Removal Guide

Palikan Search “Virus” Removal (Chrome/Firefox/IE) April 2019 Update

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This article aims to help users remove Palikan Search Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system. This virus is known to install the Chromium freely distributed browser, because it uses it to more easily manipulate your system – especially if you make the mistake of using the Chromium .exe.

Palikan Search Virus

You are unfortunate to have your PC become infected by the latest and fast spreading virus known as Palikan Search Virus, but don’t worry. if you closely follow the instructions found in this article you will be able to quickly clean your computer from the virus without any adverse and long lasting effects.

A couple of things to be wary of until you successfully Palikan Search Virus

Adware viruses like Palikan Search Virus rarely do any direct harm to the computers they infected. Some of them are pretty harmless and only display annoying Ads, but there are also many who serve as “droppers” for other viruses and also as distributors of phishing or bloatware scams.

In either case your best course of action is to simply ignore any message or advertisement Palikan Search Virus throws your way. Be careful as the Ads can get very creative and try to appear as system related messages in an effort to convince you of the existence of some problem that needs to be resolved. If you are seeing pop-ups or banners about

  • missing plug-ins
  • needed updates for Java, Flash
  • required codecs or video players in order to be able to view online media
  • “free online scans” that report virus installation, registry errors or other

then you know that the virus is trying to run a scam on you. NEVER download and install anything prompted to you by Palikan Search Virus. If you believe that you might really need the plug-in or that Java update then you should go to the official site that distributes the update and download it from there.

The straight up Ads are not safe either. What might seem like a legit promotion on an online store you frequently visit can actually be a phishing attempt going for your log-in information. The link from the Ad takes you to a site that looks exactly like the site you are used to visit, but the URL will be slightly the same. If you try to log-in into this fake site you account name and password will be recorded and the hackers can use it later to log-in to the real site and make purchases in your name from there.


Name Palikan Search
Type Browser Redirect
Danger Level High (Ransomware viruses are among the most dangerous threats you can face)
Symptoms All of your personal data is encrypted and a ransom demand is sent to your via a message on your desktop.
Distribution Method Usually loaded through the help of Trojan Horses, but can also be installed directly from email attachments. SCAN YOUR PC!
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Palikan Search “Virus” Removal

If you are a Windows user, continue with the guide below.

If you are a Mac user, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you are an Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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. 


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. 


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:

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.



  • 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).


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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Palikan Search 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 Palikan Search from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Palikan Search 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.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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!

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