How to Remove Bangsearch.pro

Bangsearch.pro, also known as Bang Search adware, is quite dangerous since it can activate several online redirections that may lead web users to websites that were created to spread malware. Therefore, users are advised not to click on any advertisements as long as Bangsearch.pro is present on the internet browser application in order to prevent any type of computer virus infection. In addition to contaminating the computer, clicking on advertisements displayed by Bangsearch.pro may trigger the automatic download and installation of more adware, which could result in the web user seeing annoying pop-up ads.

How does it get installed on the computer?

Most computer users are unaware that they helped install the Bangsearch.pro hijacker. It frequently enters the computer through dubious shareware, especially those that were obtained from dubious sources. Although the installation of the Browse Now extension is not really started by computer users, the adware is covertly loaded into the default internet application when the setup process of the downloaded freeware is launched. Browse Now is free to designate Bangsearch.pro as the default homepage and search engine as a result of those unsolicited acts. It fully overrides the preferences and preferred setup of web users. It may substitute another search engine—many of which are labeled as Yahoo Search hijackers or Bing Search hijackers—instead of the default Google Search.

Screenshot of Bangsearch.pro

Is Bangsearch.pro a virus?

It is obvious that Bangsearch.pro is an intrusive website that has a shady browser plugin. It was classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) because it attempted to access the victim’s computer through a variety of deceptive and unexpected methods. Because of how suddenly it happened, computer users can incorrectly interpret this as a virus infection. Bangsearch.pro is therefore not a virus and has no impact on the OS. Not nearly any computer infections are as contagious as this browser hijacker. As previously indicated, it is installed through a dishonest campaign that includes dubious freeware or deceptive pop-up ads.

Ways to avoid browser hijacker infection

To effectively prevent the Bangsearch.pro browser hijacker, it is essential to exercise caution during software installation. Always choose custom installation settings and carefully examine each step, avoiding any additional software that may come bundled with the desired program. It is crucial to regularly update your browser and operating system to address any vulnerabilities that Bangsearch.pro could exploit. Additionally, installing reputable antivirus and anti-malware software adds an extra layer of protection against browser hijacking attempts.

Please remember that it is important to exercise caution when clicking on suspicious links or pop-up advertisements, particularly those offering free downloads or claiming that your system is infected. Activating the browser’s pop-up blockers that stop malicious content can also contribute to preventing Bangsearch.pro from infiltrating the system.

Bangsearch.pro 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 internet hijacker and pop-ups.

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

Step 1 : Scan the PC with Combo Cleaner

Combo Cleaner is a trusted computer security and optimization tool equipped with a powerful virus and malware detection engine. This program can get rid of browser hijacker like Bangsearch.pro through this procedure.

1. Download the application from the following page:

2. Save the file to your preferred location.

3. Double-click the downloaded file CCSetup.exe and install with the default settings.

4. At the end of the setup process, click Finish to run Combo Cleaner.

5. The tool will update the database file; please wait for this process to complete.

6. To begin checking for threats like Bangsearch.pro, click on the Start Scan button. Wait for this scan to finish.

Screenshot of Combo Cleaner PC

7. At the end of the scan process, click on Remove all threats to delete Bangsearch.pro, including all harmful objects from the computer.

To fully optimize the features of antivirus and privacy scanners, users may have to upgrade to the premium version.

Please continue with the succeeding removal procedures if you are comfortable manually getting rid of the browser hijacker and malicious items linked to it.

Step 2 : Uninstall Bangsearch.pro from Windows

1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key + R. Type the appwiz.cpl command and click OK.

Screenshot of Run Command

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

Screenshot of Program and Featires

3. Select Bangsearch.pro or a recently installed suspicious entry from the list.

4. Click on Uninstall to remove it from the Windows system.

Step 3 : Delete Bangsearch.pro Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs use an application called a "browser extension" to be able to take over the settings of internet applications. Therefore, we highly recommend checking and removing the extension that is closely related to Bangsearch.pro. If it is not present, look for and delete any suspicious browser extension.

Google Chrome

Remove Bangsearch.pro extension from Google Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser.

2. Input the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://extensions

Screenshot of Chrome Extensions in PC

3. Look for Bangsearch.pro or a relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.

Microsoft Edge

Remove Bangsearch.pro from Microsoft Windows and Edge Browser

1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key + R. Type the appwiz.cpl command and click OK.

Screenshot of Run Command

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

Screenshot of Program and Featires

3. Select Bangsearch.pro or a recently installed suspicious entry from the list.

4. Click on Uninstall to remove it from the Windows system.

If Bangsearch.pro is still present on the browser and unwanted homepage and pop-ups persist, another option is to remove the hijacker from the browser settings.

5. Open the Microsoft Edge program.

6. Input the following string in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://extensions/

Screenshot of MS Edge Address Bar

7. Look for and Remove or Disable entries for Bangsearch.pro from the Installed Extensions area.

Screenshot of Edge Extension Removal

8. You may now close the window and restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Uninstall the Bangsearch.pro extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser.

2. Type or copy and paste the strings below in the address bar and press Enter on the keyboard:

about:addons

Screenshot of Firefox Extension

3. Click on Extensions from the sidebar menu.

4. Look for an entry that pertains to Bangsearch.pro and Disable or Remove it from the browser using the options button.

Opera

Remove Bangsearch.pro extension from the Opera Browser

1. Open the Opera internet browser program.

2. In the address bar, type or copy and paste the text below. Press Enter on your keyboard.

opera://extensions

Screenshot of Extensions in Opera Browser

3. Find the malicious extension and then, click on Remove button to delete it from the Opera browser.

Step 4 : Scan with AdwCleaner and Reset Chrome Policies

In addition to the procedure, we suggest scanning the computer with AdwCleaner tool. Possibly, there are some traces of Bangsearch.pro on the browser that were 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.

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

3. Browse the location of the downloaded file and double-click on adwcleaner.exe to start running the tool.

4. If Windows displays a prompt saying, "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?" click Yes to proceed.

5. On the AdwCleaner dashboard, click on Settings.

Screenshot of AdwCleaner Policies

6. While in the Settings window, please turn On the Reset Chrome Policies and Reset IE Policies.

Screenshot of AdwCleaner Scanner

7. Go back to the Dashboard and click the Scan Now button.

8. AdwCleaner searches the computer for malicious programs, extensions, plug-ins, adware, and any items that may be associated with Bangsearch.pro.

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

10. AdwCleaner will then prompt an option to run another repair, which will reset Winsock and other settings. Please click the Run Basic Repair button.

Screenshot of Basic Repair

11. A message will appear stating that "All processes will be closed..." Please click Continue.

Image of Basic Repair Message

12. After the cleanup procedure, rebooting the computer is required to finalize the removal of Bangsearch.pro as well as other detected threats.

Step 5 : Run the Final Scan Using Sophos Home Antivirus.

To remove Bangsearch.pro automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful virus and malware removal tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware; it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker like Bangsearch.pro.

1. Please click on the link below to download the program.

2. After downloading, locate the file SophosInstall.exe in the Downloads folder.

3. Install by double-clicking on the file.

4. If it prompts "Do you want to allow this app to make changes on your device?" please click Yes.

5. Next, it will display the Terms and Conditions page. Click the Install button to begin.

Screenshot of Terms by Sophos Home

6. Run the installation with the default settings. Please note that an internet connection is required in order to download important updates.

7. After finishing the installation, you must login to the dashboard. If you already have a Sophos account, please login. Otherwise, please enter your details and click on the Create Account button.

8. Once you are in the Sophos Home console, click the Scan button to start checking the computer for Bangsearch.pro components.

Screenshot of Sophos Home

9. Scanning may take a while; please wait for this process to finish.

10. After scanning the computer, Sophos Home will start cleaning or deleting files infected with Bangsearch.pro.

11. You may now close Sophos Home. The computer is now free from Bangsearch.pro, as well as associated malware and viruses.

The above procedures should have totally eliminated Bangsearch.pro browser hijacker. However, if you find that there are still remnants of the malware, please proceed to the next steps below.

Step 6 : Fixing the Homepage and Search Engine

Google Chrome

Remove Bangsearch.pro from the homepage and search of Chrome

1. Open the Google Chrome browser. Type or copy and paste the following on the address bar. Then, press Enter on the keyboard:

chrome://settings

Screenshot of Chrome Settings Page

2. Go to the left sidebar and click On Startup.

3. Select "Open a specific page or set of pages" in the right panel.

Chrome On Startup Screenshot

4. Locate the unwanted Homepage URL, click on More Actions icon (3-dot), and select Remove or Edit.

5. If you choose Edit, enter the desired web address as your home page, replacing Bangsearch.pro. Click Save.

6. To set the default search engine, go to the left sidebar, and this time, select Search Engine.

Screenshot of Search Settings

7. Click on the Manage search engines and site search button in the right panel.

8. Find the unwanted Search Engine in the list. Click on More Actions icon, and then click Delete.

9. Go back to the left side bar and click Search Engine.

Default Search Engine Screenshot

10. In the right panel, choose a valid entry from the "Search engine used in the address bar."

You can now restart the Google Chrome browser to see if the unwanted homepage and search engine related to Bangsearch.pro are gone.

Microsoft Edge

Get rid of Bangsearch.pro from the homepage of Edge Browser

1. Open the Microsoft Edge browser on your computer.

2. In the address bar, type or copy and paste the string below, then press Enter on the keyboard:

edge://settings/startHomeNTP

MS Edge Start Page Screenshot

3. Go to the "When Edge Starts" area. Under the "Open these pages" section, click More Actions (3-dot).

4. Select Edit to open the Edit Page window.

5. Input your desired address to replace the homepage settings of Bangsearch.pro.

Screenshot of Home URL

6. Click the Save button. You may now restart Microsoft Edge browser.

Mozilla Firefox

Delete Bangsearch.pro from the homepage and search of Firefox.

1. Open the Mozilla Firefox browser on your computer.

2. Type or copy and paste the following on the address bar, then press Enter on the keyboard:

about:preferences

3. Click Home in the sidebar area.

Firefox Preferences Screenshot

4. Under "Homepage and new windows", you may choose Firefox Home (Default) or Custom URLs.

5. If you chose Custom URLs, input the desired URL to replace Bangsearch.pro settings.

6. To configure the default search engine, select Search in the left sidebar to display the settings.

Screenshot of Firefox Default Search

7. Under the "Default Search Engine" list, please select a legitimate one (i.e., Google).

8. Scroll down to "Search Shortcuts" and select an unwanted search engine.

Remove Search from Firefox Image

9. Click on the Remove button to delete the unwanted search engine. You may now restart the Mozilla Firefox browser.

Opera

Remove Bangsearch.pro from Opera's homepage and search.

1. In the address bar of Opera browser, type or copy and paste the text below. Press Enter on your keyboard.

opera://settings/searchEngines

2. Scroll down to the "Search Engine" section and find your desired name (i.e. Google Search)

Screenshot of Default Search

3. Click on the ellipses icon (3-dot) and select Make Default.

4. In the same section, click the ellipses icon of the unwanted search engine and select Delete to remove the malicious search engine from the Opera browser.

Screenshot of Removing Search Engine

5. Go back to the Basic section and scroll down to the "On Startup" section.

Screenshot of Opera Homepage Settings

6. Find the unwanted homepage address, click its ellipses icon (3-dot), and choose between Remove or Edit.

7. If you choose Edit, enter the desired web address as your homepage, replacing Bangsearch.pro. Click Save.

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2 thoughts on “How to Remove Bangsearch.pro”

  1. Sean Kim: We revised the procedures. Please un-sync your Google Chrome account, then proceed with the removal. 

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