How to Remove Search.rspark.com (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

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I wrote this article to help you remove Search.rspark.com. This Search.rspark.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Search.rspark.com is a search engine with a wide set of functions. The platform has a classic search field for general web results, images, places and videos. You can sort your results after you enter a keyword or phrase. There is a voice command option which allows users to make inquiries without typing. Below the search field, you will find a links bar with a sliding panel. There are quick access buttons to several websites: Facebook, Gmail, Amazon, YouTube, Yahoo, Microsoft, Daily Motion, Twitch, Clip Champ, Zamzar, Vimeo and Yandex. An interesting feature is the embedded toolbar. It provides a specialized search engine for Amazon and gives links to Zamzar and Clip Champ. These two websites are featured in the links panel, but their presence in the toolbar makes them accessible when you are not on Search.rspark.com.

The website’s presentation may trick you into believing it is a reliable platform. This is far from the truth. Search.rspark.com is a vessel for a browser hijacker. The website has a malicious code which enables the malevolent program to take control over the browser. Most clients are vulnerable to the attacks. If you are using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Apple Safari or Opera, you will be affected. The first task on the agenda of the furtive tool is to render the DNS settings. It will change your homepage and default search provider to Search.rspark.com. By doing so, the hijacker gains control over the search functionality of the web browser.

Remove Search.rspark.com
The Search.rspark.com Virus

From what we gathered so far, it becomes clear that the Search.rspark.com hijacker tampers with the search results. To further elaborate, the covert program inserts supported results between the regular. This is done for a purpose. The creators of the Search.rspark.com hijacker get paid to promote third party content. Leading people to sponsored websites by changing their search results is just the first method. The more effective approach is bringing the content straight to users’ attention. The sinister program generates advertisements, containing bargain deals for miscellaneous consumer goods. You will receive offers for garments, technological devices, furniture, accessories, decorative elements, sports gear, gardening equipment, household appliances, toys and many other items.

We need to point out that it is completely legal for a company to outsource an advertising agent. The problem is not the presence of the advertisements. It is their security status. The Search.rspark.com hijacker does not run the sponsored websites through a scan to proof their certificate. This makes the third party content risky. The supported search results and the ads are potential malware mediators. Apart from the potential of contacting an infection, the Search.rspark.com hijacker poses a personal security threat. The insidious program collects information from the web browser and stores it into catalogs. The owners of the Search.rspark.com hijacker can sell your personal and financial data on darknet markets without acquiring your permission.

If you are wondering how the malicious program was able to barge into your personal computer, we can provide an explanation. There are a couple of ways for the Search.rspark.com hijacker to enter machines. The first is bundling. This dark pattern involves another piece of software as the host. The download client will present the additional program as a useful tool and offer to have it installed for free. To prevent unsolicited software from gaining access to your machine, take the time to read the terms and conditions of the programs you install to your computer. A precautionary measure you can take is to avoid unlicensed applications. The Search.rspark.com hijacker usually travels with pirated copies of paid programs, freeware and shareware.

The other way for the Search.rspark.com hijacker to get transferred to your computer is by a spam email. The secluded program can get hidden behind an attached file. The sender will do his best to convince you that the attachment is an important document on an urgent matter. He can introduce himself as a representative of a reputable organization, like the local police department, the national post, a courier firm, an institution, a bank, a government branch, a social network or an e-commerce platform. To check whether a given message is legitimate, proof the sender’s name and contacts. Be advised that opening the host file is enough to unleash the contained software into your system. You need to keep your guard up at all times and do a checkup whenever you have the slightest doubt.

Search.rspark.com Removal

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, 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.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
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.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Search.rspark.com from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
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).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-5

Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

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.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Search.rspark.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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