Network, a company that has recently changed its name to IAC Applications. However, this does not mean that this company will finally legitimize itself. IAC Applications is a malware developer known for its malicious toolbars. It releases new toolbars every week, but here are the currently most popular releases: EasyHomeDecorating Toolbar, PackageTracking Toolbar, PDFConverterHQ Toolbar, and 100sOfRecipes Toolbar. Please do not install the aforementioned toolbars since are as bad as MyFormsFinder Toolbar.

To avoid getting this toolbar, you should be aware how it is distributed. So we have found that MyFormsFinder Toolbar’s most popular distribution method is its website at Myformsfinder.com which contains a standalone version of its installer for the three aforementioned web browsers. Also, we found that it can be advertised on other shady websites in the form of banners that redirect to this website. It goes without saying that this application is also distributed using bundled software that it featured on shady freeware websites. So all we can do is advise you not to visit suspicious software hosting sites. Also, we suggest investing is an antimalware program that could detect and stop the installation of malicious software such as this toolbar.

So now you know what MyFormsFinder Toolbar is all about. Its purpose is to hijack your browser and force you to use its custom search engine that features advertisements from possibly illegitimate sources. Moreover, its alleged functionality is nothing more but a gimmick to attract unsuspecting users. So we recommend removing this application using our guide provided below.

Uninstall via Control Panel (Internet Explorer version only)

Windows 10

  1. Right-click on the Windows Start menu.
  2. Select Programs and Features.
  3. The program and right-click on it.
  4. Click the Uninstall button.

Windows 8/8.1

  1. Open the Charm bar and select Settings.
  2. Click Control Panel and click Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the program, right-click on it.
  4. Click Uninstall.

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Open the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Uninstall a program.
  3. Find the unwanted application.
  4. Right-click on it and click Uninstall.

Windows XP

  1. Open the Start menu and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or remove programs.
  3. Find the application.
  4. Click Remove.

Remove the browser add-on

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Simultaneously press Ctrl+Shift+A.
  2. Select Extensions.
  3. Find the toolbar and click Remove.

Google Chrome

  1. Simultaneously press Alt+F.
  2. Select More tools and click Extensions.
  3. Find the malicious toolbar.
  4. Click Remove.

Delete the leftovers

  1. Press Windows key+E.
  2. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA% and then %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data by entering them in the address bar.
  3. Locate and Delete MyFormsFinder_fl
  4. Then, go to %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Local Storage and Delete the following files.
    • chrome-extension_iocnhkokennibojphbjahdahgplliebk_0.localstorage
    • chrome-extension_iocnhkokennibojphbjahdahgplliebk_0.localstorage-journal
    • http_myformsfinder.dl.myway.com_0.localstorage
    • http_myformsfinder.dl.myway.com_0.localstorage-journal
    • http_myformsfinder.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage
    • http_myformsfinder.dl.tb.ask.com_0.localstorage-journal

Delete the Windows Registry keys

  1. Simultaneously press Windows key+R.
  2. Enter regedit n the resulting window and click OK.
  3. Find and Delete the following keys.
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\MyFormsFinder
    • HKCR\MyFormsFinder
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\MyFormsFinder
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\@MyFormsFinder
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\@MyFormsFinder
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\MozillaPlugins\@MyFormsFinder
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\MozillaPlugins\@MyFormsFinder
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\MyFormsFinder
    • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions|{03DCCB7D-4B9B-4184-B32A-18430DE8C8D8}
    • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions|{202B2764-75BF-44ED-B4CA-419CFCE9439E}
    • HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Approved Extensions|{C33B4DEB-4FAE-46CF-9D1A-541518FBB2FB}
  4. Then, go to HKLM\SOFTWARE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID and Delete the following keys.
    • {03dccb7d-4b9b-4184-b32a-18430de8c8d8}
    • {1C3CDE50-2F45-4E20-A43D-25C557A129EF}
    • {1F09703B-C4D7-4D70-A4D3-6C924CB48242}
    • {202b2764-75bf-44ed-b4ca-419cfce9439e}
    • {2652310A-F575-4E29-8624-14B234FF6A73}
    • {80edc3c6-fe21-44bc-9b59-ef44bf92c61e}
    • {8c68faa1-09e5-43f8-b23f-58ab47fcc1da}
    • {8e1a0b15-a73a-41d6-8ab7-c1db87317751}
    • {afb18468-c7de-468d-bc38-7bef548364c3}
    • {B13583A7-A0AE-4642-B532-90C2C7DAEA28}
    • {B6122525-3F5A-4C22-B2A6-A0868D645B17}
    • {b718115d-2077-406d-9858-50ec626763a8}
    • {c1c03d28-420a-4cd4-90e3-a5126cded808}
    • {c33b4deb-4fae-46cf-9d1a-541518fbb2fb}
    • {C9CEEE52-234B-4D87-A4E1-7363F670FA5C}
    • {cc050323-c765-4541-923b-afdcfcdf5397}
    • {EC3D9D59-1C89-42CA-810A-31BEE0055376}
    • {f5f14ffe-1367-45e5-85c8-b5c03fe8b8a2}
    • {F7992E4C-4AB1-4222-81AD-94C89E3FE2E9}
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