How to remove Conf Search

Conf Search

Conf Search is a browser component that belongs to the browser hijacker category. While operating, Conf Search can generate an unstoppable flow of adverts on the user’s screen and initiate redirects to sponsored sites, promotional links, and web offers.

Conf Search

The Conf Search virus have control over you Chrome browser

Have you been lately getting bothered by dozens of pop-up notifications, ads, or banners that can’t be removed from your browser’s screen? Or have you recently noticed that the homepage and the search engine of your Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari browser has been replaced with another one that cannot be uninstalled no matter what you try? If that’s the case, you’ve most likely downloaded a browser hijacker called Conf Search on your system and are now experiencing its shower of potentially unwanted ads, automatic page-redirects, and unwelcome browser modifications.

We know how irritating this software could be and that’s why we are not surprised that there are people like you who want to remove it and save themselves from the ads. And if you stay on this page, you are not going to regret it because you will learn how to effectively uninstall the browser hijacker that causes you disturbance, as well as some very useful tips on how to keep such programs away from your computer in the future.

Why is Conf Search spamming you with ads?

Every day the online advertising industry spreads millions of ads. To be seen by as many web users as possible, however, such advertisements are typically displayed with the help of programs known as browser hijackers. The browser hijackers, in general, are pieces of software, specifically developed to generate different pop-ups, banners, redirect links, notifications, and promotional messages on user screens during their regular web browsing sessions. These programs also generate Pay-Per-Click revenue for their owners every time someone clicks on the displayed ads or gets redirected to the advertised pages.

In order to be effective advertising tools, apps like Conf Search and Poshukach typically install some new components inside the main web browser (a new homepage, a new search engine, or some redirect buttons) which support its ad-generating activity. In this way, they typically take control over the web content the hijacked browser generates and ensure that more sponsored ads appear on the screen during the user online sessions. However, most users don]t want this activity in their browsers and associate it with irritation and browsing disturbance. That’s why they seek reliable methods to remove programs like Conf Search and uninstall their imposed changes.

Can a browser hijacker pose a security risk?

If we have to compare a browser hijacker with, say, a Trojan Horse or a Ransomware virus, the hijacker software is far less dangerous than those actual malware threats. So, even if you have a hijacker such as Conf Search on your computer, it won’t steal sensitive information from you like a Trojan Horse or encrypt your digital files like a Ransomware. Nonetheless, it can be a source of irritation, particularly if one’s browsing activity is continuously getting interrupted by unwanted messages that cannot be removed or stopped.

So, in case you decide that Conf Search is causing disturbance or if it is constantly redirecting you to websites that you don’t want to visit, you can continue with the removal guide below and uninstall this program. In the event that you are not able to complete the manual guidelines, the professional removal tool attached to them will help you deal with the browser hijacker in just a few minutes.

SUMMARY:

Name Conf Search
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The screen of your web browser may get covered with sponsored ads, you may experience frequent redirects to random web pages.
Distribution Method Torrents, spam messages, free download links, and software bundles are common distribution methods for many browser hijackers.
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How to uninstall Conf Search virus

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


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!

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

    To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

    If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
    a professional malware removal tool.

    More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

    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.

    Browser Hijacker Removal Instructions

    ie9-10_512x512  Remove Conf Search 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 Conf Search from Firefox:

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

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    chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Conf 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 the Folder to Backup Default

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    Step6

    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!

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    About the author

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    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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