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Remove Burst Search (Simple Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Burst Search is an extremely intrusive browser hijacker that renders Managed by your organization feature to prevent removal

Burst Search hijacker

Burst Search is a search tool that is available at the Chrome Web Store[1]. It's promoted a handy tool that is going to provide filtered search results and allow quick access to the local weather forecast. However, we strongly recommend users' comment section before installing it because there are hundreds of reports stating that the Burst Search removal is impossible. 

In fact, Burst Search is an aggressive browser hijacker, which sets itself as a start page and search provider on Google Chrome web browser. Although it does not look dangerous, this dubious search is affiliated with various third parties that seek to promote their products and services. However, they are not controlled and can display whatever content they want. That's why the immediate removal of this hijacker is recommended. 

The reason why people cannot uninstall Burst Search is related to the Managed by your organization settings. That's a legitimate Chrome policy setting used by company administrators[2] to control web browser's usage by the employees. Unfortunately, some third-party search sites are misusing this setting to create persistence and avoid easy removal. If you are stuck with the browser hijacker and cannot eliminate it because it put you into the organization, we'll try to help you to disable this feature and root out the virus from your web browser. 

Name Burst Search
Classification Browser hijacker/Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Related site burstsearch.com is the main page that this hijacker promotes
Distribution Although the extension can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store for free, most of its downloads are indirect. Typically, it gets installed bundled with freeware
Symptoms If the user accidentally installs this extension, he or she immediately notice the following symptoms:
– altered start page, search engine, and new tab URL (Burst Search and burstsearch.com promoted)
– sponsored search results provided
– commercial content injected into random websites
– the web browser randomly redirects to suspicious sites
– “Managed by your organization” notification emerges on the web browser
– the web browser's settings cannot be changed
– web browser runs slower than it used to before
Similar viruses This hijacker belongs to the group of search sites that misuse Chrome's policy settings to prevent removal. It's similar to BundloreOptimumSearchCapitaSearchMazy search, and others. 
Removal The malware can be eliminated with a professional anti-malware tool. However, web browser requires additional maintenance, so it's best to run a scan with an automatic anti-malware and then reset default Chrome's settings (we'll provide a removal guide below)
Fix Malware like browser hijackers or adware leave a bunch of registry entries and other related files installed. Thus, once you remove the malware, run a scan with ReimageIntego to fix system issues that it might have caused

Browser hijackers are usually underestimated and not considered to be major security threats. However, when people install apps like Burst Search extension, it creates persistence by enabling Managed by your organization setting and prevents people from removing it both manually and automatically. 

As a consequence, users are not allowed to use another search except for Burst Search. Although from initial inspection it looks like a random search, it's basically used for advertising purposes. It's search results are pre-defined, so you will be provided with a list of links and ads redirecting to affiliate sites. Please note that third-party content is not controlled by the service provider, so visiting them is at your own risk.

In addition to potentially dangerous content, the Burst Search hijacker infringes on users' privacy. The extension forcefully lands on Chrome web browser and injects tracking cookies that are aimed at collecting the following information:

  • search queries
  • URLs of visited websites
  • IP address
  • geolocation
  • technical details of the browser, etc. 

However, the Burst Search virus can also gather some pieces of personal information, including name, email address, home address, telephone number, etc. if the user provides such information while using the service. The mentioned personal information can also be harvested when being redirected on a phishing or scam sites that contain false claims about supposed prize giveaways. 

Having this in mind, the most important thing is to remove Burst Search virus from your web browser. Otherwise, it may cause real havoc during your web browsing sessions. The unstoppable flow of ads and ongoing redirects to third-party sites prevent you from web browsing normally and poses a high risk of getting infected with malware. 

Typically, people browser hijackers can be eliminated both manually and automatically. However, the Burst Search removal is a difficult process, which is bet to perform with the help of a professional anti-malware tool. Besides, it's advisable to restore your machine to the state prior to the infection using ReimageIntego optimizer. 

Burst Search virusBurst Search distort Chrome's settings to display sponsored content and earn the money from affiliate marketing

Do not ignore the presence of search-burst.exe process

The Burst Search pretends to be a non-malicious search site. However, people should be extremely cautious about it because it may settle down on Chrome and cause many difficulties in terms of removal. 

Before this hijacker manifests its presence, it may start running a potentially dangerous process within the Task Manager. This process is usually indicated as burst-search.exe. It may use loads of CPU and slow down the web browser's performance significantly. 

Its main purpose – to inject the extension into Chrome and ensure its unrestricted performance. A professional antivirus program can recognize the malware as potentially dangerous and generate a pop-up warning saying that the virus-burst.exe has been detected. In this case, set the AV tool to remove Burst Search virus immediately. 

Managed by your organization feature must be disabled before Burst Search uninstall

Managed by your organization Managed by your organization is Chrome's feature that browser hijackers often misuse to prevent easy removal

The reviews section on Chrome Web Store below the Burst Search downloads many users' reviews[3] where they share an extremely negative experience when dealing with this search. Most of them claim:

THIS IS A VIRUS EXTENSION. IT PUT IN ME IN AN ORG' THAT IM NOT AWARE OF. PLEASE TAKE DOWN THIS EXTENSION LIKE MANY OTHER PEOPLE ARE ASKING!!!

This thing is most likely a trojan, you cannot uninstall it with the exception of a factory wipe.
You cannot uninstall this program. You cannot remove it through chrome. If you try to uninstall the extension manually or uninstall chrome completely, it just re-installs itself.

The reason why Burst Search removal cannot be performed normally is the enabled “Managed by tour organization” feature. That's the policy released with the Chrome 73 version, which helps enterprise admins to set specific web browser's settings and take control over browsing activities. If you see this notification on Chrome, but you do not belong to any organization, it means that malware got installed and initiated unwanted browser changes. 

Unfortunately, the Burst Search virus removal from Chrome won't be possible as long as the mentioned feature won't be disabled. One of the options would be to remove the virus using an anti-malware tool and then factory reset Chrome. However, if you don't want to lose all settings, you can try to eliminate the content from Chrome's folder as explained below:

  • Press Windows key + R, type regedit, and press Enter to open Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to the following locations one-by-one:

    \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google
    \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Google\Chrome
    \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Chromium
    \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome

  • Delete all entries that are marked with a number 1. 
  • Look for the file called ExtensionInstallForceList folder under the \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome directory. Delete all files labeled with a number1. 
  • The try to remove Burst Search extension from Chrome or reset its settings. 
  • Scan the machine with a repair tool ReimageIntego

Burst Search removalBurst Search removal will be possible only when the Managed by your organization feature will be disabled

Browser hijackers can get installed via freeware installation setup

Even though third-party extensions (most of them) can be found on Chrome Web Store, Google Play Store, and other legitimate sources, their primary download source is still freeware bundles. To increase users' rate, developers append extensions, and other PUPs to freeware installation setup and spread them as pre-selected items. 

Therefore, it's very important to monitor the installation of free applications. Do not rush the download by clicking the Next button repeatedly because you will inadvertently agree with the installation of the entire bundle. Instead, opt for the Advanced installation technique and monitor the process carefully. 

Look for the checkboxes that contain grayed out checkmarks or pre-selected items. Remove the ticks to reject the installation before clicking the Next button. Besides, make sure to keep your anti-virus tool activated during the freeware install as it may recognize and quarantine suspicious entries. 

Automatic and manual Burst Search removal options

Burst Search malware is not an extension that should be given a chance. It's an intrusive browser hijacker that can cause real havoc during your web searches. Besides, it poses the risk of being exposed to potentially dangerous sites via burstsearch.com servers. 

Burst Search extensionBurst Search can be downloaded from Chrome, though negative users' reviews should restrain your from doing that

To stop intrusive Burst Search redirects, you will have to disable the Managed by your organization feature in the first place. We explained how to do that above. After that, we recommend scanning the machine with a robust anti-malware tool to make sure that all unwanted programs have successfully been eliminated. 

Alternatively, you can get rid of the Burst Search virus manually. For that, you should disable the mentioned Chrome's feature, delete malware from the Apps folder, and then eliminate the unwanted extensions from Chrome. If you haven't done that before, you can use a guide that is given down below. 

Tip: experts from NoVirus.uk[4] recommend to recover your machine's performance. Overfilled registries and other system folders can eventually cause slowdowns, so we recommend using ReimageIntego regularly. 

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To remove Burst Search, follow these steps:

Remove Burst Search from Windows systems

The guide below helps users to get rid of potentially unwanted programs from Windows.

  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 Burst Search and related programs
    Here, look for Burst 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 Burst 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 '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 Burst Search from Mac OS X system

macOS can also be affected by browser hijackers. If you see burstsearch.com as a default start page, do not delay the fix of your machine.

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

Remove Burst Search from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Burst Search 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 Burst Search 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 Burst Search removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Burst Search 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 Burst Search-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 Burst 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 Burst 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 Burst Search removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Burst Search from Google Chrome

This browser hijacker has been developed to attack the Google Chrome web browser exceptionally. It alters the default settings and enabled organizational settings to prevent removal. Nevertheless, you can restore the settings this way:

  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 Burst 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 Burst Search removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Burst 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 Burst 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 Burst 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 Burst Search removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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