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Search-fast.org. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Search-fast.org – a PUP which infiltrates into the system stealthily and sets the default search engine to http://search-fast.org/

Search-fast.org PUP
Search-fast.org browser hijacker sets the default search page to its own and users are forced to use it.

Search-fast.org is a potentially unwanted computer infection which modifies browsers’ settings according to its needs. This browser hijacker[1] can easily change your default search engine, new tab URL and search provider to http://search-fast.org. As a result, the infected user is forced to use this search provider every time he or she clicks on the browser's icon. No matter how trustworthy and safe it seems, this is a fake search engine that is used for showing misleading search results. These kinds of search results are typically filled with banner ads and in-text links that can be eliminated only after you get rid of Search-fast.org virus. 

Name Search-fast.org
Type Browser hijacker
Danger level Low. Affects only specific web browsers
Browsers affected Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Microsoft Edge
Distribution strategies Bundled software, various hyperlinks, and dubious websites
Prevention methods Stay away from unknown sites, pay attention while downloading a program, and consider installing an antivirus software
Elimination process Use Reimage to delete the PUP in a couple of minutes

After getting into the system, this PUP affects the following web browsers:

  • Google Chrome;
  • Mozilla Firefox;
  • Internet Explorer;
  • Safari;
  • etc.

Additionally, it starts collecting browsing activity-related details which can be shared with third-parties for trying to gain revenue. Pages viewed, links clicked, saved bookmarks, sites visited, IP addresses – all this information is collected by program's owners. Nevertheless, some of your personal data may be at risk.

If you are dealing with this PUP right now, note that security experts advice to remove Search-fast.org browser hijacker from the system as it can redirect you to malicious websites without any warning. Keep in mind that it aims to redirect users to related websites and increase their visitors' traffic. In exchange, its developers are generating income. The PUP might also display misleading ads which might trick you into installing useless software or fake updates.

To continue, by displaying interrupting ads and similar content on your browser, the virus might slow down your browsing process. If you want to prevent these browsing-related problems, take care of Search-fast.org removal. Instead, choose a commonly known search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing.

Be cautious while downloading freeware to avoid browser hijackers

According to tech professionals[2], the simplest way for a PUP to get into your PC is by using bundled programs[3]. Browser hijackers typically hide within the regular software so that they can be easily installed together with it. Other ways to get browser hijackers onto your computer are:

  • Downloading items from peer-to-peer networks (e.g. our commonly known Torrents page). These kinds of sites are sponsored by third-parties and might not fit in the security requirements;
  • Clicking on dubious-looking hyperlinks. They can cause redirects to pages which contain a browser hijacker hidden within it, or even a serious virus can be waiting for its turn to infiltrate your computer system;
  • Skipping or rushing download/installation steps may also be the case why you have got a browser hijacker infection in your system. These steps might include various unnecessary options which are carelessly permitted by the user.

In order to avoid such harmful consequences, you should always surf the Internet carefully. Do not visit dubious sites or click on suspicious links. Also, pay attention to every step when you do downloads/installations and deselect unnecessary ones.

Some strong advice is to install an antivirus. Do updates regularly and it will scan your computer system from time to time. If any infections are detected – the anti-malware will help you deal with the problems.

Eliminate Search-fast.org manually or automatically

To remove Search-fast.org from your browsers, such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, and other ones, you need to eliminate all harmful components, including browser extensions, add-ons, and other PUPs. Below the text, you will see some guiding steps which will help you get rid of the cyber threat with all these components.

If you want to perform Search-fast.org virus removal in a faster way, consider downloading and installing an anti-malware program. This tool will show you some guidance and you will be able to eliminate the browser hijacker in a couple of minutes. After all is done, we strongly recommend refreshing your browsers’ and your computer system due to be sure that no additional harmful content is left. 

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they 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-fast.org, follow these steps:

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Get rid of Search-fast.org from Windows systems

  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-fast.org and related programs
    Here, look for Search-fast.org 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-fast.org 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.

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Erase Search-fast.org from Mac OS X system

If a browser hijacker infection occurred on your Mac operating system, be sure that there is a solution for this problem. All you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Search-fast.org or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Delete Search-fast.org from Internet Explorer (IE)

To delete the browser hijacker from your IE browser, follow these guidelines carefully:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Search-fast.org and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Search-fast.org removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Uninstall Search-fast.org from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Search-fast.org should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate Search-fast.org from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Get rid of Search-fast.org in a few minutes by looking through this guidance:

  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-fast.org 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-fast.org removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove Search-fast.org from Google Chrome

Eliminate the PUP from Google Chrome in a simple way with the help of this information:

  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-fast.org 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-fast.org removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of Search-fast.org 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-fast.org 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-fast.org, 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-fast.org removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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