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Searchvvay “Virus” Removal from Chrome/Firefox

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

In case you are reading the following article, you might have been irritated by some issues related to unwanted and probably aggressively appearing ads in various forms on your computer screen. If this description applies to your case, it’s likely that you need to deal with the Searchvvay “Virus”. In fact, the Searchvvay “Virus” is an Adware. The details below will certainly help you understand the origin of your problem, and succeed in dealing with it in an easy way.

Important details about Adware

Maybe you are wondering what Adware really is. As you may have perceived from its name, Adware is a term used for a lot of diverse types of advertisements which are being displayed on your computer screen. In fact, it is a software product programmed to generate a banner, a pop-up ad, or another version of an advertisement. Often it’s quite noticeable, in other cases- much more subtle. Sometimes you may be completely unaware of the fact that programs or tracking cookies could have been installed on your favourite browsers (Chrome/Firefox/Explorer/Opera… etc.).

Adware is exploited by the ones who have created it to generate revenue.  The threat that it may represent to your machine might depend on what exactly has been integrated into your browser. Most commonly, it could simply be regarded as an extreme annoyance which produces pop-ups, pop-unders or banners. More seldom the possible threat might be more serious- in these rare cases the Adware you have caught could have been programmed to track your personal browsing history and sell the data to 3rd parties. Even more rarely, it is possible that Adware may download other unwanted applications to your machine without your knowledge or approval. It is essential to point out that most Adware programs are not malicious at all, however, they may be quite the disturbing marketing tools. In most of the cases, the ads-generating software DOES NOT steal personal information like accounts credentials, banking details or passwords. Simple as that, it could just use your most usual Internet searches to guess and promote whatever product or service you might want or need.

Characteristic features of the Searchvvay “Virus”

Just as any other type of Adware does, Searchvvay will strive to display advertisements based on your personal surfing habits. Such behaviour may be perceived as an extensive research of what websites users tend to visit and what exactly they are likely to be looking for. In fact, some users may perceive such activities as an invasion of their private world. This is one of the reasons why it’s essential to detect Searchvvay and remove it as soon as possible. If you uninstall Searchvvay from your system, you will remove the possibility of the vendors related to it to follow and try to guess your favourite pastimes and most common browsing activities.

Generally, Searchvvay infiltrates your system by being a part of freeware or shareware software. When you install such software, Searchvvay may be a part of it and might start to showcase various ads. You may have the patience and ability to tolerate such a behavior. After all, you did get that desired software without paying for it. Nevertheless, the frustration and probable danger, which such programs might represent to you, could reach much deeper.

It is essential that you should be aware that many peer-to-peer file sharing programs come together with a version of Adware. Remember to:

  • Always read the End-User License Agreement;
  • Check exactly what you are agreeing to for the chance to use their software. Many people have the habit of clicking on “yes” and have no idea that they may have just agreed to integrate an Adware-type of software into their systems.

A few words on how to stay away from Adware in the future

While pop-up ads may not represent a real danger, you may really find them extremely annoying. We strongly recommend that you enable a pop-up blocker to prevent them from appearing on your computer screen. A reliable pop-up blocker is very likely to eliminate 90% of these cheeky buddies from popping up. Some Adware might be more difficult to be uninstalled. In the worst possible scenario the removal of the Adware may cause the software to stop operating- your machine might freeze or its performance may slow down. Nevertheless, in case you have a well-working and up-to-date anti-malware program, such scenarios are very unlikely. Don’t forget that prevention is the key to a healthy surfing experience. What’s more, always remember to be careful with what you install on your computer. Always try to make sure that your operating system functions well and is frequently updated. This advice will help you prevent the annoying Adware in general and Searchvvay in particular from ruining your browsing experience.

Below we have prepared a guide to help you remove Searchvvay from your system in case you have already caught it.


Name Searchvvay
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium 
Symptoms Advertisements appear in different forms (pop-ups/pop-unders/banners). Your system may be slowed down.
Distribution Method Typically within a software bundle downloaded from the Internet  or via shareware/torrents.
Detection Tool Searchvvay 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.


Searchvvay “Virus” 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.


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.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

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Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.

  • Do not skip this  – Searchvvay 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 Searchvvay 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 Searchvvay from Firefox:

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

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