How to remove Chrome Search Today “Virus” (Nov. 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Chrome Search Today “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Browser hijackers are among the most common advertising programs on the internet. You can get them from a number of places and most of the time users don’t even have a clue about it until they’re faced with the unwanted changes to their Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other browsers. Such are a new homepage or default search engine, as well as frequent page redirects to various sponsored websites that appear to be promoting certain products or services. Furthermore, the majority of users affected by browser hijackers also report seeing a large number of online ads on their screen ever since the program in question was installed on their computers. We’ll have a closer look at what software of this type is really capable of on the example of “Chrome Search Today” – one of the latest browser hijackers we have been receiving complaints about from our readers. In addition, we will also provide a detailed removal guide with step-by-step instructions on how to locate and remove “Chrome Search Today” without a trace, as the process is actually somewhat more complicated that uninstalling any regular program.

What is the purpose of programs like “Chrome Search Today”?

Browser hijackers and other advertising software are developed for the sole purpose of gaining higher exposure for certain products, services and websites. In doing so, the developers of this type of software can profit from paid clicks or paid views, which is actually a very popular way of doing business in the online marketing industry. However, be that all as it may, hijackers have garnered the reputation of being highly invasive and, frankly, just annoying. In addition to that, many security experts classify these programs as potentially unwanted, and there are actually a number of good reasons for this.

For starters, browser hijackers like “Chrome Search Today” often have the ability to tamper with your system registry files to make their advertising processes possible and more effective. This can potentially result in your system becoming less adequately equipped to fight off any external threats, like virus infections, for example. Hence, your computer could become more vulnerable to those and could end up contaminated. That’s not to say that “Chrome Search Today” is itself also a virus, and it certainly cannot be compared to serious malicious programs out there like Ransomware and Trojans. But you can, say, as a result of all the redirection processes potentially bump into malware or a virus of that rank. After all, there’s no telling which web locations are secure and which aren’t and which of them you may be sent to.

Chrome Search Today “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


Step1

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).

Step2

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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. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

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:

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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.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

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Step5

  • 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).

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Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove “Chrome Search Today” from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove “Chrome Search Today” from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove “Chrome Search Today” from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

Step6

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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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

 

Another reason why hijackers are thought of as PUPs is the fact that they can gather browsing data about users and then transmit it back to the developers, who can in turn sell it further to third parties. Although this is done for marketing purposes only and with the intention of optimizing the ads on your screen so they can fit your personal preferences better, it’s still an unpleasant idea and if more people knew about such processes running in the background of their computers, they probably wouldn’t be too happy about it.

This leads us to the next point. Since hardly anyone would willingly put up with a program like “Chrome Search Today” and seek it out for download and installation, browser hijacker developers need to get creative. So they’ve invented a rather popular method of distributing software that no one would normally want – program bundles. These nifty little things are basically just the process of attaching one or more programs to the installation manager of a program that users would normally want to download on their own. This could be a game, some free media player or a conversion tool, for example. So, once downloaded, if you were to run the default or recommended setup, chances are you would also install every added program in that bundle as well.

So, this can very easily be avoided if you invest a little more of your time in the installation process itself. And you can do that by selecting the more detailed ‘advanced’ or ‘custom’ installation option. This will consist of more steps and will require you to make more decisions along the way, but that also includes making the decision of whether to allow the added components to be installed on your PC or not.

SUMMARY:

Name “Chrome Search Today”
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Usually a change in the browser’s homepage and/or search engine will signify the presence of a browser hijacker
Distribution Method Mainly with the help of program bundles that are generally found on variosu file-sharing and open source download platforms
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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!