How to remove Chromesearch.today “Virus” (Nov. 2017 Update)

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

In the article you are about to read we will be talking about Chromesearch.today “Virus”. Experts classify this program as a browser hijacker. What any of these hijackers might do to you is simply annoy you by changing your browser apps (Explorer, Opera, Chrome and/or Firefox). If any of your browsers has been affected by Chromesearch.today, it is possible that you may face some unwanted redirection to different websites; some constantly popping up ads while surfing the web; and the appearance of some unknown homepage and search engine. All you have to know about this sort of software will be shared in the passages below.

Hijackers – programs to really worry about or just merely annoying  software?

In general, browser hijackers are programs that are merely marketing-driven, and could just influence the way your browsers look and act. All the popular browser apps may be prone to such infections. Any hijacker version might not only be able to change your browsers’ appearance and their way of behaving, but also research the browsing data and try to determine the supposed preferences of any victim user. That’s why the stream of ads and redirections you may be experiencing could be related to your most recent online search requests. As a result, Chromesearch.today and the other versions of this software type are often seen as potentially unwanted. It is not that they will actually damage your system; it is just that they might irritate you to a great extent.

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Chromesearch.today “Virus”

To give you an illustration to our statements above about how harmless hijackers actually are, we are going to compare them to the most common malicious programs – Ransomware. For instance, in case your PC has been infected by a Ransomware virus, chances are that you may experience encryption of your most valuable files, and a great amount of disturbance in the form of ransom-requesting alerts. In case the infection torturing you is rendered by such malware, your files are genuinely in danger. In comparison to that, if the current infection is caused by a browser hijacker like Chromesearch.today, nothing harmful is going to happen to any of your files. Really, your browser apps are going to be the only affected aspects of your system.

Nonetheless, hijackers are not exactly the type of programs you will ever want on your computer either. Perhaps you don’t remember installing such a program, because they might exploit quite tricky means of distribution, so as they may be able to get incorporated into your browser apps with your indirect consent and you may not realize that right away.

As for dealing with Chromesearch.today, this hijacker can be uninstalled from your system if you follow the advice in the Removal Guide below.

Chromesearch.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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. 

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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 automaticallyIf it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

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 Targetremove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Chromesearch.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 Chromesearch.today  from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Chromesearch.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

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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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

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!

Catching the Chromesearch.today “Virus”may happen when:

In case you are wondering how such an ad-generating program such as Chromesearch.today might trick you into letting it inside your system, here is how that takes place. Even though such a program has nothing to do with any form of malware, its developers have mastered a simple way of tricking you into installing a hijacker on your computer on your own. This practice is connected to the most common browser hijacker sources ever: program bundles. They represent some fascinating free combos of programs and games you can access for free on the web. Usually, they include some irritating software such as hijackers and Adware. The most common way in which you can catch a program such as Chromesearch.today is by installing the entire bundle into your system. You may have got really excited to use a program or an app from the downloaded free bundle, thus, you may choose the installation features that demand less time and fewer efforts. Typically, they are labeled as “DEFAULT”, “EASY” or ‘’RECOMMENDED’’. Try to make sure that you stay away from them, whatever you are installing on your PC. What you should do is always make the wise choice and go with the ADVANCED or the CUSTOM installation options. They are going to let you select exactly the programs and features you want on your PC, and consequently, you are going to be able to easily leave out the Adware or the hijacker inside the bundle.

Is spreading such software legal?

In fact, to your probable surprise, the processes of developing and distributing programs like Chromesearch.today are not set against any law. Really, programmers make big amounts of money out of creating such advertising programs, and the people who order them – usually some product manufacturers and service providers – also benefit from that by ensuring a greater audience for the things they sell.

SUMMARY:

Name Chromesearch.today
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Some browser alterations – many displayed ads, new homepages set, new search engines being used and some redirection taking place.
Distribution Method Via bundles, illegal web pages, contagious shareware, torrents, spam, etc.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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