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I wrote this article to help you remove Search60 Virus. This Search60 Virus removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

You are injected with a nasty browser hijacker. How do we know? Well, do you see the Search60.com site all the time when you are online? Yes. Did your previous homepage and search engine disappear and did the Search60.com take their places? Yes and yes. Well, then there is no doubt. You have a browser hijacker on board and you need to do something about it before the pest makes a complete mess of your machine.

First of all, do not panic. The truth is that your situation could have been much worse. You could have been infected with a greedy ransomware or a destructive Trojan horse. Compared to them, this hijacker is not that dangerous. It still poses risks, though. We haven`t encountered an innocuous cyber threat yet and the chances are you haven`t either.

So, keep in mind that Search60 is you’re your friend. It is a malicious program which has no place on your PC. Do not let is stay on board even a minute longer. Find it and delete it instead. The sooner it is gone, the better. Otherwise, the pest will eventually get out of hand and it will cause you some irreversible damage. Do not take that chance. Act now!

Once the hijacker enters, your online activities change. All of a sudden, you start suffering constant intrusions. As we said, your homepage and search engine get replaced with the Search60.com site and there is nothing you can go to reverse this modification. You were not even informed of it. This infection can make modifications in your browsers` settings as it sees fit and your opinion is no longer relevant.

Remove Search60 Virus
The Search60 Virus

From now on, every time you want to make an online search, you have to use Search60. However, nothing this engine shows you is reliable. You are mostly shown corrupted and potentially dangerous links which if you click on, crooks earn profits via the pay-per-click mechanism.

Also, you risk downloading more infections on your already infected PC. Not to mention that surfing the web normally becomes an impossible task. You are constantly redirected to third-party pages. Your screen is covered with numerous ads of all kinds. Your browsers freeze often. You will hate the experience. But this is not all. Your machine in general starts to underperform so using it even offline becomes difficult. It lags and crashes frequently. Your screen freezes. Your system reboots, etc.

For all of this, you can thank the hijacker. It is responsible for everything. The crooks get rich at your expense and you suffer a never-ending pile of interruptions. The question is are you going to keep on tolerating this or are you going to take measures and get rid of the hijacker for good. We recommend you to the latter. Use our removal guide below to help you clean your PC.

How did you end up stuck with Search60? You got infected because you were careless and that’s exactly what hackers pray for. They need your negligence to succeed. Without it, the hijacker cannot get in. Make sure you pay more attention from now on. Always keep your guard up. Stay away from shady pages and unverified torrents. Don’t open emails from strangers. Don’t blindly click on every shiny ad that appears on your screen.

Take your time during installation processes. Always read the Terms and Conditions/EULA before accepting them. Do not forget that without your inactive cooperation, aka negligence and distraction, infections would have a much harder time getting in. So, don’t make yourself an easy target by throwing caution to the wind. Do the opposite. Do your due diligence and keep your computer safe.

Search60 Virus Removal

STEP-1 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.
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-2Here 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.
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 Search60 Virus 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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