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ProVideoSearch browser hijacker Removal Guide

What is ProVideoSearch browser hijacker?

ProVideoSearch hijacks your browser and displays pop-up windows

ProVideoSearchBrowser extension causes website redirects

ProVideoSearch is classified as a browser hijacker because it changes default browser settings like the landing page. This is an annoying occurrence because, besides changing the settings, the add-on spams users with pop-up ads, which can take people to shady websites. Redirects are also a characteristic of this program, causing your browser search queries to feed.provideosearch.com, which will redirect to search result pages from search.yahoo.com. This is most likely done in order to generate advertising revenue by using Yahoo Search for its search results.

Pay-per-view or pay-per-click advertising is not harmful in nature. It is a fantastic way for companies to promote their services and products effectively. But profit-seeking adware[1] developers have used this feature to their advantage. Creating fake extensions and websites to push commercial content without checking advertisers' credibility.

This creates a lot of problems for user safety. If people do not use measures to protect themselves while browsing the internet, it is easy to get wrapped up in deception tactics. Pop-up ads displayed by this extension can be untruthful and lure users into questionable websites where they can infect their devices with potentially unwanted programs and give away their personal information.

NAME ProVideoSearch
TYPE Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
DISTRIBUTION Software bundling, deceptive advertisements
SYMPTOMS Browser's default homepage and other settings are changed; constant redirects
DANGERS Your online habits and other browsing-related data can be exposed; misleading pop-up ads
ELIMINATION Remove the browser hijacker by going to the browser settings extensions' section
FURTHER STEPS Clean your browsers' cookies and cache with ReimageIntego to fix any damage caused by potentially unwanted programs or malware

The reasons your homepage changed on its own

Browser extensions can be very beneficial while surfing the internet, helping you get coupon codes automatically while shopping, protecting you from untrustworthy websites, and stopping them from tracking you. On the other hand, if you do not research the add-on beforehand or download it from non-official vendors, it can be an opposite situation.

One of the most obvious explanations for this is that you have added this browser extension yourself. It might have offered a broad range of “useful” features and impressed you that way. However, the advertised functions of these types of add-ons are rarely operational. Often these programs claim that they would provide “enhanced” or “quick” search results, while in reality, genuine results are exchanged for simple ads, benefiting the developers.

Another reason why you could be experiencing this is potentially unwanted programs[2]. They can also come disguised as convenient tools when in reality, they provide little to no benefit for the user. Without reading the Terms of Use, people have no idea about the true intentions of software.

ProVideoSearch browser hijackerProVideoSearch changes your default search engine which poses personal security threats If you do not want to see ads on your screen anymore, below, you will find a guide on how you can remove unwanted extensions from Google Chrome yourself.

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove.
    Remove extensions from Chrome

Once you have successfully removed the malicious extensions from the browser, you should take a few more steps to get rid of this cyber threat completely. Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.
    Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Steps that could help you avoid suspicious activity in the future

From now on, you can implement specific habits into your web browsing routine to protect yourself from outside threats.

Clean your browsers' cookies and cache regularly to delete information websites have collected about your browsing behavior. You can do this by using a helpful tool that will perform these tasks automatically – ReimageIntego

Keep your browsers updated as developers release patches after vulnerabilities get exposed to protect their customers. If you are not using the latest versions, you might be at higher risk.

Observe how often you get redirected to websites and focus your attention on domain names. Look for patterns for trying to identify obscure manners from typical ones.

Do not click on random links and advertisements. Inspect them first. Read through the text and look for any grammar or spelling mistakes. Decide if the imaging and branding look professional. Ask yourself what the ad is trying to say. If the message feels too good to be true, scammers might be using clickbait to lure you in.

Avoid downloading software from third-party websites as it can be bundled with PUPs. If you still want to proceed with downloading a “free” or “cracked”[3] version of a program, be careful while doing so. Focus your attention during the installation process. We know it might be boring, but you should not quickly skip through the steps. Read The Licence Agreement and Privacy Policy and read about what information about you the program will be gathering. Look through the files that are up for installation. If you see some that are unrelated and unneeded, untick the boxes next to them, so they are empty.

If removing the ProVideoSearch extension did not help or you could not find it, you can reset your browser altogether. To reset Google Chrome manually, please follow these steps:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings.
    Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

The instructions for other web browsers can be found at the bottom of this post.

Automatic removal options

If you keep experiencing unwanted actions carried out without your consent, it is advisable to have a trustworthy antivirus instrument like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes that could help you with detecting PUPs, other harmful applications and delete them from your system.

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Getting rid of ProVideoSearch browser hijacker. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

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

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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