Remove Searcheo.fr Hijacker

By | Posted on November 14, 2016 |

Searcheo.fr is a suspicious French search engine that overrides homepage and new tab on browsers. It is observed that this adware is part of several adware. Installation is often unknown to user because it is bundled to freeware or shareware. Searcheo.fr makes changes on the target browser with the aid of relevant extension or add-on.

Once inside the computer, Searcheo.fr is setup as the default search engine and start-up page. Thus, users are force to send search queries via this adware. To generate online profit from this illegal act, Searcheo.fr employs a content-layering technique to display advertisements on the same page as search results. Since there are no distinguishing marks and labels, user often clicks on the ads, which sends the browser to unsolicited websites.

Apart from excessive display of ads and browser redirect issues, Searcheo.fr puts your online privacy at risk. This adware is proficient in gathering sensitive data such as IP address, visited websites, search queries, keywords, and many more. Collected information from user are then sold to various marketing sites for additional revenue. It may also be utilized as reference to serve appealing advertisements.

Even though Searcheo.fr is found to be harmful, most security experts never dubbed it as computer virus. It is more appropriate to be in the list of potentially unwanted program (PUP). Unlike computer virus, Searcheo.fr never spreads from one computer to another. Its only means of distribution is through dubious freeware and third-party applications.

Searcheo.fr

In order to remove Searcheo.fr from the computer, specific tasks must be carried out. Below are systematic procedures that you must execute to effectively remove Searcheo.fr from computer and affected internet browser programs.

Online Security Scanner Report for searcheo.fr:

Norton SafeWeb No issues Community Rating: 0.0 Nov. 14, 2016
MCAfee Site Advisor Link is safe Feedback: No data Nov. 14, 2016
AVG Threat Labs Currently Safe Feedback: No data Nov. 14, 2016

Searcheo.fr Browser Hijacker Removal Procedure

This section contains comprehensive guide to help you remove threats from the affected computer.

It is highly suggested that you carry out all the steps in exact manner to effectively get rid of malware.

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Sophos Virus Removal Tool

This rootkit and virus removal tool is free and easy to use. It scans, detects and removes any rootkit, malware as well as threat like Searcheo.fr 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.

sophos_exe

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.

sophos-welcome

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.

sophos-license

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.

sophos-update

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 Searcheo.fr. It also detects and removes other malicious files.

sophos-startscan

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.

AdwCleaner

4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to Searcheo.fr. 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 Searcheo.fr Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted Searcheo.fr 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 Searcheo.fr on the affected browser.

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from Searcheo.fr

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

Reset Google Chrome Settings to remove Searcheo.fr

1. Open Google Chrome application.

2. In the address bar please type the this string: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter on keyboard.

3. Scroll down, then click Show advanced settings

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see Reset Settings section.

5. Click on Reset Settings button. If it prompts for confirmation, please click Reset to proceed.

Google Chrome Reset

This function will reset your home page, new tab page, search engine, and other areas affected by Searcheo.fr. Unwanted extensions will also be removed from the browser. This will not affect your bookmarks, history, and other saved data. You may also download Software Removal Tool from this page. A stand-alone reset tool from Google Chrome but with more advanced Adware scanner feature.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings to remove Searcheo.fr

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 Searcheo.fr and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please see view instructions here.

Reset Mozilla Firefox Configuration to remove Searcheo.fr

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to Searcheo.fr. 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 Refresh 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. Searcheo.fr home page hijacker should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

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