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Remove Search.searchsmart.bid (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Search.searchsmart.bid is a potentially unwanted application by ChumSearch

Portraying Search.searchsmart.bidSearch.searchsmart.bid is a browser hijacker[1] which was noticed by security experts in the end of February 2018. As soon as this PUP infiltrates the machine, it sets hxxp://search.searchsmart.bid instead of the homepage, new tab URL and a default search engine. Besides, infected users can also notice continuous redirects to webcrawler.com.

Visually, Searchsmart Search looks identical to many other browser hijackers created by ChumSearch – my-search-start.com, chumsearch.com, coolasearch.com and others. All these applications were designed to generate financial benefit in exchange for compromised users’ computers. Thus, we feel that this tactic is unfair; hence dubious apps should be uninstalled with ReimageIntego or another security tool ASAP.

Similarly, as by other hijackers that belong to ChumSearch, the notorious MacKeeper virus is advertised excessively. It is a dubious optimization tool which is known for its questionable functionality and aggressive advertisement techniques (bundling[2] and countless ads).

Unlike most browser hijackers Search.searchsmart.bid does not look attractive at all – it seems like its creators did not even try to impress users. There is a plain search engine in the middle and no shortcuts to any popular websites (this a very known feature of most browser hijackers). However, reverting to your preferred homepage and search engine becomes mission impossible merely because the virus re-applies its settings continuously.

SearchsmartDS is not that dangerous on its own (it does not corrupt system files or damage them in any other way). However, we must note that consequences after using PUP for a prolonged period might be severe. We urge you not to postpone Search.searchsmart.bid removal before you put your computer and personal data safety at risk.

Numerous redirects this suspicious app generates might lead you to dangerous websites where malware might be obtained – spyware, trojans or even ransomware. The latter is an immensely perilous threat which might permanently delete all your files.

SearchsmartDS Search hijack might affect your browser in other ways – download and install additional PUPs, add-ons, fake toolbars and similar crapware – all without your permission. Research shows[3] that the modified browser might suffer from continuous lags and crashes, making browsing sessions utterly unenjoyable and annoying.

You should remove search.searchsmart.bid because it might track a variety of non-PII. Thus, every search query, websites visited, etc. might be recorded and sold to third-parties for profit. Do not let developers of questionable applications monetize at the expense of your disturbed browsing sessions and possibly stolen personal and non-personal information.

Image of SearchsmartDSSearchsmartDS Search alters your browser's settings. Installing free software attentively can protect you from browser hijacks

In most cases, users do not search for applications which would make changes to their browsers on purpose. PUP developers are aware of that. Therefore, they employ bundling tactic – viral marketing campaign which distributes (usually) undesirable applications.

This technique lets freeware developers disguise PUPs and adware within installation managers. If the Advanced mode is not used, users unknowingly accept the installation of additional components. Thus, we suggest you never pick Recommended settings, as removal of unwanted apps is usually impossible in this mode.

Additionally, we would like to suggest you invest in robust security software which will keep your machine safe.

Two different ways you can eliminate SearchsmartDS from your machine

Search.searchsmart.bid removal can be performed either manually or automatically.

We have written a manual you can find below this article. This deletion method is not very convenient as it takes a considerable amount of time. Additionally, we do not recommend attempting manual removal if you are not that familiar with computer processes.

To remove SearchsmartDS Search virus automatically, you will have to download and install professional anti-malware software. This method can be executed by everybody – even by individuals who never used security software before. Simply follow installations instructions for the desired application and bring it up to date. Then, perform a full computer scan.

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.searchsmart.bid, follow these steps:

Get rid of Search.searchsmart.bid from Windows systems

  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.searchsmart.bid and related programs
    Here, look for Search.searchsmart.bid 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.searchsmart.bid 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.

Uninstall Search.searchsmart.bid from Mac OS X system

Follow these instructions if you want to eliminate the virus from your Mac OS X

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

Remove Search.searchsmart.bid from Applications folder:

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

Remove Search.searchsmart.bid from Internet Explorer (IE)

You should reset your Internet Explorer settings as soon asSearchsmartDS is eliminated.

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.searchsmart.bid 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.searchsmart.bid removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Search.searchsmart.bid 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.searchsmart.bid-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.searchsmart.bid from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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.searchsmart.bid 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.searchsmart.bid removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Search.searchsmart.bid 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.searchsmart.bid 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.searchsmart.bid removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Search.searchsmart.bid 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.searchsmart.bid 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.searchsmart.bid, 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.searchsmart.bid removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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