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How to get rid of the mwsbar Virus

Sometimes the mwsbar file may cloak a virus, for example F-Secure found WebToolbar.Win32.MyWebSearch.p or, as the case may be, WebToolbar.Win32.MyWebSearch.bd, as well as Kaspersky found not-a-virus:AdTool.Win32.MyWebSearch.an or, as the case may be, not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.MyWebSearch.p. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.

Other problems with mwsbar.dll

The mwsbar.dll process is also known as My Web Search Bar and is a part of My Web Search Bar for Internet Explorer, FireFox, Netscape, email clients, and messenger clients or, as the case may be, My Web Search Bar for Internet Explorer, FireFox, email clients, and messenger clients. This software is produced by MyWebSearch.com (www.mywebsearch.com). An obsolete or defective version of mwsbar.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about mwsbar.dll My Web Search Bar

mwsbar.dll is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Mwsbar.dll is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" - mainly C:\Program Files\mywebsearch\bar\1.bin\. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 381,012 bytes (26% of all these files), 409,695 bytes as well as 23 other variants.
This DLL file is a browser plug-in. This could mean that your Internet Explorer has been given additional useful capabilities. However, not all such plug-ins are worthwhile. Some just display advertisements or surreptitiously change your browser settings. The unique identifer of the browser plug-in is 07B18EA1-A523-4961-B6BB-170DE4475CCA. This mwsbar.dll process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. As a plug-in of Windows Internet Explorer, this file has the ability to look over your shoulder as you browse the Web. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. Mwsbar.dll is capable of log keyboard entries. For this reason, 52% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

Attention: If you find mwsbar.dll on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.

What do other computer users say about mwsbar?

Mwsoemon.exe installs with a newer variant of the MyWebSearch spyware program. Generally, a browser helper object called mwsbar.dll will install at the same time.The toolbar does add search features but the search results you see will be hijacked to mywebsearch.com.
Juda
self installed
bickel
SpywareJohn
I think its harmless as long as you disable mwsbar in the msconfig start up settings. The only real annoyance is the My web search bar that appears in internet explorer.
Dubs
I disabled "mywebsearch" and the "mwsbar" but now my computer, when I first turn it on and my desktop uploads, I get a error message that says my C:\Program~1\MYWEBS~1\bar\1bin\MWSBAR.DLL is missing from windows system32 file. I am not very computer literate so I am unsure if this is a big problem or not a problem at all and I shouldn't worry about it and should ignore it all together.
Melissa Sweet

Summary: 6 users judge mwsbar.dll to be an essential file that should not be touched. 4 users consider it harmless. However, 5 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 7 users have already deleted mwsbar.dll. source: file.net

How to uninstall My Web Search Bar for Internet Explorer, FireFox, Netscape, email clients, and messenger clients or My Web Search Bar for Internet Explorer, FireFox, email clients, and messenger clients

mwsbar.dll  My Web Search Bar fix

To remove My Web Search Bar from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for My Web Search Bar for Internet Explorer, FireFox, Netscape, email clients, and messenger clients or My Web Search Bar for Internet Explorer, FireFox, email clients, and messenger clients in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if mwsbar.dll (My Web Search Bar) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of My Web Search Bar. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for My Web Search Bar or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or mwsbar.dll is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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