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Remove Epicsearches.com (Removal Guide) - Jul 2018 update

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

Epicsearches.com redirectEpicsearches.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 Reimage Cleaner Intego 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 Reimage Cleaner Intego if you want to get rid of all of them.

Epicsearches.com virusEpicsearches.com is a site that claims to be legitimate. However, you should take into account that it can be used for tracking NPII and selling it to third parties.

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.

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To remove Epicsearches.com, follow these steps:

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.

Remove Epicsearches.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Epicsearches.com from Applications folder:

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

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

Get rid of Epicsearches.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Epicsearches.com 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, Google.com).
  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 Epicsearches.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Epicsearches.com 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 Epicsearches.com-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

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

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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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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