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Remove Search.auc.aswidget.com virus (Improved Instructions) - Dec 2016 update

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

The characteristics of Search.auc.aswidget.com virus

Search.auc.aswidget.com virus is a browser hijacker[1] that is capable of affecting Windows OS, iOS, and Android. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) usually steps inside devices unnoticed when users download new software. The developers spread it as an optional program in the software package. If users don’t unpack it, this annoying computer infection enters the system and starts bothersome activities. After the hijack, you might start looking for tips and tricks[2] how to make browsing the Internet more pleasant again. all Android and iOS users can download the hijacker when they install application “CocoPPa.” Fortunately, uninstalling the application from the device will remove the unwanted Search.auc.aswidget.com redirect problems. Though, it’s unknown which programs are responsible for bringing browser hijacker to the computers. Moreover, virus removal is more complicated from PCs as well. This parasite usually installs so-called helper objects (including toolbars, add-ons or extensions) which make sure that the predetermined malicious domain remains on the infected computer’s browser even if the hijacker itself is exterminated. This bogus search engine instead of providing useful and relevant search results, allows users browse through never-ending advertising sites and some of them are potentially dangerous. Besides, victims are forced to see and use it every time they want to access the Internet. The good news is that with the use of proper tools, Search.auc.aswidget.com removal can be rather easy. You only need to use an anti-malware software like ReimageIntego and run the full system scan.

Questions about Search.auc.aswidget.com virus

People rarely think of Search.auc.aswidget.com hijack as a serious issue, yet, sadly, it is a common misconception. As mentioned above, this search engine does not work according to the standards we are used to. Unfortunately, we do not mean that in the positive sense. Instead of providing legitimate search results it displays advertisements and drops around numerous links leading to shady websites. On these sites, the users risk getting tricked by scammers, losing the money or having their sensitive details stolen. Besides, if you do not hurry to remove Search.auc.aswidget.com, your computer system may also suffer some unpleasant consequences. For instance, the running programs may begin freezing or crashing entirely, and the Internet browsing may become highly prolonged. Moreover, it might be capable of tracking data and sharing aggregated information with third-parties[3]. Thus, do not wait for the hijacker removal any longer and get rid of it as soon as possible.

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How is it possible that browser hijacker gets inside the system unnoticed?

Search.auc.aswidget.com virus, like most potentially unwanted programs, is usually distributed as additional software package components that attach to freeware or shareware[4] programs (video/audio editors, PDF converters, download managers. So, it is easy to allow one enter your computer if you are not careful enough while downloading new software on the computer. To avoid this, you should always run the installation via the “Advanced” or “Custom” settings which you can opt for at the very beginning of the installation process. Then, you should go through all of the steps very carefully and check whether the software package you have obtained does not contain any unnecessary or shady applications like Search.auc.aswidget.com, for instance. Don’t forget these tips the next time you install new programs!

Two ways for Search.auc.aswidget.com removal

Search.auc.aswidget.com hijacker makes any user’s browsing experience a complete burden, and the reappearing ads and potentially infectious links soon become simply unbearable. If you have been dealing with these symptoms already, there is no doubt that you will want to carry out the Search.auc.aswidget.com removal as well. If you have been following this article carefully, you probably already know that the quickest and the most guaranteed way to get rid of this hijacker is by running an automatic system scan with an antivirus. Nevertheless, apart from this approach, there is also a manual way to remove Search.auc.aswidget.com from the infected device. Below you will find the detailed instructions on how to do it.

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To remove Search.auc.aswidget.com virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Search.auc.aswidget.com from Windows systems

Search.auc.aswidget.com is probably one of the many hijackers that is primarily oriented towards the infection of Windows devices. Thus, we first discuss the manual hijacker removal from the Windows operating system. When following the steps below, keep in mind that while looking for the virus on your computer, you should not only looks for a program named Search.auc.aswidget.com or something along those lines. Look for programs that are generally unfamiliar and perhaps the ones that you do not remember installing on your computer.

  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 Search.auc.aswidget.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.auc.aswidget.com 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 Search.auc.aswidget.com 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.

Remove Search.auc.aswidget.com from Mac OS X system

Search.auc.aswidget.com also attack Mac OSX, so we have prepared instructions that will help you eliminate this virus from your Mac device.

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

Remove Search.auc.aswidget.com virus from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Search.auc.aswidget.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow these steps and clean Internet Explorer from the suspicious add-ons that might have been installed on the browser.

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 Search.auc.aswidget.com virus 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, Google.com).
  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 Search.auc.aswidget.com virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Search.auc.aswidget.com virus from Microsoft Edge

Follow this step-by-step guide and remove all questionable entries that might be related to Search.auc.aswidget.com.

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 Search.auc.aswidget.com virus-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 Search.auc.aswidget.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Sort the list of extensions by installation date. If you see unknown tools, add-ons or extensions installed on Mozilla Firefox, uninstall them immediately.

  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 Search.auc.aswidget.com 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 Search.auc.aswidget.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Search.auc.aswidget.com from Google Chrome

After Search.auc.aswidget.com hijack it’s important to check Google Chrome and other web browsers that are installed on your PC. Hijacker might have installed additional extensions that might cause another hijack.

  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 Search.auc.aswidget.com 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 Search.auc.aswidget.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Search.auc.aswidget.com from Safari

Follow these steps and uninstall all suspicious extensions that might have been installed on the Safari web browser.

  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 Search.auc.aswidget.com 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 Search.auc.aswidget.com, 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 Search.auc.aswidget.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

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