How to remove Nano Search

Content of this page is about a computer threat called Nano Search. Removal procedures are provided including Manual Removal Guide, Malware Scanners, and Resetting Browser Programs.

Nano Search or Portal.nano-search.com‘s appearance on internet browser application is merely caused by the installation of questionable third party application that does not pass the safety standards of security software. Once Nano Search is inside the computer, it can produce so many annoyances that can disrupt web user’s online browsing activities. As such, it is highly recommended to avoid distrustful websites and applications that can cause Nano Search or similar infection.

Nano Search Distribuion Method

Like most potentially unwanted program (PUP), Nano Search spreads over the internet through strange freeware and shareware. Most of these apps are nameless free games, utilities, media player, internet speed booster, and the likes. Makers of Nano Search inject the installation code onto these freeware so that whoever acquires it will likewise load the adware.

Other means to deploy Nano Search is through malicious advertisements that abruptly pop-ups on the browser especially when visiting sites that are engage in the illegal publication of copyrighted materials like software, movies, and audio files. The ads are usually in disguise of pop-up warnings that prompts web users to download software update, which is actually bogus and may lead to installation of Nano Search.

Portal.nano-search.com

Ads by Nano Search

After the penetration of Nano Search, web user will start to receive aggressive types of advertisements on their browser program. Things like pop-ups, banners, and push notification will flood the screen. This is a complete distraction to ones browsing activates. In addition, ads by Nano Search may contain malicious links that points the internet browser program to malicious sites, which host adware or malware.

It is certainly not beneficial to have Nano Search on the browser. Aside from assigning an unwanted homepage Portal.nano-search.com, it is the basis for various browser issues. Thus, computer security analyst advises that removing Nano Search as early as possible would prevent further harm. For this reason, we made a systematic guide on this page along with virus and malware removal tools that you can utilizes to totally get rid of Nano Search adware.

Nano Search Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised Windows computer. Aside from removing the malicious browser extension, this guide is also helpful in deleting browser hijacker and pop-ups.

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

Step 1 : Delete Nano Search 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 Nano Search.

Remove Nano Search Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

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

Chrome URL

3. Find Nano Search or relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome browser.

Uninstall Nano Search Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

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

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

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

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that Nano Search is also gone from the homepage.

Remove Nano Search Add-ons from Internet Explorer and Edge Browser

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 Nano Search from Toolbars and Extension. Additionally, delete unwanted entry from Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If Nano Search is still present on the IE browser and there are still unwanted homepage and pop-ups, 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 Malware

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

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Sophos Antivirus

To remove Nano Search automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful anti-virus tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker like Nano Search that slows down online browsing activities.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file on your computer where you can easily access it.

2. Once the download completes, browse the location of the file. Double-click to run the program and begin the install process.

Screnshot of Sophos Installer

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. If Windows prompts for User Account Control, please click Yes to proceed.

Screenshot of Sophos EULA Page

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 Nano Search.

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 Nano Search and other suspicious entities. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

Screenshot of Sophos Virus Scan

The above procedures should have totally eliminated the Nano Search browser hijacker. However, if you found that there are still remnants of the threat, please proceed to manual removal of associated objects as outlined below.

Step 3 : 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 Nano Search on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications as well as invalid browser entries that produces hijacking, redirects, and pop-ups.

1. Follow the link below to download the tool called AdwCleaner.

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

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 Nano Search. It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings that is associated with the hijacker.

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.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by Nano Search. If the browser hijacker still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to default settings.

Optional : Reset Internet Browser Program

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

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from Nano Search. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press Enter key.
3. Under Reset and clean up section, choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. Click Reset settings button to clear all entries of Nano Search.
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed Nano Search extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to Nano Search. 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 removal of add-on from Firefox.

1. Input the string about:support on Firefox web address and press Enter on keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tune up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.
5. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. Nano Search 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.
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 in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by Nano Search and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

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