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Remove ExcellentSearch.org virus (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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What are reasons to stop using ExcellentSearch.org?

ExcellentSearch.org virus may not be the most dangerous of cyber infections out there, but the experts do not rule it out as completely harmless either. Excellent Search is somewhere in between a cyber infection and an intrusive application which earns it a status of a potentially unwanted program [1]. Unfortunately, the malicious aspect of it is much more prevalent. This parasite makes its way onto the computers by deception, this way violating the users’ right to choose what content they allow to be installed on their personal devices. ExcellentSearch malware has been put to the category of browser hijackers [2] and not without reason. Once it settles on the computer, the virus turns its full attention to the Web browsers, take over the control of their settings and change the default domain address to ExcellentSearch.org. We have some bad news for those of you who think that rolling back these changes will be easy. The malware will put a bunch of obstacles in your path to make this almost impossible to achieve. It may install the so-called helper objects [3], modify Windows registry [4], etc., this way ensuring that the shady search engine stays put. Despite from what it may seem, ExcellentSearch.org removal is actually not that difficult. You simply have to make use of the specialized tools, such as ReimageIntego anti-malware to scan your computers. This way, the virus will be eliminated automatically, without interfering with your regular activities.

Screenshot of the ExcellentSearch.org hijacker virus

As you may have already realized, ExcellentSearch.org hijack computers for a reason. And the reason is simple. The program creators aim to raise some money, and the modifiable search engine helps them do that. Instead of presenting the regular search results this site displays affiliate links [5] which, when clicked, generate advertising revenue. By altering the headlines of these links, the hijacker creators can even make ExcellentSearch.org redirect users to the sponsored web pages by deception. What is interesting about this site is that it goes blank when some ad-blocking program runs on the device. This only illustrates the scale of advertising that this website involves. Thus, you should follow experts advice and remove ExcellentSearch.org from your PC.

How did the hijack occur?

ExcellentSearch.org hijacker is usually promoted online as a handy tool which helps with online shopping. Luckily, most users have already learned the lesson of the dangers that may hide behind such applications and voluntarily download them less frequently than before. Thus, the developers of potentially unwanted programs learn deceptive techniques of tricking users into unknowingly downloading and installing ExcellentSearch.org on their computer along with other software. Thus, when you decide to install some new application on your PC, be sure to check it thoroughly and determine whether your desired application is not bundled with some potentially unwanted ones.

ExcellentSearch.org removal tactics:

When planning the ExcellentSearch.org virus elimination, it is recommended to evaluate your options, since the virus removal can be carried out either manually or automatically. If you decide to opt for the first option, make sure you use the proper instructions to guide you through the process. ExcellentSearch.org removal instructions prepared by our experts are provided below. However, we understand that for some users, manual virus removal may be too much of a challenge. Thus, we should remind you that you can always trust professional antivirus software to remove ExcellentSearch.org.

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To remove ExcellentSearch.org virus, follow these steps:

Erase ExcellentSearch.org from Windows systems

  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 ExcellentSearch.org and related programs
    Here, look for ExcellentSearch.org 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 ExcellentSearch.org 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 ExcellentSearch.org from Mac OS X system

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

Remove ExcellentSearch.org virus from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall ExcellentSearch.org 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 ExcellentSearch.org virus 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 ExcellentSearch.org virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete ExcellentSearch.org virus from Microsoft Edge

If you have notices some toolbars, add-ons or other suspicious content on your browser you do not remember installing, make sure you investigate it properly and, if needed, remove it from your computer without delay.

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 ExcellentSearch.org virus-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

Remove ExcellentSearch.org 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 ExcellentSearch.org 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 ExcellentSearch.org removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate ExcellentSearch.org from Google Chrome

Check your browser for potentially dangerous add-ons, extensions and toolbars that may have been installed while ExcellentSearch.org was on your computer. Remove them immediately and reset your 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 ExcellentSearch.org 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 ExcellentSearch.org removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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  1. semano says:
    December 30th, 2016 at 8:58 am

    ExcellentSearch? haha. useless

  2. Esmera33 says:
    December 30th, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I want to thank you for the virus removal instructions! I was looking for a proper guide EVERYWHERE until I came across your site! THanks again!

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