MySocialHubXp.com is an annoying and potentially harmful search engine equipped with a worthless toolbar. Due to its capabilities to change your browser settings, such as home page and new tab page, we have labeled it as a browser hijacker. Many people think that only applications that can make changes to your browsers without your permission belong to this category, but, as a matter of fact, it does not really matter whether you know about it or not. It is a fact that there are some browser hijackers that do not ask for your consent; however, it is mostly the computer users who actually let these changes take place. This option is usually offered at the first step of the installation, and you are either shown designated checkboxes or simply informed about the coming changes. You can still cancel the installation at this stage, but users mostly skip this step hastily and click on the “Add extension” or Install button. Since this browser extension may pose a threat to your computer’s security, we advise you to read our full article to learn more about the potential risks and how you can remove MySocialHubXp.com.
You can find the promotional web page of this useless tool at MySocialHubXp.com, where you can directly install it. However, before you would rush to click on the “Add extension” button, we would like to recommend that you read carefully what you say yes to by clicking on that button. If you let this extension on board, this is what you grant it:
Do you really think it is a good idea to give this extension these rights? Consider this for a moment: Whatever this tool offers you as a service, you can actually access by using the built-in functions of your browsers. In other words, this is a totally redundant application since you can have a bar with your preferred websites any time. Although, if you visit the other official site where you can install this extension directly from, i.e., the Chrome web store at chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/my-social-hub-xp/opigodkfhohfdifcedneonefjcafhkcb?utm_source=chrome-app-launcher-info-dialog, and you check the reviews, you will be surprised to see at least two dozens of seemingly very satisfied users. You might even think that it is really a useful tool and worth installing.
However, if you look more closely, you will see that some reviews look like copy and paste, and they rather sound like some promotional campaign and not like real computer users sharing their true opinions. Another thing that is worth mentioning about the Chrome web store is that not all the extensions hosted in that store are legitimate and reliable. The tools are reviewed continuously by Chrome to try to keep up and provide you with only reliable ones; however, there may always be some time lag. Therefore, it is quite likely that this browser hijacker will also be recognized for what it is and get blocked.
Even though there are two official sources for this tool to spread, and it seems that already over 30 thousand users have installed it via the Chrome web store, we still believe that the most common method for MySocialHubXp.com to spread is via software bundles. The issue here is not the bundle per se, but the fact that malicious programs can also be packed together with legitimate free software. Therefore, if you find this browser extension in your browsers, there is a good chance that you will find a couple more malware threats as well. If you want to protect your system from total breakdown, you should remove MySocialHubXp.com right now and eliminate all other threats, too.
You should never trust this tool and its third-party services because you can never know which content is trustworthy. It is possible that this browser hijacker uses the third-party websites it offers as quick links to display you customized advertisements. Since this tool is able to collect certain information about you and your online habits, it is really not that difficult to present to you ads and links that are relevant to you and reflect your taste, for example. We have found that this browser hijacker is identical to dozens of other hijackers, including Search.mygamesxp.com and Search.MyTelevisionXp.com. This hijacker uses search.mysocialhubxp.com as the front but once you enter a search query, first, you will be redirected to extsearch.maxwebsearch.com server, and only then to a modified Yahoo search results page. This is rather suspicious behavior, and can be the reason how you can be introduced to manipulated search results including promoted third-party ads and links. We advise you not to click on anything this tool offers you because you may be rerouted to dangerous websites that are operated by criminals.
Finally, it is time to talk about how you should remove MySocialHubXp.com to make sure that no leftovers remain. First, you need to run its uninstaller in Control Panel. However, that does not work properly and only takes care of Internet Explorer with regard to the extension and setting changes. Therefore, you need to manually do this in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome as well. Please use our instructions below as a reference if you are unfamiliar with these processes. Also, remember that your PC will not be all safe unless you take care of all the malware infections present. If you do not want to tackle them all manually, we suggest that you use a professional antimalware application. What could possibly be more effective than automated threat detection and removal?
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