This article aims to help you uninstall SwiftSearch Virus from your browser and your system (including Windows 10). The Wajam virus is associated with SwiftSearch Virus, so keep your eyes open. “Swift Search что это” is something we’ve come across several times already, leading us to believe this virus is well-spread outside of english-speaking countries. In any case our removal instructions below should cover all you need to successfully get rid of any threat you may be facing.
SwiftSearch Virus is a type of fast spreading and increasingly common type of malware labeled Adware by security researchers. The name comes from the main characteristic of the virus – numerous advertisements will be spawned and displayed whenever you start using your web browser. You have probably notice that this application does not have a pause or mute button, the only way to be stopped is for the user to completely remove it from his or hers device. This could quite the tricky undertaking but not to worry – we are here to help you.
You need to fully realize that while SwiftSearch Virus is certainly annoying and no doubt a malicious application the only way it may actually harm you is if you let it, just like it is with Wajam. The ads in themselves will not pose a direct threat to your computer. Instead the virus will work more in the mold of a backdoor for other and more harmful at that malware to try and infiltrate your PC. For this reason it is of utmost importance to not download and install anything suggested by SwiftSearch Virus, as well as avoid clicking on the ads.
Dealing with SwiftSearch, be careful for:
You may encounter a large variety of warnings and notifications that will appear as if produced by your own system. Do not be fooled though this is all part of the ploy to make you install more malware! These messages might be in the form of warnings about missing plug-ins, codecs or essential updates for your operating system. Also ignore any “helpful” suggestions for free online scanners and anti-virus solutions, provided by SwiftSearch or Wajam. These are just manifestations of the virus you are trying to remove! The problems that are reported are probably non-existent as well.
- The links provided by SwiftSearch Virus are also a cause for concern. There is a very distinct possibility that they will redirect you to some phishing scam website. This is a website that has stolen the appearance of completely legit one, with even the URL almost identical, then the scammers will wait for you to fill out your user name and password which will be then used to access your real account at the legitimate site.
|Danger Level||Medium. Not the worst one out there but you should definitely be careful not to contract additional malware.|
|Symptoms||Redirects, Hyperlinks, Unwanted Ads.|
|Distribution Method||Bundle installations with freeware programs, infected executables.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Remove SwiftSearch Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
3: Remove the virus from browser shortcuts.
4: Uninstall the virus from your AddRemove Programs.
5: Permanently remove SwiftSearch Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Remove the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Uninstall SwiftSearch Virus
The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
For Windows 10:
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
After (hopefully) successfully entering Safe Mode you are already to begin the actual removal of the virus. SwiftSearch Virus has probably infected the system files of each and every browser present on your hard drive. Repeat step 2 and step 3 for each and every one of them. Don’t forget about internet explorer, it comes with every Windows installation, even if you don’t use it you will still need to clean it up.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find SwiftSearch Virus . Remove it by pressing Disable.
If your Home Page is different from the usual, click —–> Internet Options>edit the URL box with your preferred search engine, and click Apply.
Remove SwiftSearch Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on (top right) ——-> Add-ons. Hit Extensions next.
SwiftSearch Virus should be somewhere around here – Remove it.
Remove SwiftSearch Virus from Chrome:
Start Chrome, click —–>More Tools —–> Extensions. There, find the malware and select (Remove).
Click again, and proceed to Settings —> Search, the fourth tab, select Manage Search Engines. Remove everything but the search engines you normally use.
Remove the malware from Safari:
Open Safari, and click Safari —–>Preferences —–> Extensions—–>Uninstall the malware.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but the method is the same for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.
Once you’ve reached Properties —–> Shortcut (on the band at the top), then in the Target type field, REMOVE EVERYTHING AFTER .exe.
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for SwiftSearch Virus and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
IMPORTANT NOTICE! READ CAREFULLY!
Right ahead are the last and most important steps in this removal process. Also they are the most demanding and difficult to accomplish. Beware – you will be accessing system fails and even a small mistake on your part might lead to severe and often times irreversible damage to your device. If you are confident in your abilities and you have previous experience with this sort of thing go right ahead. For readers who are less experienced in removing malware we strongly suggest instead to download and use a professional SwiftSearch Virus remover. In this way you are risking absolutely nothing and all will be done for you automatically.
In any case do not let this virus sit on your computer any longer. Multiple reports have surfaced linking SwiftSearch Virus with identity thefts as well as personal and banking information being leaked. Act swiftly!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. Also, End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
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