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Remove 123Search (Free Instructions)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as Adware.123Search | Type: Adware

What is 123Search?

123Search is a potentially unwanted program that was previously compatible with Internet Explorer web browser. However, now you may find this program on each of your web browsers because adwares, browser hijackers and similar PUPs have been redesigned for that. No matter that the most of PC users believe that 123Search is a harmless tool that can be used for searching the web and finding useful data, it may start initiating questionable activities on your computer. For example, it seems that this program can easily track your browsing on the web and may collect your search terms, information about your mostly visited websites, data that you add when visiting them and similar info. Please, do NOT reveal it for unknown parties because this may lead you to unexpected problems, such as tons of misleading mails in your inbox, annoying ads that can be selected according to your search habits and similar issues. If you want to stay safe, you should avoid such programs. Here, you should keep in mind that such programs may infiltrate your computer without your authorization because they have been actively promoted with the help of bundling. This distribution method is still considered harmless but we believe that you should be careful with it. If 123Search adware has already appeared on your computer and you know that you have never downloaded it, you should waste no time and run a full system scan with ReimageIntego or other reputable anti-spyware.

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How can 123Search hijack my computer?

123Search is an adware/browser hijacker/potentially unwanted program, which may infiltrate computer with or without user’s approval. As we have already said, you should stay away from such programs and their official websites that are usually filled with misleading information. In addition, make sure you start monitoring installation of the freeware because there are thousands of different applications that may trick you into installing PUPs and even viruses on your computer. In order to get ability to see each of them, you should select only Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware. In addition, make sure you uncheck check marks that allow installation of optional components. If this program enters the system, it alters computer’s settings and starts displaying undesirable commercial advertisements, in-text links, banner ads and similar content. While we can’t declare that all of these ads are malicious, this can be said about the most of them. That’s why we highly recommend avoiding 123Search ads and removing this program from your computer. While it shouldn’t be very hard to do that manually, we still believe that automatic removal of this adware and other PUPs is much easier.

How to remove 123Search virus?

If you think that your PC has already been affected by 123Search hijacker, you need to use a guide below and get rid of it because it may try to initiate serious mess on your computer. Please, think about automatic removal of this program to make sure that all suspicious components are not hiding in your PC system.

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To remove 123Search, follow these steps:

Eliminate 123Search from Windows systems

To remove 123Search from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to 123Search (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase 123Search from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove 123Search from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for 123Search-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove 123Search, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to 123Search and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the 123Search-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall 123Search from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 123Search and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 123Search removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete 123Search from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the 123Search-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Remove 123Search from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to 123Search and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case 123Search did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete 123Search removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of 123Search from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to 123Search by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the 123Search-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete 123Search removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate 123Search from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to 123Search and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

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  1. mike says:
    April 18th, 2004 at 12:04 pm

    Isn't there a law against these morons?

  2. Guest says:
    September 8th, 2004 at 7:09 pm

    We could only hope for a law.

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    February 18th, 2005 at 6:02 pm

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  4. Honas says:
    April 1st, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    should be very difficult

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