How to remove Searchguide.level3.com Browser Hijacker

How to remove Searchguide.level3.com Browser Hijacker

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How to remove Searchguide.level3.com Browser Hijacker

How to remove Searchguide.level3.com Browser Hijacker

 

What is Searchguide.level3.com:

Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker

If suddenly your browser has started using Searchguide.level3.com as your default homepage and search engine, this is always bad news – we strongly recommend you to do a full system malware scan as soon as possible, because the Searchguide.level3.com is related to some malware application, distributed via infected software bundles. Nowadays the majority of the malware infections are distributed via suspicious software bundles, often configured to install lots of programs without the user exact knowledge – usually in silent or stealth mode. Our security experts have classified Searchguide.level3.com as a dangerous browser hijacker, that is capable of infiltrating systems silently and without consent, as a part of a suspicious software bundle, configured to it install by default using silent or stealth installation method. Moreover, the Searchguide.level3.com activation will modify browser settings and windows registry so it could become the default homepage/new tab & search engine. The browser hijacker is distributed mostly by using the “software bundling” method, which allows the developers to install various suspicious software products, along with some popular free programs, usually requested by the user. Although this is perfectly legal, is widely considered a deceptive & misleading technique, which allows installation of software that is neither wanted  nor requested by the user. When the browser gets infected and the user performs a search – he/she will be redirected to Searchguide.level3.com, where the search results could being will be compromised and loaded with link SPAM, malicious software, and 3rd party ads.

Usually, the Searchguide.level3.com 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 Searchguide.level3.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.

Searchguide.level3.com 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 Searchguide.level3.com 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 presents 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 Searchguide.level3.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 a SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

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

Remove Searchguide.level3.com Redirect Automatically

We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.

You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Searchguide.level3.com and all its entries and remove it, by using the information, which we’ve obtained, just by clicking the download button below. When installed, SpyHunter will automatically initiate a full system scan and will detect and show all threats present on the system. Next, it is up to you to decide which method you will use to remove these threads. You can use either the automatic removal method or the manual removal method.

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

Learn more about the SpyHunter (EULA). We recommend you to read and follow the SpyHunter Installation InstructionsSpyHunter‘s free diagnosis offers unlimited free scans and detections, which you can use for the manual removal. You can go ahead and continue to remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use all the programs features, including the automatic thread removal feature, multiple systems install and you will receive unlimited one-on-one professional support sessions, for any malware related issue by a highly trained and experienced support technician.

Remove Searchguide.level3.com Redirect Manually

!!! Please note: You can remove Searchguide.level3.com manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore the manual removal method is highly recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillerS.com recommends using SpyHunter.

1. Remove Searchguide.level3.com from the Installed Programs List

  1. Open the Run dialog window by using the keyboard shortcut Win+R.
  2. In the newly opened Run window type appwiz.cpl and press Enter – you should see the list of programs installed on your PC.
  3. Locate ALL entries related to Searchguide.level3.com and try to uninstall them.
Uninstall Searchguide.level3.com from Windows XP

Uninstall Searchguide.level3.com from Windows XP

Uninstall Searchguide.level3.com from Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10

Uninstall Searchguide.level3.com from Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10

* Keep in mind, that these are active infections and you might not be able to complete the process

2. Remove Searchguide.level3.com Redirect by resetting web browser settings to default

We’ve made a lot of tests and experiments and concluded, that the best way to get rid of browser extensions, toolbars, new tabs, and settings is to reset the web browser’s settings back to default. If you follow the instructions below, you will end up with a brand new web browser.

Reset Internet Explorer settings to default

The guide works on all Windows versions and will reset settings for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge back to default.

  1. Open the Run dialog by using Windows Key + R shortcut.
  2. In the Run window, type in inetcpl.cpl and hit enter.
  3. Internet Properties window will appear – click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click on the Reset… button, which is near the bottom.
  5. Reset Internet Explorer Settings window will appear – make sure to select Delete personal settings checkbox.
  6. After select Delete personal settings, click the Reset button.
  7. In Reset Internet Explorer settings window click the Close button and restart your browser for the new settings to take effect.
How to reset Internet Explorer Settings to default

How to reset Internet Explorer Settings to default

* Please note that in order to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.

** Make sure to select Delete personal settings checkbox, because this option defines the removal of all customized browser settings.

*** At the end, restart Internet Explorer in order to activate the New Settings.

Reset Google Chrome settings to default

If you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default, we strongly advise you to use the Google Chrome Cleanup tool, however, the tool requires Windows 7 and above, for earlier Windows versions, proceed with manual reset – use the instructions below.

  1. Open the Google Chrome Menu, by clicking on the  icon, which is located on the top right side of the main chrome window.
  2. When you are in the Google Chrome Menu, click on the Settings.
  3. A new Settings tab will open – scroll down to the bottom and click on Show advanced settings … link.
  4. In the newly reopened Settings tab, scroll down to the bottom and click on the Reset settings button.
  5. A Reset settings confirmation window will request a confirmation – go ahead and click the Reset button.
How to reset Google Chrome settings to default

How to reset Google Chrome settings to default

* In order to activate the new settings – restart the Google Chrome.

Reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox Menu, which is located on the top right side of the main window Firefox Menu button
  2. When the menu opens, at the bottom search and click on the Help iconFirefox Help
  3. In the Help sub-menu click Reset with Add-ons Disabled …
  4. A Restart with Add-ons Disabled window will appear – go ahead and confirm by clicking the Restart button.
  5. Firefox SafeMode window will appear – just continue by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
  6. Finally,  Refresh Firefox window will request you to confirm, that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default – go ahead and click Refresh Firefox button.
How to reset Mozilla Firefox Settings to default

How to reset Mozilla Firefox Settings to default

 

3. Remove Searchguide.level3.com from all web browser shortcuts

Some applications are modifying web browser shortcuts, making the web browser load a particular web page on every start. We recommend checking your browser shortcuts by hand or just using the following application to check them for you – browser shortcuts repair tool.

If you want to manually repair these shortcuts – right-click on the shortcut using your mouse and select properties – make sure that the shortcut’s Target Line doesn’t have any arguments, except the actual browser location. The easiest way to solve this issue is just to remove your old shortcuts and re-create them.

4. Remove Searchguide.level3.com Redirect by deleting the related files or folders in the following locations:

%ProgramFiles%

%AppData%

%ProgramData%

%LocalAppData%

There are 2 comments left Go To Comment

  1. Tom Jones /

    Hey Guys,

    Just want to tell you, thank you! Finally the damn SearchGuide.Leve3.com is GONE!!!
    THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY LIFE!!!

    Tom
    New Jersey

    1. Jason Smith / Post Author

      Hey Tom,

      and thank you for the kind words! It is a real pleasure to read such comments! Once again thank you for the nice words and remember – if you have any further questions – don’t hesitate to ask us!

      regards
      http://www.malwarekillers.com

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