Tavanero Search “Virus” Removal (August 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove the Tavanero Search Virus for free and answer the question what is Tavanero Search. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows, including Mac Os X.

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Browser Hijackers can be a real pain in the neck once they’ve gotten inside your PC. From intrusive adverts to certain unwanted changes to your browser that you did not agree upon, programs of that type can really frustrate you by messing with your internet settings. Tavanero Search is one of the newest browser hijackers and has recently been reported by numerous users. If you’re currently faced with annoying adverts and if it seems as if you’ve lost control over your browser, the chances are that this obstructive program has gotten inside your PC’s system. We know just how rage-inducing such software could be and therefore we have written this article to help those of you who are currently dealing with Tavanero Search or any other similar application. A detailed removal guide on how to get rid of the nagging piece of programming can be found below the main part of the article. However, we advise you to first acquaint yourself with some essential information concerning such unwanted and intrusive programs, so that you know exactly what you’re facing and how to avoid such problems in the future.

What is Tavanero?

A commonly asked question when it comes to browser hijackers is what their goal is. Well, as with most other unwanted software, the main idea behind programs such as Tavanero Search is profit for their developers and nothing else. Surely, most regular programs are developed to earn money for their creators; however, normal software gives the user some actual useful function. Browser hijackers, on the other hand, hardly ever have any actual usefulness for the customer. Intrusive programs of that type earn money by exploiting the pay-per-click scheme – the more clicks those ads get, the higher the revenue generated. This is also why the various pop-ups, box messages and banners tend to be so incredibly annoying. Another possible way via which Tavanero Search might earn money for its developers is by acquiring data from your browser concerning your recent searches and selling it to third parties, after using it to generate more customer-oriented adverts.

How dangerous are those programs?

Well, though they are, undoubtedly, extremely annoying, browser hijackers are usually not considered harmful to the users and their computer. Most programs of that type do not aim to compromise your computer’s security, corrupt your files or steal money from you. Such actions are typical for PC viruses such as Ransomware or Trojan Horses, but not for browser hijackers. Therefore, there’s likely no reason to worry even if Tavanero Search has gotten into your system. Just make sure that you uninstall and remove the program as soon as possible using our guide.

Certain security risks

As we already said, browser hijackers are not malicious viruses like the notorious Ransomware or the infamous Trojan Horses. However, they might still contain certain security threats that you should be aware of. For instance, as said earlier, Tavanero Search might attempt to spy on your browser – though this won’t usually bring any harm to you, it is still an invasion of your private space. Another important thing to note is that some of the adverts might serve as hyperlinks to illegal and potentially dangerous sites. Therefore, be careful with those adverts – do not click on them, no matter the circumstances! Additionally, a browser hijacker might slow down your PC’s productivity due to the high CPU and RAM consumption needed to support the intrusive adverts.

Keeping Tavanero Search away from your PC

This is probably the most important aspect of browser hijackers that you should be acquainted with: how they get installed onto your PC. Well, since no one would want such a program on their machine, Tavanero Search’s developers have found ways to get their product installed onto user’s computers via several methods that are generally referred to as stealth installation. You’re probably aware of some of them like the notorious spam e-mails or hidden direct-download links scattered throughout file-sharing and torrent sites. However, the most notable and effective of all those distribution methods is the file bundling. When a browser hijacker is bundled to some other program, it gets installed along with it if you use the regular/quick installation settings. Fortunately, this can be easily avoided – all you have to do is opt for the custom/advanced settings instead for the quick ones and you should be able to see and uncheck anything that you may not want being installed onto your PC (a browser hijacker, for instance).


Name Tavanero Search
Type Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  If you feel like you’ve lost control over your browser and it is all covered in all sorts of invasive and irritating adverts, then it is probably Tavanero Search or some other similar program.
Distribution Method File bundles are the method with the highest success rate. Some other common ways of distributing such software include spam e-mails and file-sharing or torrent sites.
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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  – Tavanero Search 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 Tavanero Search 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 Tavanero Search from Firefox:

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

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

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


  • I am running a windows 10 system. I rebooted my computer in safe mode 5 enter safe mode with networking as your safe mode instructions said. I am stuck on step 3 where I have to get into the properties for my network adapter. I can get into the properties window but all fields are blank and all buttons are grey/not clickable. As I’ve been working through the steps, I have often had to find another route to the windows you have popped up due to not being able to open my programs properly and not having Internet connection. Should I be taking my computer out of safe mode to access my network adapters properly?

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