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The MyWay Searchbar's uninstall screen.

MyWay Searchbar, also known as MyWay Speedbar, MyWay Search Assistant, MyWebSearch, and MyWeb Searchbar, is a computer toolbar program that allows the user to query Google, Ask.com, and Yahoo! search engines. Dell used to pre-install this software on some of their commercially sold PCs.[1] Earlier versions of the program were classed as adware by some websites and anti-malware applications,[1][2][3][4], although later versions have been tested by Sophos not to have the adware function.[5] However, the MyWay Searchbar is currently described by Sunbelt Labs as a 'Potentially Unwanted Program.'[6]

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Complaints

Older versions of the program displayed pop-up advertisements onto the user’s screen, according to user complaints.[2] However, the most recent build of the MyWay Searchbar does not display pop-up ads, according to Sophos.[5]Another complaint referred to textual ads displayed when searching on Google, Yahoo, or Ask through the search box in the toolbar. But these are displayed even when someone does not have the MyWay Searchbar; these ads are no different from the "sponsored results" that generate revenue[7] for search engines. Users have also complained of the MyWay Searchbar tracking what websites they go to, although MyWay claims that the latest version of the Searchbar does not track what websites users go to.[8]

Design

After a user installs the program, a toolbar appears in Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, and Opera web browsers,[9] adding search functions and pop-up blocking. The toolbar allows users to search on Google, Yahoo, and Ask.com. MyWay is owned by InterActiveCorp.

Addons

  • Smiley Central, lets the user add new emoticons to instant messages
  • Cursor Mania, allows the user to set their cursor to one of a selection of cursors
  • Popular Screensavers, allows the user to set their screensaver to one of a selection of screensavers
  • Zwinky, an online game with a virtual self
  • Webfetti, puts one of a selection of templates onto a user's website

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