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Time Search Now “Virus” Removal (Mac OS X/Win)

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This page aims to help you remove the Time Search Now “Virus” and answer the question what is Time Search now and how to get rid of it. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows and Macintosh.

If some strange changes have recently been imposed on your browser and you are constantly bombarded with aggressively popping ads, banners, new tabs and commercial notifications, then you are most probably facing a Browser hijacker. In case that most of the ads you are seeing contain a small text message like “powered by Time Search Now” or “Delivered by Time Search Now”, then Time Search Now is the probable source of all your browsing-related irritation. This program has the ability to change your Chrome, Explorer or Firefox browser settings, replace your homepage and insert a new search engine that redirects your searches to different sponsored websites full with nagging advertisements. Doubtless, this intrusive behavior may cause some significant inconvenience and browsing disturbance, which may be the main reason why you are now seeking for ways to remove this browser hijacker. If you really need a working solution, stay with us until the end because here we have prepared a removal guide that will help you completely uninstall Time Search Now and all of its related files from your computer. But before you scroll down to the instructions, we suggest you familiarize yourself with the specifics of this software and the possible methods of prevention in the future.

What is Time Search Now?

Facing software like Time Search Now, you are probably concerned about its danger level and potential malicious abilities. Don’t be! There is nothing malicious neither in this program, nor in browser hijackers in general. These programs are far away from threats like Trojans, Ransomware or Spyware in terms of harmfulness. However, many people wrongly refer to Time Search Now and similar programs as viruses, whereas they don’t actually represent anything malicious. These pieces of software serve only one purpose – they generate income for their developers through the famous Pay-Per-Click method, where users’ clicks on the sponsored advertisements are paid for by the vendors. As a typical representative, Time Search Now is also developed with this idea and its main activity is to display various types of ads, pop-ups, banners, new tabs, commercial web pages and promotions. It may place them all over your screen every time you open your browser and make them stick around until you finally click on them. This intrusiveness is actually the main reason why such software is known as rather undesired and many users prefer to uninstall it from their machines instead of being forced to interact with the aggressively popping pages and advertisements.

Are there any dangers related to Time Search Now?

Generally, there are no specific malicious activities that a program like Time Search Now may be related to. Corrupting the user’s system, spying and encrypting files are specialties of malicious threats like Trojans, Ransomware and other viruses, which browser hijackers are surely not capable of. However, they may still cause some system disturbance and significant browsing interruptions resulting in irritation and a decreased online experience. Most of these programs may be the reason for system lags, slower performance and freezing screen effects. As a result of the Time Search Now ads-displaying activity, your browser may take longer to load the pages you want and may constantly redirect you to some other websites with rather useless, irrelevant or in some cases even compromised content. The risk of clicking on a misleading link or an ad that may hide some security hazards is not excluded, especially if you happen to bump into unknown and insecure web pages. Having this in mind, it may be better for your safety to simply remove the program that has taken over your browser as soon as possible.

Safety tips

As we always say, prevention is 100 times better than any attempt to deal with the unwanted software later. And it really doesn’t take much to be attentive and prevent browser hijackers from getting inside your system unnoticed. Here are a few things that are good to be aware of. Browser hijackers mostly distribute themselves through other software, where they get bundled inside the installers. Usually, spam emails, file sharing sites, torrent sites, free download platforms, online installation managers or even direct downloads from software websites may contain such installation packs bundled with some additional software. That’s why, when you attempt to install any software on your computer, carefully read the EULA and opt for the most detailed installation option, which would give you full control over the installer and its bundles. Such an option is usually named “advanced”, “custom” or “manual” and once you click it, you will be able to deselect any additional software you may not want to install. Skipping that and simply clicking on the standard setup often results in the undetected installation of a bunch of undesired programs, which is probably what you did to end up with Time Search Now on your PC. 


Name Time Search Now
Type  Browser Hijacker
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Potentially undesired changes of your homepage and search engine may take place in your browser, as well as a bunch of intrusive advertisements may pop-up on your screen.
Distribution Method The most effective ways of distribution are software bundles, torrents, installation managers, free software installers, file sharing sites, open source download platforms. 
Detection Tool

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Time Search Now “Virus” Removal


If you are using a Mac, please follow the guide in this link !



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.

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  – Time Search Now 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 Time Search Now 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 Time Search Now from Firefox:

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

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