How to remove Search Redirect

How to remove Search Redirect

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How to remove search redirect

How to remove search redirect

What is

Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker

Recently, we’ve received a lot of request from various uses, which experience problems when trying to remove Search Redirect from their browsers. According to the majority of the reputable and respected malware researchers, is a browser hijacker, which takes over various system and modifies them so the default search engine, URL for New Tabs and/or homepage, is set to We’ve asked our malware researchers to perform a closer review and they’ve concluded, that the browser hijacker is usually installed by a rogue browser extension, which tries to look like a legit and regular browser extension, that makes the user’s live easier. Furthermore, our malware experts found out, that may also be distributed via malicious software bundles, which were set to use silent or stealth installation method and make some system policy and/or registry changes, configuring the affected system to reset the browser’s homepage, default search scope (engine) and/or its default URL for the New Tabs to every time when the user logs (in or out) or starts the browser. Our security experts warned us, that when activated, the will monitor and collect some browsing data, including some personal browser info like web searches, results, IP addresses, cookies, post addresses, financial information including credit card numbers and account credentials like usernames, passwords etc. The collected data will later be either shared or sold to some 3rd party companies, which will use it for their own marketing purposes. That’s why our security experts strongly recommend removing from your system asap as it represents a serious danger for your online identity and computer safety.

Usually, the browser hijacker comes packed with some popular “Ad-supported” freeware applications and is set to install by default, while the victim performs an express/recommended installation. The possible distribution of the browser hijacker varies but is not limited to – installing 3rd party toolbars, popular free software products, infected e-mail attachments, unintentional clicks on ads or banners etc. could fill up the entire desktop screen with some very irritating, unwanted or even dangerous ads, which could bring up even more dangerous and aggressive malware infections – like ransomware, cryptoviruses, fake anti-malware programs or computer lockdown infections. You should also know and be aware that the browser hijacker will monitor & collect your entire browsing activity, including search terms, results, browsing history, session ids, cookies, account credentials, financial information like credit card number and even local usernames and/or passwords entries. The collected data will later be either sold or shared with some other 3rd party companies, which will use it for their own marketing purposes. That’s why you shouldn’t leave this kind of malware infections unattended, but it needs to be terminated immediately, as it present a significant threat to your online identity and computer security.

!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of important data. Please, do not underestimate such threats.

How to remove Search Redirect:

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 the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).

Remove Search Redirect Automatically:

We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

You can download and install SpyHunter to detect and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase an active subscription.

SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.

Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). We recommend you to read and follow the SpyHunter Installation Instructions. SpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive free professional help for any malware related issue by an experienced professional.

Remove Search Redirect Manually:

!!! Please note: You can remove browser hijacker manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore we recommend the Manual removal method ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, recommends using SpyHunter.

1. Remove 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,,, EasyPDFCombine,,, YeaDesktop,,,,, FunnySearching.comMapFinderz, DirectionsBuild,, MergeDocsNow, MyNewsWire,,, ShowBox Ads,, Side Terms,, Yourdailytrailer.yournewtab.comYouSearch.ioSockShare, Search.newtab.onlineSearchGoFind.comNet Surf, Tools PlusAppTrailers, Social2Search,, BeleelaShopperSearch.comNavigate Pro Adware, HDWallPaper,,,, CreateDocsOnline Toolbar, Net Wiz Adware,,,,, Spoutly Ads, Spoutable Ads, Clicksor AdsSpeeDownloader Ads, Easy Speed Test Access, Counterflix, Content Push 2Freemake Video Converter,, Dashlane,, KMSPico,,,,, GetFormsOnline Toolbar,, or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. We also advise you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date, when your PC got malware infected or within the same week after that! If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please keep in mind, that these are real infections and you might not be able to remove them 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 Redirect from your browser:

Internet Explorer:

How to reset Internet Explorer settings to default!

Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).

*please note that 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 it in order for the changes to take effect.

Google Chrome:

How to reset Google Chrome settings to default!

Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and remove the entire folder “Chrome” together with all files and folders within.

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.

Mozilla Firefox:

How to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default!

1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.

2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.

3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.

4. Firefox will close and then will reset. When it’s done, the imported information will be listed in a window. Click Finish and Firefox will restart.

3. Check for arguments added by in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages: might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load itself on the start page. When you click on the hijacked browser shortcut, it will start the web browser and will load immediately.

The argument that uses to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:

You can remove it manually by using the mouse to right-click the shortcut and select properties – next make sure, that the Target field contains only the web browser’s executable.

4. Delete any folders related to by checking the following locations:





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