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.
|Danger Level||Medium (Most Adware programs are just annoying, but may expose you to hidden threats)|
|Symptoms|| Most symptoms are connected to the display of unwanted Ads – pop-ups, banners and hyperlinked words.
|Distribution Method||Frequently lurking in the installers of other programs. Can also be directly installed from a misleading Advertisement found online.|
|Detection Tool||PieSearch may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
Safe mode may be necessary to delete files associated with PieSearch.
- Parts of PieSearch may be hidden and you need to reveal them before you are able to remove the problem.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
The Control Panel menu which started contains a list of all programs which you have installed on your PC. Look for all that is suspicious there and Uninstall it. In the event a confirmation warning appears carefully examine it before selecting anything – it might be an attempt to trick you like the example below.
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:
Browse the file that just opened – if you got hacked you will observe a group of numbers that are in fact IPs. Have a look at our picture to get an idea.
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 PieSearch from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click –> Manage Add-ons.
Find the suspicious entry —> Disable. Go to –> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove PieSearch from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click —> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the threat —> Remove.
Remove PieSearch 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 your problem 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 malicious or otherwise not supposed to be there. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the suspicious 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.
Now we’ll delete any leftover settings strings of the threat – if it attempts to re-infect your computer. Discover them by holding CTRL+F together and then do a search on the name of the threat. Eliminate any successful search results. If that is impossible see the location of the file and browse manually to delete it.
- 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
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