How to remove Search.searchctp.com Redirect
What is Search.searchctp.com:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
Search.searchctp.com a.k.a. Convert That PDF is a search engine, that is presented as a legitimate searching website, which provides PDF conversion features. Recently, we’ve received a lot of complaints from various users, which claim that their systems were infiltrated by this search website and that they are not able to change it. We’ve forwarded these requests to our malware researchers and after a closer review, they concluded, that the Search.searchctp.com is usually installed by a suspicious software bundle, which is set to configure web browsers to start using Search.searchctp.com without user’s consent. The software bundle, which brought the Search.searchctp.com browser hijacker is configured to reset Search.searchctp.com as the default search engine, homepage or default URL for the New Tabs, every time the browser is started or closed or the system is initialized, making the recovery of the system very complicated. Our malware experts warned us, that Search.searchctp.com will monitor and collect all the browser data, which could gather, including browsing activities with some personal browsing data, that later will be either shared or sold to other 3rd party companies, which will use it for their own marketing purposes. That’s why our security consultants have recommended removing Search.searchctp.com hijacker from the system asap as it represents a clear danger to your online identity and computer safety and security.
Usually, the Search.searchctp.com browser hijacker comes packed with some popular free software applications and has being installed by default, while the victim performs an express/recommended installation. The possible distribution of the Search.searchctp.com 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.
Search.searchctp.com will fill up your entire desktop screen with very irritating, dangerous and unwanted ads, that could lead to other much more dangerous malware infections – like ransomware, cryptoviruses, fake anti-malware programs or computer lockdown infections. You should also know and be aware that the Search.searchctp.com browser hijacker would monitor your browsing activity like searching, browsing history, session ids, tracking cookies, account credentials and even local usernames and/or passwords entries. The collected data will later be sold to other 3rd party companies for marketing purposes. That’s why you shouldn’t leave these kinds of malware infections unattended, but need to be terminated immediately, as they present a significant threat to your online identity and cyber safety.
!!! 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.searchctp.com 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.searchctp.com Redirect Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Search.searchctp.com 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.searchctp.com Redirect Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove Search.searchctp.com 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, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove Search.searchctp.com 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 Search.searchctp.com, Startnow.com, ShowBox Ads, FFsearch.net, Oovoostart.com, NewStop5.net, Top5news.org, Search.searchwatchytsn.com, Side Terms, Search.searchuts.com, Googlescan.ru, Yourdailytrailer.yournewtab.com, Findizer, YouSearch.io, SockShare, Search.newtab.online, SearchGoFind.com, Net Surf, Tools Plus, AppTrailers, Social2Search, SafeFinder, Trotux.com, SearchesSpace.com, Http-search.com, Nostopped.net, BeleelaShopperSearch.com, Navigate Pro Adware, HDWallPaper, Ya.ru, MyLuckyPage123.com, MyBeginning123.com, Mysites123.com, MyLuckySearching.com, MyLuckySurfing.com, Nostopped.net Adware, CreateDocsOnline Toolbar, Net Wiz Adware, MyLuckyPage123.com, Searchlock.com, Searchdimension.com, SearchEncrypt.com, SearchPrivate.org, Ace Stream Media, Search.privacy-search.net, Launchpage.org, Spoutly Ads, Spoutable Ads, Clicksor Ads, SpeeDownloader Ads, Easy Speed Test Access, Counterflix, Content Push 2, Freemake Video Converter, FromDocToPDF Toolbar, Searchguide.level3.com, Dashlane, Mpsnare.iesnare.com, KMSPico, Z.moatads.com, Ecosia.org, InitialPage123.com, EasyFileConvert Toolbar, Cpmofferconvert.com, Outbrain.com, GetFormsOnline Toolbar, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Down.baidu2016.com, Oziris.Zerohorizon.net 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 Search.searchctp.com Redirect from your browser:
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.
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.
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 Search.searchctp.com in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
Search.searchctp.com 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 Search.searchctp.com immediately.
The argument that Search.searchctp.com 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 Search.searchctp.com by checking the following locations: