This article aims to help users remove Parallaxsearch from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system.
If you found Parallaxsearch installed on your computer then likely you are also seeing a lot of advertisements displayed on every web page you visit. These two are not a coincidence – Parallaxsearch is in fact an Adware application and such it is characterized by the Ads it generates. These Ads could be in the form of pop-up windows, they can open new pages for you (Ads filled of course) and they also can be attached to every web page you visit. Needless to say these Ads get frustrating very fast – especially those that have a sound effect attached to them. Unfortunately that can be just minor inconvinience compared to the other problems that they can create – chiefly their well known ability to spread other malicious applications and viruses.
Parallaxsearch is NOT to be trusted
Keep in mind that Parallaxsearch is ultimately a malicious application and it only exists to enrich its creator and distributor. Those people are usually getting payed for each Ad clicked on nd since reputable businesses prefer to use legitimate channels chances are if you click on one of those Ads you will be taken to a virus infected site or one that spreads bloatware.
Bloatware applications are a common byproduct of Adware. These programs often pretend to help you manage and optimize your PC, fix errors etc. This is rarely the case though. In reality all they do is to create fake messages about non-existing problems with your machine in order to scare you into buying them. If you make that mistake they won’t really fix anything – they will simply stop the generation of fake error messages and give you a false sense of security. As mentioned if a real problem does crop in those programs are utterly useless.
Another danger is associated with direct download prompts initiated by Parallaxsearch. The Adware can create Ads that look exactly like system messages and inform you of a course of action you need to take. Ultimately it will involve the downloading and running of a file intended to fix one of the following (non-existant) problems:
- A missing plug-in
- A required codec or video player
- A necessary update for Flash/Java etc.
We recommend that you ignore the Ads and prompts by Parallaxsearch altogether. This is the best way to keep your computer safe until you get rid of Parallaxsearch. In the future make sure you never install executable files that are obtained from random Emails, Forums, Torrents, Blogs and Online Storage sites. If possible also you should scan all executable files for attached viruses before starting them on your machine.
|Danger Level||Medium. Very annoying and potentially dangerous if not taken care of in time. Remove asap.|
|Symptoms||Unwanted ads, changes to your browser without your permission, browser redirects.|
|Distribution Method||Contaminated executables downloaded from Emails, Forums, Torrents, Blogs and Online Storage sites.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Parallaxsearch from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove Parallaxsearch from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Remove the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
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 - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
All of your internet browser were likely infected by Parallaxsearch. The virus is attached as a browser add-on and in order to remove it you have to go through Step 2 and Step 3 separately for each browser you need to clean. While you are at it pay attention to any messages that try to pop-up when you try to remove Parallaxsearch. These will be confirmation warnings, but they may also try to make you download and install different malware or send you to an infected internet site. Read the descriptions and if you have no other option then to accept simply delete the downloaded files without installing them and close the tabs with the survey page as soon as it opens.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find Parallaxsearch . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Remove Parallaxsearch from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
Parallaxsearch should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove Parallaxsearch from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for Parallaxsearch and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW BEFORE PROCEEDING! IMPORTANT!
The final part of the removal process involves deletion of any remaining core files of Parallaxsearch. When you attempt to delete them be very careful and double check every file. If you make a mistake and delete a wrong file you can damage your Windows OS or other important programs. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you give a try to the professional Parallaxsearch remover we recommend. Not only will it handle Parallaxsearch for you without any chance of something going wrong, but you can also use the scanner to look for other threats residing inside your PC alongside Parallaxsearch. Some of the very dangerous viruses do not reveal themselves until it’s too late to do something about them and a good scanner is the only way to handle them before things escalate.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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