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Remove Search.searchlff.com virus (Free Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Things to know before using Search.searchlff.com

Under the Search.searchlff.com virus name hides another bogus search engine created by Cyprus-located company Polarity Technologies LTD, and it’s not their first product. We have already talked about their other projects Search.searchwfa.com and Search.searchraccess.com. Therefore, if you see that one of these search engines replaced your current browser’s homepage, you should know that you have been infected with a browser hijacker[1]. Search.searchraccess.com hijacker alters affected browser’s settings and sets its domain as homepage, new tab URL address, and search engine. Sadly, users can barely do something about it. All they can do is to remove Search.searchraccess.com. Letting this search tool to stay on the device means that you want to be disturbed by unwanted redirects to the promotional websites, or don’t might personalized-ads[2] following you wherever you go and trying to get your click by covering the necessary content. Apart from these nerve-wrecking activities, this search engine might alter search results. Even though it delivers results from Yahoo, some of the links might be replaced with third-party content. Search.searchraccess.com redirect tendencies are rather worrying. Some of the links or ads might lead to the infected or potentially dangerous website[3].

Questions about Search.searchlff.com virus

The main page of the search engine provides some useful shortcuts, such as local weather forecast, links to Google Maps, Facebook and popular email services (Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Hotmail). Quick access to these websites probably is the only one useful feature. Search.searchraccess.com virus also provides the shortcut to the suspicious My News Wire website. We discovered that behind this news website stands SaferBrowser that are known for creating and spreading many potentially unwanted programs (PUP)[4]. Therefore, trusting and visiting this site is not recommended as well. After hijack, you should not think about anything else just Search.searchraccess.com removal. Speed up the process with ReimageIntego and scan your computer.

The example of Search.searchlff.com virus

The main reasons of modified web browser

Browser hijackers are not powerful cyber infections that can infiltrate computer on their own. They travel bundled with freeware and shareware, and when users do not pay proper attention to the new software installation process, browser hijacker gets inside the system as some optional component. Search.searchlff.com hijack might have occurred when you installed software using Basic/Standard setup or rushed through Advanced/Custom setup. The majority of computer users are used to install new programs using recommended settings; however, they are not worth trusting. Under them might hide many PUPs and users are not informed about their installation. Hence, they are installed by default. Meanwhile, advanced settings are known as safe ones[5]; however, only choosing them is not enough. You have to monitor each installation step carefully and make sure that you did not leave any pre-selected entries or statements. If you rush through the installation wizard, you might skip an important step to deselect all unwanted applications. For example, you might leave pre-selected agreement to make Search.searchlff.com as your default search engine. Bear in mind that rushing software installation might lead to the unpleasant consequences, so it’s better to take your time and prevent PUPs from causing chaos on your PC.

Tips for Search.searchlff.com elimination

As you already know, trusting and using Search.searchlff.com search engine is not recommended. It’s hard to imagine who would like to explore potentially unwanted content and risk their computer’s safety. If this annoying hijacker has hacked your browser, do not hesitate and get rid of it right now! If you want to remove Search.searchlff.com manually, check our prepared instructions at the end of this article. Don’t forget that you have to find and delete all virus-related files and fix all web browsers. However, sometimes users fail to remove all suspicious components, and this bogus website still appears on the browser. In this case, opt for automatic Search.searchlff.com removal and dedicate virus elimination for the professional malware removal tools. Besides, if you want to save some time and be sure that browser hijacker is deleted entirely, go for automatic removal at first.

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To remove Search.searchlff.com virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Search.searchlff.com from Windows systems

Make sure you remove all components related to the browser hijacker. Don’t forget to uninstall the program that might be responsible for letting it get inside as well. Then, fix all installed 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.searchlff.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.searchlff.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.searchlff.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.

Erase Search.searchlff.com from Mac OS X system

Macs are rarely infected with browser hijacker; however, if it happened to you, follow these instructions carefully.

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

Remove Search.searchlff.com virus from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Search.searchlff.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

If Search.searchlff.com virus has installed add-ons without your knowledge, remove them immediately.

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.searchlff.com virus 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.searchlff.com virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Search.searchlff.com virus from Microsoft Edge

These instructions will help you to restore Microsoft Edge after the hijack.

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.searchlff.com virus-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

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

Remove all questionable entries from the Mozilla Firefox that might be related to Search.searchlff.com hijacker.

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

Eliminate Search.searchlff.com from Google Chrome

Check recently installed extensions and remove all questionable entries. They might initiate another hijack or monitor your browsing history.

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

Get rid of Search.searchlff.com from Safari

Follow these steps to fix Safari browser.

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

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  1. Linda says:
    January 11th, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Thanks for the removal instructions!

  2. user says:
    January 11th, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I decided to set search.searchlff.com as my search engine myself… Silly me!

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