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Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com – a fake search engine infecting your computer secretly

Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com browser hijacker

Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com is a browser hijacker[1] and a potentially unwanted program that makes undesirable changes to internet browser settings. Initially, users will see a different startup page and new tab address, as well as redirection of search queries to Yahoo. These results are not entirely genuine as they are littered with multiple sponsored links. This allows Polarity Technologies Ltd to monetize on every click made (pay-per-click scheme is used).

SUMMARY
Name Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com
Type Browser hijacker
Extension Discover My Ancestry
Developer Polarity Technology Ltd.
Compatible browsers Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc.
Symptoms Altered browser settings and search results; increased amount of ads and other sponsored content
Distribution Software bundling
Elimination Download and install Reimage. Otherwise check our guide below

Discover My Ancestry is a browser extension that comes along with a browser hijacker. Overall, the appearance of this tool does not differ from many other PUPs. Nevertheless, It offers users the “improved functionality” by adding quick access buttons to all-things-about-ancestry. Please do not get lured by this, as the unwanted program also has a nasty side, which might not be visible straight away. 

It is crucial you remove Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com virus and other related extensions from your computer. If not, a browser hijacker can attract other PUPs to your Internet Explorer, Safari Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers.

When the unwanted application is installed you can observe the following differences:

  • The homepage is changed to hxxp://search.hdiscovermyancestry.com;
  • Search engine and new tab settings are altered; 
  • Certain pages become impossible to navigate to;
  • The browser is filled with unwanted ads, pop-ups and similar;
  • Redirects can bring to suspicious sites;
  • The web browser is working sluggishly.

These modifications to your browser can significantly decrease the performance and speed. What is worse, redirects and questionable ads can bring you to dangerous websites where malicious JavaScript[2] can sneakily install malware on your machine. In the worst case, you might have to deal with ransomware – it can lock up your files and demand payment for a decryption key.

Also, an unsettling fact is that Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com uses data-tracking technologies. It allows potentially unwanted programs to reach information regarding your search queries, most viewed and searched websites, geo-location. Information tracking is an important part of a browser-hijacking software as this data is later used by advertisement providers to generate and display the specific content.

We recommend you to remove Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com using Reimage tool for best results. Browser hijacker can redirect you to other software providers that are not legitimate, and these questionable downloads can be potentially harmful.

Browser hijackers are hidden within software bundles

Potentially unwanted programs like browser hijackers come to your computer with freeware you are installing incorrectly. People tend to skip through steps of the installation when they do not pay enough attention (for example – clicking “Next” without looking should sound familiar to many).

Freeware developers often attach additional components into software installers. If you are not careful enough, you will end up with potentially unwanted programs, like browser hijackers or adware. 

By choosing Advanced or Custom options during installation processes, you see the full list of programs that will be installed on your system. At this point, you can deselect any unwanted software and only leave the desired application.

Proceed with search.hdiscovermyancestry.com removal now and protect your privacy

Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com virus can infect your computer without your consent. However, as soon as you spot the PUP, you can instantly eliminate it. You should use a certified anti-malware tool if you want to clean your computer system correctly. On the other hand, you can also use our manual Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com removal guide below.

We recommend using one of the tools mentioned below. These programs can help you to eliminate the PUP in just a few minutes. Also, it is worth scanning your system occasionally to check for malware, as browser hijackers might link you to dangerous places on the internet. 

Security experts[3] warn that you should not try to remove Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com manually if you are not too familiar with computers and their processes. In the worst case scenario, you might even damage critical system files and put your system at the failure risk.

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.hdiscovermyancestry.com, follow these steps:

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Remove Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com from Windows systems

If you want to eliminate Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com from Windows, 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.hdiscovermyancestry.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.hdiscovermyancestry.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.hdiscovermyancestry.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.

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Uninstall Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com from Mac OS X system

  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.hdiscovermyancestry.com 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.hdiscovermyancestry.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

  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.hdiscovermyancestry.com 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.hdiscovermyancestry.com 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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Erase Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge as soon as the PUP is exterminated:

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.hdiscovermyancestry.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Search.hdiscovermyancestry.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.hdiscovermyancestry.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.hdiscovermyancestry.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Search.hdiscovermyancestry.com from 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.hdiscovermyancestry.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.hdiscovermyancestry.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Search.hdiscovermyancestry.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.hdiscovermyancestry.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.hdiscovermyancestry.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.hdiscovermyancestry.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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