ChromoSearch.com “Virus” Removal

I wrote this article to help you remove ChromoSearch.com. This ChromoSearch.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

ChromoSearch.com is an alternative search engine. The platform offers a fast and private browsing experience. If you judge ChromoSearch.com by its user interface, you would probably regard it as a reliable search provider. You may also get the impression that it is associated to Google Chrome. The website has a name and logo which are similar to Google Chrome’s trademarks. The truth is that the ChromoSearch.com website is not in any way connected to the established search provider. It is an independent platform which security experts have labeled with a red flag. The reason being that the website assists a browser hijacker. The rogue program conducts questionable tasks which expose the end user to security risks.

What threats does the hijacker behind ChromoSearch.com pose?

The activity of the insidious program will reduce your system’s operational speed and bring down its security. The ChromoSearch.com hijacker uses a lot of CPU to conduct its scheduled tasks. This has a negative effect on the machine’s performance. The clandestine tool changes the internal settings to its convenience. It resets the homepage and default search engine to ChromoSearch.com. This allows the hijacker to manipulate the search results. It inserts supported websites amid the regular search result pages. The fake results may not match your queries at all. More importantly, they could be dangerous.

Remove ChromoSearch.com
The ChromoSearch.com Virus

The websites the ChromoSearch.com hijacker tries to take users to are supported. Altering the search results is one of two ways to redirect people. The other method is much more effective. The furtive program displays advertisements, containing bargain shopping deals. The product palette features a wide variety of items, like garments, accessories, sports equipment, technological devices, furniture, interior and exterior decorations, gardening tools, toys and others. The ads vary in terms of format. They come in the forms of pop-ups, pop-unders, full-page ads, in-text links, banners, coupon boxes, freebies, transitional, inline, floating, contextual, interstitial and comparison ads. We urge you not to follow the ads. They could lead you to corrupted websites, spreading malware.

The other threat around the ChromoSearch.com hijacker concerns your personal security. The shady program is used to collect information on people. The gathered input is cataloged and traded on the darknet. The ChromoSearch.com hijacker can record the following types of data: your web history, tracking cookies, keystrokes, geographic location, postal code, IP address, email, telephone number, account user names and passwords. There is no way to halt or limit the tracking activity.

How did the hijacker behind ChromoSearch.com get access to my machine?

The ChromoSearch.com hijacker uses two types of hosts. In most cases, the shady tool travels with unlicensed applications, like freeware and shareware. The hijacker will be included in the terms and conditions of the host program as a bonus. You have to locate where the option for it is included and deselect it. Always read the end user license agreement (EULA) in the course of the installation. To stay safe, you should only acquire programs after you have done your research. A lot of unsolicited websites offer programs which carry infections.

The other way for the ChromoSearch.com hijacker to enter your computer is through a spam email. The covert program gets secluded with an attachment to the letter which the sender describes as an important document. Spammers often misrepresent existing companies and institutions to give their messages legitimacy. To confirm that the email was sent by the entity in question, proof the contacts. The best sign is the email address. Visit the contacts page on the official website of the organization.

ChromoSearch.com Uninstall

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-2Here 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.
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 ChromoSearch.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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