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Remove Search.romandos.com virus (Removal Instructions) - Dec 2017 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Romandos is a downloader software that can hijack your Mac OS

Search.romandos.com virus

Romandos is yet another downloader that promotes a related search engine called Search.romandos.com. This search engine has caused lots of questions for those who are using Mac operating system[1]. Besides, it is related to an infamous Genieo virus.

At first, it looks like a regular search site, but later on it reveals its shady intentions to redirect the user to questionable third-party sites. Romandos Search does so because it seeks to generate revenue by promoting particular websites which, unfortunately, can hardly be counted as trustworthy.

Romandos virus appears to be designed for Mac users mainly; however, inattentive Windows users are at the risk of installing it, too. Once inside the system, it sets http://Search.romandos.com/ as default start and new tab site on Safari, Chrome, and other web browsers. However, you should try to avoid its installation at all costs.

Speaking of security dangers[2] that can arise during search sessions implemented via Romandos, you should take into account that thanks to this hijacker you can install spyware or malware programs, reveal your personal information and unexpectedly visit inappropriate websites (adult-only, gambling, or even phishing sites).

Techniques that are typically used by software developers to trick unsuspecting victims into clicking sponsored ads and install extra programs, are usually related to their tracking. Hijacker starts working behind your back as soon as it gets into the system. While technically this information is considered as personally non-identifiable, you should still try not to reveal your email address or computer's IP address to strangers. The easiest way to protect it is to initiate Romandos removal on your computer.

Ads provided in search results belong to various ad networks that the defined browser hijacker collaborates with. In the Terms of Use document provided on the main page of the search engine, you can find very suspicious statements:

Moreover, Romandos is meant to install the Software and the Approved Offers, and as such, they are not covered by this Agreement, we nor our subsidiaries, officers, affiliates and its licensors, shall never be liable, to the fullest extent possible, for any damage resulting from their actions or use.

Therefore, you can see that the potentially unwanted program can install “approved offers,” but it does not claim liability for any damage resulting from such action. That is simply dangerous, so we recommend you to to remove Romandos with all related components. To make this procedure easier, you can rely on ReimageIntego.

Search.romandos.com redirectSearch.romandos.com virus is a suspicious program that causes annoying browser redirects on purpose. It seeks to push the user to affiliate websites and generate revenue this way.

Distribution of Mac-hijacking parasites

Potentially unwanted programs that hijack browser’s settings are available for Mac and Windows; however, users of these operating systems often overlook important statements provided by software installers and end up with questionable software or applications on their computers without knowing.

If possible, customize the installation, says DieViren.de team of experts[3]. If you can see “Custom” or “Advanced” option, choose it without any hesitations. It will give you a possibility to drop off unwanted elements such as Romandos downloader that are bundled with your download.

Deleting Romandos with its components

If you were tricked into downloading this downloader to your PC system, make sure you get rid of it right away. The easiest way to exterminate potentially unwanted programs and, in this case, complete Romandos removal is to use a security software compatible with the operating system you use. You can find a list of suggested programs below.

If you feel like removing this browser hijacker by yourself, use the guidelines provided by our expert team to remove Romandos virus for good. Be diligent and make sure you do not leave any of hijacker’s components on your computer.

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.romandos.com virus, follow these steps:

Delete Search.romandos.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.romandos.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.romandos.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.romandos.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.romandos.com from Mac OS X system

Find Romandos downloader and Genieo and uninstall them from your Mac.

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

Remove Search.romandos.com from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Search.romandos.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.romandos.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.romandos.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Search.romandos.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.romandos.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.romandos.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.romandos.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.romandos.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Search.romandos.com from Google Chrome

delete everything related to Romandos or Genieo from 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.romandos.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.romandos.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Search.romandos.com from Safari

Delete every Safari extension that has relations with Genieo or Romandos.

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

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