Search.grilime.com is a rogue browser plugin that operates as a browser hijacker and makes unauthorized changes to the settings of different browsers. Apps like Search.grilime.com normally fill in the screen of the hijacked browser with pay-per-click advertisements and initiates page-redirects to specific websites.


The Search.grilime.com will redirect your browser when you try to use it

The users who have Search.grilime.com on their Chrome, Firefox, Edge or other commonly used browsers report that this app somehow keeps track of their web surfing activity and always finds a way to display pop-ups, banners and click-bait ads that match their latest searches. In addition to that, this hijacker tends to make some unwanted changes to the browser’s main search engine, the homepage address and the toolbar’s appearance.

As a result, the system’s main web browser starts to operate oddly, becomes unresponsive and automatically displays a variety of on-screen banners, box updates, pop-ups and other advertising messages during the browsing sessions.

Search.grilime.com redirects to Bing

Search.grilime.com will change the home page on your browser without your permission. The search engine which Search.grilime.com will redirect you to uses results from Bing.

Apps like Search.grilime.com, Goodluckdog.space and Agafurretor can normally integrate with every web browser without warning users about their plans to change its main settings. However, after the browser “improvements” of the Search.grilime.com app have already been imposed, the end result would be a new homepage address or a different search engine that displays sponsored search results and automatically redirects users to specific websites.

If you want to uninstall all these annoying browser changes and remove all the nagging ads without making them come back again, you would need to head directly to the root of the browsing disturbance, which in your case is Search.grilime.com.

Uninstalling a browser hijacker, however, may not always go as smooth and as easy and you may want to. That’s why, to save you time, and to avoid a possible unintentionall system corruption, we’ve developed a special manual removal guide for Search.grilime.com to help you in the removal process.

The majority of browser hijackers are known as potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), even if not classified as computer viruses or malware. This is because, often, this kind of software can trigger some device vulnerability issues (by making changes to the browser), as well as user exposure to numerous online security hazards, including ransomware and Trojan Horse transmitters and different phishing pages. This is why, if not removed, such applications may indirectly affect the safety of your computer by redirecting you to random web pages with obscure content and making you click on various sketchy web ads.

Therefore, if you want to prevent a close interaction with online threats such as viruses, Trojans, Ransomware, Rootkits and other stealthy pieces of malware and their potential transmitters, our advice would be to stay out of all of the Search.grilime.com promotional materials.

Another factor why you may wish to uninstall Search.grilime.com is that the ad-generation processes it may initiate may consume a significant portion of your system’s resources. After all, the hundreds of ads and auto-directs may need to use a massive RAM and processor power in order to get displayed on your browser’s screen during your web surfing sessions. Over time, this may make the computer slow and unresponsive to your other commands, since the browser hijacker will constantly keep it busy with displaying promotional materials.


Name Search.grilime.com
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms Pesky changes to the main web browser and nagging advertisements during web browsing.
Distribution Method Browser Hijackers are commonly added to the installation wizard of some other program, or inside torrents and spam messages.
Detection Tool

Search.grilime.com Removal

To try and remove Search.grilime.com quickly you can try this:

  1. Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
  2. Then click on the Extensions tab.
  3. Look for the Search.grilime.com extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Search.grilime.com by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Search.grilime.com and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Search.grilime.com 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).



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:

    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:


    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.



    • 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.


    Search.grilime.com Remove Search.grilime.com from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click Search.grilime.com —–> Manage Add-ons.


    Find the threat —> Disable. Go to Search.grilime.com —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

    Search.grilime.com Remove Search.grilime.com from Firefox:

    Open Firefox, click Search.grilime.com ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.


    Search.grilime.comRemove Search.grilime.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 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—-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!


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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