How to remove Search Infinite

Search Infinite is a browser hijacker that often setup on internet program as add-on or extension. Its main objective is to designate Searchinfinite.com as default homepage and search engine. Since, Searchinfinite.com is an amateur search tool; web users should never expect it to produce valuable search results. In fact, its operation as search engine intends only to track on web user’s online inquiry by redirecting the search page to own server. Because of the split-second redirects, it is hard for web users to see it spot on. People behind Search Infinite cleverly cover up these redirects by showcasing the final search outcome via legitimate search engine like Bing, Google, or Yahoo.

The arrival of Search Infinite on the computer is frequently with the assistance of third party software installer. Web users may acquire this without knowing that an adware is included. Discreetly attached adware could be Search Infinite or similar threats like Prefer Search or Ads Free Search. The surplus additive is kept hidden from web users until the moment it is fully embedded on the target browser application. The time that user may learn about the presence of Search Infinite is when they see it as the default homepage. Moreover, when performing online search, it likewise display signs of an unwanted changes on preferences.

Due to abrupt presence of Search Infinite, computer users deemed it as virus infection. Technically, threat like this is only centered on attacking browser program and does not have any harm intention on the operating system. Therefore, malware researchers prefer to list it under the category of potentially unwanted program (PUP). Some flagged it as adware because it attempts to generate online profit by displaying different kinds of advertisements on internet program.

Searchinfinite.com

Although Search Infinite is not a computer virus, it could still cause harm and damages on the browser application. Thus, removal of this PUP is recommended. See the next section for complete procedures in executing an effective removal of Search Infinite.

Search Infinite 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 Searchinfinite.com hijacker and pop-ups.

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

Step 1 : Delete Search Infinite 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 Search Infinite.

Remove Search Infinite 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 Search Infinite or relevant entry like Searchinfinite.com and remove it from Google Chrome browser.

Uninstall Search Infinite 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 Search Infinite and remove it from the browser.

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

Remove Search Infinite 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 Search Infinite from Toolbars and Extension. Additionally, delete Searchinfinite.com from Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If Search Infinite is still present on the IE browser and there are still homepage and pop-ups originating from Searchinfinite.com, 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 Search Infinite or recently installed unwanted entry. Then, click on Uninstall to remove it from Windows system.

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Anti-malware Program

To remove Search Infinite automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful anti-malware tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker like Search Infinite that assigns Searchinfinite.com as the homepage URL.

1. Download the free anti-malware scanner called MalwareBytes Anti-Malware.

2. After downloading, install the program. It may run automatically or you have to double-click on the downloaded file MBSetup.exe.

3. Proceed with the installation using only the default setup. If you need the complete setup procedure, it is available on the download page.

4. After the installation process, click Get Started to run the program.

5. Continue with the prompts until the main program opens.

6. On Malwarebytes Anti-malware console, click on Scan to run the most comprehensive detection method and find any hidden items linked to Search Infinite.

7. Wait for the anti-malware to finish scanning the computer.

MBAM Scan

8. When scanning is done, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will display the list of identified threats. Remove all identified threats including Search Infinite and restart the computer to finalized the scan process.

The above procedures should have totally eliminated the Search Infinite browser hijacker. However, if you found that there are still remnants of the threat and Searchinfinite.com still exists on internet application, 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 Search Infinite 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 Searchinfinite.com 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 Search Infinite.

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 Search Infinite. It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings that is associated with Searchinfinite.com.

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 Search Infinite. 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 Search Infinite. 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 Search Infinite. 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 Search Infinite.
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed Search Infinite extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to Search Infinite. 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. Search Infinite 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 Search Infinite and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

Get rid of Searchinfinite.com Pop-ups (Notification)

Most of the time, browser hijackers are combined with intrusive pop-up ads originating from the source website Searchinfinite.com. It is taking advantage of push notification feature of popular internet programs like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Edge. These pop-up ads from Searchinfinite.com are extra ordinary as it exceeds the normal display volume and they are certainly annoying.

Normally, Searchinfinite.com pop-ups will start to bombard internet browser screen with pop-ups if web user was deceived to click “Allow” button that triggers the said website to send push notification. To stop Searchinfinite.com from showing the pop-ups, please execute the procedures below. Remember, these steps may only be successful after the removal of the main component or dubious browser extension.

Google Chrome

1. On Google Chrome browser, input the following in the address bar and press Enter:

chrome://settings/content/notifications

2. Navigate to the list under "Allow" section and look for Searchinfinite.com.

3. Click the ellipses (3 dots) beside Searchinfinite.com list to reveal the options.

Chrome Push Notification

4. Click on Block or Remove to stop Searchinfinite.com from displaying pop-up ads on Google Chrome browser.

6. Please restart Google Chrome browser.

Mozilla Firefox

1. On Mozilla Firefox browser, type the following in the address bar and press Enter key:

about:preferences#privacy

2. Navigate below to Permission area and look for Notifications.

Firefox Notification Settings

3. Click the Settings button aligned with the Notifications.

4. Look for Searchinfinite.com entry and change the Status to Block.

Block Notification from Firefox

5. Click on Save Changes and restart Mozilla Firefox and check if Searchinfinite.com pop-up is gone.

Safari (Mac)

1. On top menu, click on Safari and then, select Preferences from the drop-down list.

2. Click on Websites tab to open its settings.

3. Select Notifications from the left sidebar.

Push Notification Safari

4. On right panel, it will display a list of websites with "Allow" attribute.

5. Find and click on Searchinfinite.com.

6. You may choose to Deny or Remove it from the notification list.

7. You may now restart Safari browser and see if Searchinfinite.com pop-up is gone.

Microsoft Edge

1. Assuming that Edge browser is open, click on the ellipses (3 dots) on upper right corner to open the Settings. Alternatively, you can press Alt + X on the keyboard.

2. Select Settings from the drop-down list.

3. Click on Advanced.

4. Under Website Permissions area, click on Manage Permissions button.

Edge Push Notification

4. Find and select Searchinfinite.com from the list. Click on X button to stop it from showing pop-up ads or notifications.

Edge Notification Removal

5. You may now restart Edge browser.

Post Last Modified On September 21, 2020

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