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Remove CryptoPriceSearch (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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CryptoPriceSearch is a questionable browser toolbar developed by the notorious Mindspark Interactive Network


CryptoPriceSearch is a potentially unwanted application, and that is usually installed together with freeware or shareware without users' permission. The app, developed by a well-known PUP developer Mindspark, is designed to work as a toolbar but it also hijacks Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, or another browser and sets startup page and the URL of the new tab, which is powered by MyWay search engine. Allegedly, the app is meant to help users to find information about cryptocurrency, but, in reality, they then have to deal with persistent ads on various sites that they visit, fake search results, and redirects to dubious domains. Unfortunately, CryptoPriceSearch authors created the hijacker just to make more money out of miserable user experience. Therefore, experts[1] advise getting rid of the program, whether it was installed intentionally or not.

Name CryptoPriceSearch
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Developer Mindspark Interactive Network
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Distribution Chrome web store, official website, ad promotions, bundled software
Symptoms Changed wen browser settings, redirects to suspicious websites, altered search results, intrusive ads, etc.
Termination Use security software or delete the app manually by using our guide below
Optimization To ensure the best results, we recommend scanning your computer with ReimageIntego

Mindspark developed a variety of other similar applications, and some antivirus engines detect their products as PUP.Optional.Mindspark and CryptoPriceSearch is no exception. While not a major computer virus and users might not pay a great deal of attention to the changes made to their browsers, they should also keep in mind that the unwanted program might result in their internet browsing manipulation.

This is achieved with the help of MyWay search engine, as each time users enter a search query, they will end up seeing sponsored links at the top of the results. This behavior is not surprising and very typical to browser hijackers like CryptoPriceSearch.

CryptoPriceSearch acts like an intermediate between Mindspark and its affiliates – it means that by installing the PUP on their device, users generate money for both parties. However, users are advised to remove CryptoPriceSearch virus if users want to protect their online privacy, as the installed app tracks and records a variety of information. CryptoPriceSearch uses tracking cookies and web beacons[2] to capture data about users' web browsing habits, installed software, and technical data of their device.

While Behavioral Advertising is nothing new and is used by many parties, be aware that the results are not objective: CryptoPriceSearch promotes only sponsored content. Therefore, it might not be necessarily the best options for you, and you might end up installing bogus software or registering for useless services.

All in all, we recommend CryptoPriceSearch removal. You can do that by installing security software or checking our manual uninstallation guide below. After that, you should scan your device with ReimageIntego, especially if you installed some other apps promoted via CryptoPriceSearch search engine.

CryptoPriceSearch browser hijackerCryptoPriceSearch is a potentially unwanted application that enters users' machines without permission and hijacks Google Chrome or another installed browser

Do not get lured by flashy promises – PUPs are nothing more than money grab for its developers

There are two different ways a potentially unwanted program could be installed on the computer: users either download and install it themselves from a variety of sites or when they download and install free applications casually.

If the former is the case, you should not trust shady search engines that alter your search results and web browser settings. Even if you are interested in cryptocurrency, you can just as easily find relevant information on search engines like or, without sponsored links and intrusive advertisements.

In another case, if you found an altered homepage out of the blue, you should check what apps you recently installed on your computer. Be aware that all third-party websites bundle apps for pay-per-install profits,[3] so you need to be attentive during the installation process. Do not rush through steps, read through the instructions, and, most importantly, pick Advanced/Custom settings. This way, you will be able to view the real list of about-to-be-installed programs and remove them from the installation list.

Terminate CryptoPriceSearch from your computer

CryptoPriceSearch removal should not be too complicated, as, in most cases, termination of the initial program can be performed via the Apps & Features (Windows)/Applications (Mac) sections or by removing the browser extension. Nevertheless, if you installed additional apps while your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another browser was hijacked, you should rather scan your device with security software.

As soon as you remove CryptoPriceSearch virus, you should reset each of the installed browsers, as the changed settings remain. You can find all the instructions below.

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To remove CryptoPriceSearch, follow these steps:

Delete CryptoPriceSearch from Windows systems

To remove CryptoPriceSearch from Windows OS, follow these instructions:

  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 CryptoPriceSearch and related programs
    Here, look for CryptoPriceSearch 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 CryptoPriceSearch 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.

Get rid of CryptoPriceSearch from Mac OS X system

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

Remove CryptoPriceSearch from Applications folder:

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

Erase CryptoPriceSearch from Internet Explorer (IE)

Reset Internet Explorer to revert the changes made by the hijacker:

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 CryptoPriceSearch 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,
  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 CryptoPriceSearch removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate CryptoPriceSearch 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 CryptoPriceSearch-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

Remove CryptoPriceSearch 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 CryptoPriceSearch 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 CryptoPriceSearch removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall CryptoPriceSearch from Google Chrome

If your Google Chrome was affected by the PUP, make sure you reset it as follows:

  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 CryptoPriceSearch 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 CryptoPriceSearch removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete CryptoPriceSearch 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 CryptoPriceSearch 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 CryptoPriceSearch, 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 CryptoPriceSearch removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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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 from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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