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Search Manager New Tab – Chrome extension that manifests as a browser hijacker

Search Manager Virus hijack example

Search Manager virus is an untrustworthy Google Chrome extension that can hijack the browser without permission and force its user to use it unwillingly. The official web page of this extension claims that it can provide a custom search experience by replacing the start page with http://searchmgr.com and search engine with Yahoo. It is also said to be exclusive in terms of design (background image, colors, start page preferences, etc.). However, it's yet another browser hijacker[1] and potentially unwanted program (PUP) that seeks to gain profit by promoting third-party websites and monitoring its user's browsing activities.

Name Search Manager Virus
Type Browser hijacker
Distribution Software bundling, safe software updates
Compatible browser Google Chrome
Targeted OS Windows and Mac OS
Symptoms Start page replaced with http://searchmgr.com. Search engine changed to Yahoo. Suspicious links among search results and increment of online ads.
Elimination Manual removal possible (instructions below this article). Automatic removal recommended with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner
System fix After PUP elimination, scan your device with ReimageIntego to fix virus damage

The cybersecurity community is actively searching for virus removal options since 2016 up until now. According to netizens, the tool gets inside PCs without authorization and hijacks Google Chrome. After that, it renders browser helper objects and resists them from being removed.

Search Manager has an official website and is also actively promoted on Chrome Web Store. The ratings show that this program is evaluated quite well. It has accumulated 4 out of 5 stars and, according to the statistics, has been downloaded over 4 million times.

User reviews, on the other hand, already suggest something funny about this program. Most of the users who rated the app with top scores have only submitted obscure and very laconic comments, such as “Really nice,” “Love it!” or “Outstanding.” Such comments can hardly be trusted because malware creators often use such automatically generated content to increase the rating and value of the product.

However, there are some negative reviews though. Dissatisfied users claim that this program generates annoying ads, redirects to random domains, and gets installed on the computer by default along with freeware. These are the typical features of a browser hijacker. Thus, you should be very careful when installing and using this app.

As we have pointed out already, the hijacker promotes customized Yahoo search results. Beware that “customized” in this particular case means that the search results contain links to affiliated websites. Here's the fraction of the program's Privacy Policy:

The Software includes links to third party sites and/or content (collectively, “Third Party Content”), or desktop short cuts to Third Party Content. Any use by you of Third Party Content that is available via the Software is subject to the terms and conditions of any such Third Party Content. You acknowledge that we have no control over and assume no responsibility for Third Party Content.

Thus, by using the this extension you risk exposing your PC to potentially dangerous or even malicious content. Besides, as soon as this misleading extensions settles down on Chrome, Search Data starts leaking to third parties via cookies.

Search Manager virus start page illustratedSearch Manager is not a trustworthy Chrome's extension. It can modify web browser's settings and promote questionable domains

If you are unhappy with the service it provides or if you did not ask for it at all, you should remove the app from your computer unhesitatingly. Unfortunately, the program creators will not be much of help here since the support page does not work and only urges the user to install the Search Manager New Tab extension.

Luckily, you will find a couple of useful elimination tips later in the article. Nevertheless, the easiest way to get rid of PUPs is to scan the system with reliable security tools like ReimageIntego.

Experts from virukset.fi[2] also prompt people do not delay the PUP elimination process. The reputation of this domain is often very poor, so it is possible that some of the related websites could potentially be involved in malware promotion too.

The extension can enter PCs via freeware

As far as we know, this particular Chrome's extension is officially distributed via two main channels. You can download it from the official website, or you can implement the on Chrome browser straight from the Google Store. However, multitude of dissatisfied users claiming that this program being installed on their computers without their consent proves the fact that it is also actively distributed via freeware.[3]

Besides, the program might spread with the help of a bogus software update. When browsing the web, you may see a notification, informing that your software, say, Java, has expired. The notification will insist that you download the update here and now. In reality, what really gets installed is a potentially unwanted program that you did not wish to see on your PC in the first place.

To maintain safe web browsing experience, avoid installing freeware, especially from untrustworthy sources. Besides, opt for Advanced/Custom installation to unpack the bundle and reject installation of PUPs.

Last, but not least, do not install software updates that are promoted online. Unexpected prompts to update browser, Java, Flash Player, etc. are a catch used by cyber crooks to spread PUPs or malware.

Remove Search Manager from your PC

Basically, there are two techniques applied for the hijacker's removal. It is possible to get rid of it manually by initiating an in-depth analysis of the programs that have recently been installed on your PC and elimination of the ones that do not indicate a developer or seems suspicious. Of course, you have to remove Search Manager in the first place.

The other method to get rid of malware is to run a full system scan with a powerful security tool. Anyway, follow the instructions provided below. We hope these guidelines help you get rid of the unwanted app. If you still experience difficulties, do not hesitate to contact us on the Ask Us platform.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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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Getting rid of Search Manager redirect. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

PUPs can be eliminated from Windows quite easily, but to make sure that you do everything properly, please follow this guide:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  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 the entry of the 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.

Delete from macOS

If Chrome browser has been compromised on your Mac device, please follow this guide to solve the problem out.

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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

Remove 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 unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla 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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

As soon as you uninstall related programs, don't forget to reset Google Chrome's settings to default. Otherwise, unwanted search engine and start page won't step aside.

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 the unwanted program 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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted 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. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension 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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Search Manager registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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