How to remove MergeDocsNow Toolbar
What is MergeDocsNow:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker/PUP
MergeDocsNow (is also known as MergeDocsNow Toolbar or MergeDocsNow Extension) is a questionable browser extension, developed by Mindspark Interactive Network Inc. and is powered by the MyWay search engine. Recently, we’ve received a lot of complaints from various uses, claiming that they were not able to remove the MergeDocsNow browser extension from the web browsers and so we forwarded a research request to our malware experts. After some tests and a very thorough review, our malware researchers concluded that the MergeDocsNow should be considered a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) and a Browser Hijacker, as it employs the same techniques as some malware infections. The MergeDocsNow is usually distributed via suspicious software bundles, configured to perform silent (a.k.a. quiet) or stealth installation and make some configuration changes, which will set MergeDocsNow as default search engine and default URL for the New Tabs every time the web browser starts, quits or the user logs in or logs out, making the recovery more complex and much harder. Our malware researchers also warned us, that when active the MergeDocsNow extension will monitor and collect all kinds of browsing data, including some private browsing information like search queries, search results, cookies, originating IP address, browsing history and all the browser data, which could be extracted using the available technologies (everything nowadays). That’s why we strongly recommend all our visitors with MergeDocsNow to consider their systems compromised and to remove the MergeDocsNow extension asap, because it represents a clear danger for your online identity and computer security.
MergeDocsNow comes packed with other free software products and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended install of the software bundle. The possible distribution of the MergeDocsNow varies, but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc..
MergeDocsNow will fill your browser screen with unwanted advertising, trying to attract more users to the advertised web pages and generate income from the online traffic. MergeDocsNow may keep track of your browsing activity and steal valuable information as login credentials, financial information and even bank accounts data. This information might be sent to third-party companies, which might used it for marketing purposes or for something else. That’s why this infection should not be left unattended, and needs to be terminated immediately, as it seems to be a serious threat to your online security.
!!! Please note that these kinds of infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause loss of data. We strongly recommend you to not underestimate such threats.
How to remove MergeDocsNow Toolbar:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for All users) using a SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove MergeDocsNow Toolbar Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect MergeDocsNow and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about the SpyHunter (EULA). You can read the SpyHunter Installation Instructions. SpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which would allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove MergeDocsNow Toolbar Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove MergeDocsNow manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillerS.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove MergeDocsNow Toolbar Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs` List for any entry related to MergeDocsNow, MapFinderz, FunnySearching.com, BlankPage6.ru, Search.newtab.online, Oovoostart.com, FFsearch.net, WiseFolderLock, DirectionsBuilder, InternetSpeedUtility, HDWallPaper, SafeSurfs.net, My News Wire, Tools Plus, Net Surf, Search.searchuts.com, AppTrailers, Query.searchetan.com, Search.searchctp.com, Search.searchwatchytsn.com, Combotab.com, LuckySearch123.com, Social2Search, Trotux, BrowserProtect, CpmOfferConvert.com, Dashlane, Down.baidu2016.com, Ds.serving-sys.com, Dingit.tv, DriverAgent Plus Ads, EasyHomeDecorating Toolbar, Ecosia.org, FindingResult.com, FlightSearch Toolbar, Ads by Mgid, GoaSave Ads, Liveadexchanger.com, MyTransitGuide Toolbar, MyDailyRunWay Toolbar, N121adserv.com, Outbrain.com, PopAds.net, ScenicHomepage Toolbar, Searchguide.level3.com, S.admathhd.com, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, MergeDocsNow extension for Internet Explorer, MergeDocsNow extension for Firefox, MergeDocsNow extension for Chrome, Search-Results Toolbar, Youtube Downloader HD or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, check for suspicious programs, installed on the same date – like other Adware or PUP or Browser Hijacker related products. If you find such, double-click on it and try to remove it. Although, please mind that this is an actual infection and you might not be able to remove it directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit enter.
2. Remove MergeDocsNow Toolbar from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart Internet Explorer in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the lower-left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (upper-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that has been imported. Click Finish and Firefox will restart.
3. Check for arguments added by MergeDocsNow in any Browser shortcuts or links to webpages:
MergeDocsNow might also hijack and set your web browser shortcuts to force-load as start page. This is done by loading the MergeDocsNow`s web page right after starting the browser from the hijacked shortcut.
The argument that MergeDocsNow uses to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by editing the shortcut’s target line.
4. Delete any folders related to MergeDocsNow by checking the following locations:
Look for a folder named MergeDocsNow or MindSpark Interactive Network or MyWay in: