This page aims to help you remove Pie Search. These Pie Search removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you are reading this page, then you have already identified you have Pie Search on your computer and are looking for guidance on how to uninstall it. The following article will not only help you to get rid of Pie Search, but it will also tell you how to prevent your PC from becoming infected again. Our step by step guide will take you through everything you need to do to remove Pie Search and have a clean PC again.
How does Pie Search work?
Adware stands for advertising-supported software and is classed as anything that renders adverts on your PC to generate money for whoever it is advertising for. Adverts through this method become very obtrusive and can often be used for substandard or shoddy goods, as opposed to the legal advertising used by reputable companies.
Adware programs, such as, Pie Search are in no way malicious or self-replicating like a virus is. A virus can cause a lot of harm to a PC. Viruses are capable of stealing your data, damaging your programs, spying on you. Some of the most dangerous viruses are capable of allowing hackers to control your PC remotely. In comparison, adware is mostly annoying and harmless. Still, do not underestimate it and remove it from your machine as quickly as possible.
Once Pie Search has been installed, it will integrate itself into your browser, and you may then be bombarded with pop up ads, banners, unwanted toolbars, and page redirections. This may slow your work down and closing ads and unwanted pages can become very tedious. It also does not distinguish between browsers, so you are vulnerable using Chrome, Firefox or any other browser, so just switching browsers will not make any difference – removing the adware is the only sure way to get rid of the Ads.
The programme gathers information from all the sites you enter. It then tailors ads to the kind of sites you have visited, so that you will click on them instead. You browsing details may also be sold to third parties, who will also target you with their ads.
How did Pie Search get in?
Pie Search can often be installed when downloading programme bundles and may not be picked up by malware programs. When downloading anything like torrents or free programmes, always be careful and vigilant. Never click on the quick installation option that is immediately offered to you, as this is often how adware gets into your PC. Always go for the advanced installation and read every menu. The advanced installation contains details about what kind of programs will get installed and you can easily remove any unwanted additions from the installation. It only takes a few seconds to do that and it may save you a lot of headaches dealing with unwanted Adware that you may otherwise pick up. It is advisable to stick to sites that can guarantee their downloads are free from any malware or viruses, but still remain vigilant.
Other dangers associated with Adware
Even though Adware is not a virus or malicious, it is still an unwanted addition to your PC. There are various types of infections that can happen through adware, and these have been listed below.
- Pre-click infections.
These can happen when a malware is included in the primary scripts of a page or its downloads. Something may try to download itself when you open the page.
- In-between infections
tend to be even more dangerous. It is possible for some malware to install itself onto your PC as you are redirected to the Ad-hosted website. There is no way anyone can pre-empt this, which is why reputable anti-virus software is always good to have around.
- Post-click malvertisement
occurs when you are redirected to a dangerous or outright malicious web page. Nobody really wants or has the time for this and it can be easily avoided. As the saying goes don’t bolt the door after the horse has bolted. It is always best to avoid this, remember prevention is the best defense and it can be no more so in this case. After all, a clean computer is surely better than a computer packed with unwanted adware.
|Danger Level||Medium (Adware could mislead you to install worthless software) |
|Symptoms||Pop Up Ads, browser redirects, banners and other annoying “features”.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles and aggressive online ads аre among the possible sources. |
|Detection Tool||Adware may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Pie Search Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Pie Search may have hidden some of its files.
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.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
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 Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove Pie Search from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Pie Search from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Pie Search from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!