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Remove Search Passage (Tutorial)

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Search Passage: install it or not?

Search Passage might have crossed your path since you are looking for a new search engine or application which helps to browse in a lightning speed and find required information instantly. However, your hopes might soon be shattered after finding out that the program belongs to adware category. Its primary purpose is to cram your browser with intrusive ads and redirect to questionable domains. If you have spotted this PUP accidentally and struggle with remembering how it got into your program in the first place, then, make Search Passage removal your top priority.

The program tries to allure users into downloading it by offering quick access to the search function. Moreover, it also claims to increase browsing speed. If a fast-running computer and smooth browsing are required for your work, then, you might instantly install it without even taking a look at the Privacy Policy of this app. Unlike the majority of adware and browser hijackers, Search Passage collects both, your personal (name, family name, home address) and non-personally identifiable information (search entries, browsing habits, etc.). Moreover, the Policy openly states that personal as well as anonymous information might be shared limitless with other third-party companies for marketing, business, and commercial purposes. The least disturbing effect of such activity results in you receiving an enormous quantity of personal advertisements. The worst outcome – cyber criminals getting access to this data. Afterward, the consequences are highly severe.

The screenshot of Search Passage

Questions about Search Passage

Furthermore, you might also experience Search Passage redirect tendency. It might mislead you to suspicious domains where various kinds of malware might dwell. After such visit to the redirected domains, your operational system might get a complete set of viruses ranging from minor browser hijackers to trojans. Additionally, Search Passage ads might be spotted emerging in every visited website. Note that they have no informational value, though these pay-per-click ads bring benefit to the their developers. All in all, you should restrain from browsing in those websites. Let us warn you to check whether the program did not install additional applications. Due to them, your PC might significantly slow down. Do not waste time and remove Search Passage. Install Reimage Reimage Cleaner to do it for you.

When did Search Passage hijack occur?

Most likely, it happened when you have installed the adware directly from its website or via newly downloaded program. Knowing that users choose the latter and then quickly finish the installation process, the scammers hid the adware under “Recommended” settings. Due to such reckless installation, the adware easily slipped into the PC. If you dislike the idea of getting infected with the adware, then, take note of these recommendations. Choose “Advanced” settings. Later on, take a look whether there are any suspicious add-ons. If you think that they are adware or other unwanted programs, unmark them.

Remove Search Passage from your computer

You can do it installing a malware removal tool which is specifically designed for dealing with adware, malware, and more aggressive viruses. Additionally, you can put an end to Search Passage virus manually with the help of manual instructions. You can look for other or use the ones provided below. Make sure to go accurately through each step in order to complete Search Passage removal. Lastly, you can also boost up your general security of the operational program if you avoid installing new programs recklessly. Before doing this, read reviews about it and their Privacy Policy provisions. After reading them, you may change your mind about installing a program.

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To remove Search Passage, follow these steps:

Uninstall Search Passage from Windows systems

  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 Passage and related programs
    Here, look for Search Passage 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'

Erase Search Passage from Mac OS X system

  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 Passage 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'

Eliminate Search Passage 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 Passage 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 Passage removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Search Passage 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 Passage should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Search Passage 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 Passage 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Search Passage removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Search Passage from Google Chrome

  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 Passage 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Search Passage removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Search Passage 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 Passage or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Passage removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Gregory says:
    May 11th, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Theres no such app which boosts up your browsing.

  2. Janet says:
    May 11th, 2016 at 5:11 am

    No matter whether you use this adware or a legitimate program, I guess, you need to come to terms that on the Internet you lose your privacy.

  3. Sam says:
    May 11th, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Only youngsters can get on this hook…:)

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