S3arch Page is an application that establishes control over popular web browsers to promote different websites and sponsored ads on their screen. S3arch Page typically attaches to Chrome, Firefox, Edge and other commonly used browsing ads and changes their homepage and search engine settings.
In general, S3arch Page is a browser hijacker that operates as a tool for promoting sites and displaying ads. The people who have this program in their system can typically experience automatic page redirects to specific URLs and aggressive generation of pop-up advertisements, banner notifications and promotional messages on the screen of their default browser. What can irritate users the most, however, are the changes that S3arch Page tends to make to their browser’s configurations without asking for approval. The browser hijacking program can have the main homepage and/or the default search engine altered without warning. Most prominently, the alternations include the introduction of a completely new search engine, the replacement of the homepage domain with another one, and the incorporation of numerous redirect buttons and unnecessary toolbars that, once clicked on, redirect to different pages and clutter the browser’s interface.
Sadly, the users are usually expected to embrace the browser’s “improvements” and live with them without being offered the opportunity to remove, modify or uninstall them in an simple way. That’s why many of them give up and conclude that they must have been hit with a virus or some other type of malware (such as a Trojan, Ransomware, etc.) that has taken control of their favorite web browser. Fortunately, at the end of this article, users can find a removal guide that is created to help everyone that needs assistance removing S3arch Page from their computer.
Generally speaking, browser hijackers (Mazy Search, Open4u) are applications that are famous for their ability to redirect online users to websites that pay for their traffic and promotion. Such applications are also known to cover the content of the pages the users visit with different pay-per-click advertisements, pop-up notifications, text alerts, banner offers and other click-prompts that advertise concrete products, services, software or their related pages. That’s why, unless they get fully uninstalled from the system, these programs will constantly try to engage you with the advertising content they are programmed to display.
Unfortunately, some of the notifications and the web pages the hijacker might advertise may not be very reliable. If you happen to click on a misleading ad, a fake pop-up or a questionable web link, for instance, you may end up being tricked to download some unnecessary software or purchase some low-quality product/service. You may also land on pages that may ask you to fill in some personal details in order to win a prize or register for some super promotions which may be, to say the least, unrealistic. Not to mention that, sometimes, the pop-up warnings and alerts that a program like S3arch Page can place on your screen could be used to distribute real viruses, like the aforementioned Trojans, Ransomware, Spyware and other malware.
Of course, this is not the rule, but rather a potential risk that may arise from keeping the browser hijacker in your system and letting it uncontrollably expose you to various types of known and unknown web content. That’s why the best you could do to avoid that risk is to regain control of your web browser by uninstalling S3arch Page along with the search engine, toolbar and homepage changes that it has imposed.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Normally, the Browser Hijacker can spam the browser’s screen with ads and make changes to its settings.|
|Distribution Method||Commonly, Browser Hijackers get distributed as free components inside spam messages, torrents, automatic installation managers and program bundles.|
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How To Remove S3arch Page
To try and remove S3arch Page quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the S3arch Page extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove S3arch Page by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of S3arch Page and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed S3arch Page removal guide below.
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
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).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location.
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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
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:
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.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
- 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).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove S3arch Page from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove S3arch Page from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove S3arch Page from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
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—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!