This page aims to show you how to remove PieSearch. These PieSearch removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. Questions like “jak usunąć piesearch” and “piesearch entfernen chip” suddenly poured on our channels, showing a great deal of confusion towards what exactly this thing is.
PieSearch is a type of software commonly referred to as an adware. The name is derived from its primary attribute, which is the distribution of ads. You have probably noticed the substantial increase in promotional banners, coupon offers, weird pop-ups and annoying page re-directs, when surfing the Internet. These are characteristic symptoms of your browser being high jacked by PieSearch and if you’re seeking for a way to remove them – this guide will show you just that.
We should mention – to uninstall PieSearch is a good idea not only for the sake of your personal comfort. Programs like this, though very different from viruses and other such malicious software, ought to be removed as soon as you’ve become aware of them so as to prevent bigger dangers from occurring. Stick around and we’ll explain everything you need to know about it, we will show you how to remove PieSearch, and walk you, step by step, through the process.
What PieSearch is and what it does
As mentioned above, PieSearch is an adware – a program that generates large amounts of advertisements that appear on unrelated websites and just spontaneously come up while you’re browsing. Their goal is for you to either purposefully or by accident (since there is so much of them, it’s very well possible you might not mean to) click on them. The creators of the program earn money this way, it’s a scheme known as Pay per click, and that’s all they’re after.
It’s very often that most of those banners or hyperlinks are just misleading or downright fakes – they don’t really lead you to the promised discount or “won” reward. Some, however, might actually trick you into ending up on a shady, virus-ridden website. That’s when things are bumped up from ‘irritating’ to downright dangerous. Should this have been the case with you, you should immediately close the window or tab with the suspicious page and preferably run a virus check to make sure nothing managed to slip into your system. For this same reason it’s highly recommended you don’t click on any of the ads, no matter how attractive they might seem to you (which they rarely ever are anyway) – they will most likely not contain anything of interest or use to you.
Something else that makes PieSearch unwelcome on any user’s PC is that they gather your browsing data. Personal details and search queries alike are collected in order to optimize the advertising content and make it look more appealing. After all, the idea is to get you to fall for their fake ads. The drawback, though is that these details can and probably will be sold to third parties. Obviously, this is unsafe and might lead to some serious consequences relating to data misuse of various kinds. Therefore, we once again stress that keeping this or other adwares on your browser (Chrome, Mozila, etc.) is a very risky thing to do and you should consider getting rid of it – the sooner, the better.
How PieSearch gets installed on your PC and how to stop it from happening in the future
The bad news is that you installed this program most likely unknowingly and had no idea about it until it was already in your face. The good news, though, is that YOU installed it! Hence, you’re in control of this, even though you don’t know it yet. Let’s look at an example with Bob and perhaps you will recall where you might have contracted this little annoyance:
Bob decides he wants to download a program that converts files from format A to format B. He searches online for a website, where he can download it for free and goes on the first one he finds, oblivious to the potential dangers that might be lurking there. Without any second thoughts, Bob downloads the converter and then proceeds to set it up. The first thing the setup wizard asks him, is whether he would like to go through with the Default settings, our would he rather customize them to his liking. Bob chooses ‘Default’ and later discovers his browser is flooded with strange ads.
Familiar? It’s a nasty trick, but developers have been known to hide additional software in the default setup options, so be sure to always go for the advanced or custom ones. That way you’ll be able to control which program gets installed and which doesn’t, and you won’t ask “how to remove PieSearch” in the future.
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker – you might want to see if you’re not infected with it as well.
You can find the removal guide here.