Remove Search

By | Posted on November 18, 2016 | Updated on June 16, 2018 is endorsed by some third-party application as a valid browser search tool that enhances online search results. Similar to most homepage hijacker, may appear like valid homepage because it employs clean interface and uses Yahoo as its search engine. Thus, many computer users deemed it as normal homepage.

However, sooner, user will realized that they are not aware on these changes. It is also evident that homepage is forcibly diverted to various subdomains including,,, and many more.Therefore, they deemed as some kind of virus attack. In reality, is a working search engine with valid search results since it is utilizing resource from Yahoo. However, due to various codes installed by on the browser, it may apply content-layering technique to display ads within the context of any pages, including search result pages. The risky part comes into play when result links are manipulated with the sole intention of diverting traffic to unsafe websites. Obviously, they do not care whether they are serving safe or insecure links. As long as the adware is generating profits from partners, this disturbing operation will continue.

It is also noticed that arrives on the computer commonly via freeware and adware infection. Widely used scheme called bundling is the primary way to repack a number of PUP’s and adware into one installation file. There is no way for user to recognize the contents of the package unless they will run the installation process in ‘Custom’ mode. Since most users are not aware of this, they ended up loading a bunch of crap on their computer including and similar hijackers.

Never endure the existence of, remove it as early as possible by executing the procedures as outlined on this page. Totally eradicate all malicious objects by scanning the computer with recommended anti-malware tool.

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This section contains comprehensive guide to help you remove threats from the affected computer.

Procedures on this page are written in a manner that can be easily understand and execute by computer users.

Stage 1: Scan the Computer with Sophos Virus Removal Tool

This rootkit and virus removal tool is free and easy to use. It scans, detects and removes any rootkit, malware as well as threat like home page hijacker. The tool is powerful enough to find malicious items that are hidden on the computer.

1. Download Sophos Virus Removal Tool from the link below. Save the file to your Desktop so that we can access the file easily.
Sophos Virus Removal Tool Download Link (this will open a new window)

2. After downloading, navigate to the file location and double-click it. This will start the installation procedure. User Account Control will prompt if you want to run the program, click Yes to continue.


3. On initial launch of the program, it will display a welcome screen as shown in the image below. Click Next to start the installation procedure.


4. Next, you need to accept the license agreement before Sophos Virus Removal Tool can be installed onto the computer. Choose ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’. Then, click Next button.


5. On the next prompts, please click appropriate button to proceed. At the end of the installation process, it will display InstallShield Wizard Completed. Just leave the Launch Sophos Virus Removal Tool with a check mark. Then, click Finish.

6. The tool will download necessary updates so Internet connection is required at this point. Lastly, Sophos Virus Removal Tool displays the welcome screen.


7. Click on Start Scanning button to begin checking the system for presence of rootkit and virus. The tool reveals items that were found linked to It also detects and removes other malicious files.


Stage 2: Scan and Delete Adware with AdwCleaner

1. Download the tool called AdwCleaner from the location stated below.
Click here to download AdwCleaner (this will open a new window)

2. Once you have completed the download, please close all running programs on the computer.

3. Locate the file and double-click on adwcleaner_Ver.exe to start running the tool. Then, click on Scan button.


4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to You need to Clean all items detected by this tool.

5. Once scan is done, the tool may need to reboot your computer to finalize the cleaning process.

6. After reboot, AdwCleaner will display the log file of the recent scan.

Stage 3: Remove Add-on and Cleanup the Browser

After the previous scans, you may have deleted from the affected browser. This next step will ensure that no more module of adware will be left on the browser. This free tool scans and checks the browser for unwanted add-on and extension, and if found, Avast Browser Cleanup will give you a report and suggestion.

1. Download this free tool and save it to your desktop.
Avast Browser Cleanup Download Link (This will open in a new window)

2. Please install the program. Start the process by double-clicking on the executable file avast-browser-cleanup-sfx.exe.

3. When run, Avast Browser Cleanup performs a test on the browser. If unwanted entries were found, it will display a button ‘Remove all add-ons listed below and cleanup browser.’ You may remove all or delete one entry at a time.

Avast Browser Scanner

4. Avast Browser Cleanup will confirm before it permanently deletes the add-on. Please click Yes to proceed with the removal of on the affected browser.

Option: Alternative Method to Clean Up Internet Browser from

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

Reset Google Chrome Settings to remove

1. Open Google Chrome application.

2. In the address bar please type the this string: chrome://settings/ and then, press Enter on keyboard.

3. Scroll down to bottom, then click Advanced

4. Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see Reset and Clean Up 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 your home page, new tab page, search engine, and other areas affected by Unwanted extensions will also be removed from the browser. This will not affect your bookmarks, history, and other saved data. You may also run Chrome Cleanup function from this page. An integrated tool from Google Chrome but with more advanced Adware scanner feature.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings to remove

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.

2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.

IE Reset

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 it the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please view instructions here.

Reset Mozilla Firefox Configuration to remove

This section describes how to remove unwanted extension from Firefox that may be related to 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 add-on removal from this link.

1. Navigate to Firefox menu at the top of the browser and access the Help area. Click on Troubleshooting Information.

2. A new tab will appear. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Reset Firefox to its default state. Click the Refresh Firefox button.

FF Reset

3. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.

4. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. home page hijacker should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

2 thoughts on “Remove Search

  1. gerrard

    Thanks for this. I think you fixed it for me. I recently downloaded a couple programs Winzip and truesync but equally I suppose it might have come from a browser. My first symptom was that the windows 10 start bar would not open to run anything unless pinned to the bar. So I tried some googled powershell options to fix that but they didnt work. I managed to find a power off setting. When I rebooted and fired up firefox, it had lost my session restore and replaced the homepage with Some panic set in. no warnings from the microsoft antivrus or malware scans. So I started googling. There are several sites out there that try to fool you into downloading their supposed remover as an automated alternative to a set of pointless manual cleaning efforts. None of them come close to your explanation. Anyway, part-way through the sophos scan now. I ran the avast which picked up on an add-on in firefox but other than that not much indication of a virus or malware so far. Will update this if I get anything more. For now it looks like it was just a browser hijack. Thanks again for the time and care and excellent links you put into this page

  2. gerrard

    Then a few days later I opened a chrome session and there it was again!!!! I panicked and started swinging deletes all over, rerunning scanners and ADG and then checking on the reputation of this site in case it had simply embedded the hijacker even further. In the end, I went into the Chrome settings and under the “On startup” section I found the following options “open new tab”, “Continue where you left off”, and “open a specific page or set of pages. Set pages”, wherein “set pages is a link to a set of pages the browser will open automatically on startup. Guess what this infernal virus had set the page to? Yep, The little evil weevil. Anyhow, I deleted it and now “seem” to be clean but it leaves me wondering what else is in there and why neither ADG or sophos or AVG for that matter picked up on this setting.

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