Remove Chrome Search Win (Feb. 2019 Update)

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

Chrome Search Win is a program that is able to take control of all the browsers installed on your device: Chrome, Explorer and/or Firefox (and all the other ones as well); and could result in some awfully annoying modifications of these apps:

  • You might get redirected to unknown webpages while you are surfing the Internet all the time. Consequently, your browsing experience may be generally affected in a negative way.
  • Your browser apps might launch the generation of plenty of online advertisements. Banners, pop-ups and bright boxes might appear all over your browser windows and tabs, whenever you try to browse the web.
  • Chrome Search Win may even substitute your favorite browser homepages and search engines with unfamiliar ones that you may perceive as highly undesirable and annoying.

This software’s common name is browser hijackers. The positive aspect of such a contamination is that, generally speaking, all such programs are not classified as the dangerous type of threats. Nonetheless, the bad news is that the likely changes such a program may inflict could indeed get on your nerves. Browser hijackers are classified as a kind of software that is generally oriented towards the existing browser apps. In fact, no other component of your computer may be accessed and/or changed by such a program. This software version may simply and only access and modify your browser apps.

Perhaps you don’t know that Chrome Search Win…

…acts in favor of the marketing industry. The long-term efforts of goods manufacturers, service providers and software developers to come up with a successful means of online advertising (since nowadays communication has become increasingly online-based) have resulted in the creation of this kind of software. Really, the redirecting and advertisements such hijackers might cause have to be regarded as equal to the promotion campaigns we see on TV, and hear on the radio. This particular marketing scheme is known as “pay per click” and its name perfectly describes the way it works. The more ads you are exposed to, the more redirecting happens, and the more homepages are used; the more efficient the advertising process is considered to be. Consequently, the more money both parties involved may make. 

How to solve your hijacker-related issue:

We need to say that the best way to cope with an infection of any sort is not to catch it in the first place. The only always successful way is to avoid the likely sources of an infection. If your device has already been infected by Chrome Search Win, take a look at the Removal Guide we have included below.

Chrome Search Win “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 automaticallyIf 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 Targetremove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Chrome Search Win 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 Win from Firefox:

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

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

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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!

Is Chrome Search Win simply irritating or actually really harmful?

We are positive that Chrome Search Win is NOT related to any malware. This hijacker represents a simple online advertising tool and won’t do you or your system any harm. In spite of that, let us mention the considerable difference between any browser hijacker program and any popular virus you may have heard of. One example of the differences between a hijacker and a typical virus is related to the used distribution methods. Whilst all malicious programs and viruses we know about (Ransomware, Trojans, etc.) automatically self-install on your machine; Chrome Search Win and other harmless programs of this kind ALWAYS need your direct (or in some cases – indirect) permission to launch the installation process. Another illustration is about how differently hijackers and the versions of Ransomware might affect your PC. While any standard hijacker might just “take control of” your browsers and somehow change them, the Ransomware-like program can indeed access all your essential data, and prevent you from accessing it ever again, demanding a ransom for unblocking it.

In the general case browser hijackers get distributed via:

When it comes to Adware and/or hijackers, the most usual source is a process called bundling. Software bundling represents assembling different games and apps and distributing them in combos, known as bundles, normally free of charge. Such bundles are usually more or less harmless provided that you know how to install them in the correct way. Mastering this skill of performing a proper installation process will let you use the free software inside a bundle, however, at the same time avoid the advertising software that could be lurking there. In fact, the secret is: whatever you install into your system, do it slowly, but more carefully: by using the ADVANCED (CUSTOMIZED/ CUSTOM) installation feature.


Name Chrome Search Win
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Some irritating acting of your browsers – the generation of a lot of ads, some redirecting possible.
Distribution Method Everywhere on the web, especially inside bundles, torrents, ads and spam.
Detection Tool

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