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Remove Search.conquerworld.fr virus (Virus Removal Instructions) - Tutorial

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Search.conquerworld.fr hijacks French web browsers

Search.conquerworld.fr virus is a dubious French search engine that claims to deliver aggregated results from several search engines and do not collect or store information about the users. This search engine is powered by searx[1] which is known as a free metasearch engine. However, this search provider has already caught cyber security specialists’ eyes. One of the reasons why is that it spreads using doubtful method – bundling. This method allows stepping inside the computer without users’ knowledge. Once inside Search.conquerworld.fr browser hijacker attacks all web browsers installed on the affected computer. During the hijack, it replaces default homepage and search engine to its domain. Hence, when users launch the affected browser, this bogus website appears. If you see this change on your browser, you should not tolerate it. Start Search.conquerworld.fr removal immediately and get rid of the browser hijacker until it hasn’t caused you more problems. The main problems related to this hijacker are modified search results, sudden redirects to the third-party websites, increased amount of ads, inability to reset previous browsers’ settings.

Questions about Search.conquerworld.fr virus

The most troublesome features are related to Search.conquerworld.fr redirect issues. Unexpected redirects might occur when you browse the Internet or when you start typing the necessary address. Hence, you may accidentally end up on gambling, gaming or even adult-themed website that are categorized as hard-risk sites[2]. However, it’s not the only redirect problem. We have already mentioned that Search.conquerworld.fr virus is capable of modifying search results. Hence, it might include some sponsored links that might also lead to the potentially dangerous websites. Even one visit to the infected site might end up with data or money loss[3]. Of course, we do not say that all results provided by this search engine are malicious. However, before using it, you should be aware of the fact that the risk of cyber infections[4] is quite high. We do not recommend risking your computer’s safety and suggest getting rid of it as soon as possible. The quickest and simplest way to remove Search.conquerworld.fr is using anti-malware/anti-spyware software, such as ReimageIntego.

The image of Search.conquerworld.fr virusThe appearance of Search.conquerworld.fr search engine is very similar to Google's

Why was your homepage changed without your knowledge?

Browser hijackers are annoying potentially unwanted applications that spread in the software bundle as optional components. Sadly, the majority of computer users are not aware of secure software installation. When installing new programs under Quick or Recommended settings, you risk to encounter Search.conquerworld.fr hijack or install other PUPs without realizing it. It may happen because these installation settings do not openly disclose about additional downloads. We want to remind that the only safe and recommended installation settings are Advanced/Custom. Slowly going through the installation setup, you might encounter pre-selected optional applications or statements agreeing to make Search.conquerworld.fr as your default search engine. Make sure you deselect all these entries because they are not worth having on your PC. Most of the time you can expect only chaos and interferences instead of enhancing the browsing experience. What is more, always read the Privacy Policy and License Agreement before installing new applications, and follow other online security tips[5].

Options for Search.conquerworld.fr removal

Despite the fact that browser hijackers are minor cyber parasites, you should not delay its removal. The longer you let it reside on your PC, the more problems it may cause. For example, it might install additional applications that are capable of tracking your data. Besides, all cyber infections reduce computer’s security and make the system more vulnerable. As a result, your computer becomes attractive to other malware. For Search.conquerworld.fr removal we have to suggestions – you can go for automatic or manual elimination methods. The latter option might be a challenge for not so experienced computer users, but our prepared instructions should help you to solve this problem. However, we believe that it’s better to remove Search.conquerworld.fr automatically than manually. Professional security tools can detect and eliminate all components that might be related to the browser hijacker.

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.conquerworld.fr virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Search.conquerworld.fr from Windows systems

Search.conquerworld.fr virus might be hiding deeply in the system and protect itself with additional components. Hence, you have to search carefully and eliminate all files or apps that might be related to the browser hijacker.

  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.conquerworld.fr and related programs
    Here, look for Search.conquerworld.fr 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.conquerworld.fr 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.

Uninstall Search.conquerworld.fr from Mac OS X system

If you got infected with Search.conquerworld.fr browser hijacker, follow the instructions to remove it.

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

Remove Search.conquerworld.fr virus from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Search.conquerworld.fr from Internet Explorer (IE)

Make sure the hijacker hasn’t installed unknown add-ons to Internet Explorer. If you find some suspicious entries, remove them as shown below and reset browser’s settings.

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.conquerworld.fr 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.conquerworld.fr virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Search.conquerworld.fr virus from Microsoft Edge

Follow these instructions to clean and restore Microsoft Edge after the hijack.

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.conquerworld.fr 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

Erase Search.conquerworld.fr from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Search.conquerworld.fr virus might have installed unknown extensions, toolbars or plugins to Mozilla Firefox. Uninstall them and reset browser’s settings.

  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.conquerworld.fr 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.conquerworld.fr removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Search.conquerworld.fr from Google Chrome

Follow this step-by-step guide to remove unknown extensions and reset Google Chrome’s settings after Search.conquerworld.fr 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.conquerworld.fr 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.conquerworld.fr removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Search.conquerworld.fr from Safari

Follow the instructions to fix 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.conquerworld.fr 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.conquerworld.fr, 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.conquerworld.fr 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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  1. Louise says:
    January 27th, 2017 at 8:09 am

    What can I say. Its a strange search engine

  2. Klev says:
    January 27th, 2017 at 8:11 am

    You have no idea how much time I spent dealing with this hijacker

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