Removal instructions for the SerachMates browser extension

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What is SerachMates, and what can it do?

SerachMates is as a browser hijacker that starts tampering with your browsing options the moment it is installed. It forces your browser to display a few pre-selected URLs and changes your homepage or default search engine. However, this is only the start of the disturbance. Apart from the aforementioned, SerachMates also fills up your search engine result page with a variety of intrusive adverts and automatically re-routes you to particular websites. The goal of this browser hijacking program is to direct users to specific websites or platforms in order to make money for the people who created it. In addition, the hijacker records every action you do on your browser, including what you search for and the websites you intentionally visit.

SerachMates says your account is managed by an organization
SerachMates makes your Google account managed by an organization

How can you install the SerachMates virus without knowing?

If you often visit high-risk websites and click on dubious links or advertisements, you may easily become infected by an undesired program such as the SerachMates virus. Based on our research, this particular browser hijacker frequently arrives in a bundle with phony software updates or setup files for some free apps. For instance, you may be misled into enabling the hijacker to be installed with some other program you desire if you choose the “quick” or “recommended” installation settings, without carefully customizing them.

What are the usual symptoms of SerachMates you should look for?

There are several obvious signs that your computer has a browser hijacker like SerachMates installed. For instance, you could see that the homepage of your browser has changed to something unfamiliar or that, the moment you open it, a new toolbar has been installed. It’s possible that you’ll notice that the pages that open on the screen all the time are not within your control. Furthermore, when you visit the internet, you can see an excessive number of pop-ups and aggressive advertisements that invite you to click on them. This might occur even if you go to a website that you are aware doesn’t utilize intrusive advertising.

Will clicking on the SerachMates pop-ups expose you to more danger?

It is typically not advised (and may even be hazardous) to click on the SerachMates pop-ups that appear all over your screen for a number of reasons. First, the websites you are sent to could try to steal personal or identifying information from you through phishing attacks. Or, they may infect your computer with malware like ransomware or trojans. In addition, more aggressive browser hijackers may be unintentionally installed on your computer if you click on some deceptive adverts. For these reasons, our general recommendation is to stay away from the SerachMates pop-ups and use the instructions on this website to remove the browser hijacker that causes them.

Can SerachMates on Chrome make my browser unreliable?

Running a browser hijacker like SerachMates, NymphMiniica or Universal Browser on Chrome can cause a number of issues that could render your browser unstable and dangerous to use. Just, let us take into account the fact that this software has the ability to alter the browser settings without your consent and to automatically reroute you to dangerous websites. This alone can cause performance lag, particularly on older or less powerful machines. It may also open pop-up notifications and advertisements in an attempt to prompt you into installing questionable low-quality software, which comes with is own possible risks. Not to mention that, some browser hijackers may have a badly written code that might result in sudden crashes or strange browser behavior, which can be exploited as a potential entry point by people with malicious intentions.

How to effectively remove all SerachMates-related files?

A multi-pronged strategy is essential to successfully eliminate SerachMates and its hold on your browser. You can start by removing any toolbars and add-ons that seem unapproved or suspicious—that includes anything you don’t recall installing. Next, you can rest your browser to remove all alterations performed by the hijacker. You can find detailed instructions on that in the manual removal guide below. But if you want to deal with the browser hijacker quickly and without having to deal with manual instructions, then, purchasing a trustworthy antivirus software will provide your with a solution to your problem and a proactive defense. Such software can identify SerachMates and get rid of it before it causes trouble, protecting you from other hijacking attempts. 

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Remove SerachMates Virus

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

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed SerachMates 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.

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Next, Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step1 Uninstall the SerachMates app and kill its processes

The first thing you must try to do is look for any sketchy installs on your computer and uninstall anything you think may come from SerachMates. After that, you’ll also need to get rid of any processes that may be related to the unwanted app by searching for them in the Task Manager.

Note that sometimes an app, especially a rogue one, may ask you to install something else or keep some of its data (such as settings files) on your PC – never agree to that when trying to delete a potentially rogue software. You need to make sure that everything is removed from your PC to get rid of the malware. Also, if you aren’t allowed to go through with the uninstallation, proceed with the guide, and try again after you’ve completed everything else.

  • Uninstalling the rogue app
  • Killing any rogue processes

Type Apps & Features in the Start Menu, open the first result, sort the list of apps by date, and look for suspicious recently installed entries.

Click on anything you think could be linked to SerachMates, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.

delete suspicious SerachMates apps

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, click More Details (if it’s not already clicked), and look for suspicious entries that may be linked to SerachMates.

If you come across a questionable process, right-click it, click Open File Location, scan the files with the free online malware scanner shown below, and then delete anything that gets flagged as a threat.

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    Delete SerachMates files and quit its processes.

    After that, if the rogue process is still visible in the Task Manager, right-click it again and select End Process.

    Step2 Undo SerachMates changes made to different system settings

    It’s possible that SerachMates has affected various parts of your system, making changes to their settings. This can enable the malware to stay on the computer or automatically reinstall itself after you’ve seemingly deleted it. Therefore, you need to check the following elements by going to the Start Menu, searching for specific system elements that may have been affected, and pressing Enter to open them and see if anything has been changed there without your approval. Then you must undo any unwanted changes made to these settings in the way shown below:

    • DNS
    • Hosts
    • Startup
    • Task
    • Services
    • Registry

    Type in Start Menu: View network connections

    Right-click on your primary network, go to Properties, and do this:

    Undo DNS changes made by SerachMates

    Type in Start Menu: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

    Delete SerachMates IPs from Hosts

    Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps

    Disable SerachMates startup apps

    Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler

    Delete SerachMates scheduled tasks

    Type in the Start Menu: Services

    Disable SerachMates services

    Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor

    Press Ctrl + F to open the search window

    Clear the Registry from SerachMates items

    Step3 Remove SerachMates from your browsers

    • Delete SerachMates from Chrome
    • Delete SerachMates from Firefox
    • Delete SerachMates from Edge
    1. Go to the Chrome menu > More tools > Extensions, and toggle off and Remove any unwanted extensions.
    2. Next, in the Chrome Menu, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Tick everything except Passwords and click OK.
    3. Go to Privacy & Security > Site Settings > Notifications and delete any suspicious sites that are allowed to send you notifications. Do the same in Site Settings > Pop-ups and redirects.
    4. Go to Appearance and if there’s a suspicious URL in the Custom web address field, delete it.
    1. irefox menu, go to Add-ons and themes > Extensions, toggle off any questionable extensions, click their three-dots menu, and click Remove.
    2. Open Settings from the Firefox menu, go to Privacy & Security > Clear Data, and click Clear.
    3. Scroll down to Permissions, click Settings on each permission, and delete from it any questionable sites.
    4. Go to the Home tab, see if there’s a suspicious URL in the Homepage and new windows field, and delete it.
    1. Open the browser menu, go to Extensions, click Manage Extensions, and Disable and Remove any rogue items.
    2. From the browser menu, click Settings > Privacy, searches, and services > Choose what to clear, check all boxes except Passwords, and click Clear now.
    3. Go to the Cookies and site permissions tab, check each type of permission for permitted rogue sites, and delete them.
    4. Open the Start, home, and new tabs section, and if there’s a rogue URL under Home button, delete it.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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