This page aims to help you remove Search My Window. These Search My Window removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
Why is Search My Window so dangerous?
Search My Window is a malware that comes in your computer as a chunk of an Adware program or a PUP. It is an Adware type of virus and we can’t stress enough how dangerous it is. Remember that malware has come to be more complex, growing from simply annoying to a threat for stealing crucial information.
Many people consider Adware programs or a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Programs) pure in nature and often just irritating, but they definitely could have negative effect on your system. This article will clarify why these programs could be a great danger if the user continues to keep them long enough on his PC.
The Adware sometimes could be tricky and it is especially tempting when it offers free,i.e., bonus programs. These free programs should always be verified because they might often include bundles with malicious software that comes in the form of pop-up ads, which appear as boxes or banners, which we have all at one point downloaded. Revenue, this way, is generated for each click that has been performed. Their bad fame keeps growing with the fact that they frequently install themselves without our knowledge or consent. This is the most famous procedure for Adware enlargement. Search My Window is a malware often carried by these freeware programs.
Any engagement with these ads and the unknown files they provide is a potential danger and we strongly advise you to keep yourselves away from them or at least keep close attention to everything that is within the installation process and mark off all additional unwanted software.
Clicking on these distrustful pop-up ads may cause extreme difficulties to uninstall either at the moment or later on. It could become impossible to close web pages or the ads will continue to appear and you will feel helpless in your attempts to remove them off your screen. It could also slowdown your PC significantly, freeze it, browser redirects may happen –when you try to open a web page and immediate redirection is before your eyes or an additional website is displayed– and many other bad results could take effect. It may change some or all of your stored files and make them worthless. It may also record your most confidential data and/or corrupt your social media channels, such as: Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc. It aims to spam your contacts with messages carrying infected links causing further spread.
How May You Get Infected?
Sometimes we are misled by being prompt to download audio or video plug-ins for example, or new ambiguous program updates. Be aware of all strange or weird e-mail attachments. Those are a primary virus carrier and it’s always best practice to scan them first. They will do you NO GOOD!
Search My Window may access your personal information, passwords to bank accounts, etc. and this could be horribly harmful especially if you have the habit of using online banking services. Thus, it is best to change your passwords often, but also as soon as you face the malicious software.
Being educated on the type of virus that is destroying your PC and knowing how it works by following the guidance in the detailed guide below, will better help you have Search My Window effectively removed. If you find some parts irrelevant to your particular problem in the instructions listed below, please do not hesitate to ask us any questions and we will answer in a timely manner.
Keep in mind that once you’ve removed Search My Window, it is not a guarantee that it won’t show up again, so learn now and prepare for the future! If this article does not answer the specific question you had in mind while searching for more information, take a look at some of our other articles and we almost guarantee that you will find the help you need.
|Name||Search My Window|
|Symptoms||slowness, glitches, bugs|
|Distribution Method||spams, free software, e-mail attachments|
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Search My Window Removal
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Search My Window may have hidden some of its files.
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.
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.
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 the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Search My Window from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Search My Window 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.
- At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’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—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!