How to Remove Search2.searchgst.com (Chrome/Edge/Firefox)

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I wrote this article to help you remove Search2.searchgst.com. This Search2.searchgst.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Search2.searchgst.com is a harbinger of bad news. If the page takes over your browsing, you have a cyber infection on board. A nasty browser hijacker has managed to slither in and it is your job to remove it ASAP. Hijackers are the perfect combination of useless, annoying and dangerous. There is no place for such a pest on your machine. The longer it stays, the more problems it will cause.

Trust us when we say that you don’t want to deal with this parasite once it gets out of hands. And it will, eventually. So, take the Search2.searchgst.com page`s appearance as a warning. This is exactly what it is. The hijacker uses it as s front to lurk behind. It is its way of informing you of its presence. Don’t ignore the threat this infection poses both to your machine and your safety. Act against it while it is not too late. The sooner you get rid of it, the better.

How did you get infected with this? The hijacker didn’t appear as if my magic. It snuck in. Moreover, you let it. These programs are bound to seek your permission to enter. However, they don’t ask for it straightforwardly as it leaves too much room for rejection. They ask in the sneakiest ways possible and pray for your distraction and carelessness. The chances are, you didn’t even realize the exact moment when you gave your consent to this virus. That is the whole idea. If you knew, you would have never let it in. This is why hijackers turn to tricks to dupe you.

Tricks like freeware bundles, spam email message and malicious attachments, fake program updates, corrupted pages/links/torrents, unverified download sources, third-party pop-ups, etc. Any of these methods would work provided that you are negligent. Your negligence is what all infections pray for. Without it, they cannot succeed. So, be more cautious. Don’t click on everything that comes your way. Double check what you give your permission to. Delete emails from unknown senders without opening them. When you are installing a bundle/update, always check the Terms and Conditions. Don’t choose speed over safety. This is the fastest way to help a parasite infect you. Do your due vigilance and keep your machine clean.

Immediately after the hijacker enters your machine, the mess-making begins. Your browsing experience changes significantly and not for the better. You are constantly interrupted by this pest. For starters, all of a sudden, the Search2.searchgst.com website is everywhere. When you try loading a page, you get redirected back to it. It appears among the search results. When you open one of your browsers or a new tab, it is also there. The page even replaces your homepage and search engine without any authorization of yours.

Remove Search2.searchgst.com
The Search2.searchgst.com Virus

Of course, the hijacker doesn’t bother asking you for permission. It doesn’t need one to makes changes in your browser settings. It can alter them as it sees fit. Moreover, apart from the Search2.searchgst.com site becoming your online shadow, you are also flooded with a myriad of pop-up ads. Banners, coupons, deals, offers, best prices, video ads, pop-ups, pop-unders, etc. and etc. They all cover your screen all the time. This is how the hijacker destroys your online browsing.

You cannot surf the web as peace anymore. You are interrupted all the time. And, you are always exposed to malware risk. Nothing the pest generates is reliable. On the contrary. It is potentially dangerous. A single click on the wrong link and you automatically download more infections. Do you want to compromise your computer even more? The hijacker you are currently stuck with is more than enough. It causes your machine to underperform and crash. Your browsers freeze as well. Even your Internet connection may become unstable.

But there is something else which makes all of the above-mentioned issues to pale. The security risk you are exposed to by keeping this pest on your machine. The hijacker spies on your and monitors your every online move. It keeps on gathering your personal information and when it deems it has enough, it sends it all to the crooks behind it. This is how cyber criminals end up with your private details in their hands. Needless to say, there is no scenario in which this will end well for you. So, don’t sit idly by, waiting for your predicament to worsen. Delete this hijacker for good and regain control over your browsing. Do remove it manually, please follow our detailed instructions below.

Search2.searchgst.com 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 Search2.searchgst.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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