How to remove SearchZone

This article is all about the browser hijacker called SearchZone. To remove this threat, we are providing instructions such as Manual Removal Guide, Malware Scanners, and Resetting Browser Programs.

SearchZone is and andware and if it become present on the computer, it will sure to cause several issues. Specifically, the normal operation of  browser will turn oppositely causing to infuriate web users while browsing the internet. SearchZone is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), which experts do not suggest installing on the computer. However, malware developers have techniques on how they will market and spread their malicious software. Most of the typical scheme is via software bundles, which includes an unwanted program like SearchZone. It can infiltrates into computers even without the authority of computer user.

SearchZone is a browser hijacker and is very uniform to Search Opedia and Search HD. These unwanted programs virtually hijacks internet software to promote their malevolent homepage address Search-zone.com. By amend the browser settings, SearchZone will appoint its own URL to be the default search engine, home page, and new tab window. Upon using the internet, the browser automatically uncovers a window to Search-zone.com to aid the intended activity of web user particularly online search. SearchZone can also agitate security setting of browser to thwart computer users to opposite the made alterations. The most competent way to overpower the customary setting is by removing the malevolent program that is the main source of the misconduct.

Image of Search-zone.com

SearchZone and Search-zone.com Ads

Potentially unwanted program (PUP) like SearchZone instill obtrusive advertisements on the internet browser app. It may be lawful sometime, but most often it displays frauds. Therefore, the utmost thing to do is not to uncover the random ads as a way to anticipate further infections. SearchZone also incite browser redirects through pop-ups, which forward the web pages to dubious websites. SearchZone runs the ads or pop-ups from a especial disputable site with intention to cheat web users to click on it in order to redirect into applicable doubtful pages. The most serious manifestation of SearchZone is its capacity to track and encode browsing practice of online users. Even personal data saved on the browser are in danger, which includes name, address, contact numbers, and so on. Stolen data may cause identity theft and cyber crooks may misuse it for other online frauds.

SearchZone 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 browser hijacker and pop-ups.

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

Step 1 : Delete SearchZone Browser Extension

Most adware and unwanted programs 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 SearchZone.

Remove SearchZone Extension from Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome browser.

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

Chrome URL

3. Find SearchZone or relevant entry and remove it from Google Chrome browser.

Uninstall SearchZone Extension from Mozilla Firefox

1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser.

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

Firefox URL

3. Choose Extensions on sidebar menu.

4. Look for object that is pertaining to SearchZone and remove it from the browser.

After deleting the malicious browser extension, it is expected that SearchZone is also gone from the homepage.

Remove SearchZone Add-ons from Internet Explorer and Edge Browser

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 SearchZone from Toolbars and Extension. Additionally, delete unwanted entry from Search Providers section.

4. Close the window and restart Internet Explorer.

If SearchZone is still present on the IE browser and there are still unwanted homepage and pop-ups, 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 Malware

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

Step 2 : Scan the computer with Sophos Antivirus

To remove SearchZone automatically, scanning the computer with this powerful anti-virus tool is recommended. This scanner does not just uncover known threats like viruses or malware, it is also effective in discovering browser hijacker like SearchZone that slows down online browsing activities.

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.

Screnshot of Sophos Installer

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. If Windows prompts for User Account Control, please click Yes to proceed.

Screenshot of Sophos EULA Page

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 SearchZone.

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

Screenshot of Sophos Virus Scan

The above procedures should have totally eliminated the SearchZone browser hijacker. However, if you found that there are still remnants of the threat, please proceed to manual removal of associated objects as outlined below.

Step 3 : 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 SearchZone on the browser that was not deleted during the preceding steps. This tool will scan the computer and check for presence of malicious applications as well as invalid browser entries that produces hijacking, redirects, and 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 SearchZone.

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 SearchZone. It will also check for suspicious entries on browser settings that is associated with the hijacker.

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.

Check if your internet browser application is no longer being bothered by SearchZone. If the browser hijacker still persists, please continue with the steps below to reset internet programs to default settings.

Optional : Reset Internet Browser Program

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

Restore Google Chrome to Default Settings

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

1. Open Google Chrome Internet browser.
2. On the address bar, type chrome://settings/reset and press Enter key.
3. Under Reset and clean up section, choose Restore settings to their original defaults.
4. Click Reset settings button to clear all entries of SearchZone.
5. Close the existing tab and restart Google Chrome. That should have removed SearchZone extension and associated objects.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

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

1. Input the string about:support on Firefox web address and press Enter on keyboard.
2. You will now see the Troubleshooting Information page of Mozilla Firefox.
3. You will notice a section on upper-right corner of the screen stating Give Firefox a tune up. Click the Refresh Firefox button.
4. If confirmation window appears, click Refresh Firefox to continue.
5. Firefox browser will close and start the resetting process. When done, it will display a list of restored data. SearchZone should be gone by now. Click Finish to open a fresh version of Firefox.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

1. Open Internet Explorer and navigate to top menu. Click Tools, and then Internet Options.
2. Select Advanced tab on Internet Options window.
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 in the browser. However, this process may delete add-ons by SearchZone and other unknown objects. If you prefer to carry out the procedure manually, please add-on removal from Internet Explorer.

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