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SmartSearch. How to Remove? (Uninstall Guide)

removal by - -   Also known as Smart Search, SmartSearch hijack, SmartSearch redirect, SmartSearch virus | Type: Browser Hijackers

What is SmartSearch?

SmartSearch is a browser hijacker that is very similar to The Smart Search, Smart Web Search and other questionable search engines. No matter how trustworthy each of these search engines looks, beware that there are lots of negative activities that they may start causing on your computer without your permission asked. Once they enter computer (they can do that either with or without your approval), they may easily alter some of their settings. Typically, SmartSearch hijacker may hijack Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other web browsers, and then may start causing continuous redirects, pop-up ads, slow downs and similar problems. If you have just discovered this search engine instead of your home page, a new tab page or a default search engine, you should be concerned because it is one of the most obvious signs showing that your computer was affected by a potentially unwanted program. Please, do not use it for your search sessions because it is not as reliable as Google, Yahoo or bing. As we have already mentioned, it may redirect you to unknown and sometimes untrustworthy websites because it may show you altered search results. In addition, Smart Search virus may also start tracking your browsing activity and may collect information about your mostly visited websites, data that you enter when visiting each of these sites, your email address, PC's location, etc. No matter that this information is called 'personally non-identifiable', it may be sent to unknown third parties that may try to use it for their own needs. That's why we don't recommend ignoring this. If you want to remove Smart Search virus from your computer with all its suspicious components, you should run a full system scan with Reimage or other reputable anti-spyware.

How can SmartSearch hijack my computer?

As we have already mentioned, SmartSearch may show up on your web browser without downloading it there. After doing so, it may redirect you to undesirable web sites and may show you annoying ads during your search sessions. That's why we we highly recommend avoiding this browser hijacker. In order to prevent its undesirable modification, you should start monitoring installation of the freeware. Please, double check each of download managers, PDF creators and similar free applications because they may be involved to the distribution of Smart Search. In order to see what is hiding in these and similar free programs, you should check what is said in their License Agreement, Privacy Policy and similar sources of information. In addition, make sure you select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware and then uncheck all suspicious check marks that claim that you want to install different browser add-ons, extensions, plugins and toolbars. Of course, you should also not to agree with these offers to change your start page or default search engine. If SmartSearch has already hijacked your computer, you have the only option - remove it from the system. You can do that with a help of these steps:

How can I remove SmartSearch virus?

SmartSearch is a really suspicious search engine that may start causing redirects, slow downs and other PC-related issues. In order to avoid that, you should use this guide: 

SmartSearch properties:
• Changes browser settings
• Connects itself to the internet
• Hides from the user
• Stays resident in background

You can remove SmartSearch automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, 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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SmartSearch manual removal

Kill processes:
accesss.exe, directx.exe, explore.exe, funny.exe, helpcvs.exe, internet.exe, systeem.exe, systemcritical.exe, wmplayer.exe, y.exe
Delete registry values:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\URL\Prefixes\www=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\URL\DefaultPrefix\(Default)=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Page_URL=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Search=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Search Bar=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Search Page=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search\CustomizeSearch=[site address]
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search\SearchAssistant=[site address]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search=[site address]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL=[site address]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Page_URL=[site address]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Default_Search_URL=[site address]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Search Page=[site address]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\Start Page=[site address]
Delete files:
accesss.exe, directx.exe, explore.exe, funny.exe, helpcvs.exe, internet.exe, systeem.exe, systemcritical.exe, wmplayer.exe, y.exe
Quick menu: Manual SmartSearch Removal Guide
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Remove SmartSearch 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 SmartSearch 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 SmartSearch and related programs
  • Here, look for SmartSearch 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' Remove SmartSearch from Windows shortcuts
  • 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.

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Remove SmartSearch 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 SmartSearch 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'
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Remove SmartSearch 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 SmartSearch 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 SmartSearch removal.
Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove SmartSearch 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 SmartSearch 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 SmartSearch removal.
Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove SmartSearch 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 SmartSearch 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 SmartSearch removal.
Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove SmartSearch 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 Extensions and look for SmartSearch 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 SmartSearch, 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 SmartSearch removal process.
Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Geolocation of SmartSearch

Map reveals the prevalence of SmartSearch. Countries and regions that have been affected the most are: United Kingdom and United States.

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Comments on SmartSearch

It was Gods grace that I got rid of mystartsearch malware.

All I did was

in the add ons , clear all the smartsearch extensions and all not verified programmes.

Then, I went into the registry and pressed CTRL+F (which bring search box) . I put Mysmart in that search box and it found heaps of folders with MYsmartsearch.
Then I just deleted one by one and my computer became free of mysmartsearch.

I promise you will GET RID OF IT too.
That did the trick, Its funny because AVG found it once but it seems there were more.
It was very annoying.
Nothing works here except disabling the systeem.exe from the start-up menu.

The SmartSearch is a variant of CoolWebSearch Trojan. I was able to restore my system after running CWShredder.
I've tried the manual removal, I found no trace of 'SystemEmergency'. So the SmartSearch page is still my default Home page in the Internet Explorer.
The software cann't be install, so I don't know if I should try a manual ramoval. Should I ??

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