I wrote this article to help you remove Nice Searches. This Nice Searches removal guide is working for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Nice Searches is a classic metasearch engine. The website has basic search filters for images, videos and news items. Its user interface and graphic design are also traditional. Nice Searches supports 20 languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Romanian, Dutch, Polish, Turkish, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese. The website looks like a regular search engine, but this is not the case. The truth is that Nice Searches is associated to a hijacker. The insidious program conducts malicious operations through the domain.
How does the Nice Searches hijacker compromise my security?
The hijacker will take over your web browser and manipulate its settings and functionality. The shady program will reset your homepage and default search engine to nicesearches.com. This is done to give the rogue tool the ability to tamper with your search results. It will insert supported websites amid the pages which genuinely match your queries. The proprietors of the Nice Searches hijacker get paid to promote third party content. They receive commissions, calculated through the pay-per-click system.
There are two ways to support third party websites. Apart from altering the search results, the Nice Searches hijacker displays pop-up advertisements. They promote bargain deals for various consumer goods, like garments, technological devices, furniture, accessories, decorative elements, gardening equipment, sports gear, toys and others. The furtive tool displays colorful pop-up windows to attract users’ attention. As enticing as the product listings may be, keep in mind that they are not guaranteed to be genuine. Clicking on the ads could redirect you to malicious websites and infect you with malware.
Another threat you need to be concerned about is the hijacker’s ability to track your browsing sessions and collect information on you. The malevolent program can record your browsing history, tracking cookies and keystrokes. It can access the input which is stored in your web browser per default. The vulnerable information includes your IP address, geographic location, zip code, demographic details, email, phone number, user names and passwords. The people behind the Nice Searches hijacker can sell your private data on dark markets. The individuals who acquire it could have a criminal agenda.
How can the hijacker behind Nice Searches enter my system?
There are a few ways to get infected with the Nice Searches hijacker. The most common propagation vector for the clandestine program is bundling. The hijacker often travels in merged setup files with freeware, shareware and pirated utilities. The covert program tries to get installed in parallel with the main software from the bundle. To prevent this from happening, you have to find where the option for it is listed and remove the check mark from the box. We advise you to review the terms and conditions of all programs you intend to add to your system.
The Nice Searches hijacker can travel inside a spam email, hidden behind an attachment. The sender of the bogus message will state that the file is an important piece of documentation, like a letter, a receipt, an invoice, a bill, a fine or a legal notice. Be advised that accessing the carrier for the hijacker can be enough to initiate its download and install. Before taking actions in relation to an email, make sure it comes from a reliable sender. Check his name and contacts.
Corrupted websites and links can also be responsible for the Nice Searches hijacker entering your PC. Opening a malicious web page can infect your machine on the spot. To stay safe, do your research on unfamiliar websites before entering them. You should only follow links upon confirming their origin.
Nice Searches Uninstall
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 Nice Searches from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.