Chrome Search Removal

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This page aims to help you remove the Search “Virus” for free. removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Unable to see my screen behind this thick wall of browser ads!

This is not an uncommon complaint throughout internet forums. Many users report having problems with intrusive online adverts on a daily basis. If you have that same problem, chances are that you’ve had a program called installed onto your machine without you knowing. This is due to the stealth installation tactics that programs such as use in order to get into people’s computers. Here, we will provide you with all the essential information that you might need in order to effectively deal with the nagging problem of having your browser covered with intrusive and obstructive adverts. Below the main part of the article, you can find a detailed removal guide that will give you instructions on how to have the unwanted software uninstalled and all traces of it removed from your PC.

Introducing you to browser hijacker is actually a browser add-on of the browser hijacker type. Programs of that type are widely known for their tendency to heavily decrease the quality of one’s online experience by displaying various types of online ads during browsing time. Those ads include different pop-ups, banners, box messages and sometimes even page redirects. The main purpose of most browser hijacker programs is none other than making profit for their developers without actually having any useful value for the users themselves. browser hijacker exploits the pay-per-click scheme in order to generate money via the ads it displays. Having said that, it should not be very difficult to see why those adverts are so intrusive and obstructive – every click they receive converts into a small amount of money that is gained by the creator of the unwanted software.

Why is not a virus

Despite the fact that browser hijacker programs are incredibly intrusive and might seem aggressive and even malicious, most of them are relatively safe and harmless. Often, people put them under the virus category due to their unnerving appearance. However, programs such as are very different from actual viruses like Ransomware for example. While Ransomware is surely a malicious piece of software and could be very problematic, browser hijacker cannot do almost anything to threaten your computer and files.

Potential security threats from browser hijackers 

Although relatively harmless on its own, might still have some potentially risky traits that we need to inform you about. Usually the main security concern with browser hijacker programs is the ads they generate. In most cases they are neither fake, nor potentially harmful. However, there have been cases of adverts redirecting people to illegal and malicious websites. This does, indeed, happen rarely, but you should still be careful with those ads. Avoid clicking on them – even if you want to close them by using their X button (not all of them have one), it might be a better idea to close your whole browser via the Task Manager.

Fending off browser hijacker programs 

Last but not least, we need to make sure that you are well informed about the different possible methods via which browser hijacker programs get installed onto your machine. There are several most commonly used ones and we will be focusing on them. Make a mental note of everything you read because it might prove useful in the future.

  • Links – often some free file-sharing sites might be used as a tool for browser hijacker distribution. In most cases this is done via hidden or deceptive links throughout the site’s interface. A general rule is that the shinier a certain button appears, the higher the chance of it being a link to a site containing browser hijacker or a direct download link for the same unwanted program. Therefore, first of all, be careful what sites you visit and secondly, stay away from those big and shiny banners.
  • E-mails – you probably receive spam e-mails, containing browser hijacker at least several times a month. Most such e-mails go directly to the spam folder and no one really opens that. However, sometimes spam letters might find their way into your regular inbox. That is why you ought to always double-check the details of newly received e-mail messages. If any of them seem shady and are from an unknown sender, deleting them might be the best course of action.
  • File-bundles – this method of distributing browser hijacker is effective because most users go directly for the default installation options when installing new programs. Often is bundled together with some free or cheap third-party software. If you download and install such software using the default install, you’d most likely get the browser hijacker as well. Therefore, always go for the advanced settings when installing new programs. In there, uncheck any added install that appears suspicious and might turn out to be unwanted. After doing so, you can safely proceed with the installation of the main thing.


Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  The most intrusive symptom is the wall of obstructive ads covering your browser.
Distribution Method Usually via spam e-mails or file-bundles. Hidden links throughout file-sharing sites are also a possibility.
Detection Tool may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall. Search Removal


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).


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – 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.


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.



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 from Internet Explorer:

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

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

firefox-512 Remove from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove 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 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.


We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Right click on each of the problematic 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 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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

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