How to Remove BetterCareerSearch

By | Posted on October 11, 2019 |

Adding up to the long list of adware threat is called BetterCareerSearch. It claims to enhance online search experience particularly if user is on a job hunt. The potentially unwanted program (PUP) provides various links on custom toolbar showing job search sites, job listings, salary calculator, and other career-related online references.

BetterCareerSearch appears to be a useful program but its legitimacy and safety is still unverified. Knowing that the threat came from a notorious family of adware called MindSpark, we are certain that it has malicious intention for taking over popular browser software as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

Like its predecessors namely MyMapsExpress and FormFetcherPro, BetterCareerSearch typically enters the computer uninvited. People behind this doubtful program are using various deceitful tactics to spread the adware. In most occasions, they are part of software bundles that several websites are promoting as worthy free games, utilities, media player, and so on. Similar applications with enclosed adware may also show up on advertisements when visiting distrusted websites.

Upon the execution of the bundled product, BetterCareerSearch progress with its own installation too. With this added browser extension, users will observe several unnecessary changes on the browser where it exhibits new layout on homepage and new tab window. Furthermore, default search settings start utilizing new services from BetterCareerSearch. Unfortunately, web user’s data is unsafe from this newly added unwanted program. It was designed to monitor browsing habit from the browser and is capable of recording sensitive information like search keywords, visited websites, and personal identifiable details that may include user name and passwords.

BetterCareerSearch

Knowing how risky it is to have BetterCareerSearch on the browser, there is no reason to let it stay on the computer and continue performing illicit acts. Adware like this should be taken out as soon as possible to avoid further harm. Complete guide to remove BetterCareerSearch adware from browser and computer is documented on the next segment.

BetterCareerSearch Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised computer.

In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using a program called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove the extension that is closely related to BetterCareerSearch.

Remove BetterCareerSearch Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

BetterCareerSearch Chrome Extension

3. Find BetterCareerSearch or relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.

Uninstall BetterCareerSearch Extension from Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type about:addons in the address bar and press Enter on keyboard.

BetterCareerSearch Firefox Extension

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for object that is pertaining to BetterCareerSearch and remove it from the browser.

Delete BetterCareerSearch Extension from Safari

1. Run Safari browser application.

2. Click on Safari Settings icon located on upper right corner of the window.

3. Choose Preferences from the drop-down list.

4. On Extension window, select Extensions tab.

5. Select BetterCareerSearch or relevant entry and remove it from Safari.

6. Lastly, go to Safari Settings once again and select Downloads from the drop down list.

7. If Bettercareersearchapp.safariextz is present, click on Clear button to remove the unwanted extension.

Remove BetterCareerSearch Add-ons from Internet Explorer

1. Open Internet Explorer program.

2. Go to top Menu and click Tools. Then, select Manage Add-ons from the drop-down list.

Internet Explorer Add-ons

3. Look for and Remove or Disable entries of BetterCareerSearch from Toolbars and Extension and Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If BetterCareerSearch is still present on the IE browser, another option is to remove the adware from Windows Control Panel.

5. Press Windows Key + R and then, type appwiz.cpl command.

6. Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in chronological manner with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on ‘Installed On‘ column.

Add-Remove BetterCareerSearch

7. Select BetterCareerSearch or recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from Windows system.

Stage 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of BetterCareerSearch on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. When the download has completed, please close all running programs on the computer especially browsers affected by BetterCareerSearch.

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.

AdwCleaner

4. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated to BetterCareerSearch.

5. Clean or Remove all suspicious and harmful items identified after the thorough scan.

6. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of detected threats.

Stage 3: Scan the Computer with Sophos Virus Removal Tool

Lastly, we will scan the computer with a multi-function security program. This will inspect the computer for possible presence of virus, malware, rootkit, adware as well as unwanted homepage like BetterCareerSearch.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file on your computer where you can easily access it.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

2. Once the download completes, browse the location of the file. Double-click to run the program and begin the install process. If Windows prompts for User Account Control, please click Yes to proceed.

sophos_exe

3. On first windows of installation wizard, click Next to continue. Then, it will display the program’s License Agreement. You need to Accept the terms in order to proceed.

4. On succeeding windows, click Next or Continue to carry on with the installation. After completing the installation process, Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool.

5. Internet connection is required when running this scanner in order to download important updates. Make sure that everything is up-to-date to effectively remove malicious program like BetterCareerSearch.

6. Click the  button to  carry out the Scan. This will check the system for presence of malicious objects, malware, and viruses. The tool reveals items that were found linked to BetterCareerSearch and other suspicious entities. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

sophos-startscan

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from BetterCareerSearch

Not all adware and PUP’s are the same. Some cannot be removed by deleting relevant extensions and codes. On this instances, resetting the browser to default configuration is the only best solution. If BetterCareerSearch is still bothering you after completing all the steps above, please execute the procedures below to reset the settings of affected browser program.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete BetterCareerSearch

1. Open Google Chrome application.

2. Type this strings in the address box: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter on keyboard.

3. Scroll down and expand Advanced settings area.

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

5. Click on Clean Up Computer. On next page, please click FIND to proceed.

Clean Up Computer

This feature of Google Chrome aims to find harmful software and remove it instantly. If unable to delete BetterCareerSearch, the other option is to Reset Google Chrome settings to its original defaults. Just go back to previous page (Clean Up Computer) and reset the settings. See more details on this page.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If Mozilla Firefox is affected by BetterCareerSearch and procedures above were not helpful, we suggest that you carry out these steps. This process can fix the issue by restoring Firefox browser to default factory state. Most browser data will be affected but not bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and internet cookies. Extensions and other installed plug-ins maybe deleted by this function. Therefore, if you wish to remove specific extension only, please see manual add-on removal from this link.

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and type the following in the address bar: about:support

2. Browser will be directed to a page of Troubleshooting Information. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating ‘Give Firefox a Tune Up‘. Click the Refresh Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. Confirmation window will pop-up, click Refresh Firefox to continue.

4. The reset process will automatically close the browser and proceed with the restoration. Next, it will display a list of restored data. BetterCareerSearch should be gone by now. Click Finish to close the current window and open a fresh window of Mozilla Firefox.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

1. Open Safari browser.

2. Click on the Safari Settings icon located on upper right corner of the browser window.

3. Select Reset Safari from the drop-down list.

4. Pop-up window will appear. You may select all boxes for total reset or follow the options below if you only want to remove BetterCareerSearch from Safari browser.

5. Please restart Safari browser for changes to take effect.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer browser.

2. On top menu, click Tools, and then Internet Options. It will open a new window.

3. Select Advanced tab. See image below.

IE Reset

4. On Reset Internet Explorer Settings area, click the Reset button to start the restoration procedures.

This process will not affect browsing history, bookmarks, and favorites. Add-ons and other integrated codes will be deleted including those that are linked to BetterCareerSearch. If you choose to perform the procedure manually, please view instructions here.

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