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Cse.google.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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

Cse.google.com is a legitimate search engine which might be abused by the developers of browser hijackers

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Cse.google.com is a legitimate search engine which is often exploited by cybercriminals to gain advertising revenue.

Cse.google.com is an entirely legitimate search engine which may be often abused by the developers of various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)[1], including browser hijackers. If your computer is infected, you will continuously encounter redirects to Cse.google.com site and Google Custom Search. The main Cse.google.com problem is that it is exploited to gain advertising revenue by the creators of less than reliable programs. 

Name Cse.google.com
Type Browser hijacker
Sub-type Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Danger level Medium. Does not perform system changes
Distribution You can get infected if you install suspicious third-party apps
Symptoms Once installed, it changes homepage, new tab URL and default search engine to Cse.google.com
Removal You can get rid of Cse.google.com browser hijacker with a reliable security software. Try scanning your PC with Reimage afterward to fix the damage

Usually, so-called Cse.google.com virus sneaks into the system bundled together with third-party applications, such as PDF converters or unreliable system optimization tools. Once installed, it initiates changes in the most popular browsers, including Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and others. 

People might notice the following changes after Cse.google.com browser hijacker is installed:

  • New tab URL is assigned to Cse.google.com;
  • The homepage is changed to Cse.google.com website;
  • Default search engine appears to be Cse.google.com search.

Even though users might not find it significant, Cse.google.com is not safe. In other terms, it might violate your privacy as it can collect various information about its users. According to the researchers, it gathers non-personally identifiable information, such as IP address, ISP[2], browser history, etc. 

The collected data is used to initiate Cse.google.com redirect activities to affiliate sites. Note that not all websites are safe. Thus, you can be redirected to potentially dangerous sites, phishing websites or fake surveys by this potentially unwanted program. 

If you value your privacy and want to ensure safe browsing, you should remove Cse.google.com from Chrome and other browsers immediately after infiltration. You can do that either manually by following instructions at the end of this article or automatically with a professional antivirus. 

After Cse.google.com removal, experts warn that you should also reset all the affected browsers. Instructions showing how to complete this step are also appended below. Additionally, it is wise to run a full system scan with Reimage to fix the damage that might have occurred due to potentially unwanted programs. 

Third-party apps are bundled with browser hijackers to help them spread stealthily

Most people are not aware of how browser hijackers spread. Thus, they end up installing potentially unwanted programs unconsciously. The most popular distribution way is known as bundling — PUPs are packed together with various free applications and offered online as one. 

This way, if people choose Quick/Recommended installation mode, they are not disclosed with the information about additional components that are installed together with the original software. Therefore, it is crucial that you pick Advanced/Custom settings when installing third-party programs. 

Then, attentively follow each step of the installation procedure, read Privacy Policy, EULA, and Terms of Use as well. If you notice any pre-selected checkmarks, de-select them to reject the installation of potentially unwanted programs. Experts[3] say they might appear in the form of “I agree to install XXX,” “I agree to change my homepage to XXX,” and etc.

Ways to remove Cse.google.com from Chrome and other browsers

The easiest way to remove Cse.google.com from your computer is to download and install a reliable antivirus program. These applications are designed to locate and eliminate all components related to browser hijackers and make sure that your system is protected. 

For Cse.google.com removal we advise using one of the security tools presented below as they are easy-to-use and highly effective. However, you can uninstall Cse.google.com manually as well — follow the instructions provided at the end of this article. Although, don't forget to reset all of the affected browsers after both, manual and automatic PUP elimination.

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To remove Cse.google.com, follow these steps:

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Eliminate Cse.google.com from Windows systems

Delete all suspicious programs from your Windows OS which have been recently installed.

  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 Cse.google.com and related programs
    Here, look for Cse.google.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 Cse.google.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.

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Remove Cse.google.com from Mac OS X system

You should clean your Mac from unknown applications that have been installed recently.

  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 Cse.google.com 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'
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Get rid of Cse.google.com 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 Cse.google.com 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 Cse.google.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Uninstall Cse.google.com 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, Cse.google.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Erase Cse.google.com 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 Cse.google.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 Cse.google.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Cse.google.com from Google Chrome

Uninstall extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons that raise suspicions. Later, reset Chrome as shown below.

  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 Cse.google.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 Cse.google.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate Cse.google.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 Cse.google.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 Cse.google.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 Cse.google.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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