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Remove virus (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge) - Easy Removal Guide

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What dangers does virus hide? virus is a suspicious search engine that might appear on your browser as soon as you install some free program incorrectly. This application spreads in the software bundles and tends to hijack inattentive computer users’ browsers. After the hijack, it might alter browser’s settings and make default homepage and search engine. This app might also replace new tab URL address and install third-party extensions, plugins or toolbars to the browser. Thus, it takes full control over the attacked browser and prevents users from making customizations. If you decide to replace this domain with other address, the browser hijacker rejects these changes. As a result, when you restart your computer and launch your browser, you will see this suspicious website again. The trick is that this PUP might be capable of installing browser helper objects and appending arguments to various shortcuts. This helps to stay on the computer longer until users find the solution to get rid of it. Fortunately, the solution is quite simple. All you need to do is to scan the computer with the anti-spyware or anti-malware program. Automatic removal assures that all hijacker-related elements are eliminated from the system entirely. virus
Guru Of Search is a suspicious search engine that travels in the software bundles and might hijack all popular web browsers. Using it is not recommended.

Questions about virus

The main page of the search engine offers quick access to the popular social media, shopping and email websites. Thus, it the only one reliable function of it. virus is suspected to alter search results and include sponsored links. Using their own search algorithm, developers can manipulate search results and trick users into surfing through third-party websites that might be irrelevant or even malicious. [1] No one can assure that all links provided on the results page are safe to open. Thus, you might be the target of scammers [2] or hackers [3] due to these redirect issues. What is more, the Privacy Policy [4] also reveals another unpleasant feature of this search tool. Nevertheless, it does not collect personal information; it collects non-personally identifiable information and shares some aggregated details with third-parties. [5] Mostly this information includes demographic and browsing-related information. However, if you do not want to see your browser crashing because of an excessive amount of advertisements, you should remove without delay.

Who is responsible for bringing this search engine to the computer?

The simple answer to this question is – you. It might be shocking for the hijacked browsers’ owners, but they are the ones who let hijacker to cause this chaos. Potentially unwanted programs are not capable of infiltrating computers themselves. They need help and assistance of other software. Thus, various free programs that you can download from P2P networks, file-sharing websites or torrents offer this help. All potentially unwanted applications might be attached to the software package and offered to download as optional components. If you choose “wrong” installation settings, you might encounter hijack. These “wrong” settings are known as Recommended, Quick or Standard. They do not disclose about optional apps and install them by default. As a result, you might see changed browser’s start page or search engine. To avoid these unwanted changes, you need to install new programs using Custom or Advanced settings. This setup reveals all third-party apps and allows rejecting their installation. However, you should not rush clicking “Next” button because you might overlook these entries and accidentally make Guru Of Search your default search tool.

How can I delete virus quickly?

The majority of computer users want a quick solution to remove a potentially unwanted program from the device. Thus, we recommend performing automatic removal that requires scanning the computer with the anti-spyware program. Just install your preferred software, update it and run a full system scan. After a couple of minutes, you will be able to browser the Internet normally and customize your browser. Additionally, you can remove manually. Though, this method requires putting more effort and time. Hopefully, our prepared instructions will simplify this task.

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To remove virus, follow these steps:

Erase from Windows systems

The step-by-step guide below will help you to get rid of the annoying virus entirely. In the Control Panel look for the Program list. Sort it by date and look for the suspicious entries that have been recently installed on your PC. Uninstall them all.

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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.

Eliminate from Mac OS X system

The hijack is not expected to occur on Mac OS X. Though, sometimes potentially unwanted programs manage to do so. Thus, you need to get rid of all virus components by following our prepared instructions.

  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 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'

Uninstall from Internet Explorer (IE)

Getting infected with virus means that you need to reset Internet Explorer in order to browse the Web normally again. The instructions below will show you how to do it.

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

Delete virus from Microsoft Edge

After hijack, you should reset Microsoft Edge. Follow the steps 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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

In order to get rid of Guru Of Search, you should check the list of browser extensions on Mozilla Firefox. Uninstall all questionable entries and reset browser’s settings. It helps to eliminate the virus entirely.

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

Remove from Google Chrome

Open the list of Google Chrome’s extensions and sort it by date. Do you see unknown entries you don’t remember installing? Uninstall them all. Then, reset your browser in order to delete Guru Of Search from the 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 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 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase from Safari

Follow the steps below to fix Safari after the hijack.

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

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  1. Kaley says:
    March 24th, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Guru of search 😀 what a name for a browser hijacker…

  2. Silas says:
    March 24th, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I removed this suspicious search engine without any problems. Next time Ill be more careful with software downloads. I promise!

  3. Margaret says:
    March 24th, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Why do they create these tools? No one is using them!

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