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Get Search Redirecting
Get Search Redirecting is a potentially unwanted browser extension developed to display ads during web browsing sessions. To perform this task, Get Search Redirecting will typically install ad-generating components in the default browser and replace the search engine or the homepage with ones that constantly generate ads.
The first encounter with a browser hijacker can be stressful if you don’t know exactly what’s happening. The unauthorized homepage and search engine changes that take place in the main web browser may panic a lot of web users and even make them believe that they have somehow been infected with a virus. However, these changes, as well as all the automatic redirects to different commercial-filled sites, are not symptoms of a malware infection but typical signs of the presence of a browser hijacker on your computer.
That’s why, if you have recently detected Get Search Redirecting on your machine, you don’t need to get stressed about it – this is not a Trojan, a Ransomware, or another type of harmful software. What you are dealing with is a browser hijacker created to fill your screen with sponsored ads, banners, and pop-ups during your web browsing sessions. In the next few paragraphs, we will tell you everything you need to know about it and will help you remove it from your Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari browser quickly and easily.
The Get Search Redirecting Virus
Technically, a browser hijacker such as the Get Search Redirecting virus is software created for online advertising purposes. Therefore, it is not expected from such software to harm your computer the way that a real virus or malware from the ranks of Ransomware and Trojans could.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Get Search Redirecting.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Get Search Redirecting.
If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove Get Search Redirecting from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the Get Search Redirecting extension
Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Get Search Redirecting and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
How to get rid of Get Search Redirecting on FF/Edge/etc.
Open the browser and select the menu icon.
From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
Look for the Get Search Redirecting extension
Get rid of Get Search Redirecting by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Get Search Redirecting” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Get Search Redirecting
Open task manager
Look for the Get Search Redirecting process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete Get Search Redirecting
Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
If you don’t see a “Get Search Redirecting” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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This file is not matched with any known malware in the database. You can either do a full real-time scan of the file or skip it to upload a new file. Doing a full scan with 64 antivirus programs can take up to 3-4 minutes per file.
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If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall Get Search Redirecting
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for Get Search Redirecting in there
Uninstall Get Search Redirecting from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Get Search Redirecting-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Get Search Redirecting in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
Browser hijackers like Get Search Redirecting, Getsearchredirecting , Wigglewurm are often seen as potentially unwanted programs. They won’t damage your computer if you don’t uninstall them but they may cause some irritating issues, which could give you a good reason to remove them without at the first opportunity you get. For instance, Get Search Redirecting and other apps like it can hijack the main web browser and impose some potentially unwanted changes on it. As we mentioned above, these apps can replace the homepage URL with another one, install a new search engine, install new toolbars, set some redirect buttons, and, in general, hijack the browser in order to carry out their advertising activities. Besides, such programs can expose web users to online ads of all shapes and sizes including pop-ups, banners, box messages, redirect links, etc, some of which may not be safe. Dealing with all those changes on a regular basis can not only be very frustrating but could also land you on random web locations that might have been compromised and may contain malware. Besides, when bombarded with hundreds of ads during every browsing session, you can easily end up running into some fake online ad or one that hackers have tampered with. Ads like these may often carry viruses like Ransomware, Spyware, and Trojans, and, sadly, it takes just one click to get infected. Fortunately, now that you have been informed about the risks, you have the chance to remove Get Search Redirecting right away and avoid possible interaction with misleading content. What is more, once you uninstall the browser hijacker, you can easily restore browser settings you prefer and regain full control of the hijacked browser.
About the author
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.