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Remove Search.hidesearch.bid (Virus Removal Guide) - Easy Removal Guide

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

Installation of hidesearch_DS add-on might result in hijacked web browser

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Search.hidesearch.bid is a highly suspicious search engine that belongs to ChumSearch browser hijacker’s family. This potentially unwanted application spreads as the hidesearch_DS browser extension in freeware downloads. Though, once it sneaks into the computer unnoticed, it might hijack all browsers installed on the affected machine.

Search.hidesearch.bid virus seems to be aimed at Mac OS X[1] users. The main of the search tool has a link to MacKeeper website. However, this cleaning and protection tool for Macs is also known as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

The homepage of Search.hidesearch.bid looks simple and legitimate. It includes about page, links to Amazon and Alixpress, and redirect search queries to Bing results page which is absolutely legit. However, the links to the popular shopping platforms seem to be modified. Therefore, doing your shopping via these links might let you fall for Amazon virus or Aliexpress virus.

However, it’s important to mention possibly dangerous Search.hidesearch.bid redirect tendencies. Despite the fact that this search tool displays Bing search results, it still can initiate redirects to third-party websites once you click on a needed link. In this way, developers generate revenue from driving traffic to partners sites.

Keep in mind that these websites might belong to cybercriminals. Thus, after the Search.hidesearch.bid hijack, you might become a victim of a phishing attack, technical support scam or get infected with ransomware.[2]

Thus, once you discovered that your browser’s homepage, default search engine or/and new tab URL address was replaced with an unknown domain, you should look up for hidesearch_DS extension and other suspicious components on your browser and computer.

We recommend simplifying Search.hidesearch.bid removal with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. However, you can also use other anti-malware software which is capable of detecting recent cyber threats and eliminating them entirely.

Additionally, you can follow the guidelines given at the end of the article and remove Search.hidesearch.bid manually. However, security experts from NoVirus.uk[3] note that if you are dealing with the hijacker for the first time, it’s better to dedicate this task to the security software to avoid failure.

Example of Search.hidesearch.bid virusSearch.hidesearch.bid is a browser hijacker that pretends to be a regular search engine.

“Unpacking” software installers help to avoid browser hijack

The suspicious browser extension that is responsible for altering browser’s settings spreads in the freeware or shareware packages. Generally speaking, you might find it offered to download together with any free programs. Thus, you should watch out and do not accidentally install it.

When using Advanced/Custom installers, you might see the list of pre-selected third-party applications or find the statements like “I agree to make Search.hidesearch.bid my default search engine.” Thus, you have to remove these ticks to prevent from browser hijack and other unpleasant features.

Keep in mind that Standard, Recommended or Quick settings to do not have this functionality. For this reason, when you use one of these installers, you give indirect permission for PUPs to infiltrate the system. It goes without saying that you should not use them.

Delete Search.hidesearch.bid virus and reset browser’s settings

To remove Search.hidesearch.bid from the startup page and replace your built-in search engine, you have to uninstall all browser extensions, programs and helper objects that might be associated with a browser hijacker.

You can follow our prepared manual Search.hidesearch.bid removal guide and do this task by yourself. However, you can also save your time and let anti-malware program to do the job for you.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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.hidesearch.bid, follow these steps:

Get rid of Search.hidesearch.bid from Windows systems

Typically, Search.hidesearch.bid browser hijacker targets Mac OS X. However, if it hijacked your Windows browser, you should look up for hijacker-related components in the system too.

  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.hidesearch.bid and related programs
    Here, look for Search.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid 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.

Erase Search.hidesearch.bid from Mac OS X system

Follow these steps to remove all virus-related files and programs from Mac OS X:

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

Remove Search.hidesearch.bid from Applications folder:

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

Delete Search.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Search.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid-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

Eliminate Search.hidesearch.bid from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall hidesearch_DS and other questionable add-ons to remove this suspicious search tool from the browser. Then reset Mozilla Firefox.

  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.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Search.hidesearch.bid from Google Chrome

The instructions below will show you how to wipe out browser hijacker 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.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Search.hidesearch.bid from Safari

After the hidesearch_DS hijack, you should recover Safari as show below:

  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.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid, 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.hidesearch.bid removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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