How to remove Searchfort Plus Virus (Chrome/FF/IE)


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This page aims to help you remove Searchfort Plus. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Adware applications are a specific category of software that is primarily used to serve the purposes of the online advertising industry. In today’s article, we will give you an in-depth analysis of the capabilities of such programs and more specifically, about the capabilities of Searchfort Plus – a recently reported Adware application that many customers have already complained about. The main issues that users tend to face when encountered with such a software are a unpleasant and highly-obstructive influx of browsing ads such as pop-ups, banners, box messages and potentially even redirects to other pages that the target user did not mean to visit. Such irritating activity typically affects all browsers and it really doesn’t matter what browser you tend to use. Chrome, Opera, IE, Edge, Firefox and all other popular browsing programs are typically susceptible to the ads displayed by programs like Searchfort Plus. As you can see, having such a software on your PC has the potential to be highly annoying and irritating which is why it’s advisable that you get rid of any adware that might be messing with your browser so that it stops bothering you. However, eliminating an adware application might not be as easy as uninstalling any other piece of software. Oftentimes, even if you uninstall the unwanted application from the Control Panel, it might still remain present in your browser. Furthermore, oftentimes such adware programs don’t even have a Control Panel entry that you can uninstall or the uninstallation might be prohibited or blocked in some way due to certain system/registry changes that the adware might have imposed. Therefore, in the majority of instances additional steps are required in order to fully remove everything that a pesky software like Searchfort Plus might have added to your system. The good news is that we have prepared an instructional guide which can help you eliminate the intrusive program and make sure that there’s no longer any component from it on your computer. To make the removal process even more effective, we have added a recommended software tool that specializes I detecting and cleaning unwanted and potentially dangerous software from the users’ computers so go ahead and give it a go if you want some additional help with the removal of the Searchfort Plus adware.

Searchfort Plus Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus 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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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.

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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 Searchfort Plus 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 Searchfort Plus from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Searchfort Plus 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

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!

Is there anything dangerous about adware apps?

In many cases, you might not even initially notice that an application that you’ve recently gotten installed is an actual adware. This is because most such programs are promoted as useful browser extensions and add-ons that would supposedly improve and enhance your online experience in some way. They might be advertised as useful security add-ons or performance-enhancers or something else of that sort. However, if an app is a hijacker soon after its installation and integration into your browser it would most certainly start to flood your screen with its pesky ads, banners and pop-ups. Users normally gain nothing from such activity but the same cannot be said for the adware’s creators. Through the ads that their products generate, adware developers are able to gain high amounts of income by making use of revenue-generating models like Pay-Per-Click and Pay-Per-View.

Now, all of this isn’t something that’s inherently harmful for the user but it could still be very annoying if your browser interface is constantly getting overwhelmed by nagging ads and windows that you don’t really need on your screen as they are preventing you from effectively using your browser. Still, as far as your machine’s safety is concerned, there’s no reason to be too worried – adware programs aren’t viruses and area quite different from threats such as Spyware, Trojans, Rootkits, Worms and Ransomware. Still, though, we’d suggest that you keep away from the ads you see on your screen during the time the adware is inside your system as the safety and reliability of the various pop-ups and banners cannot be verified and you might as well find yourself on some shady of the Internet where threats like Trojans and Ransomware might lurk in case you click on any of the adware ads.

Avoiding adware in future

To avoid future installation of adware, make sure to only go to sites with good reputation and to only download software that is both legal and legally distributed. Pirated downloads are a common source of undesirable programs like Searchfort Plus. One other important thing to remember is to stay away from spam messages and questionably-looking web-ads and web offers as those are another possible adware source. Last but not least, never install anything your system before you have explored the setup menu and before you have seen if there aren’t any bundled installs that need to be unchecked before the installation is launched. Adware applications are oftentimes getting bundled with freeware programs which is why you need to make sure that you always opt-out of any optional installs that might be unwanted or unneeded.

SUMMARY:

Name Searchfort Plus
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Adware programs are infamous for flooding the user’s browser screen with all sorts of pesky and obstructive advertising materials which is their most typical symptom.
Distribution Method Sketchy and unreliable web ads, program bundles, spam messages and others.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.


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