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Remove Boost.ur-search.com virus (Removal Guide) - Virus Removal Instructions

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Boost.ur-search.com redirect virus annoys computer users by serving sponsored search results

Boost.ur-search.com search engine

Boost.ur-search.com is a dubious search site that tends to deliver many sponsored results. Users often discover it in their browsers after installing a potentially unwanted program – browser hijacker[1]. The developer of this search site is AdaptiveBee S.A.S.U.

The browser hijacker replaces values in “On Startup” and “Default search” settings with hxxp://Boost.ur-search.com/, causing browser redirects to the described search site more than frequently.

The only reason why Boost.ur-search is being pushed to computer users is that it is capable of serving ads based on user’s browsing activities. It uses details describing user’s browsing preferences to serve sponsored search results.

As soon as the victim clicks on these, one gets redirected to third-party websites that this hijacker promotes. As a consequence, the developer of the shady search tool gets paid for attracting traffic to these sites.

The potentially unwanted program (PUP) uses tracking technologies to collect victim’s search queries, IP address, and browsing history. Keep in mind that the developer receives ALL information you enter into search engines.

So if you have entered some private details or searched for information about yourself online, it will receive it. What concerns us is that the company shares collected information with third-parties for “industry analysis, demographic profiling” and similar purposes. However, you can never really know the other purposes that the collected information might be used for.

Boost.ur-search.com virusBoost.ur-search.com virus hijacks web browser and prevents the user from changing homepage or default search. Typically, users need to remove the hijacker before changing these settings.

Easy way to keep potentially unwanted software at bay

Potentially unwanted programs (PUP) are easy to avoid. Of course, if you use an up-to-date anti-spyware program, you get maximum protection, but you can also do something to prevent these shady programs from installing themselves on your PC[2].

All that we suggest doing is being more careful during the installation of free software. There are hundreds of free programs available online today, and all of them promise all kinds of good things to computer users. Sadly, these programs are not developed for someone’s fun – they function as tools that help to attract pay-per-install revenue.

Therefore, many of these programs suggest the user to install “recommended” programs alongside them. Unfortunately, these recommended programs are not that useful; besides, they usually display myriads of ads on a daily basis. We doubt that someone wants to use or have such programs on their computers.

Luckily, you just need to deselect a couple of check boxes when installing free software in order to keep unwanted programs at bay. So make sure you choose Custom or Advanced settings for software installation and simply remove check marks next to agreements to install suspicious browser toolbars/applications or permissions to change your browser settings.

According to research, this hijacker mostly affects Italian computer users, so if you're one of them, check out SenzaVirus.it site[3].

Remove Boost.ur-search from your browsers

A quick way to remove Boost.ur-search.com virus is to check what programs you installed recently and also delete browser extensions associated with them. You can find an in-depth explanation on how to do it right below the article.

Experts from 2-Spyware team prepared a tutorial with screenshots that will guide you through the Boost.ur-search.com removal procedure. If you have any questions or tips how this tutorial could be improved – send your thoughts to your team or leave a comment below.

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To remove Boost.ur-search.com virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Boost.ur-search.com from Windows systems

Start the Boost.ur-search.com removal by uninstalling all suspicious-looking programs from your PC. Then, fix compromised browser shortcuts.

  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 Boost.ur-search.com and related programs
    Here, look for Boost.ur-search.com 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 Boost.ur-search.com 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.

Erase Boost.ur-search.com from Mac OS X system

Check Applications folder in your Mac and delete all programs that might be related to Boost.ur-search search site.

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

Remove Boost.ur-search.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Boost.ur-search.com-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 Boost.ur-search.com, 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 Boost.ur-search.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Boost.ur-search.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Boost.ur-search.com 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 Boost.ur-search.com 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 Boost.ur-search.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Boost.ur-search.com virus 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 Boost.ur-search.com-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

Delete Boost.ur-search.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Open Firefox and go to Add-ons panel to remove Boost.ur-search remains.

  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 Boost.ur-search.com 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 Boost.ur-search.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Boost.ur-search.com from Google Chrome

To remove Boost.ur-search.com virus from Chrome, get rid of all Chrome extensions that seem suspicious or simply do not provide any beneficial features. To access the Extensions panel quickly, enter chrome://extensions in browser's URL bar.

  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 Boost.ur-search.com 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 Boost.ur-search.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Boost.ur-search.com 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 Boost.ur-search.com 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 Boost.ur-search.com, 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 Boost.ur-search.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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