Remove Planet Surf from Home Page

By | Posted on March 22, 2016 |

Planet Surf or Search is a browser hijacker that often replaces search engine on the affected browser. It can be installed on random browser program without taking approval from user or computer owner. This program comes up as a default start-up page and pretends to be a normal search engine page. However, it may have lost credibility due to invasive technique it is using in order to gain access on target computer.

Freeware and shareware are actually programs that may drop Planet Surf redirect onto the computer. There is actually a way to oppose the installation of this unwanted program, if you only choose to load the downloaded program using customized install. In this method, you can cross-out Planet Surf and choose not to install them on the computer. In most cases, it is installed by default because of user’s ignorance on adware that is present on most free software.

The purpose of Planet Surf is to be your default search engine. Second to that, this unwanted program tries to gain online profit through ads that appears on search results. This is the reason why Planet Surf is forcibly injected as your normal home page.

Planet Surf

Furthermore, the presence of Planet Surf hijacker on the computer may put your privacy at risks. It may not steal user name and password from your PC but it can monitor how you search the web. It also logs your line of interest and key phrases you input on search engine. Gathered data can be sold to another adware maker that can be a reference to display attractive ads.

Online Security Scanner Report for

Norton SafeWeb No issues Community Rating: 0.0 March 22, 2016
MCAfee Site Advisor Link is suspicious Feedback: Spam URL March 22, 2016
AVG Threat Labs Currently Safe Feedback: No data March 22, 2016

Planet Surf Browser Hijacker Removal Procedure

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Sophos Virus Removal Tool

This malware and virus removal tool is free and easy to use. It scans, detects and removes any rootkit, malware as well as threat like Planet Surf home page hijacker. The tool is powerful enough to find malicious items that are hidden on the computer.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file to your Desktop so that we can access the file easily.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

2. After downloading, navigate to the file location and double-click it. This will start the installation procedure. User Account Control will prompt if you want to run the program, click Yes to continue.


3. On initial launch of the program, it will display a welcome screen as shown in the image below. Click Next to start the installation procedure.


4. Next, you need to accept the license agreement before Sophos Virus Removal Tool can be installed onto the computer. Choose ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’. Then, click Next button.


5. On the next prompts, please click appropriate button to proceed. At the end of the installation process, it will display InstallShield Wizard Completed. Just leave the Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool with a check mark. Then, click Finish.

6. The tool will download necessary updates so Internet connection is required at this point. Lastly, Sophos Virus Removal Tool displays the welcome screen.


7. Click on Start Scanning button to begin checking the system for presence of rootkit and virus. The tool reveals items that were found linked to Planet Surf. It also detects and removes other malicious files.


Stage 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.


4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to Planet Surf. You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Stage 3: Remove Planet Surf Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted Planet Surf from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of Planet Surf on the affected browser.

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from Planet Surf

Cleaning your internet browser from clutter and unwanted add-on/extension is a must when dealing with Planet Surf. The procedure below discuss on resetting various browsers to its default state.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to Planet Surf. This process can fix many browser issues by restoring Firefox to factory settings without affecting your essential information (bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and Internet cookies) on the browser. If you desire to remove only specific extension, please see manual add-on removal from this link.

1. Navigate to Firefox menu at the top of the browser and access the Help area. Click on Troubleshooting Information.

2. A new tab will appear. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Reset Firefox to its default state. Click the Reset Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. If confirmation window appears, click Reset Firefox to continue.

4. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. Planet Surf home page hijacker should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.

2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.

IE Reset

3. On lower part of the window, under Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button. Please see image for reference.

Your data like favorites, bookmark, and history will remain it the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by Planet Surf and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please see view instructions here.

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