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

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Search.grilime.com – a Bing redirect virus version that alters the way you browse the web

Search.grilime.comSearch.grilime.com is a browser hijacker that seeks to profit for user clicks on ads

Search.grilime.com is the name of a domain that you might suddenly find as soon as you open Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or MS Edge web browser. While this might come as a surprise, these changes are initiated by a browser hijacker – a potentially unwanted program[1] that has been installed behind your back. Users who found the URL on their browser reported that the changes were related to Adblocker for YouTube extension, although it is not a rule.

Once the installation is complete, the Search.grilime.com hijack will be visible straight away, as the homepage of the web browser will be altered (might sometimes be set to hxxps://find.gotrovi.com) and a customized search engine applied. Each time you use the omnibar or the search bar to browse the web, you will be redirected to Bing, and search results will be filled with sponsored links or ads. Besides, browser hijackers such as Search.grilime.com often track users' online behavior and use that information for marketing purposes.

Name Search.grilime.com 
Type Browser hijacker, redirect virus
IP address 104.18.50.50
Distribution Software bundle packages, deceptive ads, fake update prompts
Symptoms Unknown extension or application is installed on the computer; homepage and new tab address are set to hxxps://find.gotrovi.com; a customized search engine is appended to the homepage and redirects to Bing; search results are filled with sponsored links
Associated apps Adblocker for YouTube
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, privacy risks due to information gathering practices, financial losses
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted programs by following the manual guide below or by scanning the computer with powerful anti-malware
Optional 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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego repair software

First of all, it is important to understand what a browser hijacker is. According to security experts,[2] it is a type of a potentially unwanted program that changes web browser settings, applying its own. Such applications are typically, while not desirable, relatively harmless. Nonetheless, there can be always nuances, as some hijackers might be just as dangerous or hard to get rid of. Unfortunately, users claimed that  they had problems with Search.grilime.com removal.

Browser hijackers are a part of a potentially unwanted program category partly because of their stealthy distribution techniques. Most commonly, users notice the hijack after they install some free software from third-party websites – software bundling is to blame. Once a freeware app is installed, it might include an optional component that would enable Search.grilime.com to perform changes on the web browser.

In other cases, however, sudden changes to the web browser occur seemingly out of nowhere, as users claimed they never downloaded anything. According to users' findings, it turned out that the hijack of Search.grilime.com was initiated by a browser extension called Adblocker for YouTube.

Thus, if you noticed that your homepage and other browser settings changed, it might be that some extension you have installed have went rogue.

Search.grilime.com hijackSearch.grilime.com is a potentially unwanted program that changes web browser settings without permission

Visually, the so-called Search.grilime.com virus does not differ much from similar PUPs, for example:

All these might look differently visually, although their purpose remains the same – to deliver users alternative search results and make a profit from user clicks due to the pay-per-click scheme. Such alternations to the web browser can meddle with your normal activities and result in difficulty in finding relevant info.

Another reason to remove Search.grilime.com is due to data tracking practices. PUP authors deploy browser cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies to harvest IP addresses, visited websites, links clicked, technical device details, and other data for marketing purposes.

To get rid of Search.grilime.com, you need to delete the associated browser extension or an application that could have been installed on your machine. Either follow the manual removal guide below or scan the system with anti-malware, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes. Finally, perform further checks with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for the best results.

Sudden browser changes: the first sign of a potentially unwanted program infection

It does not matter whether your Google is redirecting to Yahoo, Bing, or a less trustworthy search provider. All that you should care about is that you are unlikely to be able to perform your searches as previously. Overall, there are many security reasons to avoid PUPs altogether.

Most commonly, browser hijackers infiltrate the machine during the installation of freeware. Therefore, whenever you are  downloading apps from third parties, you should always be careful:

  • Don't download an app before you check its reviews online;
  • During the installation, always pick Advanced/Custom mode instead of Recommended/Quick one;
  • Remove all the ticks from checkboxes that allow installation of unknown programs;
  • Watch out for fine print and misplaced buttons;
  • Decline all the deals and offers;
  • Install a powerful security application that would warn you about PUPs.

Additionally, you should never download anything that is suggested on random websites, where it is claimed that something is out of date or missing. For example, Flash Player is often used in various scams [3] and sometimes might lead to such malware infections as ExecutorV3 ransomware.

Search.grilime.com redirect virusSearch.grilime.com redirects all search results to Bing and fills them with sponsored links

Remove Adblocker for YouTube to get rid of the Search.grilime.com hijack

Adblocks are great tools to prevent an excessive number of ads and increase the security of web browsing sessions. However, there is plenty of rogue ad-blocking extensions that deliver advertisement campaigns or change web browser settings without permission. Thus, to remove Search.grilime.com, you should first check for suspicious browser extensions such as Adblocker for YouTube.

In case the Search.grilime.com removal is not successful, but the mentioned extension is present, you should go to the following folder and delete its contents:

C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions

If that does not help, you should then scan your machine with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes, or another powerful anti-malware and then fix virus damage with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. You can also attempt to look for the installed potentially unwanted applications via the Control Panel (Windows) or Applications (Mac) – we explain how below.

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To remove Search.grilime.com, follow these steps:

Remove Search.grilime.com from Windows systems

To delete potentially unwanted programs from a Windows machine, please follow these steps:

  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.grilime.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.grilime.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.grilime.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.

Delete Search.grilime.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Search.grilime.com from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Search.grilime.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.grilime.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.grilime.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Search.grilime.com 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 Search.grilime.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.grilime.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.grilime.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.grilime.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Search.grilime.com from Google Chrome

Get rid of Adblocker for YouTube or another suspicious browser extension on Google Chrome:

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

Remove Search.grilime.com from Safari

You can reset Safari if you are unable to delete some extensions:

  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.grilime.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.grilime.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.grilime.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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