How To Remove Searchinme.com (Firefox/Chrome)

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This page aims to help you remove Searchinme.com. These Searchinme.com removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Your browser has gone crazy and dozens of new tabs and ads constantly pop up on your screen? If you want to know how to stop this disturbing activity, you have come just to the right place. The most probable reason for the series of undesired ads and page redirects is a program called Searchinme.com. This is a browser hijacker program and in the removal guide below you will learn how to effectively uninstall it from your system. There is a detailed description on that, as well as some useful information on the way that such types of programs operate. It is a good idea to spend a few minutes and read that information, as it will help you stay away from such potentially undesired programs in the future.

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Browser hijacker – what is this?

Applications known for displaying numerous ads and imposing some undesired changes to the user’s browser are generally called Browser hijackers. These applications have a certain behavior that is usually referred to as potentially unwanted and so is the case with Searchinme.com. This program has been released just recently but has already managed to create a disturbance for some users with its typical browser hijacker activities. Here we are going to explain what exactly the program could do while operating on your PC and why users get irritated by it so much. Since you have Searchinme.com on your PC, you have probably noticed that different kinds of banners, pop-ups, ads, boxes, links and new tabs appear on your screen every time you try to do something online. Another thing that may probably bother you are the changes in your browser settings. Your homepage and your search engine may be changed and a strange add-on may appear on your browser toolbar. The most irritating issue may probably come when you try to search something on the web and a dozen of new tabs and ads come on your way instead. This is surely an activity that could be annoying especially when your browsing is constantly interrupted by such advertising messages.

You are probably wondering how such an annoying program got no your PC and what its actual purpose is. Well, the reality is that software of this type is mostly created to serve the needs of the online advertising industry and to generate some extra money for the software developers that create it. This happens through a scheme called Pay-Per-Click. As the name suggests, this scheme works by generating some revenue from every click that the intrusive ads, banners, pop-ups, boxes, links, and tabs could get from the users. It works quite well, since both the advertisers and the developers gain from it. The first ones may eventually get a sale and promote their products while the programmers make money from the clicks and use browser hijacker applications in bundles as a method to “sponsor” their own software. That’s why they want to display as many ads as possible and increase the chances of you clicking on them. You may end up with programs of this type if you install free software bundles without checking the advanced options and without manually deselecting the undesired applications from there. Another way to get them is from spam emails, direct downloads, download managers, torrents and open source platforms. So be selective when installing software from such places if you want to keep browser hijackers away.

What is the danger if Searchinme.com operates on your PC?

You may probably meet somewhere on the web that Searchinme.com is referred to as a virus. Moreover, the quite aggressive way that it imposes its changes on your browser settings and searches may really make you think you have got a nasty virus infection. However, the reality is that browser hijackers like this program are pretty harmless pieces of software. They may often be mistaken for malicious applications, mainly because of their aggressiveness and the complex way they are removed, but this is very far from the actual truth.

Viruses, like Ransomware or Trojans, are the real bad guys that could be way more harmful than any browser hijacker could ever be. That’s why even if Searchinme.com is annoying you with its intrusive advertisements, there is no real reason to worry about your system’s safety. Of course, this is valid as long as you stay away from sketchy content and avoid clicking on the ads. Bear in mind that even if Searchinme.com cannot expose you to some risks directly, it may eventually be used as a backdoor for malware to infect your computer. This could happen if malicious ads sneak in the flow of displayed pop-ups and you click on them. Unfortunately, with the increased popularity of threats like Ransomware and Trojans, even harmless looking ads may be used as a way to spread malware and infect users. Page redirects may also land you on illegal or compromised websites that could eventually hide some viruses. These things don’t happen very often, but it is a good idea to beware of the risks or even better, bring them to a minimum by completely removing the browser hijacker. To do so, just follow the steps in the guide below.

SUMMARY:

Name Searchinme.com
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms You may be experiencing some page redirects, flow of ads and changes in your browser.
Distribution Method Software bundles are the most common ways of distribution but you could also get it from spam emails, direct downloads, download managers, torrents and open source download platforms.
Detection Tool Searchinme.com may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

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How To Remove Searchinme.com (Firefox/Chrome)


 

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!
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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Searchinme.com may have hidden some of its files.

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.

Step3

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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Step4

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 Searchinme.com 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 Searchinme.com from Firefox:

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

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

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Step5

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

This is the most important and difficult part. If you delete the wrong file, it may damage your system irreversibly. If you can not do this,
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Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

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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 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

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!

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  • Anomynus

    it says localhost… tell me whats dangerous??? this thin g Searchinme is really annoying also with DealWifi and others when i downloaded something

     
    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hi Anomynus,
      can you post some of the IPs you have in that file so we can check them and figure out what we should remove?

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi Achmad,
    These Ips are fine. We researched them and they turned out to be legit. Did you see if you have any extensions in your Firefox?

     
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    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Hi exile,
      these IPs are harmless. Our team researched them and they turned out to be legit.

       
  • HowToRemove.Guide Team

    Hi exile,
    you have to complete all the steps in order to remove it.