I wrote this article to help you remove Searchtds.ru. This Searchtds.ru removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Searchtds.ru belongs to the family of Russian browser hijackers and it will go out of its way to trick you into thinking it is safe and helpful. It is advertised to generate search results, which are reliable and accurate. However, it does no such thing. It pretends to be an innocuous search engine, which will improve your browsing experience. Make no mistake! The program is dangerous. The only results it shows you are sponsored, malicious ones, which lead to more problems. Even though hijackers are quite easy to remove they should not be underestimated. No cyber infection should be. If given enough time on your PC, the hijacker will quickly go out of control and may cause serious damage. That’s why the second you notice it, get rid of it. The more time you grant it on board, the more troublesome it gets. Save yourself the trouble and delete in as soon as possible.
Once settled in your system, Searchtds.ru starts wrecking it. It goes after your browsers first by adding a malicious extension to them, which is perfectly compatible with the three most popular web browsers – Internet explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Whichever you are using, the hijackers alters its settings completely behind your back. Now that your PC is a target your preferences are no longer a priority. The hijacker replaces your homepage and search engine with its own domain and may add additional toolbars as well. It goes without saying, this domain is incredibly unreliable. It generates numerous sponsored and unsafe links. The problem is you cannot tell safe links apart from risky ones until you click. And if you click on the wrong one, you compromise your machine even more.
You can get stuck with more infections and some of them may be very harmful. Like ransomware or Trojans, for example. However, dangerous search results are not the only thing the parasite generates. It also shows you fake software updates. Not to forget, the ads. Countless irritating third-party ads will bother you all the time. You must stay away from anything the pest throws your way. It is not helpful. On the contrary. The hijacker`s one and only purpose is monetary gain. That’s what the crooks created it for. To generate traffic to specific webpages so they could make a profit. And they use you to accomplish this goal. But you don’t have to put up with that. Don’t become their helper and don’t risk your safety. Nothing good will come from this.
You will be constantly redirected and bothered, your browsing experience won`t be the same and you won`t be able to enjoy surfing the web anymore. At least not until you remove this infection from your PC. Now that I mentioned it, your computer will also suffer. Due to all the interruptions and unauthorized reshuffles, its performance will worsen significantly. You will notice frequent system freezes and your Internet connection will become unstable.
But the biggest risk is yet to come. Hijackers spy on you. Literally. They monitor everything and every online move of yours. If in your system, they have access to your browsing-related data (history, queries, results), usernames, passwords, IPs, email addresses, accounts. Nothing is beyond their reach. All the data they gather is later sent to the crooks who published the hijacker. Strangers which are now in possession of your private information and can do with it whatever they want. They may sell it to third parties. You can never know in whose hands your sensitive info may end up with. Don’t take the risk of falling victim to a financial fraud, or even worse, an identity theft. Remove the hijacker immediately. To do so manually, follow our removal guide below.
Also, make sure you won`t end up infected again. You may wonder how this hijacker attacked you because it didn’t appear out of the blue, as many victims describe. The thing is, these infections need your permission to get it but they don’t ask for it straightforward. They use many deceptive and tricky methods to get it without you even realizing. Like freeware and shareware bundles, for instance. They are a very effective infiltration technique. Unless you don’t check the entire bundles you cannot know what you are downloading.
Very often infections hide in these bundles. Especially if you use illegitimate courses. Always opt for the Advanced settings in the Setup Wizard so you could be in complete control. Also, don’t skip the Terms and Conditions as you may agree with something you are completely against. Another entering tactic is spam email messages. They never get old and the crooks still use them. Don’t lightly open emails from unknown senders. Delete them right away. As you can see, your carelessness is what infections need the most. Without your negligence, no tactic is good enough to get them in your system. Now, when you know that, be more careful and thorough. Don’t make yourself an easy target.
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 Searchtds.ru from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.