I wrote this article to help you remove Search.otwexplain.com. This Search.otwexplain.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Search.otwexplain.com is as a browser hijacker which is capable of infiltrating your computer while you are browsing the web and trying to download various programs from third-party websites. Be aware that this hijacker not only affects your default homepage, but it also replaces your default search engine. Thus, in case you want to change the URL of your homepage and search provider, you should remove Search.otwexplain.com browser hijacker from your PC as soon as possible.
After Search.otwexplain.com enters your virtual machine, it starts causing you lots of problems, thus the program should not be kept on the system. The most obvious change made by the hijacker is the modification of your default homepage and search engine which you will certainly notice. Actually, that is just the way the hijackers work – once they infiltrate your PC, they need no approval to implement any changes on it, which definitely might cause harm to your machine. However, what is more interesting, is the fact that you cannot remember installing the program on the system and this will certainly bother you.
In fact, Search.otwexplain.com does not need any approval to enter your computer. Though, the hijacker is so skilled that it could make you install it yourself without even realizing it. Usually, Search.otwexplain.com enters your PC bundled with other freeware, because it provides possibly the easiest entry point for it. For that reason, every time when you install new software on your virtual machine, you should read all the terms and conditions provided by the setup wizard. In another case, you will experience security-related problems.
Search.otwexplain.com can also infiltrate your computer by posing as a bogus system or program update. For instance, while you’re thinking that you’re updating a particular program on your PC, you’re actually letting a dangerous infection in the system. Besides, the hijacker can also use spam email attachments, corrupted links, or websites as other means of invasion. Thus, having a program like Search.otwexplain.com on your computer most often depends on your attention.
Once installed on your computer, Search.otwexplain.com starts flooding your monitor with numerous commercial advertisements and links. The problem here is that it is not very easy to recognize those links, so you might click on them by chance, and get transferred to some corrupted websites with malicious content. Besides, every click on the provided links generates money for their creators and continues the existence of the unwanted program.
However, the displayed adverts are not the thing you should worry about most. In fact, the greatest issue related to Search.otwexplain.com is the ability of the program to access your personal data. As soon as the hijacker infects your PC, it starts monitoring your virtual activities and records your browsing history. Once the program has collected enough information about your preferences, Search.otwexplain.com shares the data with the third parties hidden behind it and they could use it for malicious purposes. This is the reason why you should remove Search.otwexplain.com right away and make sure that your computer is well-protected against malware.
In case your browsing sessions have been transferred to untrusted websites, compromised files, it is very likely that adware applications may have managed to penetrate into your virtual machine. As a result, some infections may be hidden into the system and they can allow some cyber criminals to gain access to your PC and steal your sensitive data. If this happens, the only way to erase any threats from the system entirely and protect your personal data from being stolen, is to use an automatic security program. By using it, all hidden infections can be located and deleted at once.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.
Remove From Chrome:
Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still cannot remove Search.otwexplain.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.