I wrote this article to help you remove SEARCH.SEARCHWMTN.COM. This SEARCH.SEARCHWMTN.COM removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
SEARCH.SEARCHWMTN.COM is a malicious search engine which you cannot trust. If all of a sudden, this site replaces your previous homepage and preferred engine, then be sure that you have a browser hijacker infection in your system. This reshuffle is a clear sign of the invasion. Take it as the warning it is and start looking for the pest`s hiding place. When you find it, remove it on the spot. Hijackers don’t make for pleasant tenants. On the contrary. They destroy your browsing experience by exposing you to constant malware risk.
With SEARCH.SEARCHWMTN.COM on board, surfing the web is neither fun nor safe. And the longer this pest stays, the more interruptions you will have to face. The problems it causes may start as small and bearable but they keep on piling up and growing in severity with each passing day. Do yourself a favor and get rid of the hijacker the first chance you get. There is no place in your system for such parasite. Take immediate actions. The appearance of the SEARCH.SEARCHWMTN.COM site is your clue. Do not ignore it. Heed it. If you don’t, it won`t be long before you regret that decision.
Once the hijacker enters, everything gets turned into a giant mess. You are no longer in control of your browsers. The pest infects Mozilla, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Safari and any other browser that you might be using. This means that no matter which is your favorite one, it is infected. The hijacker makes unauthorized reshuffles in your settings like replacing your homepage and search engine. It also adds a pesky extension to your browsers, thus injecting them with countless commercials.
Every page you load is completely covered with ads in all shapes and forms. These ads, needless to say, are not reliable. Most of them are sponsored and crooks use them to boost web traffic to particular sites and gain pay-per-click revenue. If you click, they get paid.
Also, if you click, you risk downloading more infections in your system. Your PC is already suffering due to this single hijacker. Its speed slows down to a crawl. It crashes often. Your browsers struggle to display content correctly. Apps fail to work properly. Imagine what will happen if you get stuck with more malware. Your computer won`t be able to hold on for long and, eventually, it will break down. Not to mention that your online activities are effectively ruined.
You are constantly redirected to shady sites starting with SEARCH.SEARCHWMTN.COM. There is no getting rid of this site. It is always there. It is a nightmare. Commercials pop up right under the cursor of your mouse and no matter what you do, they don’t go away. They even become more and more. Your videos get paused for breaks all the time. Additional tabs open. Surfing the web becomes an impossible task. Put an end to this right now. Use our removal guide below and delete the hijacker from your system once and for all.
How did you get infected? Hijackers rely on several sneaky tactics to infect innocent users. Some of them are spam messages, freeware bundles, fake program updates, corrupted sites, unverified download sources, third-party ads, peer to peer sharing, etc. In order to protect your machine and yourself, be cautious all the time. Be careful what you click on. Sometimes a single click is enough for you to get infected.
Avoid suspicious sites and illegitimate torrents. Don’t open emails from people you don’t personally know. When installing a program/update, always read the Terms and Conditions before accepting them as they may hide some misleading clauses. Just be vigilant. Vigilance keeps you safe. Negligence invites pests in.
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.SEARCHWMTN.COM from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.