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

Searchgle.com is an unreliable search engine. The website has a logo which bears a similarity to the Google logo. This is a deceptive tactic. Users could mistake the two engines. Searchgle.com is not associated with or affiliated to Google. The domain is a vessel for a browser hijacker. The rogue tool takes over the web browser and edits its internal settings. This gives it the ability to manipulate the search results. The hijacker behind Searchgle.com can infiltrate the most common browsing clients. This includes Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer. The security threats involved concern the targeted machine and the information stored in the web browser.

The Searchgle.com hijacker is distributed through a couple of dark patterns. If you are cautious, you will be able to avoid contacting the insidious program. The most common technique for spreading harmful software is bundling. The setup wizard of the Searchgle.com hijacker is packed in a merged file with the executable of another program. The possible download clients are pirated applications, freeware and shareware tools. The host includes the additional program in its terms and conditions. When adding utilities to your machine, you need to read through the installation steps. This is where extra software will be mentioned.

The other propagation vector is spam emails. The Searchgle.com hijacker can be hidden behind an attachment. The sender will describe the file as an important document and urge you to open it right away. He can write on behalf of a legitimate entity, like the national post, a courier firm, a bank, an institution, a government branch, a social network or the district police department. We have to warn you that opening the appended file is enough to unleash the contained program into your computer. Before following instructions from an email, make sure the message is genuine. Look up the listed contacts. If the sender is writing on behalf of a certain organization, he would use an official email account to contact people. You can check the email address by consulting the official website of the entity in question.

Remove Searchgle.com
The Searchgle.com Virus

The first task on the agenda of the hijacker is to render your browser’s settings. It will change your homepage and default search provider to Searchgle.com. You will be unable to revert back to your preferred settings. The covert program will keep on changing them back every time you try to. The Searchgle.com website does not work like a regular search engine. There will be sponsored content amid the genuine results to your entered queries. The developers of the hijacker support third party websites. They get paid in commissions. The amount they receive is calculated in accordance to the pay-per-click system. The more ads users follow, the more they receive as a reward for their service.

Interfering with the search results is the first approach to running promotional campaigns. The other strategy is displaying advertisements directly on the desktop. The Searchgle.com hijacker generates different types of ads. The formats include freebies, banners, in-text links, coupon boxes, floating, contextual, interstitial, transitional, inline and comparison ads. Embedded windows have become a prominent trend for both solicited and unsolicited campaigns. Since reliable platforms use them to promote confirmed websites, people have gotten used to them and do not consider them a potential threat. Plus, they are less intrusive. To acquire people’s interest, the Searchgle.com hijacker shows bargain offers for high quality goods. To stay safe, you should avoid all pop-up advertisements.

The other threat around the Searchgle.com hijacker is related to personal security. The clandestine program will record your browsing history, tracking cookies, keystrokes, email, telephone number, geographic location, IP address, physical coordinates, area code, user names and passwords. If you possess online financial accounts, the furtive tool will be able to obtain your personal and financial details. The owners of the Searchgle.com hijacker can sell the gathered input on darkweb markets without asking for your permission or notifying you about their intentions.

Searchgle.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 perform to remove the hijacker 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 Searchgle.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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