This page aims to help you remove Search Manager “Virus”. These Search Manager removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows, Android and even Mac’s OSX.
Browser hijackers are among the most annoying pieces of programming you can encounter and Search Manager is no exception. With the capability of affecting all the most commonly used browser like Chrome and Mozilla, these hijackers take the liberty of imposing certain changes to the browser’s settings, more specifically to the default search engine and homepage. Aside from that, users often complain of their searches being redirected to various promotional pages and even spontaneous redirects occur as they try to surf the web. Sadly, you have most likely joined their ranks, seeing that you’re on this page right now. Not to worry, though, as we’ve prepared a removal guide specially for this occasion. The steps within it will guide you through the process of locating and removing all the Search Manager related files and thus ultimately ridding yourself of the intrusive ads and imposed browser changes.
First thing’s first: how did Search Manager get to be on your PC?
Unless you are already aware of the instance that led you to the contamination with this particular hijacker, this question has probably been bugging you ever since you started seeing the annoying popups, banners and other advertising materials. There are several possible sources for contracting ad-generating software like Search Manager, but the most common one by far is program bundles. Hijacker developers don’t count on their software being distributed as normal programs do, meaning that people actually look it up and then download it from the web. Hardly anyone would be interested in wasting time and hard drive space on a program that does nothing but shower them with irritating ads. So, they’ve come up with the clever strategy of bundling their unwanted software with more attractive pieces of programming. The package is then distributed, typically for free, without openly disclosing the contents of the given bundle. Avoiding this trap is very simple and only a matter of knowledge and we will gladly share this valuable trick with you: simply go with the advanced/custom settings in the setup wizard. You can then deselect whichever components of the bundle you don’t want and proceed with the next installation steps.
Is Search Manager a “Virus”?
Search Manager in itself is not a virus. However you might be dealing with a virus. A browser hijacker is considered to be rather harmless, as it does not possess any malicious traits. It cannot do anything that proper viruses, like ransomware, Trojans and others can, such as compromise your machine and the data on it, potentially even rendering your whole system useless. Experts in the field of cyber security usually refer to these programs as potentially unwanted and that is not only because of the incredible annoyance they represent. First off, over time browser hijackers can cause your computer to slow down and will eventually compromise its performance, due to the amount of resources they require for the ad-distributing process. Secondly, and more seriously, software of this sort is notorious for its capability to look into one’s browsing history and take note of browsing patterns as a whole. This information is recorded and then processed in order to display ads that match the gathered data. This way the developers count on their ads being more attractive to the separate user. This is actually a crucial point to this type of software in general, because it is mainly based on the Pay Per Click scheme, which ensures that the developers gain revenue each time the ads are clicked on.
As you may suspect, this practice has aroused question over time and has earned programs like Search Manager a rather questionable reputation. Naturally, these actions have been dubbed a privacy invasion and were bashed by numerous users, labeling the program as dangerous and accusing it of being a virus. You can without a doubt found information like this online, but we would like to point out that browser hijackers are for the most part completely legal and there’s really no hard evidence that would suggest their activities are in any way harmful. Nevertheless, we do recommend avoiding the generated ads due to the ever-growing danger of malvertisements. This practice is not associated with the hijacker itself, but with the ads in general. Hackers have been taking advantage of popups and banners and injecting them with their malicious payload, in order for innocent and unsuspecting users to get infected by clicking on the fake adverts. For your own safety, keep this in mind and do remove Search Manager from your system with the help of the below guide.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||A changed browser homepage and default search engine indicate the presence of a hijacker.|
|Distribution Method||Program bundles dominate in their distribution success of browser hijackers, closely followed by spam emails and other hijackers.|
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Search Manager “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Android/OSX)
Important! If you are an Android User, please refer to this guide instead: How to remove ads on Android
Important! If you are a Mac OS X User, please refer to this guide instead: How to remove ads on Mac
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).
- Do not skip this – Search Manager may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Search Manager from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Search Manager from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Search Manager from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
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.
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!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!