Remove Searchinme.com (IE/Chrome/Firefox)

I made this page to help you remove Searchinme.com. The Searchinme.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every Windows version.

Searchinme.com is an alternative search engine. The platform provides basic search functionality, as well as a links bar. Users are given quick access to the following websites: Yahoo, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Wikipedia, LinkedIn, MSN, Pinterest, Groupon, CNN and Instagram. Searchinme.com has a good graphic design and a simplistic user interface. You would not notice anything out of the ordinary with the website when you first visit it. The issues with Searchinme.com arise when a hijacker enters the system. The rogue program will perform unauthorized tasks which will jeopardize your security.

What makes the hijacker behind Searchinme.com dangerous?

The hijacker has the ability to render the web browser’s settings. It will make Searchinme.com your homepage and default search engine. Conducting your searches through this platform is not advised. The hijacker manipulates the search results. The covert program will insert supported websites amid the genuine matches to your queries. They will be presented just like all other results, making them indistinguishable.

The Searchinme.com hijacker promotes third party content to raise proceeds for its developers. The shady program utilizes the pay-per-click system. The owners of the hijacker receive commissions for each user-generated click. Since your activity is the main determinant for its success rate, the intrusive program will flood you with supported content.

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The Searchinme.com “Virus”

Changing the search results is not the only way for the clandestine program to take users to sponsored websites.  Searchinme.com displays commercial advertisements in various formats. This includes pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, coupon boxes, in-text links, freebies, interstitial, comparison, floating, contextual, transitional, inline and full-page windows. The adverts contain bargain offers for random shopping goods. As good as they may be, keep in mind that their sources are not disclosed or accounted for. Clicking on the ads could redirect you to malicious websites, containing malware.

The owners of the Searchinme.com domain are undisclosed. The registrants use an identity protection service to keep their anonymity. The website does not list an end user license agreement (EULA) or a privacy policy. There are no security provisions. Keeping your PC and your personal data safe is your responsibility alone. The Searchinme.com hijacker has been developed to track and record the users’ browsing history, geographic coordinates, IP address, email, user names and passwords. Your private details can be sold on darknet markets.

How did the Searchinme.com hijacker penetrate my system?

There are a couple of ways to contact the Searchinme.com hijacker. The main propagation vector is bundling. The furtive program can merge itself with another piece of software. The usual accomplices of the distributors are pirated programs, freeware and shareware tools. The download client will try to install the hijacker together with your program of choice. Always take the time to read the terms and conditions of the software you process. If there are additional tools offered, you should deselect them.

The other option for the Searchinme.com hijacker is to travel with a spam email. The covert tool will latch onto an attached file, like a text document, a spreadsheet, an image or an archive. The spammer behind the bogus message will tell you the attachment is an important document to get your attention. Be advised that fake letters can be written on behalf of an existing company or institution. To check whether a given message comes from a reliable sender, proof the contacts from the email.

Searchinme.com Removal

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-2Please follow these steps to permanently remove Searchinme.com 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 Searchinme.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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