Any Search Manager
Any Search Manager is a browser-hijacking extension similar to Safe finder that is known for forcefully adding the http://www.anysearchmanager.com address to the new browser as its new homepage and search engine. Any Search Manager makes browser changes automatically, without needing a permission from the user.
If you are currently on this page, you are probably familiar with the following situation:
You start your computer as usual, wait for it to load all its features and you open your browser (regardless of which one you will typically use – Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera). However, after that something peculiar happens. Your browser window is loaded but something begins to irk you – the appearance of an endless barrage online ads. You try to use your browser, but you get redirected to some pages you’ve never even heard of. You don’t really know what to do so you start searching the web for the root of your problem, and again – surprise, your previous homepage and search engine have been removed and some new ones have taken their place.
If all of that is true in your case – here comes the explanation. It’s highly likely your browsers have been attacked by a browser hijacker (such as Any Search Manager Virus). For the purpose of safely dealing with this issue, continue with the rest of this article.
What does browser hijacking really mean?
The common definition of the term “browser hijacker” is all kinds of possibly unwanted page redirecting and browser-modifying activities that may get caused by a certain unwanted piece of software categorized as a browser hijacker or also known as page redirect . Here are the main issue you might face with such an annoyance:
- Your browser might start displaying a lot of irritating ads such as pop-ups and banners.;
- It is probable that your default browser homepage could be replaced with a new one. Also, the Any Search Manager Virus is likely to attempt to change your default search engine as well.
- You might end up being redirected to many websites, especially online stores. This sort of hijacking is known as DNS-based.
In some of the more extreme “infection” cases, it is even possible that Any Search Manager may hinder you from going back to your own default browser app setting configuration. In other words, it may continuously replace your browsers’ homepages until you give up trying to reverse the changes and accept the current state.
How to remove Any Search Manager from Safari (Mac):
You can try this if you are looking for a quick way remove Any Search Manager from Safari (Mac) :
- Go to the Preferences tab in Safari (or another Mac browser).
- Check the Homepage tab. Make sure that your homepage is the one you want.
- Go to the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Any Search Manager extension as well as any other suspicious entries.
- Uninstall the Any Search Manager extension and any other unfamiliar ones.
Everything is indeed related to the interests of the advertising and the marketing industries. It is no surprise that many software developers seek to get their products promoted online in as many ways as possible. Due to this, many online marketers have come up with a variety of ways to advertise stuff online and the hijacker redirects are some of the best tools for the job. You may have been showered with ads every time you open your browser merely because advertising is now mostly done online.
The Any Search Manager Virus
Hijackers like Any Search Manager get distributed in many different ways – spam emails, fake ads, shady sites with questionable reputation, torrents, and all other forms of social engineering and Internet spam. This is why you must always be really careful with what you do on the Internet, what sites you visit and what content you interact with.
Still, the most usual cause of a browser hijack “infection” is any free software distributed as a bundle:
It is a known fact that usually what comes free is almost never really for “free”. Quite a few developers need to make a profit in some way, so they may create some very tempting program bundles. These bundles consist of many several programs packed together, and in some cases there could also be forms of adware and redirects/hijackers added in there.
Despite that, you can download and install such a bundle and still be hijacker-free if you listen to our advice – never install anything on your PC automatically via these installation options: Default, Easy or Recommended. Always utilize the other options, which are labeled as Custom or Advanced since they are the only ones to secure your control over the installation process. This is the way to choose what you need on your computer from a given bundle and what you don’t.
How to Get Rid of Any Search Manager?
As opposed to other malware-based infections, browser hijackers cause a less serious type of an infection. Most of the known hijackers are not designed to damage or steal any of your data. As mentioned before, they are simply advertising tools.
To get rid of Any Search Manager, follow the instructions we have shared inside the Removal Guide posted below and that should do the job for the safe uninstallation of this redirect.
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Remove Any Search Manager from Mac
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning.
You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone.