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Search Space Malware


Search Space

Search Space is a browser add-on that will automatically open certain sites in your browser without your permission in order to promote them. Search Space can be categorized as a browser hijacker as it also changes certain elements of the browser to further push its site-promoting agenda.

Search Space Malware

The Search Space malware can read your browser history and restricts you from going to certain websites

Browser hijacker apps like Search Space should be removed from the computer because their presence there could potentially contribute to the system’s exposure to various dangers on the Internet. The uncontrolled page redirects, as well as some of the changes made by the hijacker in the browser, could compromise the safety of your browser and thus make it more likely for threats such as Trojans and Ransomware viruses to attack you.

A common change that hijacker apps make in browsers like Chrome, Edge, and Firefox is the replacement of the homepage of the browser. The search engine may also be changed to further facilitate the advertising activities of the unwanted app. The newly installed search engine tool that the unwanted app has made your browser’s default one would likely seek to promote the sites that sponsor the hijacker by showing many ads of them amid its search results (maybe without even marking them as advertised content).

For many users, the irritation and the obstruction caused by the presence of a browser hijacker in the browser is enough to make them try to uninstall the intrusive application. However, even if you aren’t too bothered by the hijacker’s attempts to advertise certain websites, you should still take action towards deleting this undesirable browser add-on. As we mentioned at the start, a hijacker could, potentially, lead to certain security issues with your computer’s system and maybe even contribute to its exposure to malicious threats from the Internet, including stealthy Trojan horse infections and file-locking Ransomware cryptoviruses.

The SearchSpace Extension

The main reason experts consider hijacker apps like the SearchSpace extension potentially unsafe isn’t that the unwanted app itself can harm your computer. The main task for which apps like the SearchSpace extension are used is advertising – making money through the paid popups and banners generated by the hijacker.

However, the problem is that some of the websites that get promoted by this app may not be what they initially seem. It’s a well-known fact that many illegal or, at the very least, low-reputation sites employ the promoting services of browser hijackers so as to gain more visits to their pages. In most cases, those sites won’t contain anything that could directly endanger your computer but, since you could never really know if the sites Search Space opens in your browser are safe, it’s best to not allow this app to automatically reroute your browser without your permission. In the worst-case scenario, a hijacker like this one may redirect you to malware-infested web-locations where you could unknowingly get your computer attacked by all kinds of malicious viruses. Even though this doesn’t happen too often, it’s still best if you uninstall the advertising app and remove any of the modifications it has introduced to your browser.

SUMMARY:

Name Search Space
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Any unwanted and unauthorized change in the browser made without your knowledge could be a sign of a browser hijacker.
Distribution Method Usually, these apps are distributed as misleading spam email attachments or with the help of software updates, online ads, and file bundles.
Detection Tool

How To Remove Search Space Extension from Chrome

To try and remove Search Space 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 Space extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
  4. Remove Search Space by clicking on the Trash Bin icon next to its name.
  5. Confirm and get rid of Search Space and any other suspicious items.

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Search Space 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


Search Space Malware

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).

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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. 

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    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.

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    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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    • 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.

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    Search Space Malware  Remove Search Space from Internet Explorer:

    Open IE, click  Search Space Malware —–> Manage Add-ons.

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

    Search Space Malware Remove Search Space from Firefox:

    Open Firefoxclick  Search Space Malware  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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    Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
    Search Space MalwareRemove Search Space from Chrome:

    Close Chrome. Navigate to:

     C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

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    Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.

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    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!

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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