I wrote this article to help you remove Chromesearch.win. This Chromesearch.win removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Accept that your PC harbors a hijacker and take immediate measures against it. Hijackers don’t make for pleasant tenants. On the contrary. They are horrible guests. All they do is meddle in your settings, make unauthorized changes and create a huge mess. The one you are stuck with is no different. That’s exactly why it must be removed ASAP. The longer it stays, the more problems it causes. Bear in mind that some of the damage the infection causes may turn out to be irreversible. Do yourself a favor and get rid of this intruder the first chance you get. Don’t give it enough time to get out of control and ruin your browsing experience. Once you spot it, do your best to delete it.
The hijacker turns your online activities into a complete nightmare. Every time you so much as touch one of your browsers, you get interrupted. The pest redirects you to shady pages all the time. It also bombards you with tons of questionable ads on daily basis. In other words, it effectively demolished your browsing. You cannot surf the web at peace anymore, let alone find what you are looking for. What you do find, however, is quick access to malware. Trust nothing you see due to the hijacker as the chances are, it is malicious and if you click you automatically download more infections. This pest puts you at a constant malware risk. There is more, though.
Your privacy is at risk too. The hijacker spies on you and monitors every online move you make. It collects sensitive data and when it deems it has enough, it sends it. To whom? To the people who published it, of course. Some strangers with very questionable agendas have access to your personal details. There is no need of explaining why this is dangerous, is there? Hackers are the last people on Earth you can trust with your privacy. They will not hesitate to use it for their malicious purposes or sell it to third parties. Either way, you will be the one to lose. Unless you do something to prevent that from happening. Remove the hijacker immediately. To do so manually, follow our removal guide at the end of this article.
How did you get infected with the Chromesearch.win hijacker? Well, one of the most commonly used infiltration methods is called freeware bundling. Do you often download free apps from the web and if yes, do you opt for the Advanced settings or the Standard settings. If you pick the latter, change your habits. The Standard settings are completely automatic. Once they start, you lose control. If there are some additionally attached programs in the bundle they will be installed without your explicit permission.
The Advanced settings, on the other hand, allow you to see all extras as well as deselect them before you finish the installation. In other words, you can still install the program you originally wanted without the malicious “bonuses” which came along with it. Do that. These extras are not something you want on your system. Crooks are trying to dupe you. Be extra careful what you agree to and don’t let them get their way.
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 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.
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 Chromesearch.win from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.