I wrote this article to help you remove Search.searchcfs.com. This Search.searchcfs.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Are your homepage and search engine replaces with the Search.searchcfs.com site? If so, we have bad news for you. You are stuck with a nasty browser hijacker and you have to remove it ASAP. This is an infection we are talking about. It wasn’t developed to be helpful to you. It was only created to help hackers make effortless money. And you are becoming their sponsor by keeping the pest on board. Don’t. Nothing good will come out of this. Search.searchcfs.com may appear to be a helpful and safe search engine but is not. As soon as you notice it taking over your browsers, accept the fact that your computer in infected and start looking for a way out. The longer the hijacker remains on board, the worse your situation gets. No parasite should be underestimated. Do the right thing, and get rid of this pest immediately.
Once the infection enters, it doesn’t waste time. It makes some completely unauthorized changes in your browsers` settings. Like the homepage and search engine swap, for instance. You are now stuck with the Search.searchcfs.com page. Every time you want to search for something online, you have to use it. And it doesn’t generate safe and accurate search results as advertised. On the contrary. It mostly shows you sponsored and highly questionable web links. Do not click on them as they may be very dangerous.
Crooks use the links to boost web traffic to particular pages and gain money via the pay-per-click mechanism. If you click you are not only helping them make profits but you are also risking downloading more infections on board. One click is all it takes for you to compromise your machine even more? Of course, there might be some perfectly safe links as well but there is no way of telling which is which unless you click. Do you think it would be a good idea to take that risk? Of course, not.
Restrain from clicking on anything. Aside from that, also adds a new extension to your browsers thus injecting them with numerous ads which are just as dangerous as the search results. They serve the exact same purpose. So, do you see how this pest turns your browsing into a nightmare? You are not able to surf the web normally anymore. You are constantly interrupted and you are always a single click away from more parasites. At some point, it would even be safer not to use your machine at all.
Speaking of your PC, it is also suffering due to the hijacker`s shenanigans. Its speed slows down to a crawl. It crashes and reboots frequently. Your browsers freeze too. You may even have trouble with your Internet connection. And like this is not enough, the hijacker spies on your personal information. It monitors your every online move, collects sensitive data and when it deems it has enough it sends it all to the crooks who published it. There is no need to explaining what could happen in such situation, is there. The question is, however, are you going to sit idly by and wait for your predicament to worsen, or are you going to put an end to this? We suggest you do the latter. Use our removal guide at the end of this article and get rid of the pest for good.
Once you do, make sure to protect your PC better in the future? Do you know how did this pest enter? You let it in. That’s right. You probably don’t remember doing so but this is the truth. Hijackers need your permission to enter but they ask for it in the sneakiest way possible. They rely on tricks like spam email messages, freeware bundles, fake program updates, corrupted links/pages/torrents, third-party ads, unverified sources, etc.
Any of these tactics would work if you are negligent. Your carelessness is what all parasites need the most. If you are distracted and in a rush, you would say yes to practically anything without thinking twice about it. This is what pray for. Don’t make their job easier. Be more thorough and doubting. Read carefully what you agree to. Stay away from shady sites. Never skip the Terms and Conditions/EULA. Vigilance is the key to your safety. Don’t forget that.
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 Search.searchcfs.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.