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Epicsearches.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Epicsearches.com is a browser hijacker which promotes Epic Chrome extension

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Epicsearches.com is a PUP that causes unwanted redirects. It travels together with the Epic Custom Chrome search extension.
Epicsearches.com (or Epic Searches) — a browser hijacker that is promoted as a Custom Chrome Search extension. However, while it seems like a great way to search the web, it cannot be compared to Google, Bing, or Yahoo which are famous for their reliable search results and safe searches. EpicSearches.com is rather a PUP[1] than a useful website. As with any other browser hijacking app, it claims to be capable of improving people's online experience by providing the best search results. However, this program comes together with the related browser extension called Epic, alters your system settings and then starts redirecting to sponsored websites. At the moment, EpicSearches.com is compatible only with Google Chrome.

Name Epicsearches.com
related to Epic Chrome extension
Type Browser hijacker, PUP
Behavior Redirects to suspicious sites and displays intrusive ads
Distribution Software bundling
Affects IE, Chrome, Firefox
Termination Install and use Reimage for Epicsearches.com removal

Typically, this intrusive program comes to your system without your permission. After it finishes making changes to your browser, you can notice the unwanted activity. Be aware that you have a cyber infection called browser hijacker, so the main issue you may run into is continuous redirects to unknown websites. While Epicsearches.com virus does not have features of a malicious program, this fake search engine is working on generating income to its developers by redirecting people to predetermined sites.

While having this virus on board, you can additionally notice an increased amount of commercial content on your favorite websites. This is the typical browser hijacker activity that makes people eager to remove Epicsearches.com. According to the Privacy policy of this app, its developers admit having relations with third-party providers. However, this relationship means that your data might be collected and used by the advertisers or third parties as well. As the Privacy Policy of this program notifies, the company can even sell the collected data:

We may rent, sell, or share aggregated information and other non-personally identifiable information with third parties for multiple reasons, including to develop and deliver search results and advertising and to conduct general business analysis.

Beware that browser hijackers, including Epicsearches.com, can access various information, including PC's IP address, location, mostly used search phrases, clicked results, and other user's preferences. This is often collected to create personalized ads and trick users into clicking them. However, repetitive clicks on ads that belong to this PUP might attract malware, so make sure you stay away from them. 

To eliminate this danger, Epicsearches.com removal is needed. It will also prevent tracking of your searches and the appearance of similar hijackers in the future. To make sure that the virus is fully eliminated, you need to scan your system with anti-malware tools like Reimage if you want to get rid of all of them.

Software providers bundling products with intrusive programs 

When downloading software from a known provider, you can be sure that you are not getting any unwanted program or tool in a bundle. It is also wise to use only premium software providers to avoid questionable apps on your device.

However, even if it is known for everybody, users are still using P2P networks[2], third-party providers and similar sources to download software. Unfortunately, this increases the risk of getting numerous infections on your system. 

According to computer researchers,[3] you should always follow precautionary measures to prevent PUPs. Always choose Custom or Advanced installation settings when downloading freeware and do not skip through steps. Custom options will let you de-select any unwanted part of the download and will keep only the needed programs. 

Terminate Epicsearches.com to get back to safe searching

To remove EpicSearches.com from Chrome, you need to employ anti-malware software to check your system for components related to your browser hijacker. The full system scan will ensure that you are eliminating all programs that are responsible for unwanted activities and computer-related issues. 

Even if you selected manual Epicsearches.com removal, note that it is not as difficult as it seems from the first sight. However, you should always be careful while browsing the web to avoid such threats in the future.

To prevent Epic Searches and similar hijackers in the future, develop a clear routine while downloading apps from the Internet to avoid unwanted software on your computer. Mostly, you have to opt for Custom/Advanced installation mode to see what is hiding inside the software you are about to download.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes 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 Epicsearches.com, follow these steps:

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Eliminate Epicsearches.com from Windows systems

Remove browser hijacker from Windows OS by following these steps:

  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 Epicsearches.com and related programs
    Here, look for Epicsearches.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 Epicsearches.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 Epicsearches.com 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 Epicsearches.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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Uninstall Epicsearches.com from Google Chrome

Terminate Epicsearches.com on your Chrome by resetting web browser:

  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 Epicsearches.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 Epicsearches.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of Epicsearches.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 Epicsearches.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 Epicsearches.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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Erase Epicsearches.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, Epicsearches.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Delete Epicsearches.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

At the moment, the virus is affecting Google Chrome only. If it happens to show up on Firefox, clean your browser by using this guide:

  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 Epicsearches.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 Epicsearches.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Epicsearches.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 Epicsearches.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 Epicsearches.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 Epicsearches.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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