Search Window Virus Removal

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This page aims to help you remove Search Window. These Search Window removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, Safari and every version of Windows, including OS X (Mac).

What’s going on?

The answer to this question might be simple or complicated. It depends on how bad your PC has been hurt by Search Window. Operating systems have become much more complicated in the past few decades, so have the viruses attacking them. Not too long ago  it was plenty to call something a “virus”, but now there are several different definitions of this word. A malware is considered a crime and there shouldn’t be a second opinion on this fact.  BUT  Search Window is not exactly considered to be a crime because it usually gets in via free software/free programs. Most people don’t read enough material about Search Window or simply ignore it until the problem it causes becomes personal to them.

Few more words about Search Window..

Most of the time Search Window consists of unwanted ads that could be in the form of pop-ups or non-close able windows, hyperlinks and/or generally excessive amount of ads, most of which are misleading and simply untruthful. Search Window is also considered the least damaging of all viruses. Simple as that!

One sign that the malware has been installed on your computer.

There is something called “browser hijacker”. It is very similar to Adware though it may actually offer products that seem desirable to users while those products are camouflaged viruses. It could also do the following things:

  • redirect the user’s home page;
  • change their search engine;
  • show an error page;
  • randomly open new tab pages;
  • entirely overtake browser settings, which is definitely not GOOD.

Like with any other virus, these things are pretty much impossible to remove in a normal way and in one click. The biggest sign of Search Window is when users are redirected to a specific page or website and taken there unwillingly. The virus will promote such webpages and wants you to click on them. The virus will  open new windows  for you with such webpages without even asking for your permission.

What is a”malicious website“? It is  called so because it has many misleading elements on its pages.  For instance, when using the Mozilla Firefox browser it will manipulate you into installing updates for Flash or many other popular programs. Another variation of this are the famous spam ads like “you won $1,000,000” or “click here for the trip of a lifetime”. Remember that nothing is for free and that no one gives a million dollars just like this.

Unfortunately,  it is frequently believed that an infection can spread only when someone clicks on the infected ad, when in reality there are as many examples of pre-click infections as there are of post-click.

Let’s clarify the difference for you

Pre-click virus can happen when a malware is present in the first scripts of a page or its downloads. Auto-run is one of the main components of this event — something is trying to get downloaded without you even knowing it.

Post-click is a classic example – you click on a pop-up ad, for instance, and instead of getting to the desired webpage and information you are taken to a totally different website. There, you might be asked to pay a certain amount of money for a fake anti-virus protection or unnecessary update to your computer. DO NOT GET TRICKED INTO THAT! ANYTHING AND EVERYONE THAT IS PROMPTING YOU TO GIVE MONEY FOR A LESS LIKELY POSSIBLE SERVICE IS A SHAM!!!! YOU NEED TO FIND THE VIRUS AND UNINSTALL IT IMMEDIATELY!!!

We do realize that the things you just read in this article might have caused a certain degree of panic in you, but there is nothing to get scared of. Alert–yes, but not afraid. That’s why we strongly advise that you read the attached removal guide, follow its step-by-step guidance and remove all infected viruses and programs off your PC. Scan it for a ‘second opinion’ and rest assure that you are protected!


Name Search Window
Type  Adware
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms  excessive pop-up ads, browser redirects, bugs
Distribution Method malicious websites, spam emails, phishing emails
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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.


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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Search 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:

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.


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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the malware —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Search Window from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.

chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Search 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 the Folder to Backup Default

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.


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Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File LocationEnd 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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!