Capita Search is a software app of the browser-targeting category known as browser hijackers that seeks to aggressively promote content on the user’s screen. Capita Search changes the settings of the predefined web search and redirects the user to search.capita.space.
When Capita Search is installed, each individual search entered in the URL bar and each new browser window opened – redirects to search.capita.space. Capita Search is a fake search engine that has no real value to users, like Mazy Search and Optimum Search, and is unable to provide any search results. The purpose of Capita Search is to redirect to legitimate search engines. This web search engine (search.capita.space) cannot generate search results, so it is redirected to Yahoo (search.yahoo.com).
You can find browser hijackers like Capita Search everywhere on the Internet. Since they are oftentimes not technically regarded as illegal, they are oftentimes bundled with legitimate apps and programs and distributed alongside them. This method of software distribution is known as file bundling and it is one of the most effective ways of getting hijacker apps installed on the computers of more users because people oftentimes tend to overlook or outright ignore the options under the advanced setup settings in different program installers.
How to Remove Capita Search?
If you are looking for an easy way to remove Capita Search from Google Chrome and Mac in general:
- Locate the Finder icon in your macOS and press on it.
- In the next window select Applications.
- In the next folder, look for Capita Search, or any other unfamiliar applications.
- Remove Capita Search and all other suspicious apps by clicking on the Trash icon next to their name.
- Start Google Chrome and open the Chrome menu.
- Click on More Tools from the drop-down menu and go to Extensions.
- In extensions look for Capita Search and anything unfamiliar.
- To remove Capita Search from Google Chrome click the “Trash” button next to it.
The Capita Search Virus
Once the Capita Search virus gets installed in Chrome, Firefox, or another browser, it automatically starts redirecting the user to search.capita.space and it also begins to flood the screen with obstructive pop-up messages, clickbait hyperlinks, and obnoxious screen-wide banners. This is typically the Capita Search virus and browser hijacker behavior and although it might seem quite disturbing, it is typically more annoying than harmful.
Note that there is a huge difference between a representative of the browser hijacker category and a more dangerous malware program such as, say, a Trojan horse, a Spyware virus, or Ransomware cryptovirus. Compared to the latter, most browser hijackers pale in terms of how problematic they are.
The relative harmlessness of most browser hijacker apps is largely defined by their overarching purpose. Making money through the paid ads and site redirects they generate is the main goal of most apps like Capita Search, which is why they do not need to be able to cause any real harm to the computer in order to fulfill their purpose. In fact, some less aggressive browser hijackers may come very close to regular browser add-ons in the sense that they may even offer the user some semi-helpful features that may or may not make up for their otherwise intrusive behavior. However, according to the information we have about the Capita Search hijacker at the moment, this app doesn’t provide users with anything useful that would make people reconsider uninstalling it despite the aggressiveness of the adverts and the page redirects.
The Capita Search Extension
Even if you aren’t bothered by the ads all that much and can put up with them for the most part, you should still remove this (or any other) hijacker from your PC and here’s why:
A browser hijacker, though typically not harmful in and of itself, is still an app that may potentially expose your system to different hazards, including the aforementioned Trojan horse and Ransomware threats. This is mainly due to the lack of control over the different types of content promoted by these apps. In many cases, a hijacker may be tasked with redirecting users to questionable sites that may have malware uploaded to them. If you accidentally get redirected to such a site by Capita Search and download something from it, your computer may get infected. That is why it is important that you dispose of the unwanted hijacker as soon as possible. In the lines below, you can find helpful instructions on how to do that right now, from your home.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Normally, a hijacker will install a new homepage and search engine in the browser and cause site redirects to web locations you have had no intention of visiting.|
|Distribution Method||Spam letters oftentimes have hijackers attached to them disguised as useful software. Misleading online ads and file bundles are also two additional methods for spreading such unwanted apps.|
|Uniform Resource Locator (URL)||search.capita.space|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
How To Get rid of Capita Search
To try and get rid of Capita Search quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Capita Search extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Capita Search by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Capita Search and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Capita Search removal guide below.
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.
If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Capita Search from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Capita Search from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Capita Search from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!