Searchgra.com “Virus” Removal

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

Searchgra.com is an alternative search engine. The website’s design scheme mimics the user interface of Google. The reason being that Searchgra.com is supposed to give you custom results from Google. This may sound like an enhancement to the regular search results, but it is not. The platform does not optimize the search results. Rather, it supports third party websites. Searchgra.com is connected to a browser hijacker. The rogue program uses the engine to make proceeds for its developers. It mediates sponsored websites in exchange for a certain payment and collects information from the web browser for the purpose of selling it.

How does the hijacker behind Searchgra.com put your security in jeopardy?

The clandestine program does not ask for permission to conduct its assigned tasks. Your interests and preferences could come in conflict with the activity of the hijacker. The shady program does not give the user any options, though. It performs its scheduled tasks regardless and makes changes to the web browser’s settings. The hijacker will reset your homepage and default search engine to searchgra.com. As previously noted, this platform returns unreliable search results. The hijacker will insert supported content amid the regular results to your queries. The sponsored websites may not be safe to visit. The hijacker does not bother to scan the content it brings your way. We advise you to refrain from making searches until you can remove the rogue program from your system.

Remove Searchgra.com
The Searchgra.com Virus

To follow up on the topic, we need to point out that the Searchgra.com website is not the only tool for promoting third party content. The other method of conducting advertising campaigns is much more aggressive and effective. The furtive program generates advertisements, the majority of which contain shopping deals. The promoted offerings are exceptionally good. You will find low-priced high quality items. A lot of the proposed deals could intrigue you. This is the point. The goal of the Searchgra.com hijacker is to get people to follow the ads. The owners of the shady program are only paid when users click on the supported links. Be advised that the ads are risky. There is no telling where they lead to.

The other way for the Searchgra.com hijacker to monetize its activity is by trading data. The insidious program will record information from your web browser and sell it like a product. The input which is vulnerable to the hijacker’s tracking capability includes your browsing history, keystrokes, IP address, geographic location, email, telephone number, physical address, user names, passwords and personal account entries. The only way to keep your data protected is by removing the Searchgra.com hijacker.

What methods does the Searchgra.com hijacker use to make its way into computers?

If you came to the realization that the Searchgra.com hijacker penetrated your system because you did not take the necessary safety precautions, you took the first step towards improving your security. The next step is to figure out which weakness in your defense was exploited. The Searchgra.com hijacker has a couple of entry points. It travels with other programs, like freeware, shareware and pirated tools. If you are in the habit of downloading software from unconfirmed platforms and installing it without reading the terms and conditions, you should change your practice. Read through the end user license agreement (EULA) of the tools you add to your system. This is where extra programs are included.

The other technique the distributors of the Searchgra.com hijacker utilize is sending spam emails. The secluded program gets transferred through attachments. The attached file will likely be presented as a document. To filter spam from reliable emails, check the contacts the sender has listed in the letter. If he is writing on behalf of a given company or entity, the information should match its coordinates.

Searchgra.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 follow to permanently remove 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 Searchgra.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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