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Remove Search.searcheazel.com virus (Tutorial) - Removal Guide

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

The features of Search.searcheazel.com virus

Search.searcheazel.com virus is another shady search engine developed by Cyprus-based company Polarity Technologies Ltd. Developers have already presented plenty of similar search engines that are described as browser hijackers. These potentially unwanted programs are mostly used as advertising tools, and users only experience negative aspects of them. After Search.searcheazel.com hijack, this application replaces targeted web browser’s homepage, default search engine and in-built search box, new tab URL address, and other possible modifications. When users open an infected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or Safari web browser, they found a new homepage that offers to use an unknown search engine, access various websites through provided shortcuts and toolbar with shady applications provided by Safer Browser. At the bottom of the page, developers leave the links to the Privacy Policy[1] and EULA[2] where you can find out that this tool not only installs tracking cookies[3] but also allows installing partner’s cookies as well. Therefore, developers do not need to share or sell aggregated information about the users to third-party; they allow to get to know users themselves. However, the Privacy Policy reveals that some of the gathered data might be shared to the third-parties and advertising networks. Thus, if you do not want to see your browser crashing from online ads, you should remove Search.searcheazel.com from the computer immediately.

Browser hijackers are not dangerous cyber threats. Though, they might let people enter unsafe websites or encourage to click on a malicious ad or banner.[4] Search.searcheazel.com redirect issues are the main problems of the browser hijacker. Hijackers often employ “virtual layer” that allows placing ads on any website. Though, deceptive, misleading or even malware-laden ads might show up on legitimate Internet sites. Nevertheless, developers of this search engine generate revenue from pay-per-click and affiliate marketing strategies; they do not care about the users and do not take responsibility for promoted third-party content. Hence, while hijacker resides on the system, the chances to become a victim of cyber crimes increases[5]. We highly recommend minimizing the risk of malware attack by scanning the computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. It will perform Search.searcheazel.com removal and protects your machine from the other cyber parasites.

Questions about Search.searcheazel.com virus

The image of Search.searcheazel.com virusSearch.searcheazel.com virus is a potentially unwanted program that hijacks web browsers and alters their settings.

How can I get infected with this virus?

Search.searcheazel.com virus is closely related to the Descargar application; hence, it may get inside the computer when a user installs it. However, it often happens without user’s knowledge because these potentially unwanted programs spread bundled with freeware and shareware. Hence, they are hidden in software packages as extra applications. If the installation of the free programs is performed under Quick or Recommended settings, the users give indirect permission to install all programs that might have been attached to the software package. However, switching from Recommended to Advanced/Custom settings prevents from Search.searcheazel.com hijack. This installation mode reveals the list of optional downloads and there you might find

How can I remove Search.searcheazel.com virus from the computer?

At the end of this article, we have provided detailed and illustrated instructions that will guide you through manual Search.searcheazel.com removal procedure. Be aware that you need not only eliminate this particular hijacker but also other suspicious entries. Don’t forget that problems rarely come alone; just like potentially unwanted programs. You may find plenty suspicious applications installed on the computer and web browsers. However, if you do not want to spend the whole day cleaning your computer, you can remove Search.searcheazel.com automatically. This method requires running a full system scan with anti-malware program.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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.searcheazel.com virus, follow these steps:

Erase Search.searcheazel.com from Windows systems

When eliminating Search.searcheazel.com virus manually, you have to be careful and find all hijacker-related components. If you leave some suspicious apps or extensions, your browsers might be hijacked again. 

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

Follow the instructions below to remove Search.searcheazel.com browser hijacker from Mac. Don’t forget to fix your web browsers too! 

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

Remove Search.searcheazel.com from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Search.searcheazel.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

In order to remove Search.searcheazel.com virus from the Internet Explorer, you have to remove this and related applications from the browser. Go to Settings -> Manage add-ons -> Toolbars and Extensions. Find and uninstall all unknown entries.

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.searcheazel.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.searcheazel.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Search.searcheazel.com virus from Microsoft Edge

Search.searcheazel.com hijacker might have affected Microsoft Edge as well. Follow these steps to fix it: 

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.searcheazel.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

Uninstall Search.searcheazel.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools -> Add-ons -> Extensions. From the list of extensions remove Search.searcheazel.com, Descargar or other extensions that might be developed by Polarity Technologies Ltd.

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

Delete Search.searcheazel.com from Google Chrome

Open the list of extensions. There you have to look for Search.searcheazel.com, Descargar, or other extensions, plugins or toolbars that might be related to the hijacker. Remove them all. 

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

Erase Search.searcheazel.com from Safari

Go to the list of Extensions and remove all questionable entries from the Safari. Look for and delete Search.searcheazel.com, Descargar or other plug-ins, add-ons or extensions created by Polarity Technologies Ltd.

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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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  1. morris says:
    March 3rd, 2017 at 2:38 am

    another fake search engine…

  2. ruth001 says:
    March 3rd, 2017 at 2:39 am

    How could someone decide to use this engine? It looks strange and shady

  3. july says:
    March 3rd, 2017 at 2:40 am

    even the name of the search engine looks strange. its impossible to memorize it.

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