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Remove Magnifier Search (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Magnifier Search is a browser-hijacking app that will track your browsing history and more

Magnifier SearchMagnifier Search is a browser hijacker with fake promises

Magnifier Search is a misleading extension that can be found on Chrome Web Store or downloaded along with other software from third-party websites. Once installed, the app changes the web browser settings immediately, although almost no visual changes would be applied to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, MS Edge, or another web browser. However, as soon as users enter a search query, they would be redirected to Bing, Google, Yahoo, or another search provider. Additionally, the results would be filled with sponsored links and ads.

In the background, the Magnifier Search virus would spy on users' web browsing activities and most probably share that information with unknown parties and partners. This is typical browser hijacker behavior – they promise a lot while providing minimal or no functionality for the end-users, meanwhile hijacking their searches, feeding them with ads, and collecting pay-per-click[1] revenue.

Name Magnifier Search 
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
Distribution Software bundle packages, deceptive ads, fake update prompts
  • Magnifier Search browser extension installed on the web browser
  • No changes to the homepage or new tab, although the search provider is changed
  • All search results are redirected to Google, Bing, Yahoo, or another provider
  • Increased number of advertisements
  • Sponsored links in search results
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs or malware, personals information disclosure to unknown parties, monetary losses
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted programs by following the manual guide below or by scanning the computer with powerful anti-malware
Optional steps Computer infections can cause significant damage to system files or disrupt normal settings. To revert these changes and remediate the OS, perform a full system scan with ReimageIntego repair software

As mentioned above, the Magnifier Search extension is misleading. Looking at its description and the pictures of it on the Chrome Web Store, it seems like the hijacker has a purpose and enriched functionality. Here's what the description claims:

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Additionally, the screenshot for the extension shows that the app is capable of blocking ads, upgrade HTTP connections, and save time by improving internet connection speed. That seems to be like a lot of benefits for just one simple app! However, the truth is that Magnifier Search possesses none of the above-mentioned qualities.

First of all, it is important to note that many users might install the app along with freeware they download from a third-party website. This distribution technique is called software bundling and is often used by potentially unwanted program developers.

As a result, many might not even know that the extension is installed on their web browsers – especially that no significant visual changes to the homepage or the new tab are made. Hence, Magnifier Search removal might not be performed by the infected users for awhile.

Instead of providing the promised functionality, the app is attempting to be sneaking and not expose its presence. Nonetheless, some searches might lead users to other search providers, and another significant change is that the search results would often be filled with sponsored links, leading to unknown websites. Magnifier Search virus developers receive financial gain each time such links are clicked.

Magnifier Search hijackMagnifier Search is a potentially unwanted program that spreads as a browser extension

If you think that a lack of beneficial functions is not the reason to remove Magnifier Search, you should consider the fact that all your browsing history is tracked as long as you have the app installed on your web browser. Therefore, each visited website is monitored and is most probably shared with other unknown parties. As a result, the presence of the extension might cause privacy issues.

In order to get rid of the Magnifier Search hijack, you need to locate and eliminate the extension that is clipped to your web browser – we explain how below. Keep in mind that if you found this app on your system unexpectedly, it might be that there are other PUPs or even malware present as well. Therefore, security experts[2] recommend scanning the device with powerful anti-malware (such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes) and then perform further checks with ReimageIntego for best results.

It is easy to avoid browser hijackers

Many users might consider browser hijackers as just a nuisance. In fact, it is partially true – these programs have little to no functionality and attempt to gain revenue by feeding users with ads and tracking their non-personally identifiable information. However, some hijackers can be more persistent and more dangerous, as they can simply compromise the security of the web browser by delivering dangerous links or prevent the removal with the help of built-in features. No matter which way you look at it, there is no reason for you to have such a potentially unwanted program installed on your device.

Therefore, you should be aware of the two main methods of how such apps spread:

  • Software bundles
  • Fake updates/deceptive ads

You should never rush the installation process of new applications – don't just press “Next” until it is done. Instead, read each of the installation steps carefully and decline all the offers on the way, read the fine print, watch out for pre-ticked checkboxes and always opt for Advanced/Custom settings if prompted.

It is also important to note that patching your software with the latest updates is important, although they should never be downloaded from download prompts (especially for Flash Player)[3] that pop-up on a random web page – these are fake updates and might result in malware infection.

Magnifier Search virusMagnifier Search can be downloaded on Chrome Web Store but can also be encountered on various sites or within software bundles

Uninstall Magnifier Search from your browser

It should not be difficult to remove Magnifier Search from your web browser. All you have to do is access the settings section, find the app, and then get rid of it. If you are not sure how to do that, you can check the detailed step-by-step guide we provide below. We also provide instructions on how to eliminate programs manually on both Mac and Windows operating systems – as long as you want to look for PUPs manually.

After Magnifier Search removal, we highly recommend you check your system with powerful anti-malware software to ensure that no malicious programs are present on it. Keep in mind that the most dangerous malware is usually programmed to be invisible and work in the background, without giving away any signs or symptoms. Besides, robust anti-virus would also protect you from potentially unwanted apps and malware in the future.

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 Magnifier Search, follow these steps:

Remove Magnifier Search from Windows systems

Eliminate potentially unwanted programs from Windows:

  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 Magnifier Search and related programs
    Here, look for Magnifier Search 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 Magnifier Search 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 Magnifier Search from Mac OS X system

If you think that your Mac is infected, follow these steps to clean it:

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

Remove Magnifier Search from Applications folder:

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

Erase Magnifier Search 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 Magnifier Search 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,
  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 Magnifier Search removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Magnifier Search 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 Magnifier Search-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 Magnifier Search 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 Magnifier Search 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 Magnifier Search removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Magnifier Search from Google Chrome

To get rid of the unwanted Chrome extensions, proceed with the following instructions:

  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 Magnifier Search 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 Magnifier Search removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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