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Remove Power App (Free Guide) - Virus Removal Instructions

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Power App is the browser extension that can be downloaded from the web store but gets blocked as a potentially unwanted program

Power App
Power App is the extension installed without the users' knowledge that changes settings to affect the traffic.
Power App is the search hijacker that manipulates the browser and changes various settings to affect the traffic. This is a browser extension that makes users visit their own search website or other pages related to the sponsor or provider. It mainly affects Google Chrome browser by setting the Default Search engine to Searchpowerapp.com which is a hijacker injecting your online searches with affiliated links and commercial content. This extension is included in the web store as a performance improvement tool, but additional redirects and changes the add-on wants to make are questionable, to say the least.

Power App redirects state that this plugin changes data on various sites related to searching online, other in-browser search engines. Also, it interferes with various settings without your permissions and additional requirements, warnings. When this shady browser tool gets on the system all your in-browser search attempts get affected because pop-ups, advertisements, promotional material fill up those results keeping you from accessing useful sites.

Name Power App
Type  Browser hijacker/ Browser extension
Related  Searchpowerapp.com
Symptoms  Manipulates the internet browser settings, interferes with online searches by redirecting them to its own search engine or different websites. Shows various content related to online advertising services and other promotional material
Distribution  It can be found on the web store, installed with other freeware. In most cases, the user gets this add-on out of nowhere when another shady application is downloaded
Main danger  Constant redirects expose the user to possibly malicious content and lead to shady installations of applications, in-browser content. Also, such material can have ad-tracking functions and collect information about the visitor or even share that with third-party companies[1]
Elimination Get a proper anti-malware tool and run a full system scan to find and remove Power App on the system. You can clean the system further with Reimage Reimage Cleaner

Power App virus is called like that by users who encounter the suspicious behavior out of nowhere, although this is a potentially unwanted program which is not malicious. The main goal this browser-based cyber threat has is to change your online traffic and reroute all searches and page visits to its own search engine or different sites based on commercial content delivery.

This is a product from the Search Dimension company that creates other browser hijacking-based intruders,[2] so Power App may install other tools behind your back. When you fall for the claims and useful features on promotional ads for this extension, you install the application yourself, but since this is an unwanted program, the main technique is to spread it without users' permission.

You can notice the extension on your Chrome or Firefox in the list of installed add-ons and there Power App should state about all the setting is interferes with. The most concerning facts about the extension:

  • search hijacker configures your default search engine to Power App- searchpowerapp.com;
  • it changes your data for google, yahoo, and bing sites;
  • the extensions get automatically added on the browser;
  • plugin controls online searching preferences.

You need to remove Power App as soon as you get the suggestion to install it or encounter redirects related to the search engine. However, once it gets fully installed, up and running on the machine, you need to rely on professional tools to do that for you. Power App PUP
Power App is the intruder that can be indicated from shady extensions added on the browser out of nowhere.

Power App is directly related to Searchpowerapp.com and SearchDimension or lp.earchdimension.com website that gets directly blocked as a PUP by various antivirus tools, so researchers have indicated the application as possibly dangerous. However, this suspicious activity regarding redirects, search engines, and browser changes is not the biggest issue.

Experts[3] encourages to think about Power App removal because of privacy and identity theft risks. This browser intruder comes from a company that uses advertising campaigns, tracking techniques, so it cannot be trusted that much as other legitimate search providers.

Power App developer states about third-party involvement too in the Privacy Policy:

We may allow third-parties, including our authorized service providers, advertising companies, and ad networks, to display advertisements or place ad tags or beacons on or via Search Dimension Services.

Such browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs cannot control those other advertisers and companies that show their content via Power App redirects, so you may get exposed to malicious content without even noticing. This PUP should be terminated as soon as possible to avoid any issues, so rely on Reimage Reimage Cleaner or a similar tool and clean the machine.

Power App virus
Power App is a potentially unwanted program that alters search scopes and startpage to redirect browsers.
 

Shady software comes without users consent

These applications that come out of nowhere, especially extensions, add-ons, and other additional browser content get installed as additional parts of the freeware package. In most cases, this happens when the software is downloaded from an unreliable source or promotional advertisement. Torrent packages or pirated software also delivers these unwanted programs.

Also, this application comes directly from the web store, where people may download it willingly when advertising looks believable and good enough. To avoid shady applications installed automatically, you should choose Advanced or Custom installation options and de-select anything that seems suspicious. 

Eliminate Power App and other shady websites that may be set as search engines on the machine without your consent

You may encounter the Power App virus on the machine after another installation that included this add-on as an additional part, so you should check the system fully to get rid of all the possible threats and useless programs. Anything left behind can either affect the performance of your computer or even keep the browser hijacker more persistent.

The initial distribution method that involves other freeware and more programs than one browser extension suggests that you need to rely on an anti-malware tool and perform a full system scan to remove Power App completely with all the traces of this potentially unwanted program. Such tools can also fix possible virus damage.

You may think that manual Power App removal is the way to go, but remember that many changes have been made behind your back and not only on the browser. Startup settings, registry entries and other parts of the system get interfered with without your permission. If you try to reverse those modifications manually, you can cause damage.

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To remove Power App, follow these steps:

Remove Power App from Windows systems

Get rid of the shady program and end those questionable redirects to commercial sites

  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 Power App and related programs
    Here, look for Power App 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 Power App 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.

Uninstall Power App from Mac OS X system

You may need to run a full PUP removal on the device, so get rid of Power App PUP

  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 Power App 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'

Delete Power App from Internet Explorer (IE)

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

Get rid of Power App from Microsoft Edge

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, Power App should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Power App from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove Power App and any other shady programs that interfere with the speed of your computer

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

Erase Power App from Google Chrome

Check the browser for additional installations that can affect the performance of your machine

  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 Power App 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 Power App removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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Olivia Morelli
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