How to remove Search60 (Search Sixty) “Virus” Nov. 2017 Update

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This page aims to help you remove Search60 “Virus” (SearchSixty). Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

As you browse the web, you probably hit countless applications like Search60 “Virus” (also known as SearchSixty). These applications often seem useful, but the moment they get installed on your Chrome, Firefox or Explorer browser, they tend to cause modifications and browsing disturbance. Generally, all programs that behave this way are classified as browser hijackers. They are not considered destructive and, fortunately, they do not aim to corrupt your system, unlike a Trojan horse, Ransomware or some other type of real virus. However, a lot of users find them irritating because they usually install a new homepage or search engine to their default browser and start to redirect their searches to various aggressively popping ads, banners, and offers. For this reason, we usually recommend our readers to stay away from such software in order to avoid the above-described disturbance. 

Search60 “Virus”

If you have already had your browser hijacked by Search60 “Virus”, you cannot do much to reduce its ads and remove its imposed changes except to completely uninstall it from your system. This is the only reliable way to eliminate all the nagging pop-ups and redirects and get your browser back to normal. Fortunately, on this page, we have a detailed removal guide that can show you exactly how to do that step-by-step. Just make sure you carefully read the information that follows and proceed to the instructions.

Can Search60 “Virus” cause problems to the operating system?

The most distinctive feature of browser hijacking programs like Search60 “Virus” is that they show numerous annoying ads and redirect most of your queries to certain sponsored sites. Moreover, you may notice that additional tools and browser plug-ins are attached to your default browser, such as a new homepage, a search engine or a toolbar in your bar menu. In general, browser hijacking programs should not be present on any computer because they basically do not provide any essential functionality. Their only purpose is to advertise and to generate traffic for certain websites, products, services, and offers. Of course, the developers of this software may also use it to earn from Pay-Per-Click or Pay-Per-View ads and in some cases, they may really get aggressive in their attempts to make you click on the displayed pop-ups. Judging by the behavior of Search60 “Virus”, it seems that this program is also used in a similar way and is related to some sponsored commercials that tend to aggressively interrupt the users’ normal browsing.

Search60 “Virus” (SearchSixty) 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.


Step1

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).

Step2

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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. 

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

Step4

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 automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.

DNS

Step5

  • 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).

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

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Search60 “Virus” 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 Search60 “Virus” from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Search60 “Virus” 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.

Step6

WARNING!
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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!

If you struggle to browse and you also notice some sluggishness, unresponsiveness, sudden browser crashes or other similar unpleasant results, we advise you to hurry up and remove Search60 “Virus” from your system. What is more, apart from being very irritating, the pop-up ads may not always be as safe as they look like. Generally, the content that the browser hijacker generates contains some invisible tags of specific web pages. You may often notice a tremendous amount of banner ads being displayed on your screen and prompting you to install new security applications, offering to download some new tools, to purchase some items on sale or the latest games, etc. Most of these ads are legitimate, but there might be also messages from non-reputed developers or even worse, some infected Trojan horse or Ransomware transmitters. If you are not careful, and you click on these ads, you may accidentally be redirected to some illegal phishing sites or already compromised pages where various viruses may be lurking.  In this relation, keeping Search60 “Virus” on your browser may indirectly cause unpleasant consequences. That’s why, we encourage you to keep away from downloading any applications or updating software, promoted by this program and other browser hijackers or even better, completely uninstall the software to stop it from loading your screen with various ads.

How can you protect your PC from browser hijackers?

Often, the browser hijacker takes advantage of the ability to infiltrate the system when the users install other free programs. There is a tendency among users to rush through the installation and click the next step without taking into account that there may be other programs. They often overlook that the basic installation often contains additional plugins such as Search60 “Virus” and other advertising software. To see them before installing them together with the main program, it is very important to select Manual Installation. This way, you will be able to detect all unwanted applications and disable them. Only then, when you make sure that unwanted programs are not selected, should you install the software you want. Such action can also help to avoid even nasty viruses and tricky infections like Trojans, Ransomware, and Spyware.

How can I effectively remove Search60 “Virus”?

You can try two methods to delete this program. The manual instructions needed to eliminate this potentially unwanted program can be found in the removal guide below. Remember, you need to be careful as you go through the various stages. If this option does not seem convenient, we suggest you use automatic removal. For this, you will need to install a professional removal program and run a system scan. There is one trusted tool that we recommend on this page and if you use it, you can rest assured that the software will handle the browser hijacker in no time. In addition, it provides the security of the computer for the future.

SUMMARY:

Name Search60
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Various intrusive ads, pop-ups and banners may appear on your screen while you are browsing the web.
Distribution Method Software bundles, torrents, free download links, automatic installers, spam messages, ads, email attachments.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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