I wrote this article to help you remove Search.searchleasy.com. This Search.searchleasy.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Search.searchleasy.com is a search provider which provides quick access to a set of popular websites. The platform has an embedded toolbar which links to My News Wire, Google Mail, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail, Facebook and Google Maps. It also features a secondary search field. Under the main search field, there is a links bar. It points to a set of websites, some of which are the same as the above. The full list of featured platforms here encompasses: Google Mail, Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube, Amazon and Twitter. Using Search.searchleasy.com, you can search for information, read your email, keep up with the news, check the weather, watch videos, shop online, hand out on social media and look for a location without having to organize your bookmarks and tabs. This makes for a convenient browsing experience. However, Search.searchleasy.com has a poor reputation due to its connection to a hijacker.
The clandestine program will interfere with your settings and your browsing sessions. It will change your homepage and default search engine to Search.searchleasy.com. This way, the hijacker will be given the ability to tamper with your browsing sessions. It will insert supported websites between the genuine results to your queries. Not only will this make your search sessions less efficient, but it will also expose you to security risks. The sponsored platforms are not confirmed to be reliable. The rogue program does not perform security scans to protect people from potential threats. The risk is therefore assumed entirely by the end user.
The Search.searchleasy.com hijacker can bring supported content to your attention in a direct manner. The shady tool displays different kinds of advertisements in various formats. This includes banners, coupon boxes, in-text links, freebies, rebates, interstitial, floating, contextual, transitional, inline and comparison ads. Some of them will be shown in new browser windows and tabs, while others will be embedded within the websites you visit. The clandestine program will try to garner your interest with bargain deals for high quality goods, like garments, technological devices, accessories, jewelry, sports gear, furniture, decorations, gardening equipment, toys and many others. As enticing as they may be, you need to keep in mind that their sources are not guaranteed to be reliable.
The Search.searchleasy.com hijacker also collects data on people. It tracks the browsing sessions and extorts the input which is stored in the web browser by default. The vulnerable information includes browsing history, cookies, keystrokes, IP address, system specifications, geographic location, postal code, email account, demographic profile, telephone number, fax, residency, user names, passwords, financial credentials and other sensitive details. The proprietors of the insidious program can sell your personal information on darknet markets without acquiring your permission to do so. When you find the intruder in your system, you should take immediate action against it.
There are different ways to contract the Search.searchleasy.com hijacker. The common denominator in the grand scheme of things is stealth. In order for the covert program to sneak into a target system, it needs to keep a low profile. A convenient method for spreading harmful programs is with the help of another piece of software. Pirated applications, freeware and shareware and the agents in this scheme. The hijacker would be listed in the terms and conditions of the download client as a bonus tool. You will have the option to choose whether you want it to be installed or not. If you omit reading the end user license agreement (EULA), you will miss your chance. Be advised that the wizard will have the extra tool included per default.
The next propagation vector we will talk about is spam emailing. This technique sees the sender hide the Search.searchleasy.com hijacker behind an attachment. The appended file will be described as an official document on an urgent matter, like a recommended letter, a receipt, an invoice, a bill, a fine, a subpoena or something else. To filter spam from legitimate messages, check the available contacts. If the letter was sent on behalf of a reputable company or institution, you can consult its official website for reference. Another alternative distribution pattern is drive-by installations. This is done through a website. The domain would launch the transfer when entered. To prevent getting infected this way, do your research on unfamiliar platforms.
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 follow to permanently remove 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 in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still can not remove Search.searchleasy.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.