Remove Search Genius Virus

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

Please take the time necessary to read this, it is really important that you do.

Search Genius Virus has been identified as a probable computer virus, its class being judged to be Adware. We will try to provide some valuable information about this type of malicious software as well as important tips on how to prepare yourself to deal with it in the most accurate way possible.

Adware malicious software is what most security experts consider a low priority malware threat, just a step above a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). You will inevitably have to endure what can only be described as an irksome experience. A seemingly never-ending stream of advertisements, either in the form of a pop-up, not very easy to close down windows or a banner. The common theme here is not to interact with the ads whatsoever, in fact it is our strong recommendation that your only engagement with the ads should be when you carefully close them down.

The negative effects on your computer include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced general responsiveness and system performance. Due to the extra load on your CPU and the vastly more system memory used to accommodate the popping ads, it is no surprise that your overall system performance will take a dive. That is especially true for older configurations, on modern computers it might be a tad bit harder to spot it right on, but it will be there.
  • If you happen to notice an unfamiliar toolbar being displayed in your browser, do not be surprised. This is a side effect of Search Genius Virus.
  • You may notice certain parts of your text or numbers are strangely highlighted and turned into hyperlinks. As our previous advise for the ads, the same goes here – do not click on them, they will redirect you to places filled with malware.

A few words before you proceed with the actual removal of Search Genius Virus. This is important so take the time to read it, it will probably answer some questions that you may have later. Since it would be close to impossible to create a removal guide that can work for all versions of the virus there are, you might find that some steps doesn’t seem to bear any resemblance to the problems you are having. Do not be worried about this, just move on with the remaining procedures. On the other hand if you happen to need some additional information or clarification about some of the things that are required to eviscerate the Adware from your computer, by all means do not be shy. Ask away freely in the comments section, we are striving to answer all requests.


Name Search Genius
Type Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms  Reduced PC performance, unwanted ads, text turned into hyperlinks.
Distribution Method Files downloaded from fake ads, torrent sites or e-mail attachments.
Detection Tool



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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove Search Genius Virus from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
3: Remove attachments to browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete the threat from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.

Remove Search Genius Virus

NOTE! If you are a Mac (OS X) user, you need to follow a different guide to get rid of the pop-up ads. Here it is:

How To Remove Ads From Mac


Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

This was the first preparation.


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The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this step. Search Genius Virus may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.

Keep in mind that Search Genius Virus affects ALL web browsers that have been present on your hard drive when the initial infection took place. While most users unaware of that fact opt to clean up only the most used by them browsers, notably Chrome and Firefox, you need to rid of the malware completely. To do that, please repeat Step 2 from our removal guide for all affected programs, even if they are seldom used.


ie9-10_512x512 Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the malware. Remove it by pressing Disable. If your Home Page has been hijacked, go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options> change the URL to whatever you use —> Apply. Reset Your IE Settings

firefox-512 Remove Search Genius Virus from Firefox:

Open Firefox, click mozilla menu (top right) ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove. Refresh Your Firefox Settings.

chrome-logo-transparent-background Remove Search Genius Virus from Chrome:

Start Chrome, click chrome menu icon —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. Find the malware and select chrome-trash-icon

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Click chrome menu icon —> Settings —> Search —> Manage Search Engines. Delete everything but your normal search engines. Reset Your Chrome Settings.


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) as well.


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.


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. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:


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:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.

In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like this:

DNS Settings

If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a domain network, contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.


Right click on the Taskbar —> “Start Task Manager.”


Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.


You have now reached the trickiest spot in the whole removal operation. If you stop now then you will essentially accomplished close to nothing as the virus will continue tormenting you. Having considered that you should also be warned that there is some very real possibility that you might significantly hinder your device. If you follow our instructions to the letter the chance of that happening is very small, yet you should be prepared that even a small deviation or a misguided click of your mouse might do the damage. If you are having any doubts or simply do not feel you are prepared to take such chances, then please consider an alternative approach to this problem. We highly recommend downloading and installing a professional Search Genius Virus scanner and remover. You will not only fix you current issue but also be prepared if need be for further problems down the road.



Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and delete the directories you were sent to.


Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random