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CoolWebSearch. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Also known as Cool Web Search redirect, CoolWebSearch virus | Type: Browser Hijackers
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What is CoolWebSearch?

CoolWebSearch is not a trustworthy search engine and you should never use it for your online searches. In reality, it has already been added to the potentially unwanted program and browser hijacker categories, what means that it can redirect you to its affiliate websites and try to increase their page rank. Therefore, if you suspect that it has just ended up on your PC's system, then we highly recommend you to take corresponding actions and remove it from the system without a delay.

CoolWebSearch usually spreads in a form of a browser plug-in, but it doesn't mean that it can be downloaded as an individual tool. Typically it spreads bundled with freewares and sharewares as an 'optional download', so it means that only if the user agrees to install a freeware with all its 'optional components', CoolWebSearch redirect virus may land on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer web browsers. Once it does so, it may replace your default start page, search provider, and a new tab window with . After that, you may find out what does it mean a 'slow browsing'. Your web browser may run slow, you may receive altered search results and lots of sponsored ads. Besides, links provided among search results may cause redirects to various commercial websites, online shops, certain service promoting websites and so on. Unfortunately, that's just a peak of an iceberg. In fact, you should not only be prevented from browsing sufficiently. CoolWebSearch redirects can make you visit really questionable third-party websites that may be filled with questionable content, such as various installers, as, prize giveaway pop-ups, surveys, etc. In addition to that, CoolWebSearch installs cookies on all web browsers that it manages to find on a contaminated computer. Do you know what does that mean? It means that it may continuously monitor you, your browsing habits and report everything to third-party advertisers. If you do not want this to happen, we recommend you to initiate a full system scan with SpyHunter or another reputable anti-spyware and remove CoolWebSearch plug-in from your web browser.

CoolWebSearch hijack

How can CoolWebSearch hijack my computer?

Usually, CoolWebSearch spreads bundled as an attachment of various freewares and sharewares. It means that the only way for it to enter the PC is to get user's permission, but since components that spread along with freewares are seldom disclosed in an explicit manner, people who are not keen on checking Advanced/Custom settings can easily end up with various unwanted add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions. Thus, if you want to prevent that, you have to check expanded settings carefully and deselect all 'optional downloads' without a delay. Note that attachments are set by default, so you will have to untick them before clicking the 'Next' button.

How to remove CoolWebSearch virus?

You will find out about CoolWebSearch hijack right after you reboot the system after plug-in's infiltration because you will find your default start page and search provider replaced. In order to reset the changes, you will have to remove the hijacker once and for all. We've prepared a guide on how to remove CoolWebSearch virus, which can be found down below:

CoolWebSearch properties:
• Changes browser settings
• Shows commercial adverts
• Connects itself to the internet
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background

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Manual CoolWebSearch Removal Guide

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Step 1: Uninstall CoolWebSearch and related programs

Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove CoolWebSearch from Windows 7 / Vista / XP systems

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).

Remove CoolWebSearch from Windows 10 / Windows 8 systems

  • If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program.
Uninstall CoolWebSearch and related programs
  • Here, look for CoolWebSearch or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.
Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
Windows Mac OS X Step 2

Remove CoolWebSearch from Mac OS X system

If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.

Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'

Wait until you see Applications folder and look for CoolWebSearch or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.

Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Step 2: Remove CoolWebSearch from Windows shortcuts

Step 3
  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.
Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Step 3: Uninstall CoolWebSearch from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove CoolWebSearch from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons.
Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for CoolWebSearch and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable:
Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable' Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  • Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes.
Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes Reset Internet Explorer
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Here, select Reset.
  • When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete CoolWebSearch removal.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove CoolWebSearch from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  • Here, select CoolWebSearch and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  • Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  • Click OK to save these changes.
When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information.
Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  • Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete CoolWebSearch removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove CoolWebSearch from Google Chrome

Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  • Here, select CoolWebSearch and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
  • Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  • Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages.
After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs Reset Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings.
When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete CoolWebSearch removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome Safari Step 4

Remove CoolWebSearch from Safari

Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences.
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  • Here, select Extentions and look for CoolWebSearch or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them.
Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
  • Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  • Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by CoolWebSearch, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page.
When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name Reset Safari
  • Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari....
Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  • Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete CoolWebSearch removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Step 4: Complete CoolWebSearch removal

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of CoolWebSearch registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: SpyHunter, STOPzilla or Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

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Geolocation of CoolWebSearch

Map reveals the prevalence of CoolWebSearch. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: Netherlands, Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Germany.

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Comments on CoolWebSearch

This Virus is the worst. I have had it one before and I used system restore and everything was fixed TRY THIS IS WORKS

But now I have it on my server at work (yes I'm the administrator) and I CANT GET RID OF IT!! Use firefox peoples
coolwebsearch Dot Com is gulity I dont care what they say. There gulity as charged. Take them down!


Run first PepiMK
and than
External Mirror

Worked for me after 2 days of trying various solutions.

Symantec and McAffee both have manual procedures.

Windows hosts file is where the problem exists, caused by the virus.
its more than a 55$, NONE of the spy ware programs I am using can get rid of this thing, including the version this site offers as a solution.

I don't know how to get rid of this thing.
eduardo dammroze
ad-aware - spybot and other programs detect it but do not remove it. ?´ve tried almost everything.
damn..i found mupdate,toolband,winres,googlems, and leftovers. all frickin variants of coolwwwsearch. it also keeps downloading other shit to my comp like winpup,isearchtech.istsvc,dyfuca, bargains buddy.....WOULD SOMEBODY FREAKING HELP ME???!!
i've used all the spyware removal imaginable like cwshredder, hijack this, lavasoft ad-aware, spyware doctor, spy sweeper but this cws thingy is still coming back... i dont want to reformat my windows so can anyone tell me how to remove it? and tell me where that bastard live so that i can kill him.. its so annoying and troublesome!! and oh, i already delete my temp internet file... gosh, who ever invented this should be hang upside down with a boiling water underneath... urghhh!!!
WELL.... Perhaps its time for the hijakers to get hijacked, humm picture that a jaking hijakers
I&#039;ve ran 5 different types of Spyware/Hijacker/BHO removers...Did CoolWWWSearch SmartKiller MiniRemoval...Couldn&#039;t find the fucker...Now getting SpyHunter...If this dun work...I&#039;mma give my pooter flying lessons off my roof...At least then I&#039;d get SOME amusement...Anyone know where these jackasses live ?
Had this awful variant on my machine for couple of days. Ran cwshredder....which detected CWS and supposedly cleaned it the first time it ran...but the browser kept getting hijacked. Ran XoftSpy safe mode too..which detected CWS....but again the damned thing kept returning. Subsequent runs of Xoft failed to detect CWS.....but it was there. Also cleaned up the temp internet directory, deleted new installations by the CWS program from &quot;Program Files&quot; and ran ADD REMOVE programs to uninstal any programs installed by success. Finally ran Lavasoft Ad-Aware v 6.0 which detected 57 traces of the bastard program in the registery. Since then the browser homepage has been restored.. Oh yes, don&#039;t forget to remove references to CWS parasite programs from the startup control panel.....WildCat
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