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Remove Search.memeinc.net (Simple Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Search.memeinc.net is a browser hijacker which appears on Mac devices only

Search.memeinc.net browser hijacker

Search.memeinc.net is a browser-hijacking application which is created to infect Mac computers.[1] Additionally, this PUP hijacks web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. All the hijacking activity is caused by a rogue browser extension “Meimeinc” which installs on the browser unknowingly. Continuously, https://search.memeinc.net is set as the default search engine and users start receiving search results from it. For further information, Search.memeinc.net virus might install other rogue content which is detected as adware.spigot. If you have spotted this browser-hijacking program on your computer system, you should start looking for elimination techniques, otherwise, the potentially unwanted application might start performing rogue activities such as redirecting to questionable-looking websites and even producing ads.

Name Search.memeinc.net
Category Browser hijacker
Extension Memeinc
OS  This suspicious app targets Mac computers
Browsers The PUP hijacks Chrome, Firefox, Safari 
Search engine https://search.memeinc.net
Distribution Bundles, third-party pages
Detection tool Reimage software 

Search.memeinc.net is a rogue program which can come like out of nowhere. However, it does not come out of anywhere as the user usually installs it by accident. Once this happens, the “Meimeinc” plug-in is injected into the web browser and starts performing changes such as modifying the default search engine, main page, and even the new tab zone.

If you are infected with Search.memeinc.net, you will definitely recognize the https://search.memeinc.net search engine. The worst part is that you will not be able to bring your web browser back to its previous position. Furthermore, you will be forced to use the new search engine and receive search results from Yahoo.com (which is totally useless) until you get rid of the browser-hijacking application.

Furthermore, Memeinc might cause other unwanted activities. For example, browser-hijacking applications are capable of redirecting the user to developer-sponsored content or other unknown websites. However, some of these pages might appear to be infected with malware[2] which you can download and install on your computer within a click on a suspicious link or ad.

You need to remove Search.memeinc.net virus if you want to reverse all changes that were performed by the browser hijacker. You can choose to eliminate the potentially unwanted program by terminating all rogue extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons from your Google Chrome, Safari, or Mozilla Firefox web browsers.

However, note that completing the Search.memeinc.net removal manually might be a difficult process to carry out for simple computer users. If you lack skills and orientation in this field, you should select a reliable tool such as Reimage to detect all browser-hijacker related content. After that, use automatical software to get rid of the potentially unwanted program permanently.

Search.memeinc.net potentially unwanted program
Search.memeinc.net is a potentially unwanted program which hijacks mostly used browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari

Browser-hijacking apps are planted in bundles or unsafe hyperlinks

There are many ways how browser-hijacking applications might be spread, and various locations where they might be met. However, according to LosVirus.es experts, potentially unwanted programs are very likely to be met in:

  • bundled freeware or shareware;[3]
  • infected hyperlinks;
  • third-party sponsored advertisements.

We recommend every user taking care of his/her own online and computer safety. Remember, all third-party sources lack required protection, that is why we suggest using only original downloaders/installers and visiting only well-known web pages. For installation purposes, choose the Custom/Advanced mode on your web browser.

For browsing safety, stay away from questionable-looking websites and avoid clicking on suspicious hyperlinks or stepping on advertisements. Additionally, you can browse for professional antivirus program solutions and download the tool to your computer system. For proper working, make sure that the antivirus software[4] is always updated.

Get rid of Search.memeinc.net redirects and web browser changes

If you have been facing symptoms such as browser changes in the homepage, search engine, and new tab section, redirecting to developer-sponsored content, frequent advertising, and so on, you are very likely to have a browser hijacking app on your system! Detect and remove Search.memeinc.net virus before it starts annoying you even more.

Instead of deciding to use the browser-hijacking application, you should perform the Search.memeinc.net removal with specific anti-malware software or by using our step-by-step guide. Here you will find all technique for removing the Memeinc extension from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or any other infected web browser on your Mac.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they 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.memeinc.net, follow these steps:

Get rid of Search.memeinc.net from Mac OS X system

If you have spotted any browser hijacker-related symptoms on your Mac, make sure that you get rid of the cause. Delete the browser hijacker itself by using these guidelines:

  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.memeinc.net 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'

Remove Search.memeinc.net 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.memeinc.net 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.memeinc.net removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Search.memeinc.net 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.memeinc.net should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Search.memeinc.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Delete all rogue extensions from your Mozilla Firefox web browser. Use these instructions if help is needed:

  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.memeinc.net 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.memeinc.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Search.memeinc.net from Google Chrome

If you have spotted any changes in your Google Chrome web browser, reverse all of them by looking thru this step-by-step guide:

  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.memeinc.net 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.memeinc.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Search.memeinc.net from Safari

If you are using Safari and the browser hijacker has been performing rogue activities via this browser, you can get rid of all potentially unwanted content by performing this guide:

  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.memeinc.net 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.memeinc.net, 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.memeinc.net removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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