I wrote this article to help you remove Search.facty.com. This Search.facty.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Was your web browser’s homepage changed to the Search.facty.com website? Do you remember doing it? It is not a surprise if you don’t. Unfortunately, we have some bad news for you. Your computer is no longer infection-free. You have a browser hijacker on board. Don’t panic! This parasite is not that dangerous and can be easily removed if caught on time. So, don’t hesitate. Take the appearance of the Search.facty.com website as a sign and act. Delete this pest on the spot!
The Search.facty.com website is designed to look like a standard search engine. It displays results that appear to be coming from another popular provider. This should be your first clue. The parasite only pretends to be a search engine. Well, we can say that it is a search platform of some sort. It, after all, searchers for ads. The hijacker adds some “fake” entries among the displayed results. These, most of the time, are ads. However, unlike the big search engines, the Search.facty.com hijacker does not mark those entries as advertisements. The user can never know which results are organic and which are paid to be there. Doing an online research will be impossible. Furthermore, the Search.facty.com hijacker hides its competitors’ ads. You will lose track of the current situation on the market and you will become an easy target.
The fake search results won’t be the only ads you will encounter. The Search.facty.com hijacker will start an ad bombardment on you. Coupons, great deals, special values and pop-up windows will disturb your normal web browsing. You will see ads on websites that used to be ad-free. Well, those sites are not changed. You see advertisements because the Search.facty.com hijacker is forcing them on you. After a certain time, you will notice something. All ads displayed by the pest have something to do with your interests, hobbies or needs. It is not a coincidence. The Search.facty.com hijacker knows what you like because it is constantly spying on you.
The Search.facty.com hijacker monitors your every online move. It knows your web history, your favorite websites, which pages you view and even what you are searching for. If you are not careful, it can steal your user names and passwords. The hijacker won’t keep this information for itself. It will send it to its owners. These people can do whatever they want with your data. They can use it to target you with more ads or they can sell it to third parties for more profit. And the third party can be anyone. It may be a marketing agent or a dangerous hacker. Don’t risk your security. Track this parasite and delete it on the spot!
Now that you know why the ads you see are so appealing, let’s talk about how hazardous they are. Yes, they hide potential danger, too. If you click on a malicious ad, you will be taken to an infected website. There, a drive-by download will execute. These types of downloads don’t require the user’s interaction and are almost completely invisible. Therefore, they are commonly used by hackers for malware distribution.
You must be wondering how did your computer get infected in the first place? Well, you have installed the Search.facty.com hijacker. Such infections need the user’s permission to operate. There is no other method. However, developers have found ways to mislead the user into giving such permissions. They would add extra programs in the installation files of many freeware and shareware. Once you start the installation process, you will face two different methods. If you choose the standard installation method, which is also the recommended one, all extras will be installed without further ado.
If you pay attention to the process, you will spot an advanced/custom button or tab. This method is presented to appear as if it is a suitable choice for IT experts only. However, there is nothing complicated in it. If you select it, you will be presented with a list of all additional programs that come along. We strongly advise you to deselect all of them. If you truly needed such apps, you would have downloaded them by yourself. There is one more step you can take for better cyber security. When you are installing a program, read the terms and conditions/EULA. If you spot anything out of the ordinary, abort the installation.
Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you know how to do this, 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.
Please, follow the steps precisely to remove Search.facty.com 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.facty.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.