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Search.searchcoun2.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Search.searchcoun2.com is a browser hijacker that replaces default search engine

Search.searchcoun2.com search engine

Search.searchcoun2.com is questionable search engine developed by Polarity Technologies. This potentially unwanted application spreads as Coupon Unity extension in freeware bundles. Once inside, it might replace default search engine in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or another browser installed on the affected computer.

Summary
Name Search.searchcoun2.com
Developer Polarity Technologies
Type Browser hijacker
Danger level Medium. Takes control over web browsers
Distribution method Software bundles
To uninstall Search.searchcoun2.com, install Reimage and run a full system scan

The appearance of Search.searchcoun2.com virus typically leads to the diminished browsing experience, an increased amount of ads, and inability to set preferred search engine as default one. However, this Yahoo-based search engine might seem legit at first.

The main page of Search.searchcoun2.com includes links to popular social media websites, email services and gives shortcuts to various discount services. Just like the name of the Coupon Unity browser extension suggests, the program is supposed to provide shopping coupons, discounts and similar services that would enhance shopping online.

However, it’s a potentially unwanted program that does not give much of the benefits to the users. It is created to fulfill developers’ needs. The hijacker is used to generate revenue from online advertising, and this goal is achieved by completing some of these tasks:

  • the hijacker sneaks into the system with the help of freeware or shareware;[1]
  • alters Windows registry and browser’s settings to strengthen its presence and avoid Search.searchcoun2.com removal;
  • sets Yahoo-based search engine instead of user’s preferred one;
  • alters browser’s homepage and new tab URL address;
  • triggers redirects to third-party websites;
  • displays intrusive or misleading ads;[2]
  • collects and possibly shares aggregated details with third-parties and advertising networks.

All of the following activities and changes are done without user’s permission. However, the hijacker not only complicates browsing sessions but might increase chances to suffer from cyber attacks due to Search.searchcoun2.com redirect tendencies.

After Coupon Unity hijack, users can be redirected to questionable websites that are used for various purposes. While some of them might be only promoting their services in a questionable way; others might spread malware or trick users into falling for tech support scams.

Additionally, data tracking capabilities allow creating targeted ads that might seem interesting to click. However, they might include malware or redirect to highly suspicious sites. Therefore, users are advised to stay away from clickable content that is displayed after the hijack and remove Search.searchcoun2.com as soon as possible. The best way to clean this cyber threat is to use Reimage.

A suspicious search engine is advertised in freeware downloads

This bogus search tool is promoted in freeware and shareware installers. During the installation, you might find an offer to install Coupon Unity add-on or set Search.searchcoun2.com as default search engine. However, in order to find and reject these suggestions, you have to use Advanced/Custom setup.

However, security specialists from LosVirus.es[3] warn that users usually opt for Quick/Recommended settings. The problem is that these settings do not reveal about third-party apps offered to install together with a primary program. What is worse, they are silently installed to the system. It goes without saying that you should not rely on these settings anymore.

Eliminate Search.searchcoun2.com virus from the browser

Search.searchcoun2.com removal can be performed in two ways. One of them is manual elimination which requires uninstalling all PUPs and suspicious browser extensions. After that, you have to reset all web browsers installed on your computer or laptop. For more information, check the instructions below.

The second method is simpler and suggests to remove Search.searchcoun2.com automatically. You will need to obtain anti-malware software, scan the system and after the scan, you have to reset affect browsers.

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To remove Search.searchcoun2.com, follow these steps:

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Get rid of Search.searchcoun2.com from Windows systems

To eliminate Search.searchcoun2.com, you have to get rid of all suspicious programs and reset web browsers:

  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.searchcoun2.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.searchcoun2.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.searchcoun2.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.searchcoun2.com 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.searchcoun2.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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Remove Search.searchcoun2.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.searchcoun2.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.searchcoun2.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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Uninstall Search.searchcoun2.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.searchcoun2.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate Search.searchcoun2.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall Coupon Unity and other questionable add-ons that may have been installed without your knowledge of Mozilla Firefox.

  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.searchcoun2.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.searchcoun2.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Search.searchcoun2.com from Google Chrome

Terminate unknown Chrome extensions and reset the browser:

  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.searchcoun2.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.searchcoun2.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of Search.searchcoun2.com 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.searchcoun2.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.searchcoun2.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.searchcoun2.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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