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Remove Search.searchfastlm.com virus (Free Instructions) - Tutorial

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Polarity Technologies presents a new browser hijacker – Search.searchfastlm.com

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Search.searchfastlm.com is another bogus search engine created by Polarity Technologies Ltd. This browser hijacker spreads bundled with Fast Local Maps application which is powered by SaferBrowser. However, your browser might be hijacked after installation of other free application.

The main page of this search tool includes quick access to Local Weather forecast app that is also related to authors of the suspicious PUP named Safer Browser. Here you might also find shortcuts to Google and Bing maps, Facebook, Gmail and other well-known sites.

Once you enter keywords into the search box, Search.searchfastlm.com virus redirects you to search.yahoo.com results page. It seems that authors of this tool participate in Yahoo’s affiliate program only. However, the situation might change soon, and this program might follow the traditional path of the browser hijacker and start altering search results.

The purpose of this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is to promote various websites, applications, and other content. The hijacker might deliver lots of ads and banners that aggressively seek for your click. If the goal is achieved and you click on an advertisement, developers generate revenue for your visit to a third-party website.

However, some of the Search.searchfastlm.com redirect tendencies are concerning and might end up with serious problems. Developers of this tool do not take responsibility for partners’ content. Thus, ads might be malicious[1] and lead to potentially dangerous or infected websites. For this reason, you should stay away from ads after the appearance of this search tool.

If finding a new homepage and default search engine was a surprise for you, you should not hesitate and scan the computer with anti-malware. The program, such as ReimageIntego, can remove Search.searchfastlm.com together with other suspicious components that may have been installed without your knowledge.

One of the problems with this tool is that the hijacker might enter the system silently. It travels in software bundles, and if a user installs freeware incorrectly, PUPs are downloaded as well. Apart from sneaky distribution method, Search.searchfastlm.com might also make various system modifications in order to block user’s attempts to use another search provider.

Nevertheless, Search.searchfastlm.com removal might be slightly complicated; you should not delay this task. The Privacy Policy tells that users agree that hijacker collects various information about a user and shares it with-third parties. Thus, if you value your privacy,[2] you should scroll down to the end of the article and learn more about virus removal.

Illustration of Search.searchfastlm.com virusSearch.searchfastlm.com virus affects targeted web browsers, alters their settings and starts delivering lots of commercial content.

Tips to avoid browser hijack

If your browser was hijacked, you should learn how and when it happened in order to avoid similar problems in the future. Browser hijackers, adware and other potentially unwanted programs spread in software packages.

The majority of freeware and shareware include additional components which most of the time are useless programs, suspicious browser extensions, and other annoying applications. In order to stop their installation, you have to:

  • choose reliable software download websites;
  • opt for Advanced/Custom installation settings (avoid Quick/Recommended setup!);
  • monitor installation process;
  • untick all pre-selected programs and agreements to change your search engine.

Keep in mind that doesn’t matter where you live – in one of the largest cities in America or the smallest village in Hungary,[3] potentially unwanted programs can find you anywhere if you forget these security tips.

Manual and automatic removal of the Search.searchfastlm.com virus

There are two ways how you can remove Search.searchfastlm.com from your browser and computer – manual and automatic. Automatic option is easier than manual. Thus, if you are not experienced computer user, you should opt for this option and dedicate virus elimination for security software.

Meanwhile, manual Search.searchfastlm.com removal requires to look through recently installed programs and browser extensions and decide which entries should be uninstalled. Keep in mind that hijacker may have installed various applications and tracking cookies to IE, Chrome, Firefox or another browser. Thus, you should reset them too.

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.searchfastlm.com virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Search.searchfastlm.com from Windows systems

To remove Search.searchfastlm.com browser hijacker, you have to uninstall it together with related programs from the computer. You should look up for Fast Local Maps and other programs created by Polarity Technologies.

  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.searchfastlm.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.searchfastlm.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.searchfastlm.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.

Delete Search.searchfastlm.com from Mac OS X system

By following the instructions below, find suspicious applications and move them to trash.

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

Remove Search.searchfastlm.com from Applications folder:

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

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

The Internet Explorer might be affected. Thus, you need to open the list of its extensions and remove suspicious applications. Then reset the browser in order to get rid of tracking cookies.

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.searchfastlm.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.searchfastlm.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Search.searchfastlm.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.searchfastlm.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

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

Open Mozilla's extensions. Carefully look through the list. Some of the extensions might be responsible for redirects to Search.searchfastlm.com. Uninstall suspicious entries and reset the browser.

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

Remove Search.searchfastlm.com from Google Chrome

You need to perform two major tasks. First, to remove Fast Local Maps, SaferBrowser and other suspicious extensions or add-ons from Google Chrome. Second, reset the browser to delete tracking cookies and other entries.

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

Uninstall Search.searchfastlm.com from Safari

Follow the steps below to delete browser hijacker from the 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.searchfastlm.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.searchfastlm.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.searchfastlm.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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