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Remove Search Know ads (Tutorial)

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

If “Ads by Search Know” are attacking your computer, you should know that Search Know adware has infiltrated your computer. This troublesome program belongs to the group of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and is known for various advertising techniques.

How does Search Know work?

Some hardly reliable sources sponsor search Know, and these sources seek to increase web traffic to their Internet pages. Search Know functions to promote such websites. For that, it displays advertisements that usually look very appealing. However, they are fake ads. This program does not provide any real-life deals or offers; the only intention is to attract the victim to click on these ads and explore their content. Of course, you are not going to see any content that was advertised by Search Know ads; in most cases you are going to experience Search Know redirects to third-party websites. Please be very careful if you happen to click on such misleading ad – third-party websites can promote suspicious files or ask you to fill suspicious surveys. You should remember that it is not wise to enter your personal information on unreliable websites, and especially do NOT enter your credit card info on any of such websites! It is not safe. Besides, Search Know works as a browser hijacker as well, so it replaces your default homepage with search.searchitknow.com and can generate altered search results that can also redirect you to suspicious websites.

Please remember another fact about SearchKnow – it can collect information about your browsing activity. It can achieve such information – your browsing history, your search queries, your downloads list, bookmarks list and so on. Such information is used to predict your interests and generate targeted ads. Sadly, we do not know if Search Know developers do not use this information for other questionable purposes. Needless to say, the best decision would be to remove this suspicious and useless program from your PC. Try ReimageIntego anti-malware – it is a trustworthy program, which is used to detect and delete various parasites and computer threats.

Search Know ads

How can Search Know hijack my computer if I did not give my permission for that?

Questions about Search Know ads

Search Know is not a program that is distributed in a direct way – commonly it is marketed together with other legitimate free programs. You should not think that installing new programs requires just a few clicks on the “Next” button – in reality, you have to check several things before allowing new software to place its files on your Windows Registry. Please be careful and read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy forms as well – these documents usually reveal if the software you have just downloaded includes any supplemental applications. Moreover, install the software safely – select “advanced” or “custom” installation options and reject any unfamiliar statements by deselecting the boxes placed near them. So basically you need to do just two security checks before finishing the installation process – it is an effortless task, and it is very easy to ensure your computer’s safety.

How can I remove this annoying app?

We believe that you understand why Search Know is not a useful program. We highly doubt that you want to keep such PC intruder on your system anymore. Therefore, you can use our guidelines how to remove it. We have provided them below the article. However, if you want to forget about spyware and ensure your computer’s stability for a long time, consider installing SpyHunter.

FAQ about this program:

Question: I keep seeing ads labeled as “Search Know ads”. However, whenever I click on them, I end up on a website that is not associated with the ad content… What is the problem?

Answer: You should not trust ads by Search Know virus, because this virus does not provide any useful content at all. It only seeks to increase affiliate marketing, so that is why you end up on unfamiliar websites. To remove these ads, you need to remove the adware that generates them. Follow the steps below to remove it:

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To remove Search Know ads, follow these steps:

Remove Search Know from Windows systems

To remove Search Know ads from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Search Know ads (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase Search Know from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Search Know ads from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Search Know 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 Know ads 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 Know ads removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Search Know ads 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 Know ads-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

Get rid of Search Know from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Search Know ads and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Search Know ads did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Search Know ads removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete Search Know from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Search Know ads by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Search Know ads-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Search Know ads removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Search Know from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Search Know ads and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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  1. Kiara says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 4:28 am

    Thanks for the help. I wouldnt have done this without assistance.

  2. Beth1135 says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 4:41 am

    I did not know that I have to reset my Internet browser after deleting Search Know extension. I thought that it is enough to uninstall the parasite program and delete the extension from the browser. I learned something new:)

  3. mittendorf says:
    November 10th, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Nasty ads were decreasing my browsing speed and I could not do my work using google drive as fast as normally. Delete it as soon as possible! This mix of adware and a browser hijacker is really nasty program, believe me…

  4. tomboy says:
    November 11th, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Such a sneaky app! So it means I will have to investigate each element I download to my computer. I feel so insecure on the Internet!

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