Remove SearchTerms
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SearchTerms | Type: Browser Plugins

What is SearchTerms?

SearchTerms is a spyware program/browser hijacker that may infiltrate your PC unnoticed and then start monitoring your activity on the Internet. It may record what search terms you enter, what are your favorite websites, how much time do you spend on each of these websites and what data you enter there. In addition, this program is also interested in such details as your email address, PC's IP address, geolocation, etc. Once it collects this and similar data, Search Terms transfers it to its developers that will use it according to their needs. In most of the cases, this program is capable of hijacking each of popular web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, so you may notice that you can avoid it during your searches. If you want to prevent the loss of your personally non identifiable and personally identifiable information, you should avoid SearchTerms virus. By the way, this program may trick you into visiting unsafe websites that may lead you to the infiltration of other hijackers, spyware and malware. If you believe that your PC was filled with this potentially unwanted program, we highly recommend you to follow each of the steps that are given below.

How can SearchTerms hijack my computer?

SearchTerms virus is spread using various techniques. It may show up on your computer after clicking on misleading ad that offers you to update your Java or after downloading a free program that belongs to suspicious developer. In order to prevent infiltration of such and similar programs, you should be very careful with programs that you download from the Internet for free. Make sure you always double check their developers, End User's License Agreement and other people's comments. Also, select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware and follow every installation step. By saying that, we are thinking about reading every sentence that is displayed during program's installation and unchecking all check marks that agree with installation of 'optional downloads'. 'Optional downloads' are various browser add-ons, plugins, toolbars and extensions that may easily initiate various system changes after being installed on the system behind user's back. Also, avoid clicking ads that appear during your browsing and offer you to install various updates. You may be offered to install Java, Flash Player or other program that may lead you to the infiltration of adware. Please, be careful with such ads. If you want to make sure that your PC is totally safe and protected from such suspicious programs as SearchTerms, you should make sure that a reputable anti-spyware installed on it. For that we recommend using SpyHunter.

How to remove SearchTerms virus?

In order to prevent SearchTerms redirects to unsafe websites and protect yourself from annoying pop-up ads, you should remove this program from the system. The easiest way to do that is to follow automatic removal guide:

SearchTerms properties:
• Connects itself to the internet
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background

Automatic SearchTerms Removal Guide

You can remove SearchTerms automatically with a help of one of these programs: SpyHunter, STOPzilla, Malwarebytes Anti Malware. We recommend these applications because they can easily delete potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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SearchTerms manual removal

Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\HTMLEdit.Bho
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\HTMLEdit.Bho.1
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{EFDAC3FE-F44A-4030-8589-1E23BC6573D5}

Manual SearchTerms Removal Guide

Step 1: Uninstall SearchTerms and related programs

  • Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  • Here, look for SearchTerms or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes.

If you are 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.

Step 2: Remove SearchTerms from Windows shortcuts

  • Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties.
  • Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus.

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: Remove SearchTerms from each of your web browsers

Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
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
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for SearchTerms and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking 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.
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 SearchTerms removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Remove dangerous extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions.
  • Here, select SearchTerms and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries.
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.
Reset Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose 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 SearchTerms removal.
Internet Explorer Mozilla Firefox Google Chrome
Delete malicious plugins
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions.
  • Here, select SearchTerms and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries.
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.
  • Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage.
  • Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section.
  • When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
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.
  • Click Reset to confirm this action and complete SearchTerms removal.

What is browser hijacker?

Browser hijacker is a malicious program, usually a web browser plug-in or add-ons, which modifies web browser settings in order to change default search page, home page, new tab or error page. After that, it starts unwanted redirects to undesirable Internet sites. A browser hijacker also can record all web pages the user visits and send gathered information out through a background Internet connection.

Practically all browser hijackers are created for commercial, advertising or marketing purposes. However, there are lots of malicious versions of these programs that similarly to spyware or adware threats can be installed on the system without user's consent and often hide deep inside the system for avoiding their removal.

Symptoms showing that your computer was infected by SearchTerms:

•  Changes in homepage and/or default search engine
•  Redirects to websites that are unknown and suspicious
•  Appearance of new tabs
•  Unknown sites in Bookmarks and Favorites list
•  Decreased speed of every Internet browser

Geolocation of SearchTerms

This map reveals the prevalence of SearchTerms. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United States.

QR code for SearchTerms removal instructions

SearchTerms qrcode QR is short for Quick Response. They can be read quickly by the mobile phones. QR codes can store more data than standard barcodes, including url links, geo coordinates, and text.
The reason we add QR code to the website is that parasites like SearchTerms are really hard to remove on infected computer. you can quicly scan the QR code with your mobile device and have manual removal instructions to uninstall SearchTerms right in your pocket.
Simply use the QR scanner and read removal instructions from mobile device.

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Information added: 2014-10-06 06:11
Information updated: 2014-10-06 06:11

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