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Remove Search.searchmpctpop.com (Virus Removal Instructions) - Easy Removal Guide

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Search.searchmpctpop.com is a fake search engine

Search.searchmpctpop.com search engine

Search.searchmpctpop.com is a browser hijacker[1] that is presented as a legitimate Yahoo-based search engine. This potentially unwanted program (PUP)[2] is created by Polarity Technologies and spreads as Convert That PDF extension. Just like the name of the tool suggests, this application allows converting documents directly from the main browser’s page.

Summary
Name Search.searchmpctpop.com
Developers Polarity Technologies Ltd
Type Browser hijacker
Danger level Medium. Can take control over affected web browsers and collect information about users
Distribution methods Software bundling
 To uninstall Search.searchmpctpop.com, install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and run a full system scan

Search.searchmpctpop.com virus can hijack Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other popular search engines after incorrect installation of freeware or shareware. The PUP can alter systems settings, registry, and modify targeted browser’s shortcuts.

Usually, Search.searchmpctpop.com hijack is unnoticed. However, when users open the hijacker web browser, they soon find something suspicious:

  • homepage and default search engine set to http://search.searchmpctpop.com/ or http://query.searchmpctpop.com;
  • installation of Convert That PDF and other suspicious browser extensions;
  • the increase of online ads;
  • browser redirects to commercial or highly suspicious websites;
  • inability to remove Search.searchmpctpop.com from the startup page.

Search.searchmpctpop.com is a search engine that is used for marketing purposes. It might seem like a legit tool because it redirects search queries to Yahoo. However, these results are displayed via hijacked browser. Hence, the PUP might trigger redirects to third-party sites once you click one a needed search link.

In this way websites increase traffic or might boost sales. Meanwhile, developers generate revenue from this activity. The similar profit model is used by displaying ads: when users click on the advertisements displayed by the hijacker, developers get pay-per-click revenue.

However, users should beware of Search.searchmpctpop.com redirect problems that might occur when they use the hijacked browser. Links and ads might redirect to infected, tech support scam or phishing websites. Hence, it’s easy to get infected with malware or reveal sensitive information to cyber criminals.

For this reason, Search.searchmpctpop.com should be completed immediately. We have already mentioned that it’s not a very simple task. It’s not enough to replace this domain with Google and save the changes. The hijacker is designed to reinstall itself after system reboot if users do not delete all hijacker-related components.

To get rid of this shady search tool, you have to remove Convert That PDF extension as well as other suspicious programs, browser add-ons, and similar entries. You can do it by following the guide given below or opting for automatic elimination method with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another anti-malware tool.

Search.searchmpctpop.com virus exampleSearch.searchmpctpop.com is advertised as a useful search engine. However, it's a browser hijacker.

Users install browser hijacker unintentionally

Browser hijacker cannot enter the system itself. It needs assistance and user’s permission to enter the system. Various freeware programs help the hijacker to spread. PUPs can be attached to any free program as “optional downloads.” When users install freeware using Recommended/Quick settings, they give indirect permission for PUPs to get into the system as well.

The problem is Recommended settings which are popular among computer users. Researchers from LesVirus.fr[3] note that users are not aware that third-party apps can be installed silently without asking their permission.

However, users can avoid installing PUPs if they use Advanced/Custom settings. They reveal about additional programs and allow rejecting their installation.

Get rid of Search.searchmpctpop.com virus

To remove Search.searchmpctpop.com from the homepage, you need to get rid of browser extensions, programs, and files that are related to the browser hijacker. The guidelines below will show how to perform this task properly.

However, we suggest opting for quicker solution – automatic Search.searchmpctpop.com removal. It requires running a full system scan with an updated anti-malware/anti-spyware software and resetting affected browsers.

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.searchmpctpop.com, follow these steps:

Eliminate Search.searchmpctpop.com from Windows systems

To eliminate Search.searchmpctpop.com from Windows computer, follow these steps:

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

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

Remove Search.searchmpctpop.com from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Search.searchmpctpop.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.searchmpctpop.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.searchmpctpop.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Search.searchmpctpop.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.searchmpctpop.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

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

After the hijack, uninstall Convert That PDF extension as well as other shady add-ons and reset 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.searchmpctpop.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.searchmpctpop.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Search.searchmpctpop.com from Google Chrome

Follow these steps to terminate browser hijacker from Google Chrome:

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

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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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