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Remove Amazon Smart Search (Removal Guide) - Jul 2020 update

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Amazon Smart Search and Amazon Assistant are related services

The picture illustrating Amazon Smart Search search engine

Amazon Smart Search functions as a browser extension and search engine which is specifically designed for Amazon customers. With the help of this browsing tool, netizens are promised to get a possibility to find wanted offers and products much faster. However, there is always another side of the deal which sometimes may seem to be too good to be true.  

Right after installing Amazon Smart Search on the system, it becomes clear that it is directly associated with Amazon Assistant. As a result, you may be soon be presented with multiple advertisements and pop-ups offering you to visit one or another web site or purchase products that you don't even need.

Furthermore, you can be tricked into downloading these Amazon-related products via Java “Optional offer: Amazon Assistant” and similar pop-up ads.[1] Credulous users may regard such add-ons as a legitimate ones and install them right away. Amazon Smart Search virus is compatible with all browsers but, most frequently, is compatible with Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer 8+.

After being tricked into installing Amazon Smart Search virus, you may notice that your default search engine or the start page were set to If you are a regular Amazon customer, this search engine may seem useful. However, if you don't want to be bothered by commercial ads and redirects to sponsored websites, you should not fall for installing this search provider. If you accidentally installed this search tool and intend to remove Amazon Smart Search, make use of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes

Amazon counts its successful years of existence already since 1994. It has grown into one of the largest online commerce markets through an astounding period of time.[2] Staying up-to-date and sensitive to the demands of modern netizens, it has attracted thousands of customers and regular visitors. However, as a rule, what becomes popular online is soon taken advantage by scammers and spammers.

Questions about Amazon Smart Search

Some time ago, crooks have managed to foist in a corrupted Amazon link among Google search results.[3] Luckily, the malvertising campaign was soon terminated. Besides such cases, there are also numerous search engines with incorporated Amazon links. In this relation, this search engine may invoke impressions that it is legitimate tool supported by the company. However, Amazon Smart Search ads soon may spark doubts that there is something wrong with the browsing tool.[4]

Since the very company notes that it promotes third party services and links, you may soon get redirected to their sponsored domains. Amazon Smart Search redirect may not be such a big issue if not for this relation to already mentioned Amazon assistant virus. As a result, such redirects may lead you to a poorly protected website containing fraudulent elements.

Furthermore, you may reconsider leaving this search engine due to privacy issues even though it provides official Amazon privacy policy. The company collects technical information as well as well as personal information about its customers with the help of tracking technologies. Such tracking behavior is especially applicable if users connect to Amazon services via their mobile devices. If online privacy[5] is of concern to you, these arguments might encourage you to perform Amazon Smart Search removal.

The screenshot  Amazon Smart Search
Amazon Smart Search reveals direct relation to Amazon Assistant virus.

Transmission techniques of the tool

This search tool is promoted via several channels. If you regularly shop on Amazon or visit associated websites, you may be offered to install this search engine. Therefore, it is often labeled as PUP. It received attention due to its specific distribution channel.

The search tool is promoted as an optional offer entitled as Amazon Assistant. Users often enable Java updates without taking a second look to offer optional programs. Likewise, they often end up installing unnecessary and sometimes even potentially malicious tools. Thus, if you notice such Java notification, remove the checkmarks from the pre-ticked boxes. If you enable “Amazon Smart Search hijack,” you may spend time on dealing with troublesome outcomes.

Eliminating Amazon Smart Search 

You can remove Amazon Smart Search in two ways: either manually or automatically. If you opt for the former method, make sure you complete all steps precisely. In addition, you may need to review your browser extensions and uninstall the unknown or the ones appended without your direct consent. For faster Amazon Smart Search removal, you may let an anti-spyware tool get rid of the search tool. It will also scan the entire operating system and eliminate other possible threats.

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To remove Amazon Smart Search, follow these steps:

Get rid of Amazon Smart Search from Windows systems

  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 Amazon Smart Search and related programs
    Here, look for Amazon Smart 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'

Uninstall Amazon Smart 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 Amazon Smart 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'

Delete Amazon Smart 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 Amazon Smart 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 Amazon Smart Search removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Amazon Smart Search 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, Amazon Smart Search should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Amazon Smart Search from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Since Firefox might be more targetted by this PUP, they are recommended to implement these instructions as well.

  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 Amazon Smart 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Amazon Smart Search removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Amazon Smart Search from Google Chrome

  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 Amazon Smart 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Amazon Smart Search removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Amazon Smart 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 Amazon Smart 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. 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...'
  4. 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 Amazon Smart Search removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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    September 29th, 2013 at 5:24 am

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    March 20th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

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    March 20th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

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