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Search Manager redirect. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Search Manager – Chrome extension that manifests as a browser hijacker

Search Manager hijack example

Search Manager is an untrustworthy Google Chrome's 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 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 users browsing activities. 

Name Search Manager
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 Reimage

 Cybersecurity community is actively searching for Search Manager 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 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, Search Manager 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 searchmgr.com and Search Manager 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.

If you are unhappy with the service it provides or if you did not ask for it at all, you should remove Search Manager 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 Reimage

Experts from virukset.fi[2] also prompt people do not delay Search Manager removal. 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 Search Manager 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 Search Manager removal. If you still experience difficulties, do not hesitate to contact us on the Ask Us platform.

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To remove Search Manager redirect, follow these steps:

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Uninstall Search Manager from Windows systems

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

  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 Manager and related programs
    Here, look for Search Manager 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 Manager 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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Erase Search Manager from Mac OS X system

Search Manager virus on Mac OS is also a common issue. If Chrome browser has been compromised on your Mac device, please follow this guide to solve the problem out.

  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 Manager 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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Remove Search Manager 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 Manager 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 Manager 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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Delete Search Manager redirect from Microsoft Edge

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 Manager should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Search Manager 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 Manager 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 Manager removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Search Manager 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.

  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 Manager 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 Manager removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Uninstall Search Manager 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 Manager 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 Manager, 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 Manager removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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