How to Remove Chrome Search Club “Virus” (March 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Chrome Search Club “Virus”. Our how to remove instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Chrome Search Club is a legitimate program, which typically functions as a browser hijacker. This program tends to mess with your Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or any other browser that you are using, by installing some new components, toolbars, search engine tools or homepage. Such activity is categorized as browser-hijacking activity and a lot of users get bothered about it, once they face it. They mostly complain about the replaced homepage or search engine and the sudden page redirects, which tend to expose them to various ads, pop-ups and intrusive banners. Many people also face difficulties in uninstalling the components and removing the annoying ads. It seems that the usual removal of the program and the imposed browser changes does not work. That’s why, if you are also facing the same issues with Chrome Search Club, we suggest you take a look at the Removal Guide below. It contains detailed manual instructions, which according to user information, are an effective way to get rid of the browser hijacking program in a few easy steps.

Chrome Search Club “Virus”

Why is Chrome Search Club considered potentially unwanted?

Browser hijackers are a special type of software, which belongs to the category of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). They usually redirect the affected browsers to various sponsored domains by setting certain browsing tools as the default search engine and replacing the current homepage. According to security experts, however, a browser hijacker is not malicious. Pieces like Chrome Search Club “Virus” do not contain malicious scripts, that’s why, they cannot be considered viruses, nor can they be related to infections of the type of Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware, etc. Their basic function is online advertising, and they are widely used and distributed on the web with that purpose. Usually, browser hijackers are advertised as tools that respect the privacy of the users and try to enhance their browsing experience with certain features. However, under the excuse of aiming for a better user experience, these programs tend to modify your web searches and monitor them or install cookies to collect and store certain browsing-related information such as:

  1. Your IP address;
  2. Search queries;
  3. Search history;
  4. Location;
  5. Language;
  6. Other data, related to your browsing.

Chrome Search Club “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.


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

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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 Chrome Search Club 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 Chrome Search Club from Firefox:

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

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

WARNING!
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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

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This way, unknown ad networks or affiliates may keep track of your online activities, analyze them and show you personalized ads. In addition, the imposed new search engine may provide advertisements to third parties, and redirect you to sponsored sites, sales offers, free installation packs of other software and similar commercial content. Being redirected to various randomly displayed online materials may surely be a disturbing activity. In a way, the hijacker may increase your chances of landing on web pages, run by cyber criminals, where Trojans, Ransomware, and other nasty viruses may be lurking. This can happen if you click on a misleading online ad or link, displayed by Chrome Search Club in the search results. That’s why, our general advice for you is to stay away from the content, generated by such programs and try not to click on their pop-ups and suggested web pages. Yet the major problem occurs when you try to remove the hijacker and set your settings back to their previous state. If the program or its plug-ins bother you, we suggest you scan your device with the professional Chrome Search Club removal tool and let the program remove the infection for you automatically. Alternatively, if you prefer the manual method, the instructions in the Removal Guide at the end of the page may be of help.

Ways to protect yourself from potentially unwanted programs.

Like many other potentially unwanted programs, the one we are currently discussing is also spreading through software packages (bundles) as an additional component in them. If the user agrees to install free software using the “Fast” or “Recommended” settings, they indirectly agree to install all the additional components, included in the package, which get into the system unnoticed. This is because these settings do not reveal third-party software. To avoid being hijacked by Chrome Search Club and similar browser hijackers, users have to choose either the “Advanced” or “User” settings. Yet, clicking the “Next” button will not prevent your browser from being invaded. It is very important to monitor the process and remove the bookmarks of all pre-selected entries. If you miss this important step, you will be surprised at how many unwanted applications can be installed on your device.

SUMMARY:

Name Chrome Search Club
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms A new homepage or search engine may replace your default one and start to redirect you to various ads, pop-ups and sponsored pages.
Distribution Method Software bundles, free software installers, automatic installation managers, ads, spam email messages, free download links, torrents.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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