s3arch.page is a standard representative of the software class of browser hijackers. The most popular web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge and others are a target of s3arch.page and the program typically hijacks their settings to facilitate its activities.
As soon as it gets installed in the system, s3arch.page is designed to change the default search engine to a different one and to replace the homepage URL with a domain that generates pay-per-visit revenue. The changes that the program makes are usually imposed on the users since they are not asked to directly approve them and are also not given the option to uninstall or remove them manually. This guarantees that whenever the browser is opened, users will automatically be redirected to visit specific web addresses and will have no other option but to endure the shower of promotional messages, sponsored ads, pop-ups and banners on their screen. You will need to remove s3arch.page completely from your system if you want to rid yourself of all these unwanted browser changes and sponsored ads. Unfortunately, it isn’t always that simple to do this, that’s why we have created a thorough removal guide to show you the exact steps.
Many web users pay insufficient attention to their browser’s safety and are careless about apps and add-ons which they incorporate into their browsers. However, it is not recommended to add unknown web elements and add-ons in your computer and let them make unauthorized changes to your user settings because any modification in your personal configurations may not only adversely affect your browsing experience but also put your system in danger and increase the risk of encounter with malware like Trojans (Nmon.exe), ransomware (Usam, Tabe), spyware and other notorious threats (Segurazo Antivirus).
How to remove s3arch.page?
Browser hijackers such as s3arch.page can often be mistaken for viruses or malware even though they have no damaging capacities. However, these associations still have a very strong basis, which originates from the fact that the hijackers’ aggressive advertising methods sometimes put users at risk of being exposed to dangerous external threats.
You may, for example, be automatically redirected to an unsafe page that cybercriminals have secretly compromised. Or you may happen to click on a malicious web ad that may deliver some terrible Trojan horse virus or a ransomware infection in your system. And even if this doesn’t happen, for as long as the hijacker is present in the system, you may still have to endure an endless stream of promotional messages that prompt you to purchase different questionable products or services or download some unnecessary software on your system.
That’s why if you don’t want to constantly be forced to interact with aggressive web ads and to endure unexpected page redirects to random sites, we highly recommend that you take a step further and uninstall s3arch.page from your computer. The instructions in the removal guide below can help you safely get rid of the unwanted homepage and search engine settings, as well as any other unnecessary components related to this program. As far as your online safety is concerned, remember that it is always a good idea not to communicate with random online advertising materials because malicious ads are still one of the main methods that hackers use to spread malware.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||The most noticeable symptoms include homepage and search engine changes, automatic page redirects to random sites and a constant stream of pop-up ads on the screen.|
|Distribution Method||Developers commonly bundle Browser Hijackers in free software packages and promote them as bonus installs.|
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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. 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.
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!