How to Remove MazySearch


Security experts have labeled MazySearch as a textbook browser hijacker application. Thus, MazySearch targets the main browser on the computers it infects and integrates with it.

How to Remove MazySearch

The MazySearch Virus is a browser extension.

Programs like MazySearch, Capita Search and Optimum Search are fairly versatile in that they are usually compatible with most if not all popular web browsing programs. Hence, they can easily embed themselves in widely used browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Opera and others. But what’s more important is what begins to take place after the browser hijacker has infiltrated your browser.

Namely, it begins to generate streams of various web ads directly on your screen during web browsing sessions, regardless of the websites you visit. These can come in every shape and size, including banners, box messages, popups, in-text links and others. Another form of advertising that can even be considered more aggressive and that often takes place in infected browsers is page redirects. These are basically spontaneous instances of your browser loading a new page or site, whether it be in the same tab or a new one. And the purpose of it is to drive traffic to a specific web location.

That same goal can also be achieved by other means, which are often exercised by browser hijackers like MazySearch. Specifically, these types of applications really like to meddle with the settings of the host web browser and, for instance, change the homepage to a site that needs promoting. Similarly, MazySearch may also substitute your default search engine with this URL browser.mazyserach.com. And the annoying thing about all of this isn’t even so much the changes that are made without your approval. It’s the fact that you won’t be able to do anything about them afterwards.

As long as MazySearch is part of your system, nothing you do to alter the settings of your favorite browsing program will stick. Try it if you don’t believe us.

This leads us to the logical conclusion that if you would like to restore your old browser configurations and once again be able to browse the web without being harassed by tons of online ads, then the only solution is the removal of MazySearch from your PC. We have put together a detailed removal guide down below to help you with this process. And if you’d rather have it all taken care of automatically, then feel free to make use of our professional removal tool – available on this page as well.

Removing MazySearch is actually also a good idea as far as your computer’s safety is concerned. While browser hijackers are not the same thing as viruses and they do not possess the harmful qualities of malware like Trojans, ransomware and others, they can still prove detrimental to your system’s security in the long run. As a result of the aggressive page redirects and other advertising practices, there’s a chance of possibly landing on a page of website that is unsafe and might even be distributing dangerous computer viruses. So with that in mind, there’s really not much you’d be missing out on if you simply delete MazySearch.


Name MazySearch
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Popups, banners, box messages and other types of online ads constantly present on your screen during browsing sessions. 
Distribution Method Browser hijackers are generally always included in the setup of various freeware and shareware applications.
Uniform Resource Locator (URL) browser.mazyserach.com
Detection Tool

How to Remove MazySearch Virus

To try and remove MazySearch quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the MazySearch extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove MazySearch by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of MazySearch and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed MazySearch removal guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide

How to Remove MazySearch

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).

How to Remove MazySearch


Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

How to Remove MazySearch

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

    How to Remove MazySearch

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

    How to Remove MazySearch

    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:

    How to Remove MazySearch

    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

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    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:

    How to Remove MazySearch

    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.

    How to Remove MazySearch

    How to Remove MazySearch

    • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

    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).

    How to Remove MazySearch

    Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

    How to Remove MazySearch

    How to Remove MazySearch  Remove MazySearch from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  How to Remove MazySearch —–> Manage Add-ons.

    How to Remove MazySearch

    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to How to Remove MazySearch —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    How to Remove MazySearch Remove MazySearch from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  How to Remove MazySearch  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

    How to Remove MazySearch

    Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
    How to Remove MazySearchRemove MazySearch from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

    How to Remove MazySearch

    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

    How to Remove MazySearch

    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 up 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

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


    About the author


    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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