I wrote this article to help you remove Searchl.ru. This Searchl.ru removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
The appearance of the Searchl.ru website has only one meaning. Your computer has an adware infection. At first, you won’t notice anything suspicious. However, with the time passing, this parasite will turn your normal browsing experience into a nightmare. The Searchl.ru adware will start redirecting you to numerous shady websites. Pop-up windows will force you to watch videos for a certain period of time before the rogue tool allows you to close them.
Do you remember installing the Searchl.ru adware? This program has access to your system, therefore, you gave it your permission. These types of infections need the user’s approval to operate. There is no other way. However, their developers have found some deceptive ways to bypass the user’s guard. The bundling method is often used for such purposes. The Searchl.ru utility may have been added as an extra to the installation file of some freeware or shareware you downloaded off the Internet. When the user selects the standard installation, all additional programs get installed without further ado. There is a way to stop this from happening.
Be vigilant when installing a program. Opt for a custom/advanced button or tab. And don’t be afraid to use it. Once you select the advanced installation, you will be presented with a list of all programs that are about to be installed. Go through this list and deselect everything. Yes, the description of those tools suggests that they are very useful, but if you take a moment to consider the situation, you will realize that if you needed such apps, you would have downloaded them by yourself. Don’t let anyone mislead you. The developers get paid for every program you install, hence, they will not hesitate to lie about those apps’ usefulness.
Alright, now you know what to look for the next time you install a free product. But your current situation hasn’t changed yet! The Searchl.ru adware is not that dangerous and can be removed easily. However, if you give it enough time on your computer, it can cause some irreversible damage to it. This pest acts as an open door for many online threats, so do not delay its removal. You can use our guide to do it manually. But first, let’s explain why you should take actions promptly.
The Searchl.ru adware has only one goal, to generate revenue for its developers. It does so by exposing you to numerous ads. This method is known as pay-per-click marketing. For every advert you click on, the people behind the malicious utility get paid. There is nothing bad in this method. In fact, it is employed by all big search engines. Yet, the adware uses it in a way that can be very hazardous to the user. The Searchl.ru utility does not check what is being promoted. Anything from illegal products to luxurious items may appear on your screen. Therefore, be extremely careful if you have kids, for the adware has no parental control mechanism.
At the beginning of this article, we mentioned that the Searchl.ru utility can spy on you. This is not a mistake. The adware monitors your online activities. Thus, for example, if you search for sneakers, the malicious tool will start to display all kinds of discounts and coupons for similar shoes. You will see ads for all of your recent search inquiries. The adware will also suggest websites similar to your favorite ones. The bad thing is that the furtive program blocks its competitors’ adverts. You will be able to see only what the adware allows you to see. You will lose track of the current market situation and become an easy target.
Not all ads you see are based on your online activities. The Searchl.ru adware will display certain adverts to all of its victims. These can be very dangerous, for they are often designed to look like legitimate software update notifications. Don’t trust anything you see while this pest remains active on your machine. If you click on a malicious ad, you will be redirected to an infected website where a drive-by download can be executed. Such downloads are commonly used by hackers for virus distribution. Don’t risk your computer’s health. Track this intruder down and delete it on the spot!
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 Searchl.ru from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.