Search Maven is known for its questionable activities that initiate annoying advertisements, banner ads and similar notifications that are filled with sponsored links. In order to start displaying these unwanted and annoying pop-ups, Search Maven hijacks web browsers and starts manipulating them. You may be displayed not only additional pop-ups, in-text ads, search ads and other sponsored links. Search Maven may also track and record your browsing habits in order to use this information for commercial reasons. Although this potentially unwanted program is promoted as a useful tool that should display more relevant ads, coupons and price comparisons for online shoppers, it hardly delivers what it promises. If you are one of these users who noticed Search Maven virus on their computers without downloading it, you should follow a guide at the end of this post:
How can Search Maven infiltrate my computer?
You can add this unnecessary program to your system by downloading it directly from its official website where it is promised to make people's browsing experience better. However, sometimes Search Maven redirects start out of nowhere. That's because the developers of similar questionable programs are very inventive and use quite unfair distribution methods. One of these methods is called bundling. Free and downloadable programs are the best medium for transmitting doubtful programs, such as Search Maven. We can give you a couple of tips on how to avoid unwanted programs. Firstly, don't be too hasty and don't rush the entire installation process. Don't click next…next…next when installing doubtful free programs. Secondly, select advanced or custom installation method. By doing so, you will be able to see what program you are installing and what comes attached to it. Thirdly, opt out of every additional extension/plug-in/toolbar/add-on you are not sure about. If Search Maven is added to your system without you knowing about it, we recommend removing it.
How to remove Search Maven from my computer?
If you noticed Search Maven redirects, there is no point for you to leave this unwanted program on your computer. Otherwise, you should be prepared for irritating and annoying distractions. In order to remove it from the system, follow these instructions:
- Uninstall unknown freeware via Add/Remove Programs list. For that, use these instructions:
- Click Start -> Control Panel -> Programs (or Add/Remove Programs) -> Uninstall a Program.
- Here, look for Search Maven, PassShow, LyricsViewer, LyricXeeker, Plus-HD 1.3, LyricsGet, BetterSurf, Downloadkepper, SurfEnchance, Feven 1.7, LyricsWoofer, LyricsFan, SimpleLyrics and other recently installed freeware.
- Select 'Uninstall/Change' and click OK to save the changes.
- Reset your browsers:
- Open Internet Explorer, click the Gear icon or ‘Tools‘ -> 'Internet Options'.
- Here, go to the 'Advanced' tab and click the 'Reset' button.
- Go to the 'Reset Internet Explorer settings' -> 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' option.
- Finally, click 'Close' and OK to save the changes.
- Open Mozilla Firefox, go to the 'Help' section -> 'Troubleshooting Information'.
- Here, choose a 'Reset Firefox’ for a couple of times and 'Finish'.
- Click the Chrome menu button, select 'Tools' -> 'Extensions', find unknown extensions and remove them by clicking Recycle bin.
- Now click 'Settings' -> 'Show Advanced settings' -> 'Reset browser settings' and click 'Reset'.
Finally, for deeper inspection of your system, you should also scan your computer with reliable anti-malware tool. These programs will help you to make sure that it's totally clean: Reimage, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareWebroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, Malwarebytes Anti Malware.