Remove Searchpause.com “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox)

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This page aims to help you remove Searchpause.com “Virus”. These how to remove Searchpause.com “Virus” instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Since the release of the program called Searchpause.com, our inbox has been flooded with reports on how intrusive and annoying the mentioned piece of software is. A lot of these reports and requests center around the phrase “como eliminar searchpause.com“, clearly showing this is a threat widely spread among the Spanish speaking part of our readers. It is said to integrate itself in all browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and IE, changing their default search engines and homepages and sometimes even redirecting them to sites that the user did not intend to visit. Numerous users have been desperately seeking a way to get rid of the nagging application. Fortunately, those of you who are having the same issue can read this article, which will help you eliminate the irritating program along with all of its unwanted effects. However, bear in mind that there is more to Searchpause.com than simply having it removed. You need to know if there are any dangers that this program holds and how to prevent your PC from getting invaded by similar software in the future. Therefore, we suggest that you read the whole article without skipping any of the paragraphs in order to obtain a better understanding of what you are currently dealing with.

What is Searchpause.com?

A common term used to describe applications like the one we are currently talking about is Browser Hijacker. These are programs that incorporate themselves in the user’s browser/s in the form of an extension. The main difference between them and regular extensions is that Browser Hijackers are for the\ most part deprived of any useful functionality for the customer. Instead, they often tend to heavily decrease the quality of one’s regular online experience. This makes most people consider Browser Hijackers as PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). Occasionally, an application of this kind might be said to contain some actual form of functionality. However, in most cases, even if there is such functionality integrated within the program, it is something minor that is not worth the negative effects of the Hijacker.

What is the purpose of Hijackers?

Obviously, Browser Hijacker developers do not strive to provide the regular user with some very helpful and beneficial piece of software. In fact, the only reason why such programs are created is profit for their programmers. Since such applications are free, their developers have come up with other means of earning revenue via their products. The methods employed for gaining income in most cases have something to do with the online marketing industry. For example, promoting other software or utilizing the Pay-Per-Click scheme.

Searchpause.com "Virus"

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Is Searchpause.com a virus?

No, it is not really. Searchpause.com is not a virus. Obviously, it is an unwanted program, a piece of code that you would certainly not want on your machine. However, know that this application is very different from computer viruses such as the noxious Ransomware or the infamous Trojan horses. After all, as we mentioned earlier, Searchpause.com and other Hijackers are PUP’s. This means that even though they are generally regarded as unwanted, these programs are still relatively safe and harmless for your PC and online security.

Nevertheless, you need to keep in mind that while a Hijacker might not present a danger to your computer, it still has the tendency of carrying out certain questionable tasks, such as looking through your online history or displaying exaggerated error messages on your screen. This is all part of its techniques for earning revenue for its creators. Anyway, no user would want to have their privacy invaded in such a way and that is why you should remove the intrusive Browser Hijackers from your system as soon as possible. In order to learn how to do that on your own, keep on reading the remainder of the article. Below there is a detailed manual that will guide you through the different actions you need to undertake in order to get rid of Searchpause.com.

How did the Hijacker get installed into your computer’s system?

Consider this – the best and easiest way to deal with this type of bothersome software is to keep them away from your machine. In order to do that, you’d need to have a good understanding of how they get installed there in the first place. Some of the most commonly employed methods for installing Searchpause.com are illegal torrents, deceptive hyperlinks or shady attachments to spam e-mails, file-sharing sites, etc. However, the one method that seems to have the highest success rate when it comes to installing Searchpause.com is file bundling. When included within a bundle, the Hijacker remains hidden and if the user installs the main program of the bundle using the Quick installation settings, they’d also get the unwanted add-on. The key to prevent this is to use the Advanced installation option. That will allow you to choose which of the added installs stay and which are going to be left out. Opt for this and uncheck everything that appears shady and unwanted and then you should be good to carry on with the actual installation of the program that you want.

Now, on to answering the question “como eliminar searchpause.com“.

SUMMARY:

Name Searchpause.com
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Common symptoms of a Browser Hijacker are changes to your browser search engine or homepage and unwanted and/or unexpected page redirects.
Distribution Method The preferred methods for distributing this specific type of unwanted software are links and file attachments sent to you via spam e-mails, torrent files, software-sharing sites and program bundles.
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Remove Searchpause.com “Virus” (Chrome/Firefox)


 

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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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Searchpause.com may have hidden some of its files.

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.

Step3

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

Step4

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 Searchpause.com 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 Searchpause.com from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Searchpause.com 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.

  • At this point the threat is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Step5

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.

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Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.

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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 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

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