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Remove Bigsrch.xyz (Free Guide) - Removal Instructions

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Bigsrch.xyz is the program that claims to offer useful online searching features, but it hijacks the browser with malicious redirects instead

Bigsrch.xyzBigsrch.xyz is the page that appears instead of your default search engine every time you try to search online. Unfortunately, this activity indicates that your machine is infected by a potentially unwanted program, and this is not good news.[1] PUPs can install other similar programs and applications, so your device gets even more affected and performance suffers. Browser hijackers like that focus mainly on changing the settings and injecting search results with commercial material, but other installed tools can make even more damage.

Bigsrch.xyz virus is a term that victims use to describe the website based on intrusive behavior and unwanted changes. Also, the program significantly affects the device, so the user cannot work on the machine as before. You should react to these symptoms and indications as soon as possible because PUPs become even more persistent over time.

Name Bigsrch.xyz
Type Browser hijacker[2]
Category Potentially unwanted program
Symptoms It changes the default search engine to its websites, periodically opens windows with suspicious content and redirects to third-party pages with possibly malicious material
Affects Various web browsers on Windows and Mac devices
Distribution Freeware installations, other unwanted programs, deceptive websites and advertisements
Elimination Clean the system and remove Bigsrch.xyz with Reimage Reimage Cleaner during a system scan

Once Bigsrch.xyz gets on the system, it can load several browser plugins, toolbars, or extensions to affect the internet browsing experience. When you start seeing all the redirects and new tab, default search engine, homepage set to Bigsrch.xyz or any other site, you should be aware that PUPs come in bundles.

Besides all those visible changes and interference with your time online directly, you should see these Bigsrch.xyz symptoms:

  • other applications and tools installed without your permission;
  • pop-ups ads appearing while you browse on the web;
  • pop-ups with various commercial content show up on the desktop;
  • browsers run slow;
  • performance of the device gets significantly affected.

Unfortunately, there are more problems with Bigsrch.xyz browser hijacker. This program, as any other PUP, can have permissions to perform various tasks and violate your privacy by tracking data related to online browsing preferences. Experts[3] always talk that ad-tracking is more significant that users tend to think.

Bigsrch.xyz hijack
Bigsrch.xyz is the potentially unwanted program that shows redirects and injects search results with commercial content.

All the content that this hijack delivers can generate views for the publishers and access, track, collect information about the user. All those Bigsrch.xyz pop-ups, banners, in-text ads, and redirects, in most cases, make users go to shady pages, including malicious material-filled websites.

Bigsrch.xyz tracks and collects:

  • search queries;
  • browsing history;
  • IP addresses;
  • URLs of commonly visited websites;
  • details saved to fill the forms on various pages.

Stay away from Bigsrch.xyz content and avoid all the redirects since they can expose you to malicious content and lead to malware infections, unfortunately. This pseudo search engine gives nu value for your machine, so delete it as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, Bigsrch.xyz removal becomes more difficult when the program changes particular settings of the device. This intruder can change registry entries, startup preferences, and even decide when the application is going to start itself. All these alterations over time affect the performance of security tools too.

So get the professional anti-malware tool and remove Bigsrch.xyz from the machine during a full system scan. This process allows checking various places and finding all the shady programs or corrupted files. Tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner can also help to repair Windows files that get damaged by the infection.

Although Bigsrch.xyz can claim to be associated with Google, Yahoo, Bing, or another legitimate search provider, there is nothing valuable or useful about the PUP. You need to gain control of your browser back and set all the preferences back to default. For that, you can find a step-by-step guide below the article. Bigsrch.xyz virus
Bigsrch.xyz is the browser hijacker that can interfere with the performance and speed of your machine.

Browser hijackers inject computer through installations of add-ons and apps

During the installation processes of freeware, extensions, and all the other programs, you can get additional apps without receiving alerts or permission requirements. Dubious software gets on the system automatically when you skip through steps and go for recommended options.

Choosing Advanced or Custom installations gives you the advantage because during the process while using this installation method, you can see all included programs and decide which ones you want to add on the computer. This should be a habit for all internet users. Also, relying on official sources, legitimate software providers should be a default action.

Eliminate Bigsrch.xyz PUP and other programs that interfere with your browsing and diminish time online 

Bigsrch.xyz virus is the program that installs other programs and in-browser content or system tools to have more control of the infected device. Unfortunately, eliminating those changes on the browser is not enough, and you need to clean the system fully to end intrusive pop-ups and save the machine from damage.

You can try to remove Bigsrch.xyz manually, but we don't recommend relying on this method because it takes time and since you need to find all associated files and programs it may not give the best results, in the first place. However, you can find a guide below that shows how to manually set your web browsing tools to default, so all the intruders get terminated.

The best method for any potentially unwanted program and for this hijacker is malware termination with antivirus tools. Get a proper anti-malware program for automatic Bigsrch.xyz removal and perform a system check. During the process, you can see all the possible threats and delete them from the computer entirely.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner . SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Bigsrch.xyz, follow these steps:

Get rid of Bigsrch.xyz from Windows systems

Rely on this guide and clean the machine from any PUPs

  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 Bigsrch.xyz and related programs
    Here, look for Bigsrch.xyz 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 Bigsrch.xyz 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

Remove Bigsrch.xyz 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 Bigsrch.xyz 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'

Uninstall Bigsrch.xyz 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 Bigsrch.xyz 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 Bigsrch.xyz removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Bigsrch.xyz 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, Bigsrch.xyz should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Bigsrch.xyz from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You should get rid of Bigsrch.xyz that creates frustration on your device and make sure to reset the Firefox

  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 Bigsrch.xyz 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 Bigsrch.xyz removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Bigsrch.xyz from Google Chrome

Make sure that your browser has nothing associated with Bigsrch.xyz

  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 Bigsrch.xyz 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 Bigsrch.xyz removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Bigsrch.xyz 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 Bigsrch.xyz 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 Bigsrch.xyz, 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 Bigsrch.xyz removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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