Surf Canyon is a legitimate search engine, which can also be called search.surfcanyon.com. This search site may show up instead of your start page or default search engine out of nowhere, so, if it has just happened to you and your computer, it means that you have just installed a free application, which is used for spreading SurfCanyon in a bundle with it. In addition, if you have already been using this search engine for your searches, you should know that Surf Canyon may show you search results that are filled with commercial content. This is usually done for promoting affiliate websites and helping them to increase their popularity.
As soon as this program enters computer, it may try to affect each of web browsers that are installed on the system. It may easily alter such settings as the start page, the default search engine, the new tab page, etc. After that, you may notice search.surfcanyon.com on your computer each time you start your browsing. Besides, you may also notice "Surf Canyon Recommended", “Fast Search by Surf Canyon, Inc.” and similar notifications during your search sessions. No matter how trustworthy this search engine looks, we don't recommend trusting it and using it for your searches. Otherwise, you may be tricked into visiting unknown websites. If you have already noticed that your favorite search engine has already been replaced by Surf Canyon, you should check your PC for this potentially unwanted program.
Surf Canyon is mostly distributed in a bundle with freeware and shareware. That's why there are so many users who report:
'Some how I got a surf canyon extension, I have tried to disable it and uninstall it, but it keeps coming back' or 'Somehow surf canyon was installed on my macbook. Now when I search in google it redirects to surf canyon. I tried to remove it from preferences and put in google.com as homesite but it won't let me. It keeps overriding what I change. any ideas on how to remove?'
'I get a surf canyon window popping up on my desktop. I checked in my control panel's program and features and it doesn't appear there. I checked in firefox, tools, add ons and it appears but it is disabled. There is no option to "remove" it as there are for other add ons. And, even though it shows as disabled, the window keeps popping up. How do I get rid of this?'
As a rule, search engines are actively spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware and if you would fall for installing an adware-type program, which is called Fast Search, you could find searchcanyon.com instead of your start page and the default search engine. Nevertheless, you can also make this search engine as your start page or the default search engine manually because it has been promoted for free. If you want to avoid infiltration of unwanted programs, you should start paying more attention to installation process of the freeware and uncheck checkboxes that agree to download suspicious browser add-ons, plugins, toolbars and similar programs on the system.
Technically, this program is NOT A VIRUS. However, it may cause unwanted activity on your computer. That's why it has been added to 'potentially unwanted program' and other categories. If your want to get rid of search.surfcanyon.com and other unknown search engine, the easiest way to do that is by running a reputable anti-spyware. Of course, you can also use a manual removal guide that is given on the official website of this search engine or below.
You can remove Surf Canyon 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.
If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications.
Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Surf Canyon or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash.
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.
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 Surf Canyon 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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Information added: 07/28/15 03:54;
information updated: 07/28/15 03:54