Search Feed Tech “Virus” Removal (Chrome/FF/IE) September 2018 Update


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This page aims to help you remove Search Feed Tech “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

If your browser has recently had its default search engine, starting page or new-tab page changed without your agreement or permission, then you might have had a browser hijacker installed on your app. Browser hijackers are advertising-oriented software components that function as part of the user’s browser after they get installed. Their main purpose is to accumulate profit through web advertising and redirects to promoted content. That is why, aside from the browser changes, you might also start noticing that a lot of ads have started to appear on your screen while you are browsing that seem to follow you on every site that you visit. Frequent page redirects are also a potential sign that there’s a hijacker on your PC. Normally, this could occur on any browser – Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera and so on. Removing this intrusiveness is normally not too difficult but there are still things you’d need to know in order to return your browser back to normal and put an end to the irritating stream of ads and page redirects. Below, we will give you information on how you can handle such a hijacker-related issue so go ahead and read the rest of this write-up if you are currently dealing with a hijacker and would like to have it removed and uninstalled in a safe and reliable way. We assume that many of you have found this page while looking for help with one specific hijacker named Search Feed Tech “Virus”. This particular browser hijacker can be extremely irritating with its aggressive ads and browser changes and it is a fairly new addition to the browser hijacking family which means that the number of users who get this software piece installed on their computers would only be going up throughout the next days/weeks. The removal instructions for it will be available in our guide down below where you’d also find a recommended tool for removing such pesky apps. You can either use the manual removal instructions from the guide or the automatic removal tool to take away Search Feed Tech “Virus”. Of course, you can use both methods together which is, in fact, what we’d advise you to do if you want best results. Just make sure to finish the rest of the article before you move on to the removal options as the information below is really important and all of this article’s readers should be acquainted with it.

Search Feed Tech “Virus” Removal

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.

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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 Search Feed Tech 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 Search Feed Tech from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Search Feed Tech 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

The hijacker software class and how dangerous it actually is

There is no doubt that hijacker apps are unwanted but how dangerous are they really? Well, when talking about hijackers, the first thing to point out is that they are surely not as threatening as real malware viruses the likes of Ransomware, Spyware, Rootkits and Trojans are. Hijackers are mostly harmless and any unpleasant effects that they might have had on your PC would usually go away as soon as the unpleasant app has been removed. However, due to the uncontrolled streaming of random ads on your screen, there are risks involved in the presence of a hijacker on your PC that you need to be aware of. Clicking on the advertising materials and interacting with the pages that such an unwanted app might redirect you to is highly inadvisable as this could expose your machine to different dangers. All kinds of malware viruses get distributed with the help of malvertising campaigns which means that if you accidentally click on the wrong advert, you might get your machine infiltrated by Trojans, Ransomware and all other kinds of nasty viruses. Therefore, make sure that you stay safe and avoid the irritating ads until the hijacking software element has been removed.

Avoiding them in the future

The best way to stay away from hijackers like Search Feed Tech from now on would be to avoid suspicious web locations and online content. Spam messages, misleading web offers, fake online requests and many other similar social engineering techniques are common methods for spreading undesirable apps like Search Feed Tech. Also, if you are about to install some new program that is cheap or free on your PC, you should carefully explore its installation manager and see if there are any clauses that allow the installation of bundled apps or that allow the installer to impose changes on your browser. This file-bundling technique is very commonly used for distributing all sorts of unpleasant apps and hijackers are no exception. Therefore, always make sure to manually customize the installation of any new programs that you have downloaded – opt-out of any optional clauses that look questionable and shady and also make sure that you only use quality and reliable download sources for new software in the future.

SUMMARY:

Name Search Feed Tech
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  A hijacker is likely to alter the way your browser works and looks and also stream a lot of ads to it.
Distribution Method File bundling, malvertising, spam, etc.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

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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