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Remove Pro Search Tip (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Pro Search Tip is a potentially unwanted program that sneaks in during the installation of free software obtained from third-party sites

Pro Search Tip
Pro Search Tip is a potentially unwanted application that usually sneaks into users' machines during the installation of free software, although can also be downloaded from the official site

Pro Search Tip is a browser extension designed for Google Chrome and Safari browsers. According to its developers, the tool is created to help users find relevant information quicker. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and, if anything, this potentially unwanted program[1] only deteriorates web browsing experience by flooding web browsers with ads, pop-ups, promotional links, deals, banners, offers, and other sponsored content.

Just as most of the other PUPs, Pro Search Tip virus enters users' machines with the help of software bundling. This technique allows freeware and shareware developers to deceive users during the installation process so that they easily miss the infiltration of the unwanted application. Once inside, it changes the settings of all installed browsers and sets the homepage and new tab URL to Search.prosearchtip.com.

Only after Pro Search Tip removal, you can get rid of the unwanted activities that this hijacker undertakes. Check out this article if you want to find out how to terminate the unwanted app, as well as improve the overall security of your device.

Name Pro Search Tip
Type Browser hijacker/PUP
Set homepage and new tab Search.prosearchtip.com
Infection means Software bundles, ads on third-party sites
Symptoms Changed web browser homepage, search engine and new tab, intrusive ads, redirects, sponsored search results, etc.
Potential dangers Installation of other PUPs, malware infections, money loss, personal data disclosure to unknown parties, etc.
Termination Use security software or delete the PUP manually with the help of our guide below
Optimization To make sure that your system runs well after the cyber infection, scan it with Reimage

Initially, the term “Pro Search Tip virus” might not seem entirely correct, as potentially unwanted programs are not considered to be malware[2] (many of such apps can also be downloaded via official sources, such as the App store or Amazon). Nevertheless, after the installation, everything that is done on the internet via the browser is affected by the Pro Search Tip add-on, as it dramatically influences which sites users visit, what ads they see, etc.

Unfortunately, not all of the commercial content displayed by Pro Search Tip is safe, as developers of PUP rarely check the quality or safety of sites they link users to. Besides, they cannot be accountable for anything either, as they often state in their ToS that they are not responsible for any content that the app may lead users to.

Finally, Pro Search Tip hijack also causes some privacy concerns, as potentially unwanted programs collect a variety of non-personally identifiable information, such as:

  • IP address;
  • ISP;
  • Technical details of the computer;
  • Sites visited;
  • Links clicked;
  • Bookmarks added;
  • List of installed apps;
  • Cookies;
  • Search queries, etc.

This type of tracking is used in order to generate targeted advertisements, which consequently brings developers profits. Sadly, this also means that users' searches, visited sites and even purchased products might not be of the highest quality. What is more, some of the websites might promote fake deals, phishing, survey scams and also make users download malware.

Therefore, hurry up and remove Pro Search Tip from your computer. You can do either manually or automatically, although the latter is much safer, quicker, and easier. Finally, to get the best results and make sure your device is in its best condition, experts[3] recommend downloading Reimage.

Do not get tricked to install potentially unwanted programs

While most of the frequent internet users already know about malware and how dangerous it is, threats like potentially unwanted programs are often forgotten. Nevertheless, PUPs might be very aggressive and even be just as harmful as malware, primarily if not handled carefully. Therefore, it is best to stay away from these unwanted apps in the first place.

There are two ways users infect their machines with browser hijackers, adware, or other PUPs:

  • they unintentionally install it while establishing free software from the internet;
  • they install it intentionally convinced by its functionality, not knowing that the application is actually PUP.

It is easy to avoid unwanted apps during shareware or freeware installation – you simply need to follow the installation steps carefully and not get deceived by pre-ticked boxes, grayed-out buttons, and similar tricks used by the developers. Most importantly, you should pick Advanced or Custom installation settings to terminate all the unwanted programs before they manage to sneak in.

When it comes to intentionally downloading potentially unwanted software, you should always make sure that the application is safe. First of all, you can scan the installer via tools like Virus Total. Secondly, you should always read reviews online, as they often hint if the app is safe.

Delete Pro Search Tip from your device either manually or automatically

There are two ways to remove Pro Search Tip virus from your device – either manually or automatically. While the first method can usually be accomplished quite easily (all you have to do is uninstall the browser extension), it might not be enough if you downloaded and installed additional apps while infected.

Therefore, automatic Pro Search Tip removal should be performed in a case when the suspicious activity does not cease. This can be accomplished by scanning the device with anti-malware software, especially the one that specializes in potentially unwanted programs would be effective. Otherwise, please follow the guide below and terminate Pro Search Tip manually.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunterCombo Cleaner, Malwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Pro Search Tip, follow these steps:

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Uninstall Pro Search Tip from Windows systems

To remove Pro Search Tip virus from Windows OS, please follow these steps:

  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 Pro Search Tip and related programs
    Here, look for Pro Search Tip 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 Pro Search Tip 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.

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Eliminate Pro Search Tip from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is showing signs of browser hijacker infection, proceed with the following 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 Pro Search Tip 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'
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Get rid of Pro Search Tip 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 Pro Search Tip 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 Pro Search Tip removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase Pro Search Tip 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, Pro Search Tip should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Pro Search Tip from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox after you eliminate the potentially unwanted program:

  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 Pro Search Tip 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 Pro Search Tip removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Pro Search Tip 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 Pro Search Tip 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 Pro Search Tip removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall Pro Search Tip 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 Pro Search Tip 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 Pro Search Tip, 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 Pro Search Tip removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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