How to Remove Rack-search.com (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

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

Rack-search.com is an alternative search engine. The platform is recommended for users who work with Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Rack-search.com promises to enhance the search results. Just looking at the website, it seems doubtful that it can do what it claims it is able to. It does not have filters or advanced settings. It appears that the platform can only be used to conduct basic keyword web searches. In reality, even this function is not evident. Rack-search.com does not find results like regular browsing clients. Rather, it returns supported results. The website works this way because it is connected to a hijacker.

The furtive program is not spread through the Rack-search.com domain. Rather, it uses underhanded distribution techniques. The most common source for the hijacker is bundles. Unlicensed tools can merge the setup file of the malevolent program with their own. The host is referred to as a download client. It includes the hijacker as a bonus. Note that the default setting will be to have the extra tool installed. If you do not manually change the preference, it will be given access to your computer. Be sure to always read the terms and conditions of the programs you add to your system. It is best not to acquire unconfirmed programs from unsolicited sources.

Spam emails transfer furtive programs like the Rack-search.com hijacker with the help of files. The sender will attach a document to the fake notification and try to convince you that it is legitimate. He can write on behalf of a genuine entity, like the national post, the local police department, a bank, a government branch, an institution, a social network, or an e-commerce shop. Before opening a file from an electronic message, do your research to confirm its origin. Proof the email and other listed contacts. Drive-by installations happen even easier, so be careful. You can get infected by entering a corrupted website or clicking on a compromised link. Choose your sources wisely and do a checkup whenever necessary.

Remove Rack-search.com
The Rack-search.com Virus

When it breaks into a device, the sinister program attacks the aforementioned web browsers. It will alter the internal settings for several reasons. First and foremost, the hijacker aims to manipulate the search results. To be able to make changes to them, it will change the homepage and default search provider to Rack-search.com. This will allow it to insert supported content amid the real matches to your queries. The other goal of the hijacker is to lower your defense. This is necessary for the other activity is carries out. The shady program displays pop-up windows which would be blocked under regular circumstances.

The pop-ups are a direct form of advertising. They promote bargain deals for high quality consumer goods. You will be shown offers for items like clothes, technological devices, accessories, furniture, sports gear, gardening equipment, decorations, toys, games, and many others. The ads will come in various formats, including banners, coupon boxes, in-text links, freebies, inline, contextual, floating, transitional, interstitial, and comparison ads. The enticing listings may intrigue you, but you need to keep in mind that they are brought by the Rack-search.com hijacker. The insidious program does not scan the websites it links to. Its purpose is to generate revenue for its developers. The security of the end user is not a prime concern.

Another source of income for the Rack-search.com hijacker is users’ private information. The covert program will gather data from your web browser and sell it on darknet markets. It can obtain various kinds of input, including browsing history, tracking cookies, keystrokes, email, telephone number, IP address, geographic location, area code, physical registration, user names, passwords, and financial credentials. The owners of the Rack-search.com hijacker do not ask people for permission to monitor their online activity and collect the data they store into their web browser. To only way to prohibit the tracking activity is to remove the insidious program from your system.

Rack-search.com 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 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 Rack-search.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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