Remove SearchShield Hijacker (

By | Posted on August 8, 2016 |

When SearchShield begins to engage your browser’s home page or new tab, we can assume that adware is present on the computer. This attack can be track down to recent installation of third-party programs that you may have obtained from suspicious web sites. Most computer users are clueless, but majority of free programs are packed with adware including SearchShield. This adware is normally bundled to download manager, free games, utilities, bogus software update and many more.

SearchShield may not arrive on its own. It may also install extensions and other unwanted apps on the browser. As you can observe, SearchShield tries to dominate the browser. Publisher of this browser hijacker is very eager to set SearchShield as the default home page and search engine. It even proclaims to protect your searches every time if SearchShield is added on Chrome browser. Once you are committed to this unwanted search, it will begin to issue various types of advertisements that aims on generating online profit.

With encountered troubles and annoyances, some computer users deemed SearchShield as some form of virus infection. However, security experts put this browser hijacker in the list of Adware or PUP. SearchShield is less hazardous and does not infect files on the computer. Furthermore, it requires user’s action to get installed. This is the reason why authors of adware are employing various deceptive schemes to market their products.

As stated, SearchShield is not a computer virus; still, this thing is unsafe to run on the computer. It can cause some security risks and endanger user’s privacy. Thus, you must remove SearchShield from the computer as soon as possible. Below is our guide to help you take out this adware easily.

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SearchShield 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 SearchShield 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 SearchShield. 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 SearchShield. 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 SearchShield Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

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

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from SearchShield

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

Reset Google Chrome Settings to remove SearchShield

1. Open Google Chrome application.

2. In the address bar please type 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 SearchShield. 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 SearchShield

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

Reset Mozilla Firefox Configuration to remove SearchShield

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

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