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Remove Gensearch.co (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Gensearch.co is a program that diminishes your web browsing experience

Gensearch.co virus

Gensearch.co is a browser hijacker[1] that displays ads instead of improving search results, as it initially promises. Program developers promote this it as a legitimate search engine that helps users find what they are looking for faster. But the truth is that it is a potentially unwanted program that has no positives when it comes to the browsing experience. This browser hijacker modifies settings of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and sets hxxp://gensearch.co as a homepage and the new tab address. Additionally, this dubious application may lead users to sponsors' or potentially dangerous websites.

Name Gensearch.co
Type Browser hijacker, PUP
Affected browsers Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox
Main dangers Can potentially lead to malware; collected information might be shared with third parties
Symptoms Changed browser, new tab settings, redirects, an increased amount of pop-up ads
Distribution Software bundling
Elimination Use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for virus removal

Potentially unwanted programs are similar because most of them infiltrate the computer without your consent. However, unsuspecting people might get tricked into downloading these programs themselves. If you got conned into downloading a browser hijacker, do not wait and immediately remove Gen Search. We explain how in the last paragraph – so keep reading.

Gensearch.co hijack firstly focuses on browser settings modification. Soon after that, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • you can't set your preferred homepage;
  • new tab directs to Gensearch.co by default;
  • unknown bookmarks, extensions or toolbars added to your browser;
  • search queries are automatically redirected to http://gensearch.co/search/?q=;
  • search results are altered and lead to affiliated websites;
  • increased amount of advertisements;
  • most ads that pop-up on legitimate sites include “Powered by Gen Search,” “Ads by Gen Search,” or similar written in the corner of the window;
  • browser operation becomes sluggish.

Although initially not malicious, a browser hijacker could potentially lead you suspicious or even dangerous sites. Besides porn and gambling ads, you may be redirected to hacked or malicious websites, where malware (such as a keylogger, crypto-miner, or even ransomware) can be injected into your computer. Therefore, close down all suspicious tabs, or even the browser itself immediately. Because of such deceptive behavior, some users tend to call this program Gensearch.co virus.

Additionally, in Privacy Policy located on the official website of the hijacker, we found information about data tracking. The collected information does not identify you as an individual (i.e., anonymous information). However, if you decide to provide any personal data, it may be stored on company's server, as it is clear from this statement:

Gen Search does not collect any personal information about you (such as your name or email address) except when you specifically and knowingly provide that information. We do keep a record of the IP addresses from which users access our site. 

Avirus.hu[2] team notes that this information later can be used by advertisers. This makes advertisements more attractive when based on your preferences. You should remove Gensearch.co immediately, and the quickest way to do that is by employing Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or other security software. Alternatively, you can get rid of the PUP by following our manual instructions below. Gensearch.co fake search engineGensearch.co is a a PUP that displays useless search results

PUP developers employ bundling technique to spread their software

Bundling is a widely used technique in product marketing world, but PUP developers also take advantage of this method. People tend to rush the installation processes and skip important steps or rely on p2p networks[3] for downloading software. This behavior can lead to the installation of additional pieces when installing free software from the internet. 

Freeware and PUP developers often collaborate, as both of parties gain the benefit – unwanted program authors get a chance to increase the popularity of their product, and free software creators get paid for every install made by the user. However, the user is a victim here. If you are not paying attention and choose Recommended or Quick settings you might end up with browser hijackers and other useless software.

The only way to see a complete list of the programs included in the installer is by selecting Advanced/Custom installation settings. Remember, when it comes to internet safety –  knowledge and caution is the key.

Gensearch.co elimination procedure

To permanently remove Gen Search from your browser you should rely on anti-malware software that is trustworthy. Security tools are programs that are capable of detecting deceptive programs and eliminating them in just a few minutes. Remember, the PUP might have installed other components without your knowledge, so as a precaution we recommend performing a full system scan regardless.

Gensearch.co removal might be difficult and time-consuming if your computer skills are not the best. However, if you are familiar with computers and their operation, you can use our step-by-step guide below. Make sure you dot rush these steps, as incorrect removal might result in the re-installation of the Gen Search virus.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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 Gensearch.co, follow these steps:

Erase Gensearch.co from Windows systems

Eliminate Gensearch.co from Windows OS and search online safely again:

  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 Gensearch.co and related programs
    Here, look for Gensearch.co 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 Gensearch.co 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 Gensearch.co from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Gensearch.co from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Gensearch.co from Internet Explorer (IE)

Clean your browser from possible threats:

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 Gensearch.co 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 Gensearch.co removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Gensearch.co 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 Gensearch.co-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

Uninstall Gensearch.co from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Browser hijacker elimination needs to be finallized by refreshing Firefox 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 Gensearch.co 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 Gensearch.co removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Gensearch.co from Google Chrome

  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 Gensearch.co 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 Gensearch.co removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Gensearch.co 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 Gensearch.co 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 Gensearch.co, 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 Gensearch.co 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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.

 

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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