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Remove Pro Search (Virus Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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Pro SearchPro Search is the program that can trigger issues with online traffic and internet speed.

Pro Search – the browser hijacker that manipulates search settings, so the online traffic can be controlled. This potentially unwanted program triggers various changes on the web browser to promote sponsored content, expose users to advertisements and other third-party material online. There are various preferences and settings that this threat can alter to keep the PUP more persistent. Even when users install the browser tool un purpose by falling for the promotional ads, the PUP should be deleted as soon as possible since this is useless and cannot improve the performance in any way.

You cannot call it a Pro Search virus, but once the toolbar or another application gets installed, you cannot access any needed content that is valuable for you. The PUP can get extremely intrusive the more time it gets to run on the machine. So make sure to clear the intruder off of the system once you notice any changes.

Name Pro Search
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
IP address
Distribution Software bundle packages, deceptive ads, fake update prompts[1]
Symptoms Unknown extension or application is installed on the system; homepage and new tab address are set to the related search provider; Pro Search search engine is appended to the homepage; search results get filled with sponsored links and commercial content, banners
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, privacy risks due to data tracking and malvertising[2] techniques
Removal You can remove Pro Search potentially unwanted program by following the manual guide below or by scanning the computer with powerful anti-malware tools that can find and terminate the programs with all the associated files automatically
Optional steps PUPs trigger significant damage to system files and PC functions. To revert these changes and recover the OS, perform a full system scan with ReimageIntego or a similar PC repair software

Pro Search is the search engine app that gets installed on the browser behind the user's back because PUPs are designed to interfere with settings without the knowledge of the person. This tactic allows PUPs to control what sites appear on the screen and what sponsored content appears on the browser.

In most cases, such intruders like Pro Search rely on redirecting techniques and commercial content traffic, so the revenue can be generated for third-party advertisers and other PUP creators. This is the main goal of these browser-based threats. Making a profit, creating views, page visits is the only aim.

You should avoid clicking on anything that is related to Pro Search hijack, so you can keep the machine safe from all the PUPs and other intrusive programs. There is nothing valuable about the cyber threat and the content that you get exposed to. Rely on proper tools in the anti-malware category like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes, so these infections get cleared off automatically and your machine works as it is supposed to.

Pro Search hijackPro Search is the browser hijacker that can alter settings and preferences on the machine or the web browser directly.

Pro Search is nothing but a cyber intruder that aims to get more views and page visits on sites that sponsor the PUP distribution and delivery, so you can uninstall the program, the toolbar, extensions, other related applications. However, the PUP that triggers and controls these activities runs in the background and cannot be found that easily.

You should run the proper procedure if you want to remove Pro Search from the PC. Launch anti-malware tool or security programs, as experts[3] always suggest to do. Then you can see the detection results and choose programs that can be eliminated from the system. 

Pro Search removal process is not ending there because you also need to clear the web browser from any unwanted or potentially dangerous content. You can reset those applications fully to default with the help of a guide below. You need to pay attention to the fact that all the online content that you get exposed to can also trigger additional installs of intruders, so running a full system scan with the AV tool is beneficial either way. Even when you manage to eliminate the PUP from the system by uninstalling the browser extension or application. Rely on tools like ReimageIntego too, so system functions get fully recovered.

Pro Search PUPPro Search is nothing but a potentially unwanted program that affects the time online with continuous ads.

Control the security of your device by paying attention

You can and should choose proper sources for the programs you download from the internet. There are various issues that such hijackers and adware programs create besides being intrusive and annoying because running silently in the background allows PUPs to trigger changes and even install additional browser-based threats.

You can avoid these installations in the first place and keep the machine secure entirely. It is done by going for Advanced or Custom options during any installation of the program or tool. This is how you can see the list of all included apps and choose which ones to install on the PC. Do so every time you download anything from the web.

Pro Search hijack termination requires attention to details

You should remove Pro Search from the system as soon as you notice redirects and pop-ups or different content delivery instead of the normal search queries. You can fight the intruder automatically with proper tools that run a check on the machine and indicate various intruders that affect the performance of your computer.

This way, you not only find the virus that bothers you. By running a proper Pro Search removal with anti-malware tools, you also improve the performance significantly once all the applications and possibly malicious threats get indicated and deleted properly. 

Do not forget about Pro Search virus damage and additional changes that the intruder makes to keep the persistence up. You should rely on tools that can provide optimization for the system and help with the damaged system files and functions.

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 Pro Search, follow these steps:

Eliminate Pro Search from Windows systems

Rely on the guide and remove Pro Search properly

  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 and related programs
    Here, look for Pro 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 Pro 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.

Get rid of Pro Search from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Pro Search from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro Search removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Pro 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 Pro 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

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

Remove Pro Search from Google Chrome

Reset the browser and forget about PUPs and shady applications

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

Eliminate Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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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