I wrote this article to help you remove MyScrapNook. This MyScrapNook removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
MyScrapNook is classified as a browser hijacker, aka one of the most annoying cyber infections out there. It brings you nothing but trouble and needs to be uninstalled immediately. Hijackers may not be the most dangerous type of parasites but they can and will cause you harm. The more time this pest spends on board, the more problematic it becomes. Keep in mind that it is not only your browsing experience that gets destroyed. Your privacy is also jeopardized.
MyScrapNook has the ability to spy on your private information, to catalog it and then, when it has enough, to send it all to the crooks behind it. We are talking IPs, email addresses, usernames, passwords, accounts, browser history/queries/results, etc. If you are particularly unlucky, the parasite may also steal your personally identifiable and financial credentials. Imagine what would happen if crooks get access to them. Don’t let this happen. Don’t worsen your already bad situation by sitting idly by while the hijacker is wreaking havoc. Act as soon as possible and get rid of the intruder.
The above-mentioned security risk is, without a doubt, your biggest problem but there are many other issues as well which cannot be overlooked. For instance, once the infection settles in your machine, your browsing experience changes drastically. All of a sudden, you notice a brand new extension added to all of your browsers which you don’t remember approving. And this is because you didn’t. The pest doesn’t need your authorization to make changes in your browsers` settings. It acts as it sees fit and your opinion is no longer relevant.
After the pesky extension has been added, you start suffering constant intrusions. For starters, any time you so much as touch your browser you get redirected to all kinds of suspicious websites which are potentially dangerous. You cannot find what you are looking for online. Your search results have nothing to do with your queries. When you try loading a page you somehow end up visiting another shady one instead. And this is not all. Of course, not. The hijacker has more in store for you. Next come the ads.
Aside from the redirects, you are also flooded with a never-ending pile of irritating advertisements. Your whole screen is covered with them and no matter what you do, you cannot get rid of them. Needless to say, don’t click on anything the hijacker displays as it is only used by cybercriminals for their malicious purposes. Moreover, you may worsen your predicament with a single click. That’s right. One click on the wrong ad/page/link and you automatically invite more infection on your computer. And you already have the nasty hijacker to worry about. It is more than enough. It effectively ruins your online activities. It exposes your privacy to crooks. It exposes you to malware risk all the time. And it slows down your machine.
Your PC is also suffering because of this pest. Its speed slows down to a crawl. It crashes and reboots more often. Your browser freeze due to the constant ad bombardment. You may even have some trouble finding your previously stable Internet connections. Do you see how the hijacker works? It is not beneficial to you. It was never meant to be. Whatever it promises, it doesn’t deliver. And it has to go. Use our detailed removal guide at the end of this article and delete the infection. This is the best course of action you can take.
Last but definitely not least, how did the hijacker enter and how to prevent another attack? Like most parasites, this one tricked you into allowing its installment. It needs your permission and the only way of getting it includes tricks and deception. It still asks for your consent but in the sneakiest way possible. Otherwise, you would never give it green light. The most popular tactics are freeware bundling, spam email messages, and malicious attachments, fake program updates, third-party ads, corrupted pages, etc.
Any of these methods would work as long as you are careless. Your negligence is what infection pray for the most. They cannot succeed without it no matter what tactic they use. So, don’t help pests infect you. Be cautious. Don’t rush when installing a bundle/update. Read carefully what you agree to. Don’t skip the Terms and Conditions/EULA. Don’t open emails from unknown senders even if they look legitimate. Stay away from shady pages and suspicious advertisements. Do your due vigilance. Remember that preventing a parasite from entering is much easier that dealing with its shenanigans
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove MyScrapNook from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.