This page aims to help you remove the Search Engage “Malware.” These Search Engage removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
I have the Search Engage “Malware” on my PC, should I call the IT guy?
You can probably handle it yourself. It’s not hard to see why calling a specialist would be your first reaction. Viruses can be scary, especially if you regularly use your computer for your work. One sunny day you turn on your PC, open your browser and see piles of ads all over the place and then you realize that something’s not quite right. But wait…did we say virus? If you really have the Search Engage “Malware”, then there’s no need to panic, for it is not an actual virus. Search Engage is a program of the adware (advertising-supported software) type. These programs are notorious for their intrusive ads that keep popping up left, right and center once the adware has been installed on your PC and you try to use your browser. It doesn’t really matter which one. Chrome, Mozilla, IE, Safari, they are all affected in pretty much the same way. At first sight it might be really frustrating to see every page you try to open piled with all those ads. After a while though you will realize that they are nothing more than an annoyance that should be removed. As we already said Search Engage is not a virus. In fact adware programs are, for the most part, legal and are usually quite harmless to your system. There are rare occasions when such a program might become more aggressive and attempt to mess with your browser settings (for instance – alter your front page). Also it is possible that by clicking on some of the displayed ads or interacting with any of the page redirects (yes, sometimes adware will do that) you might end up on some malicious site. Or maybe download a more harmful piece of software but this happens rarely. Actually around ninety percent of the ads are legit and show you actual offers from around the web. This, however, is not to say that you should address adware carelessly. Although adware programs might not bring direct harm to your system, as already mentioned, they can potentially lead you into exposing it to more dangerous threats (such as an actual virus!).
Avoiding it altogether
The best way to deal with Search Engage is…to never actually have the need to deal with it. That’s right, you won’t have to go through all those different steps that will be explained below, if you have never infected your PC with Search Engage in the first place. In order to prevent this from happening, you will need to know what to look out for. Here’s a question you might be asking yourself right now: “Since it is not a virus, how did my PC got infected with it?” . Well…you’ve actually installed Search Engage yourself. “What?”; “How?” It’s pretty simple – since no one will attempt to install this unwanted program willingly, it is usually bundled with other free software. Most users who download said other software, don’t pay much attention to the installation menu and end up installing a bunch of other added stuff they never really knew about. Search Engage might have been among this added stuff. That’s why the next time you are about to install a new program you downloaded for free, carefully look through the menu and seek the custom/advanced install settings. There you will see the details of what you are actually installing. Now uncheck anything that looks suspicious (which is probably all added content) and you can be pretty sure Search Engage won’t be installed on your PC that day.
But it IS already on my PC
Still no need to panic. We have a guide for that just below this article, but before you go there, remember those several tips. The ads, pop-ups, banners, message boxes and page redirects won’t gain you anything useful, so do not interact with them unless you want to risk landing some nasty virus and for this you will indeed need an actual IT specialist. Next thing, consider investing into some kind of anti-adware program. You might not necessarily need such a tool for the removal of Search Engage, but it will help you deal with other intrusive software in the future. Another thing to know is that occasionally the unwanted program might go under a different name, both in the custom installation menu and on your computer once installed. These were the basics you should know when you are faced with Search Engage or other similar adware.
Search Engage Removal
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