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Search.pitchofcase.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Search.pitchofcase.com is a browser hijacker that targets Mac computers

Search.pitchofcase.com virus example

Search.pitchofcase.com is a bogus search tool that has features of the browser hijacker. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) spreads bundled with various free software that users can download from the Internet. Soon after infiltration, it hijacks affected browser’s startup page and built-in search box.

Summary
Name Search.pitchofcase.com
Type Browser hijacker
Danger level Medium. Cannot cause direct damage, but increases chances to catch malware
Symptoms Replaced homepage and default search engine; redirects to unknown websites, delivery of ads.
Targeted OS Mac OS X
Distribution methods Third-party download websites, software bundling
To remove Search.pitchofcase.com, install Reimage and run a full system scan

Search.pitchofcase.com virus does not seem to affect Windows machine. This unwanted application is designed to hack only Mac OS X.[1] Hence, it might hijack Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or any other browser with his compatible with macOS.

Once inside, Pitchofcase might make some changes to the system and install additional components to follow some of the following tasks:

  • Set hxxp://search.pitchofcase.com/ as default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL address;
  • Trigger search redirects to Yahoo;
  • Prevent users from Search.pitchofcase.com removal;
  • Initiate redirects to third-party websites;
  • Display ads which promote suspicious software or services;
  • Track information about users.

The real purpose of Pitchofcase is to promote various programs or increase traffic to commercial websites in order to generate advertising-based revenue. Therefore, it does not enhance browsing experience and gives no benefit to users.

Nevertheless, it redirects search queries to Yahoo; trusting them is not recommended. The PUP might trigger redirects to third-party sites as soon as you click on a result link. The problem with such search.pitchofcase.com redirect tendencies is not an inability to find needed information easily, but a promotion of the affiliate sites.

However, these redirects hide the biggest dangers of Pitchofcase virus. Some of these sites might be used for spreading malware or phishing attempts. Therefore, it’s not recommended to use this tool and get rid of as soon as it shows on the browser.

As we have mentioned, Search.pitchofcase.com removal is not that simple. The hijacker prevents from setting your preferred search tool as default one. In order to do so, you have to uninstall questionable browser extensions[2] and applications and reset the browser.

You can follow manual Pitchofcase removal guide at the end of the article, or you can speed up the process by scanning the system with Reimage or another reputable anti-malware.

A bogus search tool is promoted in software bundles

Search.pitchofcase.com hijack is most likely to occur when you download apps from third-party sources. These programs are usually bundles that might be spreading unwanted applications. For this reason, you have to always “unpack” freeware before clicking “Install” button.

To do so, opt for “Advanced” instead of “Recommended” installation settings. The latter settings do not let to see what optional apps are attached to the primary program. However, they are designed to install the whole bundle and surprising you with unwanted apps.

Meanwhile, when using “Advanced” installer, you have to unmark pre-selected third-party apps or agreements to change your default search engine.

Get rid of Search.pitchofcase.com

Search.pitchofcase.com removal can be performed either manually or automatically. The latter method is simpler and recommended for less skilled computer users. However, it’s perfect for those who want to get rid of hijacker within a few clicks.

However, if you prefer to remove Search.pitchofcase.com manually, you can find the detailed explanation below. Keep in mind that you need not only uninstall suspicious applications but delete associated files and reset web browser too.

Security experts from bedynet.ru[3] tell that users often miss some of the related components because they might be hidden in the system. As a result, Mac browsers get hijacked again. For this reason, automatic elimination is recommended.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes 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.pitchofcase.com, follow these steps:

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Eliminate Search.pitchofcase.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.pitchofcase.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.pitchofcase.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.pitchofcase.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.

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Erase Search.pitchofcase.com from Mac OS X system

Follow these steps to eliminate Search.pitchofcase.com from Mac OS X entirely:

  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.pitchofcase.com 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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Uninstall Search.pitchofcase.com 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.pitchofcase.com 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.pitchofcase.com 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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Get rid of Search.pitchofcase.com 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.pitchofcase.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Search.pitchofcase.com 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.pitchofcase.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.pitchofcase.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Search.pitchofcase.com from Google Chrome

Uninstall all questionable extensions that might be related to Pitchofcase and reset 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.pitchofcase.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.pitchofcase.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate Search.pitchofcase.com from Safari

These guidelines will help you to get rid of the cyber threat 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.pitchofcase.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.pitchofcase.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.pitchofcase.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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