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Remove Search.basicgeneration.com (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Search.basicgeneration.com – a search hijacker that might bring you dangerous sites across the web

Search.basicgeneration.comSearch.basicgeneration.com is a browser hijacker that might show up on your computer without asking for a direct permission

Search.basicgeneration.com is a website address that you might briefly see when performing searches on Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or another web browser. In other cases, you might be suddenly be redirected through this URL while simply browsing the web. Regardless, you should never be seeing it on your address bar, as it otherwise means that you have a potentially unwanted program installed on your system.

Search.basicgeneration.com hijack might be abrupt and sudden since the app responsible for it is not installed purposely. This is because PUP developers often employ deceptive distribution techniques such as software bundle packages hosted on third-party sites or fake update[1] prompts. Once installed, the app would alter the way the browser operates, resulting in an increase of ads, sponsored links in search results, redirects to suspicious websites, and other incidences. In the background, the Search.basicgeneration.com virus would collect various information about user browsing habits.

Name Search.basicgeneration.com 
Type Browser hijacker, search hijacker, potentially unwanted program
IP address 99.84.251.75
Distribution PUPs can be downloaded via third-party websites (bundling), after clicking on various ads or fake software update prompts
Symptoms Unknown extension or application is installed without permission; homepage and new tab address are set to something else; an alternative search engine redirects results to search.yahoo.com and search.basicgeneration.com; overall increase in ads, redirects, and other browser annoyances
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, personal information disclosure to unknown parties, financial losses
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted programs by following the manual guide below or by scanning the computer with powerful anti-malware
Further steps Computer infections can cause significant damage to system files or disrupt normal settings. To revert these changes and remediate the OS, perform a full system scan with ReimageIntego repair software

Browser hijackers are relatively widespread across the web, and, while not the most dangerous, they still should not be ignored – especially if showed up on the system without permission. These potentially unwanted applications specialize in changing we browser settings in order to deliver users sponsored content and gain monetary benefit in the process. Thus, you see Search.basicgeneration.com because there is a program or an extension installed on your machine with browser-hijacking qualities.

As soon as the PUP is installed, the homepage of you web browser might look almost identical to Google, although you will not see the regular “Search Google or type the URL” text in the omnibar. Besides, the search bar on the homepage will also be absent. Instead, you might see nothing at all or a name of the app that is responsible for the Search.basicgeneration.com hijack.

After entering the search term and pressing Enter, you will be redirected to Yahoo, Bing, or another search provider, with Search.basicgeneration.com also showing up briefly before the landing page. Besides this, you will also see advertisements at the top of the results, typically marked as “Ads.”

Search.basicgeneration.com redirectSearch.basicgeneration.com redirects search results to other search providers and inserts ads

Some users are used to clicking the first result that they see, so they are more compelled to click ads that are shown at the top. As a result, developers of the hijacker receive a commission each time clicks on these links are performed. In the meantime, many browser hijacker developers call this “enhanced search results” – what essentially is a disturbance for end-users, to say the least. These issues are just the tip of the iceberg, however.

There are few things that you might not be aware of, however. In the background, Search.basicgeneration.com virus might do the following:

  • Track your every move online via JavaScript, cookies, web beacons,[2] and other technologies (some hijackers are capable of collecting personal information);
  • Establish settings that would prevent easy Search.basicgeneration.com removal.

As previously mentioned, while hijackers are not considered major computer threats, developers start playing dirty rather often. The most recent trick they employ is the “Managed by your organization” feature that installs a browser extension with administrator's rights. As a result, the extension is simply grayed out, and users can not get rid of it in a regular way.

In order to remove Search.basicgeneration.com from your web browser, you will have to locate and eliminate the program or the extension – we provide manual instructions below. However, we highly recommend you also perform a full system scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another security software, and then follow up with ReimageIntego for best results.

You can easily avoid getting your browser hijacked: here's how 

It is irrelevant whether a hijacked browser is redirecting your searches to Yahoo, Bing, or another, less trustworthy provider. While some of these providers are legitimate, it is only the search engine that is being used. Sponsored links and ads that are inserted into results are injected by the potentially unwanted program, and they might prevent you from finding relevant information or accidentally clicking on links you never intended to.

Security is another reason not to infect your computer with a browser hijacker or another potentially unwanted program. While most do not operate as malware does, they can weaken the defenses of a PC or a Mac, rendering it more prone to cyberattacks. Thus, check out these security tips from industry experts[3] on ways how to avoid PUPs:

  • Prefer downloading apps from official sources instead of third-parties;
  • Before installing an unknown application, read up on it online – check blog posts, community forums, etc.
  • During the installation, always pick Advanced/Custom settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones;
  • Watch out for the installer tricks: remove pre-ticked marks from checkboxes, read the fine print, and look out for misplaced buttons;
  • Never download software updates from ransom websites – they are likely to be fake. Visit the official website and download the update from there.
  • Install powerful security software that would warn you about potentially unwanted programs.

Search.basicgeneration.com hijackSearch.basicgeneration.com is a suspicious web address that indicates the presence of a potentially unwanted program

Get rid of Search.basicgeneration.com easily

Typically, Search.basicgeneration.com removal should not be a difficult process, as long as you know what program is associated with the hijacker. However, since it might not be so apparent, this process might become a little more difficult. First of all, we would like to advise you to check the instructions below – you will find out how to uninstall programs from all the operating systems and clear extensions from your web browsers.

In case you struggle when trying to remove Search.basicgeneration.com virus from your computer, navigate to the following location, and delete the data from the following folder:

C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Google\

Additionally, a full scan with a powerful anti-malware is also advised. Many security solutions that include the PUP detection feature can find and delete all the browser hijacker components automatically.

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 Search.basicgeneration.com, follow these steps:

Eliminate Search.basicgeneration.com from Windows systems

Search for potentially unwanted programs on your Windows 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.basicgeneration.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.basicgeneration.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.basicgeneration.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.

Get rid of Search.basicgeneration.com from Mac OS X system

If you encounter a suspicious browser behavior on a Mac, please follow these steps:

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

Remove Search.basicgeneration.com from Applications folder:

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

Delete Search.basicgeneration.com 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 Search.basicgeneration.com 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.basicgeneration.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Search.basicgeneration.com from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted browser extensions from MS 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 Search.basicgeneration.com-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.basicgeneration.com 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 Search.basicgeneration.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.basicgeneration.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Search.basicgeneration.com from Google Chrome

You should clean Chrome in order to get rid of the leftovers of the browser hijacker:

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

Eliminate Search.basicgeneration.com 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 Search.basicgeneration.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.basicgeneration.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.basicgeneration.com 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. 

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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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