How to remove My Classifieds List

What is My Classifieds List

My Classifieds List is a browser extension which sets myclassifiedslist.net as the new tab page and Yahoo as their new search engine. The extension doesn’t look like a dangerous or malicious application, but it’s worth considering if it deserves access to your browser when it is little more than some adware.

What does My Classifieds List do?

Once My Classifieds List is added to your browser, it sets a new tab page — myclassifiedslist.net. This page has a search bar, some quick links, it shows the weather and time. At the top, it has a toolbar that also has links. My Classifieds List’s links lead to various websites which have classified ads by individual sellers, such as Craigslist, Close5 Ads, and others. On its own, this might be very convenient — having links to your favorite classifieds sites all in one place (though you cannot personalize that list).

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If you click on the given links, My Classifieds List simply opens a new tab page for the website. That’s about all that My Classifieds List does for classified ads.

Users of My Classifieds List might be surprised at first by the search bar in the middle of myclassifiedslist.net taking them to Yahoo instead of their usual search engine. The search bar has nothing to do with classifieds (other than that it has ads in the search results).

In what ways can it be dangerous?

Distribution methods

Bundling is used in the installation of My Classifieds List to promote partner extensions. It’s not a very ethical strategy: people can easily end up installing programs without meaning to and without explicitly agreeing to it. The developers bundling other applications with theirs often intentionally obscure the option to refuse the promoted software. This is because PPI — pay per install — is the monetization model often used by bundlers. So, My Classifieds List bundling two other extensions with it does not inspire trust. The two extensions that I saw promoted with My Classifieds List were SearchEncrypt and Maps Directions Search. They are optional, but the installation is styled in such a way that there is no clear way to refuse the two additional extensions, which is a problem. People shouldn’t feel like they have to install unwanted software just to use My Classifieds List.

If that wasn’t enough, browser hijackers like My Classifieds List are sometimes distributed by aggressive adware. Websites like vexacion.com, Armelacronket.pro, and others can be seen linking to browser hijackers — and these sites work by hijacking a user’s browser, too, as well as showing endless pop-ups. By the way, if you are seeing them and new tabs being opened periodically without you doing anything, you definitely have some adware infecting your computer.

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Bizarrely, the description text of My Classifieds List is being used online to advertise weird medicine. My Classifieds List is probably not connected to this. I didn’t look into it much.

Ads and privacy

The search engine that My Classifieds List uses is Yahoo, a site notorious for including a ridiculous number of ads in the search results. Yahoo’s ads can make Oath some money, and some browser extensions help Yahoo spread and receive a share of the revenue. This isn’t malicious, but it is a bit dishonest. It is not always in the user’s best interest to use a particular search engine. You probably have your favorite, and you should be able to use it. The privacy policy of My Classifieds List reveals that the extension was developed by Eightpoint Technologies, a company that’s also developed extensions like Convert-myfiles.link, Email Anytime, Email.onesearch.org, and quite a few others. The policy reveals that My Classifieds List and the other extensions collect device hardware and software information, your search queries, and all the ads you clicked on — among other things. My Classifieds List tells you why they want all that information:

That’s why it’s easy to say that My Classifieds List acts like adware. Instead of offering a good product and displaying a few ads, the extension offers the smallest minimum product that they can get away with, aggressively push it on people who are supposed to become loyal audience for the ads.

How to uninstall My Classifieds List

My Classifieds List can be removed by going to your browser settings and removing the extension from there (more detailed guide below). Check your notification permissions, too — only allow notifications from websites that you trust and want to send you updates. If you think that adware has infected your machine, you can use Anti-Malware Tool, Anti-Malware Tool (for Windows), Combo-Cleaner (for Mac), or another antivirus program that you trust. They should be able to find and get rid of any adware.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to My Classifieds List. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove My Classifieds List Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for My Classifieds List or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall My Classifieds List Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for My Classifieds List or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete My Classifieds List Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for My Classifieds List or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If My Classifieds List.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove My Classifieds List Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for My Classifieds List or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that My Classifieds List is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the My Classifieds List program.
  7. Select My Classifieds List or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from My Classifieds List

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

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Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete My Classifieds List

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect My Classifieds List, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find My Classifieds List in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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