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Remove Search.pensirot.com virus (Free Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Search.pensirot.com – a browser hijacker that forces to use a shady search engine

The image of Search.pensirot.com search engine

Search.pensirot.com is just one of many other fake Internet search engines,[1] such as search.worthut.com, search.mogobiggy.com, and search.pikatika.com. Originally, it claims to improve user’s Internet browsing proficiency, and at first glance, it may seem convenient.

Yet, the users should be aware that this site is using mischief download and installation setups that change the browser’s options without permission. Moreover, it collects browsing-related data. These negative features put so-called Search.pensirot.com virus to the browser hijackers’ category.

Most commonly Safari, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers are chosen as targets. Shortly after hijacking any of these browsers, setups work to modify the base options of the browser by assigning to search.pensirot.com: homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL. Even though these changes are not very significant, the problem is that there is no possibility to revert them.

Researchers spotted that setups also install third-party unwanted programs and/or plug-ins without permission as well. These third-party programs and plug-ins are designed to rearrange above-mentioned options again when the user tries to change them. This is the reason why restarting browsers to their original state is almost impossible, and users continue to browse through search.pensirot.com.

Moreover, users should be aware that Search.pensirot.com collects browsing-related data, that can be personally identifiable and lead to security and privacy issues. Valuable data gathered such as geolocations, IP addresses, pages visited are sold to third-party companies, and user’s privacy is put at risk.

Another significant disadvantage is the exhausted system’s resources. Computers performance can rapidly decrease due to the various processes run by unwanted programs and/or plug-ins. One of the most common processes is mining of cryptocurrency in the system’s background.[2] Thus, to protect your device from overheating or prevent system slowdowns, you should hurry up with search.pensirot.com removal.

The internet contains various fake search engines, which judging on the first appearance might look the same and offer handy functions including weather forecast, currency exchange rates, etc., while in real life are completely useless. The main aim of search.pensirot.com and similar browser hijackers is to increase revenue for their developers.

The research has shown that instead of providing functionality fake search engines might cause redirects to other websites, display malware-laden ads, pop-ups or even contain malevolent material that could infect user’s computer and etc. Hence, we encourage users to be aware of the Search.pensirot.com redirect dangers they to face while using this fake search engine.

However, you should not tolerate these changes on your browser and risk to encounter serious cyber threats. As soon as you notice unknown website on your browser, obtain ReimageIntego or another security program. Scanning the system with updated too will help to remove Search.pensirot.com as well as other potentially unwanted programs from the device.

The picture of Search.pensirot.com virusSearch.pensirot.com virus works as a browser hijacker that targets Mac OS X users.

Browser hijacker might be installed together with free programs

While many might ask how did Search.pensirot.com hijack occur, the answer is simple. The developers use deceptive marketing method — bunlding, which allows the installation of additional programs, while installing the regular apps or software.

Experts from Bedynet[3] remind that users should carefully follow the steps when downloading and installing programs, yet many get easily annoyed by the process and skip many of them. Developers intentionally hide such information about the modifications behind “Custom/Advanced” settings and users in a rush suffer from the consequences.

Many of other unwanted programs are installed using the same method. Hence, in order to protect themselves, users must carefully analyze each step of the installation.

Removal of the Search.pensirot.com

There are two ways how you can remove search.pensirot.com from your web browser – automatic and manual. The latter option might be complicated due to hijacker’s ability to install “helper objects” and other entries that protect this PUP from elimination. However, the instructions below will help you to complete this task properly.

However, you can always speed up search.pensirot.com removal with anti-malware software. All you have to do is to choose a reputable tool, update it and run a full system scan.

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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To remove Search.pensirot.com virus, follow these steps:

Remove Search.pensirot.com 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.pensirot.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.pensirot.com 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.pensirot.com 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.

Eliminate Search.pensirot.com from Mac OS X system

Follow these steps to remove all suspicious applications that might be responsible for installing Search.pensirot.com hijacker:

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Search.pensirot.com from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Search.pensirot.com-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 Search.pensirot.com, 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 related to Search.pensirot.com and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Search.pensirot.com-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Search.pensirot.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Search.pensirot.com and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Search.pensirot.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Search.pensirot.com virus 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 Search.pensirot.com-related 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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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

Erase Search.pensirot.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall add-ons, browser extensions and reset Firefox to terminate Search.pensirot.com virus.

  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.pensirot.com 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.pensirot.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Search.pensirot.com from Google Chrome

These instructions will help you to wipe out browser hijacker from the browser entirely:

  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.pensirot.com 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.pensirot.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Search.pensirot.com from Safari

In order to set your preferred homepage as default one, you should follow these steps and remove the hijacker from Safari first:

  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.pensirot.com 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.pensirot.com, 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.pensirot.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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