How to Remove Ultimate Searcher (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

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

Ultimate Searcher is a malicious program that has managed to slither on your machine and it is currently corrupting it. It is a browser hijacker. Actually, you are partially lucky to be stuck with a hijacker rather than some nasty ransomware or a destructive Trojan. Hijackers are relatively easy to tackle. But you have to take immediate measures against the threat. The faster you act, the better.

No cyber infection should be taken lightly as each one eventually gets out of control. This includes Ultimate Searcher. The longer the pest stays on board, the more problems it causes and the harder it gets for you to remove it. So, don’t procrastinate. This infection brings you nothing but trouble and this is not surprising given the fact that it has been developed to serve crooks` malicious purposes. Don’t sit idly by while the parasite is destroying your safety, online experience and your machine. Find where it is hiding and delete it upon discovery. That’s the best course of action you can take.

Hijackers are very sneaky infections but you probably already realized that as you don’t remember installing Ultimate Searcher and yet, you open your browsers one day to see that the program has replaced both your search engine and homepage without any permission of yours. Once the hijacker enters, your whole online experience changes. You are not the one in charge anymore. You have a brand new search engine to use and it cannot be trusted. Ultimate Searcher mostly generates fake and unsafe search results and you cannot find anything you are looking for. Also, the pest bombards you with tons on questionable commercials on daily basis. You see ads in all shapes and forms.

Coupons, deals, offers, in texts, best prices, comparisons, etc. and etc. cover any page that you try to visit. Your PC screen is completely taken over with potentially dangerous advertisements which you cannot avoid. What is worse, if you accidentally or on purpose click on the wrong ad/link, you automatically download more parasites on board. The ads can easily lead you to a page full of infections or they can conceal infections themselves.

Either way, you compromise your PC even more AND help crooks gain effortless money via the pay-per-click mechanism. Also, now that you have Ultimate Searcher on board, your computer is underperforming. The hijacker causes it to lag and freeze often. It reboots for no apparent reason. Your browsers crash as well. Even your Internet connection may become unstable. But somehow, all of these issues pale in comparison to the security risk the hijacker exposes you to. The pest monitors your every online more, gathers valuable data and then sends everything to the hackers behind it. The question is are you going to let that happen and put up with the parasite`s shenanigans or are you going to protect your PC. You know what the right choice is. Use our removal guide at the end of this article and get rid of Ultimate Searcher for good.

How did the hijacker enter? As we already mentioned, the pest sneaked into your machine without you realizing it. In fact, it tricked you into giving it your permission. Yes, hijackers are bound to seek approval on their installment and they turn to the oldest tricks in the book to get it. For instance, they use spam email messages, fake torrents, bogus program updates, malicious third-party ads, unverified download sources, freeware/shareware bundles, etc. What all of these tactics have in common is that none of them would work without your carelessness. This is what hackers pray for the most. So, why grant it? Why make yourself an even easier target?

Be vigilant and doubting online. Stay away from shady pages. Don’t open emails from unknown senders. When installing a program/bundle, always opt for the Advanced settings as they give you complete control. Don’t rely on luck to protect your machine. You have to do that yourself. Negligence leads to infections. Caution, on the other hand, keeps you safe. Make the right choice.

Ultimate Searcher Uninstall

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 Ultimate Searcher 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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