I wrote this article to help you remove Search.searchquco.com. This Search.searchquco.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Search.searchquco.com is a malicious page. If it appears on your screen every time you go online, the news is bad. There is a cyber infection in your system which is forcing the site on you. A browser hijacker, to be exact. And in case you are wondering, yes, you are in danger. Hijackers are dangerous, manipulative, meddlesome and annoying. Hosting one will lead to nothing but problems and grievances.
Make sure to take fast and adequate measures against this pest. The longer it stays, the worse your situation gets. Take the display of Search.searchquco.com as the warning sign it actually is, and heed it. Find where the hijacker is lurking and delete it on the spot. Do not waste your time wondering is deletion is the right way to go. It definitely is. If the hijacker was harmless and helpful, it wouldn’t have been categorized as a member of the malware family. Act before it is too late. The pest needs to go ASAP.
The nasty hijacker makes a mess of your entire browsing experience. Once it enters, everything turns upside down. The Search.searchquco.com page becomes your online companion and you see it at every turn. It is always there on your screen. It even replaces your homepage and search engine behind your back and no matter what you do, you cannot reverse the reshuffle. But do not use this site as a search engine. It is not reliable. Most of the result you will see will be unsafe as well. Some of them are even malicious ads, even though they are not marked as such. Surfing the web becomes incredibly risky.
If you happen to click on a corrupted pages/link/ad, you risk downloading more malware on your machine. Not to mention that you must have nerves of steel in order to put up with all of the intrusions the pest throws at you. It interrupts every single online you make. You are not even able to watch a video or check your email without being redirected to shady pages or bombarded with ads. This is what the hijacker does. It ruins your online activities and makes you avoid using your own PC. Needless to say, this avoidance cannot go on forever.
You will need your machine again. But as long as the hijacker remains, it is not safe to use. That’s why remove it immediately. Once it is gone, there will be no more Search.searchquco.com, ads, redirects, and other interruptions. Act before the hijacker goes out of control and becomes even harder to be tracked down and removed. To get rid of it manually, use our removal guide at the end of this article. It is detailed and easy to follow. You should have no problems dealing with the pest in no time.
How did you get infected with this hijacker? Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular and commonly used methods among all infections is the so-called bundling method. Hackers often attach malware to other programs and the users do the rest by not paying attention when installing these programs. This is probably how you got infected too. If you want to prevent that from happening again, always opt for the Custom settings in the Setup Wizard. They give you the chance to see if there are some additionally attached apps to the bundle before finishing the installation. If there are, deselect them all.
The Standard options don’t give you such opportunity. Under them, all extras get installed automatically and then you get stuck with infections. Do not let this happen. A little extra time and attention can save you tons of future issues.
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 Search.searchquco.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.