Remove Search Settings (Chrome Extension)

By | Posted on March 3, 2017 | Updated on March 6, 2017

Search Settings is an ad-supported program that allegedly gives you the ability to properly manage search results. It works on new tab window of Google Chrome. Aside from providing dedicated new tab, Search Settings is also offered as an extension that is useful in customizing the homepage wallpaper. Instead of your chosen search tool, you may see unwanted homepage, start-up, and new tab window.

Most adware programs are hijacking browser settings that cause redirection to various unsolicited web sites. Soon enough, you may obtain virus or malware hosted on dubious sites due to regular browser redirection. Thus, it is highly advice to get rid of Search Settings and all of its components and related applications.

Search Settings is normally bundles with certain apps and shareware that can be acquired from questionable web sites. Downloading these apps can be the root of potentially unwanted program infection. Even worthy program did not escape the deceitful scheme of malware authors. They are repacking useful programs with Search Settings so that this adware can spread quickly over the internet. To ensure that you are obtaining clean copy of software, download only from reputable or official web sites.

Search Settings

When Search Settings adware is bothering your internet activities or if you are seeing excessive advertisements and redirect issues, it implies that adware is present on the computer. In these cases, immediately scan the system with efficient anti-virus and anti-malware tools. Complete guide to get rid of Search Settings from Google Chrome browser and PC as well is outlined below.

Online Security Scanner Report for search-settings.com:

Norton SafeWeb Not yet tested Community Rating: 0.0 March 03, 2017
MCAfee Site Advisor Not yet rated Feedback: No data March 03, 2017
AVG Threat Labs Currently Safe Feedback: No data March 03, 2017

How to Remove Search Settings

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

It is highly suggested that you carry out all the steps in exact manner to effectively get rid of malware.

Step 1 : Use Add/Remove program of Windows to Uninstall Search Settings

The main cause of pop-up ads and coupons could be software that you may have installed on the computer. We need to uninstall the culprit program.

1. Click Windows Start button. Next, select Control Panel from the list. Alternatively, press Windows key + R on keyboard and run appwiz.cpl command.

2. Find the ‘Programs‘ area and click on Uninstall a program. This opens up a window showing existing software installed.

uninstall-adware

3. Look for and remove Search Settings entry. If not present, look for any suspicious labels that was installed recently.

4. Click on Uninstall to start removing the program.

Step 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.

AdwCleaner

4. It searches for presence of harmful programs, plug-ins, add-ons, or any data that were found malicious and linked to Search Settings. 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.

Step 3: Remove Search Settings from Google Chrome

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

Deleting Search Settings Extension

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

2. Type the following in the address bar: chrome://extensions

3. On Extensions window, please delete Search Settings by clicking on Trash icon.

Adware Extension

4. Go to Settings window (chrome://settings). Under On Startup area, click Disable extension if Search Settings is present.

On-startup Adware

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

Resetting Google Chrome to default settings is helpful in deleting hard-to-remove extension such as from Search Settings. This method is highly advisable to perform if you have difficulty in removing unwanted extension.

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, then click Show advanced settings

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

5. Click on Reset Settings button. If it prompts for confirmation, please click Reset to proceed.

Google Chrome Reset

This function will reset your home page, new tab page, search engine, and other areas affected by Search Settings. Unwanted extensions will also be removed from the browser. This will not affect your bookmarks, history, and other saved data. You may also download Chrome Cleanup Tool from this page. A stand-alone reset tool from Google Chrome but with more advanced Adware scanner feature.

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