How to remove Tide Search Adware
What is Tide Search:
Threat Classification: PUP/adware
Tide Search (a.k.a. TideSearch.net or Nt.tidesearch.net) claims to be an Internet search results refiner, which will save you a lot of time by refining your search results, however after multiple tests and experiments our security researchers were not able to achieve any significant refining and they concluded that the Tide Search is just another Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), which primary goal is to earn money for its developers by showing lots and lots of web ads. Tide Search has been created by the notorious SuperWeb LLC, authors of many popular adware like Cash Kitten, Customer Promos, Jazz Spot, Elements Peruse, Great Hub etc. Although the Tide Search may try to look and feel just like a regular and legitimate web service, the majority of the reputable security researchers has classified it as a dangerous adware and/or a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP), capable of causing lots of damage and even data loss on your computer. Our security specialists strongly recommend you to remove Tide Search asap and to run a full system malware scan – using an up-to-date, reputable and reliable anti-malware software like the award-winning SpyHunter 4. The Tide Search Adware is dangerous mainly, because of the intrusive and irritating web ads, which could easily be exploited by a hacker and inject even more dangerous infections on your system. After performing a thorough analysis our security researchers warned us that Tide Search Ads are generated by a malicious browser extension and although Tide Search claims to provide useful service, which improves your browsing experience, we were not able to confirm that claim, however what we can confirm is that the Tide Search is a dangerous malware product, capable of continues monitoring your web traffic, intercepting usernames, passwords, browsing history and locations. Although some people may claim that this data is insignificant, however, it might contain personally identifiable details and the worst thing is that SuperWeb LLC will either sale or share this information with 3rd parties, which later will use it for their marketing purposes. The distribution of these kinds of malware infections is mainly done via suspicious or questionable software bundles, often configured to perform a silent or stealth installation to hide these additional installs from the victims. Once installed, the Tide Search Adware will change your browser and system settings, making it much harder to remove. If you have Tide Search installed on your PC, your browser will most likely be filled with some intrusive and very annoying web ads, banners, pop-up windows or other 3rd party advertisements. If you start getting various web ads, claiming that they are – By Tide Search, Ads by Tide Search, Tide Search Ads, Powered By Tide Search, Brought by Tide Search or Brought to you by Tide Search – you should consider your computer infected by a dangerous malware and we strongly recommend you to remove the Tide Search adware as soon as possible. It seems that the Tide Search adware works with all the well-known browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Usually, users that have Tide Search adware installed on their computers might experience various intrusive and very irritating pop-up or pop-under ads, coupon boxes, banners, search suggestion windows, link advertisements or other commercials, displayed on popular web pages. The victim should consider, that the search results are compromised as well, most likely overloaded with SPAM and other 3rd party advertising.
Tide Search is usually bundled with some other free ad-supported software products and is being installed by default, when the user accepts the EULA, while performing an express/recommended installation of that software bundle. The possible distribution of Tide Search varies but is not limited to – installing third-party toolbars, free software products, video editing software, codecs, downloading e-mail attachments, clicking on ads or banners etc.
!!! Please note, that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please, do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove Tide Search adware:
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 Tide Search adware Automatic:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect Tide Search 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). You can find SpyHunter Installation Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter‘s free diagnosis offers unlimited scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase an active subscription, which will allow you to perform an automatic removal and to receive unlimited one-on-one professional help for any malware related issue by an expert technician.
Remove Tide Search adware Manual:
!!! Please note: You can remove Tide Search Adware/PUP manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the 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 Tide Search 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 Tide Search, Cash Kitten, Customer Promos, Jazz Spot, Elements Peruse, Great Hub, MPC Cleaner, Hohosearch.com, Yeabests.cc, Searchguide.level3.com Browser Hijacker, How to remove Ads by Hostify, Ads by Albireo, Ads by Advertise, Liveadexchanger.com, StartNewTab.com, S.hnisdlmm.com, NewPopTab.com, SafeSurfs.com, Shopperz, Sonic Train, BrowseAir, Bestadblocker, CheDotGame.com Hijacker, Magical Find, Space Sound Pro, DNS Unlocker, High Stair, Coupon Time, CutThePrice, FunDay24.ru, Smartsputnik.ru, iReview, Obrona Blockads, GamesFlight, Facts Right, YoutubeAdBlocker, 1ClickDownload, Space Sound Pro, SafeSurfs.com, SafeSaver, BrowseAir, BetterSurf, PassShow, Feven Pro, Couponpeak or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars, nevertheless We recommend 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 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 Tide Search 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 close IE in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and delete the entire folder “Chrome” with all the folders and files that are in it.
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 bottom-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 bottom-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 Refresh / Reset Firefox button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Refresh / Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported. Click Finish and Firefox will reopen.
3. Remove any folders or files related to Tide Search by checking the following locations: