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Remove 1M Search virus (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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What is 1M Search? Why do I see it in my browser?

1M Search virus is a term used to define computer infection[1] that only affects Internet browsers. When the computer gets compromised by such virus, all installed browsers start opening certain websites with the 1M Search engine on them. For example, redirect virus promotes 1M Search engine. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) hijacks browser’s settings, adds extra add-ons[2] and changes homepage or new tab page settings in order to make the browser open 1M Search website each time the user launches the compromised browser, new window or tab in it. If your browser started to open a different website instead of the one that was set as default homepage address previously, consider that your browser was affected by 1M Search hijack[3]. In this happened, we suggest you stop using the described search engine for a while and read the information provided in this article.
1M Search virus
An example of website that provides 1M Search. If you see it in your browser, it means that your browser is infected with 1M Search browser hijacker.

Questions about 1M Search virus

1M Search redirect virus has a few unpleasant features. It is a search that inserts paid search results along with organic ones, and clicking on them can take you to unreliable pages on the Internet. It is unlikely that this search engine filters third-party links it chooses to advertise, so expect to visit some vague websites and encounter lots of annoying ads there. You might have to face a lot of pop-up ads[4], banners, or even in-text ads on these websites because the majority of them earn revenue based on pay-per-click advertising scheme. Sadly, clicking on sponsored links on insecure websites can lead to big problems, for instance, malware attacks. Be careful of what you click on because you can easily install malicious programs[5] that can damage your PC or your personal files. Instead of wandering through shady websites that you can come across when exploring 1M Search results, use a more reliable search tool. We highly advise you to remove 1M Search browser hijacker from the system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner and change browser’s settings the way you want them to be.

But how did this suspicious application enter my PC?

It is easy to install similar programs without noticing them because software developers often bundle them with their programs and suggest installing them alongside their products. It is done only for monetization purposes, but you shouldn’t allow these extra programs slip into your computer system unnoticeably. That is why we recommend you to download applications only from secure websites and install them with Advanced or Custom settings. These settings give an option to see bundled components and, if desired, opt-them out. That is exactly what you should be doing every time you install new programs on a computer. Many people make the same mistake – they rely on Default/Standard and sometimes Basic installation settings, which hide statements about bundled downloads or provide them in the fine print. It is not a secret that computer users hardly ever read these statements as they rush to complete the installation.

How to remove 1M Search from my browser?

If you are tired of seeing 1M Search on your homepage and redirects that this search engine causes, you should remove 1M Search virus without any hesitations. Instructions provided below the article should help you to resolve the problem. However, we highly recommend you to complete 1M Search removal with a strong anti-malware program. It will help you to check the system thoroughly and find all potentially dangerous files, programs, and other suspicious components that might be causing danger to your safety and privacy online.

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To remove 1M Search virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall 1M Search from Windows systems

First of all, we recommend you to look through the list of recently installed programs and find all suspicious entries here. We suggest looking for programs that look like search tools. Once you find them, uninstall them.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. 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. 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'.
  3. Uninstall 1M Search and related programs
    Here, look for 1M Search or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove 1M Search from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. 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.

Erase 1M Search from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for 1M Search 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'

Get rid of 1M Search from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. 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'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for 1M Search and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete 1M Search removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate 1M Search virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, 1M Search should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete 1M Search from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select 1M Search 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
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. 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
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete 1M Search removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove 1M Search from Google Chrome

Chrome browser is one of the most popular web browsers in the world, so it respectively is one of the main targets that browser hijackers seek to infect. If your Chrome browser redirects you to 1M Search, we suggest you follow these guidelines to remove it:

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select 1M Search 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
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. 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'
  5. 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
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete 1M Search removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall 1M Search from Safari

  1. 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'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for 1M Search or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by 1M Search, 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
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 1M Search removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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  1. Sylwo says:
    February 2nd, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Hey, thanks! Found all malicious components and uninstalled them. You rock!

  2. karo_18 says:
    February 2nd, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    great tutorial. i couldnt remove 1m search at first, but with a help of anti-malware that you recommend i managed to find them.

  3. Adam says:
    February 2nd, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I have no idea how i Installed 1M Search. I uninstalled it so quickly that I cant recall the URL of it… but Im pretty sure it was a different one, not searchusatoday. So there are more versions of this virus, definitely.

  4. Leona91 says:
    February 2nd, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    YOU SAVED MY DAY. Thanks for sharing these tips! now I can work normally again.

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