Parallaxsearch Removal From Firefox/Chrome/IE (Nov. 2018 Update)


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.

Name  Parallaxsearch
Type  Browser Hijacker
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.
Detection Tool

Parallaxsearch Removal

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


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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. 

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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. 

Step3

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

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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:

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

Step4

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.

DNS

Step5

  • 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).

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Parallaxsearch 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 Parallaxsearch from Firefox:

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

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

Step6

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!


2 Comments

  • hi i wanted to ask you about the ip addresses that you spoke about.
    i opened up the txt file and these are the names below my ip address.

    127. 0. 0. 1 down. baidu2016. com

    127. 0. 0. 1 123. sogou. com

    127. 0. 0. 1 www. czzsyzgm. com

    127. 0. 0. 1 www. czzsyzxl. com

    127. 0. 0. 1 union. baidu2019. com
    127. 0. 0. 1 na1r. services. adobe. com
    127. 0. 0. 1 hlrcv. stage. adobe. com
    127. 0. 0. 1 lmlicenses. wip4. adobe. com
    127. 0. 0. 1 lm. licenses. adobe. com
    127. 0. 0. 1 activate. adobe. com
    127. 0. 0. 1 practivate. adobe. com

    can you tell me which one are the hacking ip’s and how to remove them? thanks!

    • You should remove all of those IPs from your Hosts file. None of them are supposed to be there so make sure you delete them and then save the changes to Hosts.

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