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Remove Feed.combo-search.com (Removal Guide) - Free Guide

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Combo Search – extension that should not be added to Google Chrome and other web browsers

Combo search search engine

Combo-search is a browser add-on which claims to help users switch their default search engine easily. Is this a great feature? You are the one to decide. However, according to 2-spyware security experts, you should not waste your time with Combo Search virus which has already been added to “browser hijacker”[1] and “adware”[2] categories.

The main reason why you need to stay away from Combo Search is that it changes your browser’s settings and starts causing redirects to various destinations. First of all, you can be redirected to hxxp://feed.combo-search.com/?st=ds&q=searchquery&publisher=combosearch. Then, you should see results provided by the search engine that you normally use.

Such potentially unwanted activity[3] can be noticed each time you start your browsing sessions. However, it should also warn you that ComboSearch tracks your searches and gathers information related to your search queries. Such information is typically used for market analysis or targeted advertising[4]. However, you cannot be sure that it won't be sold to unreliable parties seeking to misuse it for their own needs.

What kind of information is collected by ComboSearch is described in the Privacy Policy of the app:

The Non-Personal Information which is being collected may include technical information automatically transmitted by the user's device (for example, type of browser, the type of the user's device and technical information pertaining to the user's device, language preferences, time stamps, clicks and visited pages, search logs, the operating system, utilized internet service provider and other similar information, as well as IP Address.

Sincerely, we can hardly find helpful features provided by Combo Search virus. If you like a smooth browsing on the web, you should not even bother with this browser add-on because it won't enhance your browsing experience. If you have already installed this browser hijacker on your computer (accidentally or not), we advise you to use an anti-malware software, like ReimageIntego, to remove Combo Search without wasting your time.

Keep in mind that neither Combo Search, nor Feed.combo-search.com can improve your search experience. In fact, their aim is to earn the money for their developer by redirecting you to sponsored content or showing you different ads. Such activity may lead you to the infiltration of more serious malware, so we highly suggest you to refrain yourself from using this piece of software. Make sure you take care of Combo Search removal to forget about its unwanted activity.

Feed.combo-search.com virusPicture shows the official website of Combo Search extension, which, once installed, starts causing redirects through Feed.combo-search.com.

Browser hijackers are typically installed alongside other programs

Programs like these two viruses hijack[5] computer systems without being noticed because they are distributed in a bundle with popular free programs. When installing a popular free program downloaded from the Internet, the user should intently look into details provided by its installation wizard.

Usually, such assistants suggest installing the software using Default or Standard installation settings; meanwhile, these are the options you should never opt for. By selecting them, you will provide permission to install all “recommended” programs that are bundled with your chosen software.

To drop off all of the additions, we recommend choosing Custom or Advanced software installation settings. They will provide you with a list of extra programs and give you a chance to refuse to install them. Usually, all it takes is just to deselect unwanted programs presented to you.

Feed.combo-search.com removal can be a tricky business

If you are not an experienced PC user, you may find it hard to remove Combo Search virus from your computer. If you have never installed a similar browser hijacker, you might not even know where to look for its components. To assist you in uninstalling this program, we provided a comprehensive Feed.combo-search.com removal tutorial which you can find down below.

After completing all of the steps that are given below, do not forget to scan the entire computer using spyware or malware removal software. This way, you will be assured that your computer is virus-free and is filled only with components that have to be there.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Feed.combo-search.com, follow these steps:

Uninstall Feed.combo-search.com from Windows systems

To remove Combo Search from Windows, you need to find suspicious programs related to this PUP. Sort the list of all programs, installed on your computer, according to date and uninstall the suspicious ones.

  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 Feed.combo-search.com and related programs
    Here, look for Feed.combo-search.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 Feed.combo-search.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.

Delete Feed.combo-search.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Feed.combo-search.com from Applications folder:

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

Erase Feed.combo-search.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 Feed.combo-search.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 Feed.combo-search.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Feed.combo-search.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 Feed.combo-search.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

Get rid of Feed.combo-search.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To fix Firefox, eliminate Feed.combo-search, ComboSearch and similar extensions from the browser.

  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 Feed.combo-search.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 Feed.combo-search.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Feed.combo-search.com from Google Chrome

To restore Chrome to its previous state, you need to delete Combo Search extension according to instructions we provided 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 Feed.combo-search.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 Feed.combo-search.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Feed.combo-search.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 Feed.combo-search.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 Feed.combo-search.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 Feed.combo-search.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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