Your Search Bar Me

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Your Search Bar Me

When a sneaky program like Your Search Bar Me takes over your web browser, it can cause a bunch of changes that you didn’t ask for. The homepage you’re used to might vanish and be replaced by a different one, and the search engine you prefer could be switched out for a new one you didn’t choose. Suddenly, you might see annoying Your Search Bar Me ads popping up everywhere, making it tough to browse smoothly. Similarly to other hijackers like Bangsearch, Haksaigho or Chromstera, this one may also change how your browser looks and functions, with strange buttons or tools showing up without your approval. Furthermore, when trying to visit websites you know, you might end up on some sketchy sites instead – one of the many reasons why you should delete this hijacker ASAP.

The Your Search Bar Me virus pop-up redirects
The Your Search Bar Me virus keeps coming back even after deleting it in registry editor.

Is Your Search Bar Me safe?

When it comes to browser hijackers like Your Search Bar Me, safety isn’t guaranteed. While it might not be as harmful as certain other types of malicious software, it still poses some risks. It can change things in your browser without your permission and expose you to dangerous online content. To keep yourself protected, it’s important to follow some smart online habits. Keep your browser updated, use trusted security software and be cautious with downloads and browser extensions.

Your Search Bar Me Virus

Your Search Bar Me may easily be mistaken for a computer virus (and even be called an Your Search Bar Me virus) but these two types of software have completely different goals. A browser hijacker’s unauthorized changes to browser settings, rerouting users to undesired destinations, and bombarding them with intrusive ads can can certainly create disturbance and irritation similar to that of a computer virus. However, a virus seeks to damage files and undermine system stability, whereas the Your Search Bar Me virus, being a representative of the browser hijacker category, is only interested in exposing users to sponsored content for financial gain and is not interested in deleting data or corrupting the system in any way.

What is Your Search Bar Me?

Your Search Bar Me is a special kind of computer program that enters your computer mostly through software bundling and starts to change things in your web browser. It’s a bit tricky because it changes your browser in a way that takes you to websites you didn’t plan to visit. It can also do things like change your homepage, which is the first page you see when you open your browser, or even your search engine, which is what you use to search the internet. What’s specific about Your Search Bar Me is that it does all that in order to make money for the people who operate it. The scheme is simple – every time users click on ads, pop-ups or links shown by the hijacker, the operators get paid for that click.

Your Search Bar Me Pop-ups

There are a number of good reasons to want to remove the browser hijacker as soon as possible and one of them is the unstoppable Your Search Bar Me pop-ups that suddenly fill your screen, creating an understandable disturbance. These Your Search Bar Me pop-ups are not immediately dangerous, but they can inadvertently expose users to risks by prompting them to click on misleading or harmful content. Engaging with such content might redirect users to questionable or compromised websites where Ransomware or Trojans may lurk. Furthermore, these appealing pop-ups might trick users into sharing confidential information with third-parties or installing more intrusive software on their system.

Your Search Bar Me on Chrome

If you come across Your Search Bar Me on Chrome, it’s crucial to take prompt action to regain control of your browsing. You can do that by identifying any recently added extensions, add-ons, or software that could be causing the unwanted changes and remove the suspicious elements from your browser settings. Then, you can restore your preferred homepage, default search engine, and new tab from your browser’s settings and clear your browser’s cache and cookies to ensure no traces of Your Search Bar Me on Chrome remain. To prevent future issues, exercise caution when downloading software, keep your browser and security tools updated, and stick to trustworthy websites.


The browser hijacker’s ability to initiate automatic redirects towards YourSearchBar.Me and other sponsored websites can be a source of a lot of trouble and browsing disturbance. This redirection not only ca disrupt your intended web page, but it also can steer you towards unfamiliar web locations where various security hazards may lurk. With profit as its driving force, the auto redirect to YourSearchBar.Me often facilitates user engagement with specific sponsored content and ads that are generating financial rewards for the hijacker operators through pay-per-click arrangements. The users who have to experience that, however, may not be able to access the information that they want and may prefer to remove the hijacker in order to regain control of their web browsing.


NameYour Search Bar Me
Type Browser Hijacker
Detection Tool

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How to Remove Your Search Bar Me

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

If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Your Search Bar Me 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 Your Search Bar Me 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 Your Search Bar Me. 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 Your Search Bar Me, then select uninstall, and follow the prompts to delete the app.

delete suspicious Your Search Bar Me items

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

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 Your Search Bar Me 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 Your Search Bar Me changes made to different system settings

    It’s possible that Your Search Bar Me 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 Your Search Bar Me

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

    Delete Your Search Bar Me IPs from Hosts

    Type in the Start Menu: Startup apps

    Disable Your Search Bar Me startup apps

    Type in the Start Menu: Task Scheduler

    Delete Your Search Bar Me scheduled tasks

    Type in the Start Menu: Services

    Disable Your Search Bar Me services

    Type in the Start Menu: Registry Editor

    Press Ctrl + F to open the search window

    Clear the Registry from Your Search Bar Me items

    Step3 Remove Your Search Bar Me from your browsers

    • Delete Your Search Bar Me from Chrome
    • Delete Your Search Bar Me from Firefox
    • Delete Your Search Bar Me 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. Firefox 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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