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Remove Search.searchswift.co (Virus Removal Guide) - Tutorial

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Search.searchswift.co is a fake search engine that looks more useful than it is

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Search.searchswift.co is a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] that disguises as a legitimate search engine. According to developers all of these browser hijackers can enhance the browsing experience, with improved results. Lead alone on the appearance this site can appear authorized and useful. However, it can make your daily browsing almost unbearable.

Name Search.searchswift.co
Type Browser hijacker
Distribution Hides inside the installers of shareware
Danger Level Medium
Symptoms It forces to perform searches through the unreliable search engine and prevents from bringing the browser to the primary state
Elimination  Additional components of the PUP might make its removal complicated. Thus, use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to get rid of Search.searchswift.co easily

A developer of this browser hijacker – Polarity Technologies Ltd. promotes Searchswift bundled up with other PUPs. Thus, people might not even recognize when the hijacker takes over most popular browsers, like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and others. 

Furthermore, the browser hijacker also modifies homepage and new tab URL by assigning them to their own. As long as these changes are done, and the program is on the computer, users are unable to reverse them and Search.searchswift.co removal becomes difficult. 

After Search.searchswift.co hijack, users are encouraged to use it every time they start their browser. This redirect diminishes their quality of the time spent online. Besides, once search query is performed, people end up on the customized Yahoo search engine which results are less than reliable.

Search.searchswift.co pictureSearch.searchswift.co is un untrustworthy website which collects information about the behavior of its users to supposedly deliver better search results.

This browser hijacker records various data from the browsers' history. Unfortunately, collected IP addresses, URLs, visited pages, and search queries usually may include personal information. This data later can be used by third-parties who generate advertisements and other commercial content.

The ads make browsing experience into a vicious circle of redirects, and people become eager to remove Search.searchswift.co to make their browsing experience pleasant again. You can quickly clean your computer from potentially unwanted programs with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Rushed downloads lead to cyber infections

People tend to skip through significant steps even when downloading and installing the necessary software. This careless behavior is causing the installation of free additional programs to a computer system via bundling[2] technique used by developers.

When choosing Advanced or Custom options during installation processes, you can “unpack” those additional programs and de-select the boxes that allow the PUP to enter the system. This way, you would only download the software you need, without any browser hijackers or other potentially dangerous programs.

However, the PUP might reach your computer in other ways as well. For example, we always recommend staying away from various forms of ads, including pop-ups, banners, etc. Some of them might be designed to infiltrate your computer with unwanted programs automatically.

Therefore, you need to pay attention where are you searching the web and be aware of any changes in your browser. It is essential to track unknown installations and eliminate all components that have been installed without your consent. It includes extensions, plug-ins, toolbars since hey can often be established arbitrarily and be potentially dangerous to your system and browser.

Search.searchswift.co removal is important to avoid more dangerous infections

Search.searchswift.co virus is not an actual high-risk cyber threat, but you need to get rid of it to prevent bigger infections and real malware. Experts from Bedynet.ru[3] warn that usually the activity of potentially unwanted programs might expose your system's vulnerabilities and help infiltrate it with malware.

Be aware that most of those fake search engine websites seem legitimate, but often they take you to gambling, adult dating, pornography and other dubious sites that are filled with advertisements. Remove Search.searchswift.com and related toolbars from your browser to enjoy browsing again.

If you encounter any suspicious ads, delete all questionable extensions and plug-ins from your browser. Avoid clicking on any advertisement, banners, and pop-ups. Furthermore, you can do all of this with only one click if you employ a legitimate tool for Search.searchswift.co removal. 

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To remove Search.searchswift.co, follow these steps:

Remove Search.searchswift.co from Windows systems

Guide showing how to clean Windows from potentially unwanted programs:

  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.searchswift.co and related programs
    Here, look for Search.searchswift.co 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.searchswift.co 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.

Eliminate Search.searchswift.co from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Search.searchswift.co from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Search.searchswift.co from Internet Explorer (IE)

If IE is infected, you must uninstall all potentially dangerous components. For that, check instructions below:

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.searchswift.co 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.searchswift.co removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Search.searchswift.co 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.searchswift.co-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

Erase Search.searchswift.co from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You should delete any suspicious extensions if you want to stop redirects on Mozilla and use a reliable search engine.

  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.searchswift.co 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.searchswift.co removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Search.searchswift.co 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.searchswift.co 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.searchswift.co removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Search.searchswift.co 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.searchswift.co 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.searchswift.co, 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.searchswift.co 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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Gabriel E. Hall
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