How to remove Smart Searching Tab

Smart Searching Tab is a browser extension, which official website Smartsearching.net is endorsing as a tool that enhances internet browsing and searching experience of online users especially if they utilized the dedicated search engine at Hp.hsmartsearching.net.

It is considered as browser hijacker because of its malicious behavior on injecting itself into computers without knowledge of web users. Developers of Smart Searching Tab execute a deceptive marketing technique to spread this invasive program. Through freeware “bundling”, installation of Smart Searching Tab is possible. There are software bundles available on the internet free of charge, which includes Smart Searching Tab on the package. Online users do not really notice the penetration of unwanted application like Smart Searching Tab. Typically, software bundles do not reveal that there is Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) or adware included on the package. It will be too late for online users to see the unsolicited installation of PUP when it starts to exhibit suspicious behaviors on the browser.

Smart Searching Tab begins its operations by making alterations on web browser settings. The usual homepage, new tab page, and search engine will show the unwanted Hp.hsmartsearching.net homepage. Results provided by this questionable web address could be unreliable and inaccurate. Furthermore, Smart Searching Tab can present internet users with questionable web pages, containing unexpected and undesirable subjects. It can also generate intrusive advertisements and pop-ups that connect to dubious websites such as mature-oriented sites, illegal streaming platforms, or intrusive promotional sites, which are unsuitable for web visitors. Furthermore, ads by Smart Searching Tab can install similar-unwanted program into computer, to cause more damage in the operating system.

Hp.hsmartsearching.net

Infections of Smart Searching Tab on the computers could also lead to privacy issues. This unwanted program and its search engine Hp.hsmartsearching.net are able to track browsing activities and confidential information of web users. Such private data can be exposed to cyber criminals and use it for generating income by blackmailing, or exploiting money from their victims. Note that, a simple installation of an unwanted program could result into petty problems that may become serious in the future. It is better to remove Smart Searching Tab from computers as soon as possible to avoid further adware or malware infection.

Smart Searching Tab Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the potentially unwanted program (PUP) from compromised computer. The guide includes procedures to remove the unwanted URL Hsmartsearching.net that may have taken over the homepage.

In order to totally eliminate the adware Smart Searching Tab and its relevant malicious domain Hsmartsearching.net, it is vital to follow the remove process in exact manner.

Instant Removal : Scan the computer with Anti-malware Program

To remove Smart Searching Tab 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 internet browser threat like Smart Searching Tab that slows down online browsing activities. Right after the threat removal, the unwanted web address Hsmartsearching.net from homepage is expected to be eliminated too.

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 Smart Searching Tab as well as Hsmartsearching.net pop-ups and hijacker.

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 because one of those might be the responsible for showing of Smart Searching Tab. Please restart the computer when necessary.

The chances of stopping Hsmartsearching.net pop-ups or redirects is also possible after the threat removal. If it still remains, please follow the Hsmartsearching.net pop-up removal guide.

The computer should now be free from Smart Searching Tab. If you feel that the above solution is not sufficient in getting rid of the browser hijacker, please proceed with the succeeding steps.

Step 1 : Delete Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs are using an add-on called browser extension to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. This is the reason why Hsmartsearching.net is set on homepage and search tool. Therefore, we highly recommend to check and remove the extension that is closely related to Smart Searching Tab.

Remove Smart Searching Tab Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

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

Chrome Extensions

3. Find Smart Searching Tab or relevant entry like Hsmartsearching.net and remove it from Google Chrome.

Uninstall Smart Searching Tab Extension from Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

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

Firefox Extensions

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for object that is pertaining to Smart Searching Tab or Hsmartsearching.net and remove it from the browser.

Remove Smart Searching Tab 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 Smart Searching Tab from Toolbars and Extension and remove Hsmartsearching.net Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If Smart Searching Tab is still present on the IE browser and homepage is still under the control of Hsmartsearching.net, 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 Adware

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

Step 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 Smart Searching Tab on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications that also causes Hsmartsearching.net 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 Smart Searching Tab and Hsmartsearching.net.

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 (Smart Searching Tab), plug-ins, adware, and pop-up makers like Hsmartsearching.net.

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.

Step 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 Smart Searching Tab and any possible presence of virus, malware, rootkit, as well as unwanted homepage like Hsmartsearching.net.

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. 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 Smart Searching Tab. The tool is also helpful in eliminating the source of Hsmartsearching.net pop-ups and redirects.

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 Smart Searching Tab and other suspicious entities that redirects the homepage to Hsmartsearching.net. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

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Option : Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from Smart Searching Tab

Not all adware and PUP's are the same. Some cannot be removed by deleting relevant extensions and codes. On this instance, resetting the browser to default configuration is the only best solution. If Smart Searching Tab is still bothering you after completing all the steps above and Hsmartsearching.net pop-ups and homepage remains, please execute the procedures below to reset the settings of affected browser program.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Smart Searching Tab

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 Smart Searching Tab, 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 Smart Searching Tab adware 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. Smart Searching Tab should be gone by now. Click Finish to close the current window and open a fresh window of Mozilla Firefox. Homepage should now reveal the legitimate URL and not Hsmartsearching.net.

How to remove Hsmartsearching.net Pop-ups (Notification)

Most of the time, browser hijackers are combined with intrusive pop-up ads originating from the source website Hsmartsearching.net. 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 Hsmartsearching.net are extra ordinary as it exceeds the normal display volume and they are certainly annoying.

Normally, Hsmartsearching.net 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 Hsmartsearching.net 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 Hsmartsearching.net.

3. Click the ellipses (3 dots) beside Hsmartsearching.net list to reveal the options.

Chrome Push Notification

4. Click on Block or Remove to stop Hsmartsearching.net 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 Hsmartsearching.net entry and change the Status to Block.

Block Notification from Firefox

5. Click on Save Changes and restart Mozilla Firefox and check if Hsmartsearching.net 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.

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

5. Find and click on Hsmartsearching.net.

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

7. You may now restart Safari browser and see if Hsmartsearching.net 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 Hsmartsearching.net 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.

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