This page aims to help you remove “Search Solutions”. These “Search Solutions” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
The reason why have ended up reading the following article is the growing number of diverse ads that have been currently compromising your surfing activities. Probably you have done some research on them and you are already aware that the program causing them is called “Search Solutions”. In the next paragraphs you are going to find some elaborate information about this software’s characteristics as well as useful instructions on how to remove it and avoid it from now on.
What is typical of “Search Solutions”?
As we have mentioned above, “Search Solutions” typically causes the appearance of numerous ads in different shapes, forms and sizes. The programs that are used for generating such ads are popularly known as Browser Hijacker. You have possibly already experienced what annoyance those advertisements may sometimes provoke.
Why are the ads so many and so intrusive?
As always, it’s all about the money. Browser Hijacker-type software is specialized in displaying ads, of course because such advertisements earn substantial profits – every single one of them contributes to the total amount of income. This tactic is famous as PPC (pay per click), which is legal and widely used.
How has your system been infected with “Search Solutions”?
This is one more of the most commonly asked questions regarding Browser Hijacker as a whole. The truth is – a computer can get contaminated in many different ways. Sometimes an infection might happen when you visit a suspicious webpage; other times – when you use torrents or from a spam email in your inbox. Despite the variety of different means of spreading Browser Hijacker, the most often used one is bundling it with other programs in a so-called software bundle. Such combos of products are usually distributed free of charge and anyone can download and install them. However, as you already know, the Browser Hijacker included in the bundles is used for making the money necessary for the developers to continue their practices.
More technically speaking, most probably “Search Solutions” has come to your system as a part of a bundle. Then you have possibly made a typical mistake. You have installed the software in the simplest and quickest way you know – by choosing the Default option of the installer. In this way everything, which the given software bundle has contained, has become incorporated into your machine. The next time you venture into installing any software, you are supposed to have already learned from that naive mistake and select the Advanced installation method of the wizard. It will let you know about everything that you are agreeing to put into your PC, especially if you read the EUCA (End-User Client Agreements). That option should become habitual to you.
So, Search Solutions “Virus” is similar to malware, isn’t it?
Contrary to popular belief Search Solutions “Virus” is not a virus at all. Actually, Browser Hijackers are usually mostly harmless. The ads it produces are very annoying but nothing more than that. It cannot perform all the dishonest activities typical of viruses. For example, it never steals or encrypts personal files as Ransomware (an exemplary type of malware) tends to do. Also, a Browser Hijacker is completely incapable of spying on you through your webcam or by memorizing your key strokes. Don’t worry! However, you could still be interested in removing “Search Solutions” because it may sometimes show its shady sides. For instance, it may use your recent web searches to define your habits and tastes and to renew the ads campaign, showing only the ones you might be interested in. Such a research into your personality might appear too aggressive.
Another possible questionable feature it might sometimes show is generating so many ads that your RAM gets stuck with them and your system’s performance might be seriously compromised. Browser Hijacker is even less likely to display pop-ups and banners that could possibly lead to dangerous online content, however, that possibility is still out there.
Simple, yet effective, advice on prevention
It is recommended that you always make prevention a priority as this will save you from a lot of trouble in the long term. Our prevention tips may prevent you from catching not only Browser Hijacker but some versions of malware alike. Here they come:
- Completing the installation process of a given program LIKE A BOSS. Choosing the right option of the installer will allow you to know everything you are supposed to know in order to avoid infections;
- Keep your Firewall and ad blockers ON – just in case. They might not save you from the Browser Hijacker-generated pop-ups and banners, but they will definitely prevent you from using potentially suspicious websites;
- Always update your OS and your anti-malware tool. In this way you will be more protected against probable online threats;
- Choose your sources of software in the way you select your friends – carefully and with a lot of tests in order to be sure that they won’t infect you with the newest terrible malicious programs;
A few words on removing “Search Solutions”
The removal guide just below will be greatly helpful to you in uninstalling this Browser Hijacker with its detailed and simply explained instructions.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Most probably the annoying ads will be the biggest sign, however, the whole performance of your PC might get slower.|
|Distribution Method||Together with free programs in a software bundle. Sometimes via torrents, spam emails and compromised web pages.|
|Detection Tool||“Search Solutions” may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
“Search Solutions” 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 Solutions” 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 or otherwise look suspicious.
- Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.
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.
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 “Search Solutions” 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 “Search Solutions” from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the Browser Hijacker/malware —> Remove.
Remove “Search Solutions” 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 threat 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 dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic 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 threat’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
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