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Searchesmia is an aggressive browser-infecting malware extension that will keep putting ads on your screen after hijacking the browser’s search engine and starting page. Searchesmia belongs to a category of potentially unwanted software known as browser hijackers.
Banners and pop-ups harass you just about everywhere on your screen? The likely cause for it is an app named Searchesmia. Other likely problems resulting from browser hijackers like Searchesmia can be page-redirects and unwanted changes in your browser’s starting page or search engine tool. Programs which generally result in these issues are often commonly called browser hijackers. Soon after we’ve given you all the critical information that you should know regarding browser hijackers like Searchesmia and Eduratsu, we will help you to get rid of this sort of intrusive programs with our comprehensive guide on how to delete such unneeded browser add-ons.
Please follow all the steps below in orderto remove Searchesmia!
How to remove Searchesmia
First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Searchesmia in the programs list that would show up.
Select Searchesmia from the list and click on Uninstall.
Follow the steps in the removal wizard.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Searchesmia.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Searchesmia.
If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove Searchesmia from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the Searchesmia extension
Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Searchesmia and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
Get rid of Searchesmia by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Searchesmia” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete Searchesmia
Open task manager
Look for the Searchesmia process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete Searchesmia
Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
If you don’t see a “Searchesmia” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall Searchesmia
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for Searchesmia in there
Uninstall Searchesmia from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Searchesmia-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Searchesmia in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
Browser hijacker software applications are a serious annoyance – all things considered, they are made to create invasive and intrusive ads. Normally, a browser hijacker works by installing some kind of an add-on component to your browser that could be hidden and/or difficult to eradicate. Still, why would anyone develop an advertising program as irritating as Searchesmia? The obvious answer is money obtained through those various online ads. Browser hijacker software applications utilize a revenue-earning approach known as pay-per-click – the more ads people click on, the greater the income gained for the browser hijacker programmers. One determining trait of browser hijacker software programs is their aggressiveness when showing adverts. You’d probably find it very difficult to use your web browser because of the ceaseless barrage of pop-ups, box-messages and banners. This behavior is often mistakenly referred to as a virus invasion. Coping with this unpleasant activity is usually very irritating, nevertheless, it is incorrect label browser hijacker as malicious viruses. In contrast to malicious viruses, for example Ransomware or Trojan Horses, the browser hijackers are mostly just unwanted software that is simply bothersome to have on your PC. The main purpose of Searchesmia and browser hijacker applications in general is to generate all types of invasive pop-up advertisements that are likely to heavily obstruct your usual online experience. This is usually done through installing a plug-in in your browser that could be something like a toolbar where pop-ups, ads and banners get displayed. But what is the the idea behind all those ads? The simple answer is money obtained through those various internet ads. Most browser hijacker programs are in fact legal – they feature some service for free, but they display the ads on your monitor.
Is Searchesmia dangerous
Within this section, we shall give you a basic understanding of what possible risks Searchesmia and browser hijackers overall might include. Applications that generate ads often invade the user’s personal privacy by monitoring the recent activity of their browser. This happens for one single reason – to generate related advertisements which will be attractive to the individual user. The reason this is dangerous is mainly because this info can be eventually sold to third parties. You have no need for our opinion in order to comprehend that such practice is not a good one. Most people often believe that their personal space is being invaded in this way. The nature of the advertisements displayed is one more issue. From time to time, the many pop-ups and banners may not show accurate information. It might happen that you click on a given ad and get redirected to some absolutely different (and potentially damaging) page. In case you happen to be redirected to this sort of webpage, close it straight away via the task manager without interacting with anything on the webpage itself.
About the author
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.