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Remove Search.hideyoursearch.win (Free Instructions) - Removal Guide

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Search.hideyoursearch.win hijacker corrupts your browsing sessions

The image of Search.hideyoursearch.win browser hijacker

Search.hideyoursearch.win is a fake search engine which supposedly enhances your browsing experience. It is visually identical to few other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) like Search.seemoviesonline.stream, Search.kshowonline.stream, and others. Unsurprisingly, these browser hijackers[1] are created by the same developer – ChumSearch.

This unreliable search engine is offered on Chrome Web Store as an extension for Google Chrome. However, there is a high possibility that the developers will also create new versions of Hideyoursearch_DS Search for other browsers, like Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.

Despite the fact that the visual look of Search.hideyoursearch.win is almost identical to most popular search engines, like Google, Bing, Yahoo and others, they have no connection with each other. Additionally, this potentially unwanted program performs alterations on the browser without your permission.

Soon after Search.hideyoursearch.win hijack occurs, the suspicious app changes user's homepage, search engine and new tab URL to hxxp://search.hideyoursearch.win/. Unfortunately, people cannot reverse such modifications easily.

It is also worth mentioning that Hideyoursearch.win is closely affiliated to Mackeeper pop-up ads which bother users with never-ending offers to get this system maintenance tool. Likewise, it is evident that this shady search engine is interested in increasing advertising revenue rather than enhancing users' browsing sessions.

If that is not enough, Search.hideyoursearch.win redirect to sponsored websites occurs continuously. These domains belong to third-parties, and ChumSearch takes no responsibility for any damage caused by linking you to their realms. Without a doubt, this activity is dangerous as the delivered content can be remarkably hazardous and lead to malware installation.

The illustration of Search.hideyoursearch.win browser hijackerSearch.hideyoursearch.win tries to take over your browser by making itself as the primary search provider.

HideYourSearch program records non-personally identifiable infromation (non-PII)[1] data (in addition to some personally identifiable information), which is stated in ChumSearch’s privacy policy:

When you Use the Software & Services, we automatically collect and store the following types of information:

  1. Technical Information;
  2. Usage Information;
  3. Social Networks;
  4. Registration Related Information;
  5. Support Related Information.

Be aware that such data collection indicates a tracking of personal details, including names, addresses, e-mails, phone numbers, etc. There are no guarantees that the company will protect your information against exposure. Therefore, we advise you to remove Search.hideyoursearch.win from your machine.

If you struggle with Search.hideyoursearch.win removal, try our manual elimination guidelines. You can find them at the end of this article or try to get rid of the browser hijacker automatically with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

There are several ways to avoid infections

The first step to the malware-free computer is carefulness. Despite the fact that this browser hijacker is offered on Chrome Web Store, it can also spread via software-bundles.

Likewise, people should pay extreme attention when installing third-party applications — they might carry a PUP inside their installers. Additionally, BedyNet.ru[2] team says that there are several precautionary measures users should take while browsing the internet:

  1. Never use Recommended/Quick mode when installing freeware from the web as they are known to be integrated with adware and other unwanted programs;
  2. Read online reviews about the program/extension you are about to install. The best way to find out whether the product is useful or not is by hearing it from those who have already used the services;
  3. Download and install a professional security software. Additionally, keep it regularly updated;
  4. Do not click on intrusive ads[3], no matter how tempting the offers are;
  5. If you have been redirected to a dubious website – leave it immediately as browsing in such domains might lead to malware infections.

Remove Search.hideyoursearch.win virus from your machine

Even if you are experiencing all the symptoms of a browser hijacker, do not panic. There are two simple ways how you can get rid of Search.hideyoursearch.win from your computer permanently.

If you would like to attempt to remove Search.hideyoursearch.win virus from your computer by yourself, we have prepared a tutorial which you can find below. However, please be aware that performing the procedure incorrectly might lead you to damaged computer files and hijacker reappearance right after the browser restart.

Therefore, if you are not a proficient computer user, we advise you to proceed with Search.hideyoursearch.win removal using a robust anti-malware tool instead. This method is easy to perform as all the affected files are eliminated automatically.

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.hideyoursearch.win, follow these steps:

Erase Search.hideyoursearch.win from Windows systems

You can protect your Windows by eliminating the adware and its elements.

  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.hideyoursearch.win and related programs
    Here, look for Search.hideyoursearch.win 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.hideyoursearch.win 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.

Get rid of Search.hideyoursearch.win from Mac OS X system

Any redirects to Search.hideyoursearch.win indicate that your Mac is infected. Likewise, follow this guide to get rid of potentially unwanted programs:

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

Remove Search.hideyoursearch.win from Applications folder:

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

Remove Search.hideyoursearch.win 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.hideyoursearch.win 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.hideyoursearch.win removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Search.hideyoursearch.win 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.hideyoursearch.win-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

Delete Search.hideyoursearch.win 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.hideyoursearch.win 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.hideyoursearch.win removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Search.hideyoursearch.win from Google Chrome

You should remove Hideyoursearch_DS extension and reset Chrome afterward.

  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.hideyoursearch.win 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.hideyoursearch.win removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Search.hideyoursearch.win 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.hideyoursearch.win 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.hideyoursearch.win, 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.hideyoursearch.win removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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