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Remove EZSearch virus (Simple Removal Guide)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

How annoying is EZSearch virus?

EZSearch virus belongs to an adware group. Potentially unwanted programs (PUP)[1] that belong to this category are known for delivering an excessive amount of commercial content in the form of pop-ups, banners, in-text ads, etc. EZSearch adware uses a virtual layer that allows placing third-party advertisements on any website. For this reason, you might notice ads put on strange parts of the site, or some advertisements might cover relevant content. Some ads are so annoying that close (X) button is inactive and after clicking it, they are redirected to the suspicious domain. Indeed, the main problems and concerns about these ads are related to EZSearch redirect issues. Adware delivers misleading ads that offer online shopping deals, install particular programs or update them; however, after clicking on them, users might end up on an absolutely irrelevant third-party domain. Some of these websites might be infected and created for spreading malware, so after the visit you might accidentally let Trojan horse[2] inside your computer. However, if you found yourself on the suspicious Internet site, you should leave it immediately.

Questions about EZSearch virus

EZSearch virus might spy on computer users. It might be interested in what websites you have recently visited, how much time you spent on particular pages, what information have you looked for online. All this information allows creating personalized ads. However, the adware might be interested in other information such as your computer’s location, IP address, your email address, etc. Usually, all aggregated information is used for online marketing purposes[3]; however, the developers of the adware might want to sell this data to the third-parties. No one knows how these shady people are going to use information about you. Therefore, it’s better to remove EZSearch than wait for identity theft or money loss from your bank account. Of course, it’s the worst scenario that rarely happens but you should be prepared for the serious consequences. So, if you care about your online privacy, scan computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and initiate automatic EZSearch removal right now.

Example of EZSearch virus

How does adware manage to get inside the computer?

Adware programs have an annoying feature to get inside computers unnoticed. It happens for two reasons: the developers spread their app bundled[4] with freeware or shareware, and computer users often rush software installation process and do not notice additional programs added to the software package. The majority of people install programs using “Quick” or “Recommended” setup which is often suggested and pre-selected for them. The biggest problem with these settings is that they do not disclose about optional applications and install them by default. Therefore, EZSearch hijack probably has occurred when you recently installed a particular program using recommended settings. Next time you should be more careful. For software installation always choose “Advanced” or “Custom” setup. Carefully follow each installation step and look for optional applications. When you encounter the list of suggested programs, reject their installation by deselecting them.

Quick and simple EZSearch removal

Intrusive EZSearch ads diminish browsing experience a lot by covering necessary content and turning random text into hyperlinks. And all those pop-ups flying all around the screen! Fortunately, you don’t have to tolerate them; you can simply remove EZSearch virus from the computer. If you can’t wait when ads are gone, you should opt for the quickest elimination way – automatic adware removal. Employ a reliable anti-malware/anti-spyware program and run a full system scan. Your preferred software clean your computer and stop the chaos created by the adware. However, if you prefer, you can use additional EZSearch removal method – manual adware elimination. This technique requires more time and attentiveness; however, our team has prepared a step-by-step guide, so feel free to use it.

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To remove EZSearch virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of EZSearch from Windows systems

If you want to get rid of EZSearch ads, you have to find and eliminate adware as well as all its related components. Don’t forget to clean web browsers too!

  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 EZSearch and related programs
    Here, look for EZSearch 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'

Uninstall EZSearch 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 EZSearch 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'

Remove EZSearch from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow these steps and get rid of suspicious add-ons that might be related to EZSearch.

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

Eliminate EZSearch virus from Microsoft Edge

Adware might have installed various extensions to the Microsoft Edge without your knowledge, so you should remove all questionable entries as shown below.

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, EZSearch should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete EZSearch from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Check the list of extensions. Do you see something suspicious? If you find unknown extensions install on your Firefox, you should know that EZSearch virus did this. Therefore, you have to uninstall all suspicious entries.

  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 EZSearch 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete EZSearch removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase EZSearch from Google Chrome

If you see some strange extensions and you do not remember installing them, you should blame EZSearch adware for doing this and remove them as shown below.

  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 EZSearch 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete EZSearch removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of EZSearch 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 EZSearch or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 EZSearch removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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