I wrote this article to help you remove Searchpage.com. This Searchpage.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Searchpage.com is a search engine which is supposed to provide enhanced results from Yahoo!. This does not correspond to the reality. The website is associated to a hijacker. The clandestine program attacks the web browser, rendering its settings and exploiting its resources. These actions have their reflection on the affected computer. Your system will become sluggish, freeze, and crash on occasion. The rogue program exerts a lot of CPU and RAM memory when performing its scheduled tasks. The presence of the Searchpage.com hijacker on your device exposes you and your computer to security threats. Our advice is to take action against the intruder as soon as you detect it.
The unusual system behavior is an obvious sign that there is something wrong. However, it is not enough to draw a conclusion. The symptoms we mentioned above can be attributed to a variety of reasons. The problem may not be malware, and even if it is, you will have to look for some specific clues in order to identify the culprit. The best indication about the presence of the hijacker are the changes in the web browser’s settings. The covert tool will reset your homepage and default search provider to Searchpage.com. You will not be able to reset your browser, as the hijacker will keep on changing them back every time you attempt to. The Searchpage.com website allows the malevolent program to edit the search results. The purpose here is to bring supported content to your attention.
The Searchpage.com hijacker inserts sponsored results amid the legitimate matches to the entered queries. This will make your search sessions less effective and unreliable. The next problem you will have to deal with is interruptions. The Searchpage.com hijacker generates advertisements. They are brought in a variety of formats, such as coupon boxes, freebies, banners, in-text links, comparison, transitional, interstitial, contextual, floating, and inline ads. If you currently dealing with this intruder, you would know that the annoying pop-ups are presented as convenient shopping offers. The sinister program promotes bargain deals for clothes, technological devices, accessories, furniture, sports gear, gardening equipment, games, toys, and other common everyday items.
Chances are that of the shopping listings will match your interests. Do not be fooled that the ads are genuine. This is not necessarily so. The Searchpage.com hijacker does not proof the reliability of the websites it forwards to. Any of them could be dangerous. One false move could result in contracting malware. If this happens, the aftermath will be your burden alone. The owners of the Searchpage.com website have disclaimed responsibility for third party content for the reason that they mediators who hold no ownership. Another notable threat is the hijacker’s ability to track the browsing sessions and record information on people. It can obtain your history, cookies, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, area code, phone number, email account, user names, passwords, and financial credentials.
To keep away from infections, you have to take precautions. The Searchpage.com hijacker is spread through propagation vectors known as dark patterns. The most common technique is called bundling. The rogue tool is bundled with another piece of software. The download client is set to perform its install in parallel with its own. Freeware, shareware, and pirated applications are the usual download clients. The hijacker will be listed as a bonus utility in the main program’s terms and conditions. The developer will have it checked per default. If you have failed to change the setting, this explains how the unwanted software gained entry into your machine.
The second most common entry point for the Searchpage.com hijacker is spam emails. The fraudster behind the message will merge the secluded program with a file. The attachment will be listed as an important document, like a recommended letter, a receipt, an invoice, a bill, a fine, a subpoena, or a warrant. Spammers often misrepresent existing companies and organizations to make their messages seem genuine. You should look up the contact information from the emails which contain an attached file. Also, be careful when following links and entering websites. Accessing an infected domain can result in contracting malware on the spot. Spam emails can also contain malicious links.
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 Searchpage.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.