I wrote this article to help you remove Search.searchytdav.com. This Search.searchytdav.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Do you see the Search.searchytdav.com page every time you go online? Has it become your constant online shadow? If the answer to both questions is yes, we have bad news for you. Your machine harbors an infection. A browser hijacker, to be precise. The pest has managed to enter your computer and it is currently wreaking havoc. However, we have some good news as well. The infection you are stuck with is not nearly as dangerous as some other pests like ransomware or Trojan horses.
In fact, it is relatively easy to remove, especially if you have the right remove guide in hand. But don’t take this the wrong way. The hijacker still poses risks to both you and your system. It is not innocuous. No parasite is. You must take prompt actions to remove it as soon as possible before it causes you more damage. We are still talking about a program, created by cyber criminals. There is no place for it on your PC. Take the Search.searchytdav.com`s appearance as a warning sign and heed it. Once the site shows up, start looking for the infection which is forcing it on you. The sooner you find and delete it, the better.
How does the hijacker operate? For starters, the pest enters your machine in complete silence. Usually, it arrives bundled with some other free program on the web. The bundling method is very popular among crooks simply because it has proven itself quite effective. But this tactic is so effective because of the users. More accurately, because of the users` carelessness and inattentiveness.
Most people tend to throw caution to the wind when installing programs. They rush the entire process and don’t take the time to read what they are agreeing to. They blindly say yes to everything and hope for the best. Clearly, this leads to malware. If you want to protect your machine you have to be vigilant and pay attention. Don’t skip steps. Don’t choose speed over safety. Always opt for the Custom settings in the Setup Wizard instead of the Standard ones. This way you are able to see all additionally attached programs in the bundle as well as deselect them. Do it. More often than not, these apps are infections. Get rid of them and remember that a little extra attention saves you tons of future problems.
Once in, the hijacker makes a huge mess. Everything starts with browsing intrusions which become more and more as days pass. The above-mentioned Search.searchytdav.com page replaces your previous homepage and search engine without any kind of permission. What is worse, the modifications the infections makes behind your back cannot be changed back. Your online activities are officially ruined. You are interrupted at every turn. You are forced to visit tons of shady sites which you would never do if it wasn’t for the hijacker. Aside from that, you are also bombarded with countless, irritating commercials which cover your screen all the time and make surfing the web almost impossible. Not to mention, dangerous.
If you happen to click on a corrupted link/ad/page (and there are plenty of those), you download more infections. And you already have an infection to worry about. This hijacker is more than enough. Your machine is already underperforming because of it and it won`t be able to take more. Do not put up with that. Do not tolerate the pest`s shenanigans. Nothing good will come out of this. On the contrary, your situation will continue to worsen until the very moment you remove the hijacker for good. Do that now. Use our removal instructions below and clean your PC. Your future self will thank you for it.
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.searchytdav.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.