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Remove DaleSearch (Removal Instructions) - updated Jul 2019

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as DaleSearch Toolbar | Type: Browser Hijackers

DaleSearch – a browser hijacker which claims to provide “the ultimate online search experience”

DaleSearch browser hijacker

DaleSearch, created and developed by Babylon Ltd., is categorized as a browser hijacker[1] even though it claims to add beneficial features to your web browser. This application has a really nice promotion on its official website that advertises this tool's advantages for easier and faster browsing activities. However, DaleSearch toolbar NEEDS an attractive-looking promotion if developers want it to end on the biggest number of computers possible. Mostly, these types of apps have more cons than pros as you often end up with redirecting, advertising, search alterings, and browsing data tracking activities.

Name DaleSearch
Type Browser hijacker
Sub-type Potentially unwanted program
Engine dalesearch.com
Developer Babylon Ltd.
Delivery Software bundles
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DaleSearch also might offer some “popular software packages”. Be careful here as the browser hijacker might try to push some rogue security software to you that is completely hopeless. If you have this PUP on your computer, be aware that your default search engine will be set to a new one: dalesearch.com. This altering will supposedly also reach your homepage and address bar.

Continuously, the browser hijacker has gained the name of DaleSearch virus because of all unwanted activities it carries out. One of them is redirecting to unknown sources. If you read the Terms of Use of this program, you will see that the program developers deny any type of responsibility that is linked to hyperlinks that might be provided in their services:

Links and Search Results The Toolbar and/or Search Software may provide, or third parties may provide, search results or other links to other World Wide Web sites or resources or software. Because we have no control over such sites and resources and software, you acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources or software, and do not endorse and are not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources or software.

Furthermore, the browser hijacker might deliver inaccurate search results that can confuse the users of this app. Regarding the questionable content of search requests, you should no use this tool on your browser. If you find it on any type of your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Explorer), you need to remove DaleSearch with the help of automatical software such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner or by following manual guidelines.

DaleSearch virus
DaleSearch - a browser-hijacking application that sets the main search engine to dalesearch.com

DaleSearch removal also needs to be carried out because the program can start dropping annoying advertisements and notifications on your computer. Sometimes, PUPs might lure you into scams or try to swindle your money/personal information through various surveys. Even though this does not happen very often, we suggest you still do not take any risks and get rid of the cyber threat from your system and browsers.

Besides all of the activities that we have mentioned before, DaleSearch might be also capable of tracking your browsing sessions and collecting all information regarding these activities. Developers can end up with data about your commonly visited paged, bookmarks that you have saved, hyperlinks entered, the type of your web browser, IP address, and even your geographic location.[2]

The reason why DaleSearch might be collecting information about you is to know what are your current likings and offer searches. This way the developers will be able to generate attractive-looking advertisements and place them as the exact same offers that the user was searching for. Do not get tricked as usually, suggestions that come from such apps appear to be fake or full of insecurities and possible risks.

Delivery principles of browser-hijacking apps

Experts from NoVirus.uk[3] claim that the main distribution source of browser hijackers is “bundled software”. Original programs are often delivered through secondary sources which allow various developers to manipulate the security requirements. Regarding that they are quite low, hackers manage to inject additional products such as browser hijackers to the software package and they successfully get delivered to the targeted machine.

DaleSearch potentially unwanted program
DaleSearch - a PUP that can be delivered through software bundles

The best way to avoid secret downloads and installation is to search for software on original websites only. Besides, another suggestion would be to use the Custom/Advanced mode for performing downloading processes. Note that all “Quick” and “Recommended” settings allow additional software to slip through system security and remain on the system untracked. Furthermore, use antivirus products for automatical protection during browsing sessions and not only.

Removal instructions for DaleSearch browser hijacker

Browser hijackers usually do not appear on the targeted browser completely on their own. Most of the time, these threats bring some questionable extensions or plug-ins and insert them in browser settings directly. If this is also your case, you need to remove DaleSearch and all the additional content that it has brought to your browser for full optimization and termination.

We suggest the DaleSearch removal be done automatically as this technique ensures safer and more effective termination of the PUP (potentially unwanted program). You should use a reliable anti-malware program for scanning the entire system and looking for infection sources. Once they are found, continue with the removal process automatically. Of course, do not forget to refresh your web browsers too!

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To remove DaleSearch, follow these steps:

Erase DaleSearch from Windows systems

You can wipe the entire Windows computer system from questionable content with the help of these guidelines:

  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 DaleSearch and related programs
    Here, look for DaleSearch 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 DaleSearch 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.

Get rid of DaleSearch 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 DaleSearch 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'

Eliminate DaleSearch 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 DaleSearch 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 DaleSearch removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall DaleSearch 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, DaleSearch should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove DaleSearch from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If a browser hijacker has made some alterings on your Mozilla Firefox web browser, you can decline these changes by performing the below-given instructions:

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

Delete DaleSearch from Google Chrome

Manage all problems in Google Chrome. Reverse unpleasant changes and terminate suspicious extensions by completing the following steps:

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

Erase DaleSearch 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 DaleSearch 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 DaleSearch, 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 DaleSearch removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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