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Remove ESearch (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

ESearch is the browser hijacker that redirects users and causes more symptoms once it gets stealthily installed without permission

ESearch 

ESearch the browser extension is the PUP that appears out of nowhere and affects the general performance of the computer as well as the speed of your browser. It can be promoted on various free download sites, advertisements and spread via other similar browser hijackers. This plug-in can even get installed without your permission or knowledge by a fake search engine or adware-type program.

Although it mainly comes to Google Chrome, this intruder can affect other web browsers and infect the system regardless of the OS.[1] Users reported that ESearch browser extension appears in various redirects caused adware-type intruders and gets directly promoted when they use questionable search engines or rogue tools. This is common because many potentially unwanted programs get developed by the same creators and promoted with the help of those related applications.

Name ESearch
Type Browser extension
Category  Potentially unwanted program
Symptoms  Intrudes online browsing sessions, shows commercial content, makes the browser running slow
Distribution Fake system alerts, other PUPs, software bundling, commercial content, deceptive methods
Danger Can access various data about users and share with related advertisers or PUP developers
Removal tips Get anti-malware tool or a program like Reimage and remove ESearch

ESearch is the extension for Google Chrome that claims to be the search tool which improves the browsing experience and provides relevant search results since it bases those on your IP address and geo-location. Unfortunately, this is not a useful feature because this information, apparently gets tracked alongside other details about your device and browsing preferences.[2]

The main focus of potentially unwanted program like ESearch virus is creating redirects to ad-supported pages which are, in most cases, run by sponsors or developers. This is why your attempt to find something online by searching via an in-browser search engine, comes filled with advertising content and redirects to such pages.

ESearch promises to enhance browsing but instead, the program shows irrelevant information and aims to promote third-party websites. All those pop-ups that fill up the screen keep the user from accessing wanted content and exiting malicious pages.

ESearch uninstallation also seems not to be the issue for all those redirects and other intrusive behavior because PUPs come pre-packed with freeware and often alongside other programs, not alone. Manually uninstalling the extension, you can end the particular behavior on the browser that this add-on cause, but other redirect and promotional content keeps coming to the screen. 

At the time of writing, the questionable program became no longer available on the Web Store or more common distribution sites, but you can encounter promotional content that pushes this ESearch virus as useful or even notice the add-on installed behind your back.

ESearch virus
ESearch is the potentially unwanted program that can come from legitimate-looking sources but cause issues with the security of your machine.

Push notification or redirect viruses can lead to infiltration of ESearch browser extension. Some of them already are known for delivering users to pages with installation suggestions or directly launching the download from one click on the redirect or pop-up window.

Make sure to remove ESearch as soon as possible, even if you installed the program on purpose. But the most important part is to eliminate the program alongside other possibly related applications and clean the machine fully to avoid repetition of this infection.

Try to uninstall ESearch by going to your browser and finding extension settings. Then delete this or any other shady plugins and add-ons from your browser. You should do so with all your web browser and reset them to default, so all the changes get reversed.

In addition to such ESearch removal, we recommend cleaning the system thoroughly with professional tools designed to fight PUPs and other cyber threats –  antivirus programs. You need to install the program and run a system check on the device. This way, you can see all the issues indicated and malware that this program detected. Try Reimage for this and clear the machine.

ESearch hijakcer
ESearch is the browser hijacker coming to the system as a supposedly effective and useful utility.

Shady websites deliver other PUPs and in-browser content

Browsing online can become especially risky activity if you don't pay enough attention to the website that you often encounter or visit on purpose. It is common to get redirects to commercial sites, but you need to note the experts[3] always say how important it is to avoid downloading anything from those pages and clicking on the page in general.

You can trigger an automatic download of tools, programs, or in-browser content like applications and extensions. Unfortunately, there is no need to ask for your permission, and the process runs without your knowledge. Another similar process that gets launched without your notice is infiltration of such PUP during insecure freeware downloads using bundled software.

Fortunately, there is a method that helps with PUP infiltration avoidance and other cyber infections. You should pay attention to processes happening on the machine, but the best tip we can give you is choosing the source of your programs or updates wisely. Also, official providers and Advanced or Custom options during the installation ensure that nothing gets installed without your permission.

Get rid of ESearch virus by cleaning the computer thoroughly with the professional anti-malware tool

Dealing with more common types of browser hijackers or adware-type PUPs can seem easier because it seems difficult to remove ESearch and get rid of the related activities or even installed files and programs completely. This is more time-consuming for the primary reason that browser extension is not the only intruder that runs on the machine and affects performance and speed.

ESearch virus is not only the Chrome plug-in, but it is the application related to a browser hijacker, silent intruder affecting the performance from the inside of your machine. Also, various symptoms may be caused by different types of cyber threats, so to end all this intrusive behavior, you need a full system cleaning.

The best method for automatic ESearch removal and technique helping to improve the general performance of the infected machine, involves reliable anti-malware tools that can check the device fully and indicate threats, corrupted or useless files and delete them.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove ESearch, follow these steps:

Remove ESearch from Windows systems

You should remove ESearch completely from the system alongside all associated files

  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 ESearch and related programs
    Here, look for ESearch 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 ESearch 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 ESearch 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 ESearch 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'

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

Eliminate ESearch 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, ESearch should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Erase ESearch from Google Chrome

ESearch gets installed without your permission, so search for useless or harmful extensions

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

Remove ESearch 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 ESearch 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 ESearch, 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 ESearch removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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