How to Remove Chrome Search Online “Virus”

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

Chrome Search Online is a potentially unwanted program/browser redirect from the browser hijacking type, which presents itself as a browser add-on that tries to redirect you to another website with the same or similar name. The software component of the Hijacker generally claims to improve the users’ web searches by redirecting them to related content and Internet materials, corresponding to their queries, but in fact, what it really does is, it usually simply exposes them to different sponsored ads. Chrome Search Online can be installed on your system with or without your direct approval thanks to a method called “bundling”. Most often, the creators of ad-generating software like this one, use free software installers to distribute browser hijackers. After attaching itself to your Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer, Chrome Search Online may place a new homepage or search engine or install some new toolbars and cause irritating pop-up ads, banners, and tabs to appear in the user search results. Following these redirects and ads and opening them is usually NOT recommended because you may find yourself in unknown or insecure web locations where nasty viruses (Trojan, Ransomware, Spyware, etc.) may lurk. In addition, this browser hijacker may track down your web searches and collect non-personal information about your web activity. If you want to remove these activities and uninstall the strange new components that may have been imposed on your browser, we suggest you follow the instructions in the Removal Guide below.

Let’s look at Chrome Search Online in more details:

In order to get more familiar with the basics of this browser hijacker, we will look at the software redirect more closely. First of all,  this software typically is called a “browser-hijacker”. This term usually stands for unwanted programs, which are specially created to hijack the users’ browsers for solely advertising purposes. Browser hijackers are commonly related to redirect activities, which tend to expose the users to some Pay-Per-Click ads or sponsored sites full of different offers. Additionally, the programs of this type may start bothering you with banners, text links, and pop-up messages that begin to appear as soon as you start a search session. Finally, they can collect search terms you frequently use, your search history information, and other similar browsing-related data, which they can use for feeding your browser with more relevant adverts.

How to Remove Chrome Search Online “Virus”

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

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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.

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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 Online 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 Online from Firefox:

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

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

As you may have already understood, we DO NOT recommend that you keep Chrome Search Online on your computer. At the time of writing this article, this program is considered legitimate and cannot be classified as a virus. However, the fact that some computer security professionals have included it in their program databases of unwanted oftware indicates that some of the action of this hijacker may not be really desirable. If you have already downloaded Chrome Search Online to your computer, or it has been installed there without your direct approval, think about removing it. To do this, you can use the instructions in the Removal Guide below or the professional removal tool.

How is this program spreading?

In most of the cases, Chrome Search Online appears on the users’ computers suddenly because this program can get installed inside the system along with some free software (mostly software that can be tested before buying) as a “suggested” program. To avoid the unexpected occurrence of the hijacker, you should monitor the process of installing free software very carefully because many times, there are pre-selected applications, such as Chrome Search Online, which, if not deselected manually, will get installed by default. That’s why, once you’ve decided to install a free program that you want, make sure you read the Privacy Policy and End User License Agreement and check for bundled software. For this, you should choose User or Advanced Setup settings to see what components are added to the installation pack. These methods will help you uncheck the unwanted components that might be trying to sneak into your computer unnoticed.

Is Chrome Search Online dangerous?

If the installation of Chrome Search Online is successful, your browsing will not be the same anymore. You may frequently be exposed to targeted user ads that are labeled as “ads generated by Chrome Search Online” every time you open your browser. You may also often land on different websites, which you may not know because the hijacker may try to manipulate your search results and deliberately redirect you to web locations, which are sponsored by advertisers. Although this activity is not considered dangerous, it may eventually cause you disturbance. There is also the risk of visiting suspicious web pages, where different viruses such as Trojans and Ransomware may be lurking. That’s exactly why we think it is a good idea to uninstall the browser hijacking software from your computer. To do this, you can use the manual or automatic removal method. If you do not want to download anything on your computer, follow the instructions in the Guide below and manually remove Chrome Search Online. Still, for best results, we would advise you to scan your system with the professional anti-malware tool on this page just to make sure it’s completely safe and free of any suspicious programs.

SUMMARY:

Name Chrome Search Online
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms This program may place a new homepage or search engine or install some new toolbars and cause irritating pop-up ads, banners, and tabs to appear in the user search results.
Distribution Method Mostly found inside free software installers, bundles, torrents, freeware sites, free download links, ads, spam and email attachments.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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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