This page aims to help you uninstall SearchMoreKnow Ads. These SearchMoreKnow Ads removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
SearchMoreKnow Ads is recognized as an Adware type of malware by computers specialists. As such it cannot harm your computer directly and as a result is classified as a low-risk threat. This, however, does not mean you should take it lightly – the Ads it generates are very annoying to put up with and could also be very dangerous if some kind of software is obtained and installed from them.
|Danger Level||Medium. The Ads are annoying and you can’t be sure something worse will not find its way towards your device courtesy to SearchMoreKnow Ads.
|Symptoms||Intrusive pop-ups with Advertisements, website redirects, compromised browser integrity.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, e-mail attachments, contaminated downloaded files.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove SearchMoreKnow Ads from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
5: Permanently delete SearchMoreKnow Ads from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Do not click on the Ads and most certainly do NOT install anything related to SearchMoreKnow Ads
- SearchMoreKnow Ads’s primary function is to display Ads – the creator is getting paid for every click on those Ads. Unfortunately Adware applications are not exactly known for the high quality control they have on the Ads they display – quite the opposite.
- Reputable companies seldom advertise through applications like SearchMoreKnow Ads – though may be copied by hackers in a practice known as phishing. Popular online shops are cloned to a new, yet very similar address to the original. These sites are dummies, but may be actively advertised by overly generous promotions. If you make the mistake of trying to log-in with your account name and password into such a dummy site you’ll basically hand over your account’s details to the hackers, who will record the name and password and then use them to log-in to the real account and rob you.
- Another dangerous possibility is the installation of a virus-infected executable file. Adware like SearchMoreKnow Ads is known to generate Ads that look exactly like system messages, but are actually fake. The purpose of these messages is to make you believe there is some sort of problem with your computer.
- You’ll then be prompted to download some free software that can fix it problem for you. At worst this file is contaminated by a Trojan or Virus and if you install it you’ll be in some serious trouble. At best you are looking at a bloatware program that doesn’t actually do anything different then fanning the flames by creating fake reports about found errors and problems. Once you pay for the full version the program will just cut off the display of these fake reports without actually doing anything else.
On how SearchMoreKnow Ads got installed on your machine
Unfortunately the most likely reason is that you installed it yourself – likely without even realizing or even remembering that you did it. This is possible if you installed some program through an installer that carried additional programs inside – a practice called software bundle. Such an installer will deliver the main program it is built for, but it will also have extra programs bundled that will also get installed if you use the Default installation option. We strongly urge you to forget about using the Default installation and always use Advanced in the future. It only takes a couple more clicks on the Next button to get the exact same result, but in the meantime the installer will inform you where and what exactly is getting installed and you will have the option to block any or all of the extra programs should you want to. Do it. The chance of obtaining useful software from these bundles is pretty low anyway.
Remove SearchMoreKnow Ads
The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
ALL of your internet browsers are likely infected by SearchMoreKnow Ads. It is attached as an add-on and in order to remove it you have to follow the instructions outlines in Step 2 and Step 3. Run them through each browser separately and make sure you all traces of SearchMoreKnow Ads are removed. It is possible that the Adware may pop-up some form of confirmation message when you try to get rid of it. This in turn can try to make you visit a website for a survey or “allow” you to download some software for free. Avoid either option – it’s an attempt to install a different Adware by the same creator that made SearchMoreKnow Ads.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find SearchMoreKnow Ads . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Remove SearchMoreKnow Ads from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
SearchMoreKnow Ads should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove SearchMoreKnow Ads from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for SearchMoreKnow Ads and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
WARNING! READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
The final part of our guide removes any remaining processes and files attached to SearchMoreKnow Ads. You’ll have to delete some files – but please be careful and double check before deleting anything. A mistake could well result in damage to your OS or some other program. If you are not feeling comfortable, we advise you to download a professional SearchMoreKnow Ads remover. Make a good use of the scanner to locate any additional viruses that SearchMoreKnow Ads may have installed on your machine or are lying dormant from before. The nastiest types do not reveal themselves until it’s too late for anything to be done and good scanning software is your best bet for finding them before they can do any damage.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and 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 you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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