Remove BestSearch.live (Chrome, IE, Firefox)

By | Posted on October 29, 2018 |

BestSearch.live is a homepage hijacker that came from the family of adware. This type of threat can inflict changes on the browser only if user installs relevant adware. It can transmit comfortably over the internet with the help of freeware and shareware. By integrating BestSearch.live to some of bundled software, its creator can run a stealthy installation of this hijacker. Thus, users are unaware of its arrival in most cases.

Due to unexpected emergence of BestSearch.live, some people believed that the cause is computer virus infection. Technically, these unwanted changes on the browser are part of adware operation. Adware are less likely to be destructive as computer viruses. In particular, BestSearch.live was made solely to target browser applications like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Edge. The main payload is to alter homepage configuration and set BestSearch.live as the new default.

The purpose of homepage modification is simply to promote several programs on your homepage. In addition, BestSearch.live yearns for users to be fond of using their promoted extension. In this case, it is endorsing Alphashoppers.co, a qustionable search engine that claims to enhance online browsing experience.

BestSearch.live

Even though BestSearch.live is not in the category of computer viruses, we still recommend its removal. As mentioned, it came from various PUP’s that can cause certain annoyances on internet browser programs. This adware may also put your online privacy at risk. For a complete guide to get rid of BestSearch.live, please navigate to the special segment on this page.

Online Security Scanner Report for bestsearch.live:

Norton SafeWeb Not yet tested Community Rating: 0.0 Updated: Oct. 28, 2018
MCAfee Site Advisor Minimal risk Feedback: No data Updated: Oct. 28, 2018
Transparency Report Currently Safe Feedback: No data Updated: Oct. 28, 2018

BestSearch.live Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of the browser hijacker 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 homepage hijacker and redirects 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 BestSearch.live.

Remove BestSearch.live 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 BestSearch.live or relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome.

Uninstall 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 objects that is pertaining to BestSearch.live and remove it from the browser.

Delete 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 BestSearch.live or relevant entry and remove it from Safari.

Remove 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 BestSearch.live from Toolbars and Extension and Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If BestSearch.live 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 Adware

7. Select BestSearch.live 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 BestSearch.live 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 BestSearch.live.

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 BestSearch.live.

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: Remove BestSearch.live Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

Preceding steps may have removed BestSearch.live from the browser already. This next procedure is needed to double-check that browser is free from any adware remnants especially from BestSearch.live. Avast Browser Cleanup is a free tool that restores the browser to its initial, clean state. It will get rid of annoying browser extensions, toolbars, and search hijackers.

1. Click the link below to download this free tool.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. To run the installer, please double-click the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. Run the tool to start analyzing the browsers. It will state wether browser is free from threats or cleanup is needed. Perform suggested cleanup if the tool found suspicious extensions, add-ons, or plug-ins.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. If Avast Browser Cleanup verifies if you want to permanently delete suspicious entries, click Yes to proceed with the removal of BestSearch.live.

Stage 4: 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 BestSearch.live.

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 BestSearch.live.

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 BestSearch.live and other suspicious entities. Be sure to remove all identified threats.

sophos-startscan

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from BestSearch.live

Not all browser hijackers 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 BestSearch.live is still bothering you after completing all the steps above, please execute the procedures below to reset the settings of affected browser program.

Remove BestSearch.live from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome application.

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

3. Scroll down to expand Advanced settings area.

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

5. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults. If it prompts for confirmation, please click Reset Settings button to proceed.

Google Chrome Reset

This function will reset Google Chrome’s home page, new tab page, search engine, and other areas affected by BestSearch.live. Unwanted extensions will also be removed from the browser. This will not affect your bookmarks, history, and other saved data. You may also use Chrome Cleanup feature for advance scanning. See more details on this page.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If Mozilla Firefox is affected by BestSearch.live 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. BestSearch.live 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 BestSearch.live 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 BestSearch.live. If you choose to perform the procedure manually, please view instructions here.

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