Recently one of our regular customers, let’s call him John, has contacted us and ask for help with the new deceptive toolbar. He has always been a very watchful person and followed the rules of secure Internet using: don’t download anything from the suspicious unfamiliar websites; always read EULAs, uncheck the unwanted software before installing; use the antivirus software, etc. By the way, all these rules don’t work, when the man is fooled. John was so disappointed, that crooks turned him round their’s little fingers by speculating on the main devotion in his life – sports news!
SportsHero developers claim that their toolbar is very useful for the ones like our John. They promise to provide you with reliable and latest sport news sources, and users can reach them all exactly from the panel on their homepage screen. And it is the truth – by clicking on the appropriate categories you can find all needed information about football, basketball, baseball or general data of the world sports life. Sports lovers, beware! Don’t let the crooks to lure you in so simple way!
Remember, hackers add all these “useful” stuff in your browser for their own profit, not for your satisfaction. With the latest sports news, you install the add-on, which let them control all your life and steal your identity! Every time you do something in your browser, infected with the SportHero toolbar, its developers gather all the data that you submit to the web, such as login information, banking cards numbers, etc. They store your browsing history to analyze your preferences and then show you deceptive ads and pop-ups, which are linked with malicious and hacked websites and will lead much more viruses into your system!
And what about your search results? SportsHero recommends you to install MySearch engine, and when you complete the installation your homepage always redirects to search.mysearch.com. Please believe that you will not get any adequate results for your search queries by using the fake MySearch engine. The best thing you can do is remove SportHero toolbar with all its junk from your PC ASAP. This post will guide you through the main simple steps to get rid of such unwanted add-ons. As for the sports news, you’d better subscribe to the news delivery from the popular and trusted sources that you love.
SportHero adware behavior – how it penetrates into your system?
Let’s see how the Sport Hero toolbar developers usually behave. When it is the first time when you get to its web page (from the ad, or spam, or via the redirect from another suspicious website, probably), Sport Hero offers you to add its extension in your browser:
After you do this, they show you an “Additional Offer” – to install MySearch DS-1 in your system and browser too:
It looks like a good tool. We have already installed the beautiful sports news extension, so, of course, we will probably install this recommended search engine too; it promises us the amazing new search experience, safe and easy, why not?
When all malicious extensions are added, crooks give you their congrats just like this:
Since you see this happy message, your homepage looks unfamiliar for you. And it will redirect you to search.mysearch.com every single time until you clean your computer from all these unwanted apps.
SportHero adware removal guide
Step1. Remove SportHero from the browser
First of all, Sport Hero and MySearch DS-1 are the browsers add-ons, like many others browser hijackers (such as Onclkds.com, Ntpo.com, hao.360.cn etc.). So, here is the simple way to remove them from the browser and get your homepage and search engine back. You just need to reset your browser settings. To do this automatically and for free, you can use the Reset Browser Settings tool from GridinSoft:
- Reset Browser Setting is a tool, included to the complex anti-malware program. So, first of all, you need to download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware (here or from the product page):
- Open the Tools tab on the top menu. Choose the Reset Browser Settings tools from the list:
- Select the browser, which is infected by Sport Hero, and options, that you need to reset, and just do it! (Please, be aware, that this procedure will close all instances of the selected browsers, and save your work in them before clicking on the “Reset” button):
- When this process is done, you’ll see such screen. It means, that your browser settings are default now and Sport Hero has been removed from your browser:
BUT!! Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that Sport Hero or MySearch hasn’t install some malicious software directly in your system. So, we strongly recommend every user, who has the same problem, to scan his computer after the browser resetting and make sure, that PC is clean and safe.
Step2. Remove SportHero from the system
- Go back to the GridinSoft Anti-Malware main screen and choose the scan type:
- Scan your computer system:
- After the scan is completed, you will see if there is any adware on your PC. Remove the detected items by clicking on the “Apply” button:
- Finally, this window is a proof of your system’s absolutely cleanness. You removed Sport Hero!
How to prevent your PC from being reinfected with SportHero adware in the future.
GridinSoft Anti-Malware offers excellent solution which may help to prevent your system from being contaminated with malware ahead of time. This feature is referred to as “On-Run Protection”. By default, it is disabled once you install the software. To enable it, please click on “Protect” button and press “Start” as demonstrated below:
The useful and interesting function may allow people to prevent install of malicious software. It means, when you will try to install some suspicious file, On-Run Protection will block this installation attempt ahead of time. NOTE! If users want to allow the dangerous program to be installed, they may choose “Ignore this file” button. In case, if you want to terminate malicious program, you must select “Confirm”.