Remove Searchnotifyfriends.info “Virus” (May 2019 Update)


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

Specific Information about Searchnotifyfriends.info

An example of Searchnotifyfriends.info’s initial redirect.

After a few seconds, the redirect proceeds to another website (note that this can change in a few days), currently design2.news-tap.com. The pages Searchnotifyfriends.info redirects to seem to be language and location specific:

The landing page on design2.news-tap.com where Searchnotifyfriends.info leads.

General information about Searchnotifyfriends.info and other browser hijackers

There are always a lot of misconceptions, questions and concerns around browser hijackers such as Searchnotifyfriends.info “Virus” because these pieces of software oftentimes tend to operate in a quite intrusive way. For instance, they may impose browser modifications such as homepage or search engine replacements in your main browser as well as initiate page-redirects to different sites full of ads, banners, page-redirecting clickbait messages, pop-ups and other commercials, which may not be welcomed by the end users. Typically, such obscure apps the more commonly used browsers – browser programs the likes of Chrome, Firefox, Explorer and Safari are the ones that get the most hijackers.

A browser hijacker can also be quite difficult to remove and every time you open up a new browsing session, you are likely to start getting exposed to different sponsored pages, colorful adverts, sales messages and similar promotional materials, regardless of your attempts to close them down. Many web users mistake these activities for symptoms of a possible malware infection and fear browser hijackers like Searchnotifyfriends.info as much as they fear Ransomware, Trojans, Spyware and other nasty computer viruses. And, we cannot blame those who take such pieces of software for something alarming because, in most of the cases, the way the browser hijackers operate can be rather aggressive and intrusive. Besides, it may take more than a couple of clicks to effectively uninstall them.

How invasive could a hijacker be?

It is not uncommon for software pieces like Searchnotifyfriends.info “Virus” to integrate some new and unfamiliar components such as homepage domains, sponsored search engine tools, new new-tab pages, buttons, toolbars and shortcuts with the main browser without asking for the users’ permission. Not to mention that they may fill the entire screen with various blinking boxes and colorful messages that constantly prompt you to click on them just so that you cold get sent to different ad-oriented web locations. With this in mind, it is not a surprise that the word “virus” is oftentimes used to refer to apps that are actually hijackers. Fortunately, the aim of most browser hijackers isn’t to cause harm. They are tools of the online marketing industry which are only interested in promoting certain links, websites, products and services and are not related to criminal activities such as data theft, espionage, system corruption, file destruction or other nasty illegal deeds.

Nevertheless, it is still not a good idea to allow Searchnotifyfriends.info “Virus” to linger in your PC for long. Over time, such pieces of software may cause irritating issues in your browser and prevent you from browsing the web in peace. In fact, the activity of any browser hijacker can adversely affect the performance of your PC as a whole. Sooner or later, the constant generation of advertisements (which wastes your system resources), would slow down the entire system and may even begin to cause software failure.

Another, much more significant reason why we consider the presence of such annoying apps undesirable, however, is the possibility of infection with really dangerous programs such as Trojans, Ransomware and more since many hackers and cyber criminals often inject malicious software into random online advertising materials. The risk of getting displayed such malicious adverts in your browser is certainly there if an app like Searchnotifyfriends.info is on your PC. For this reason, we have prepared instructions that will show you how to remove the browser hijacker and uninstall all of its changes once and for all.

SUMMARY:

Name Searchnotifyfriends.info
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms This particular redirect appears only after a browser hijacker takes over your settings and begins to change search engines, home pages and desired target websites.
IP Address 104.18.54.129
Detection Tool

Remove Searchnotifyfriends.info “Virus”

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.

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 Searchnotifyfriends.info 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 Searchnotifyfriends.info from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Searchnotifyfriends.info 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!


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