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Remove Search.searchgetstt.com (Removal Instructions) - Mar 2018 update

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Search.searchgetstt.com – a fake search engine that offers to test Internet's speed

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Search.searchgetstt.com is a browser hijacker[1] created by Polarity Technologies. However, this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is presented as a Yahoo-based search engine that also offers to test Internet's speed directly from the browser's startup page. Unfortunately, this PUP can enter the system and offer its services aggressively. It was spotted spreading in software bundles as a Get Speed Tracker Now extension.

Summary
Name Search.searchgetstt.com
Type Browser hijacker
Developer Polarity Technologies Ltd
Danger level Medium. Cannot make significant changes to the system or damage it. However, it alters browser's settings and might expose potentially dangerous websites
Symptoms Replaced homepage, default search engine and new tab to hxxp://search.searchgetstt.com/, increased amount of ads appearing on the browser, browser redirects to shady sites, inability to change built-in search engine.
Distribution methods Software bundles
To remove Search.searchgetstt.com, install ReimageIntego and run a full system scan

Search.searchgetstt.com virus usually spreads and gets into the system with the help of freeware and shareware. It is offered as an optional component and can get installed unnoticed if users rely on “Recommended” installer. Once inside, the hijacker alters Windows Registry and browser's settings.

Search.searchgetstt.com homepage

After the Search.searchgetstt.com hijack, users might find out that their Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or other browsers' homepage, search engine and new tab URL address was changed. However, if the victim prefers to browse through a previously-used search engine, it deems to be impossible, as the unwanted application merely reapplies its settings continually.

Additionally, users might find Get Speed Tracker Now extension, as well as many other questionable add-ons, installed on the browsers. Just like the browser hijacker itself, these browser extensions might cause various browsing-related programs and track information about the users, for example:

  • the assigned search engine might modify search results,
  • display various invasive advertisements,
  • redirect users to questionable domains,
  • slow down the system,
  • record various non-personally identifiable information.

Search.searchgetstt.com search engine

All these features diminish browsing experience and might be risky. Thus, you should not tolerate them despite the additional “perks” the hijacker is willing to offer. The add-on which seems to be responsible for spreading dubious search engine has a theme. As the name suggests, Get Speed Tracker Now is all about the speed of the internet as it displays multiple links to websites which explain, how to increase internet speed.

Additionally, an “OpenSpeedTest” is embedded directly into the front page, urging users to perform an internet speed test (this suspicious link leads users to the installation of a questionable application of the same. As apparent, it is entirely useless, and many other legitimate sources, such as the trusted speediest.net can be used for that purpose).

Search.searchgetstt.com speed test feature

Do not get tricked by this “improved functionality.” It is evident that this dubious application is promoting questionable software installment. Thus, create your favorites using Favorites/Bookmarks bar on your browser, and you will have everything you require – customized for your needs. But first, remove Search.searchgetstt.com from your PC; otherwise, the unwanted program will not leave your browser.

Apart from that, browser hijacker might also collect various information about users. The privacy policy tells that Search.searchgetstt.co might track your IP address, technical information about the browser, clicked ads or search results, recent search queries, visited websites, etc. However, in some cases, it might also collect personally identifiable information, and this may lead to privacy-related issues.

Search.searchgetstt.com privacy policy

Developers note that aggregated details might be shared or sold to third-parties. In most cases, these affiliates are advertising networks. However, you can never be sure when details about you might end up in the hands of cyber criminals. Thus, you should stop shady tracking sessions by eliminating the hijacker.

You can get rid of the browser hijacker with anti-malware software, such as ReimageIntego. However, if you do not want to use additional tools, you can follow manual Search.searchgetstt.com removal guide at the end of the article.

Get Speed Tracker NowSearch.searchgetstt.com can cause multiple redirects and affect browser in many negative ways

Dubious search engine is promoted in software bundles

Bundling is a successful marketing campaign and is used for additional software promotion. Why is it wrong you ask? Well, extra programs offered are mostly useless for regular PC users. Instead, suggested applications only disturb web browsing sessions. Thus, you better learn how to avoid such unwanted programs.

Research conducted by IT professionals at Viruss.lv[2] determined that the main mistake victims make is picking “Recommended/Quick” mode when installing freeware from the internet. Users then skip steps, rush the installation process and fail to notice that they just agreed to install adware or PUPs without even realizing it. Therefore, make sure you pick “Advanced/Custom” settings and withdraw apps like toolbars, optimization tools,[3] search engines, add-ons, etc.

Delete Search.searchgetstt.com and other PUPs from the PC

To remove Search.searchgetstt.co from your startup page and set reliable search engine as your default one, you have to do the following tasks:

  1. Uninstall Get Speed Tracker Now and other questionable browser extensions;
  2. Uninstall suspicious programs via Control Panel.
  3. Reset affected web browsers.

The instructions below will explain to you how to get rid of the hijacker and its related components manually. However, we suggest automatic Search.searchgetstt.co removal. This method is simpler and ensures that your browser won't be hijacked again.

Meanwhile, a re-hijack issue might occur after manual elimination. Sometimes potentially unwanted programs hide in deep in the system and can be hard to find. 

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.searchgetstt.com, follow these steps:

Eliminate Search.searchgetstt.com from Windows systems

Please follow these instructions if you want to get rid of the Search.searchgetstt.com virus:

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

Get rid of Search.searchgetstt.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Search.searchgetstt.com from Applications folder:

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

Remove Search.searchgetstt.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.searchgetstt.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.searchgetstt.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Search.searchgetstt.com 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.searchgetstt.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.searchgetstt.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Do not forget to reset your Mozilla Firefox settings to default in order to delete tracking cookies that may have been installed by Get Speed Tracker Now or other PUPs.

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

Erase Search.searchgetstt.com from Google Chrome

These instructions will help you to eliminate Search.searchgetstt.co from the startup page:

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

Eliminate Search.searchgetstt.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.searchgetstt.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.searchgetstt.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.searchgetstt.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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