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Remove Search.searchwamtv.com virus (Virus Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Search.searchwamtv.com – another bogus search engine that might appear on the browser out of nowhere

The picture of Search.searchwamtv.com virus

Search.searchwamtv.com is a search engine created by Polarity Technologies. It spreads like a “Watch More TV Now” extension[1] packed in software bundles. This application is associated with other suspicious programs created by SaferBrowser, such as Online TV Access and Local Weather Forecast.

This search tool is known as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. After the Search.searchwamtv.com hijack, you might have to deal with these issues:

  • changed browser’s startup page, default search engine or/and new tab URL address;
  • increased amount of online ads;
  • redirects to suspicious websites;
  • inability to set preferred search provider;
  • data tracking.

Search.searchwamtv.com virus looks like a movie-themed search engine that allows quickly accessing film watching sites, such as Netflix or Hulu. The main page also has quick access to Gmail, Yahoo, and Amazon. However, it might be the only useful feature of this search tool.

Nevertheless, Search.searchwamtv.com redirects search to Yahoo results page; this tool is still not worth relying on. Authors are profiting from Yahoo’s affiliate program and might display other third-party ads. Due to the hijacker infection, your browser might start crashing or freezing, and you won’t be able to browse the Internet without interruptions.

However, you should also be aware of Search.searchwamtv.com redirect tendencies. Ads and sudden redirects may lead to potentially dangerous or even scan websites. The research revealed that the hijacker might redirect to technical support scam or phishing sites.

Apart from that, the hijacker monitors your browsing activities. The Privacy Policy informs that this tool might collect personally and non-personally identifiable information. It’s necessary for maintaining and improving their services. However, aggregated details might also be shared with unknown third-parties. So, we recommend Search.searchwamtv.com removal for those who value their online privacy.[2]

In order to remove Search.searchwamtv.com from Internet Explorer, Goole Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or other web browsers, you may need to work a little bit harder than you expect. You have to uninstall suspicious programs, browser extensions and reset the browsers. However, you can speed up the process with ReimageIntego.

The image of Search.searchwamtv.com hijackerSearch.searchwamtv.com might enter the system unnoticed, alter browser's settings and start collecting data about users.

Bundling is the most important strategy of the hijacker’s distribution

This PUP spread in software bundles. It means that it is included as an optional application near the primary program and hidden under Quick/Recommended installation mode. Unfortunately, this setup is the most popular among computer users in the U.S., the U.K., Spain[3] and other countries all over the world.

When users install freeware or shareware using these settings, they give indirect permission for PUPs to enter the system without even knowing it. It happens because these settings are not designed to directly inform about additional components. Thus, they are installed by default.

However, opting for the Advanced/Custom settings allows monitoring the installation and rejecting the entrance of the undesired apps. The installation wizard will reveal the checkbox with third-party entries, and you will have to unmark these entries.

Wipe out Search.searchwamtv.com virus and other hijacker-related components

In order to remove Search.searchwamtv.com entirely, you have to eliminate all components that are related to the hijacker. They may have arrived in the system as a program, browser extension or browser helper object. So, you have to uninstall them all.

For that, you have to paths – manual and automatic. Manual Search.searchwamtv.com removal instructions you can find below. Meanwhile, you can simplify this procedure with anti-malware/anti-spyware program. All you have to do is to scan the system with an updated tool.

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

Eliminate Search.searchwamtv.com from Windows systems

Go to Control Panel and open the list of installed programs. There look up for programs that are unfamiliar to you, double-click them and choose Uninstall option from the drop-down menu. Then follow the uninstallation guide and check your 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.searchwamtv.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.searchwamtv.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.searchwamtv.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.searchwamtv.com from Mac OS X system

If the hijacker sneaked to your Mac computer or laptop, you should check the list of Applications and get rid of those that look suspicious for you. Then check the list of browser extensions and reset each of them.

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

Remove Search.searchwamtv.com virus from Applications folder:

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

Delete Search.searchwamtv.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the instructions to clean Internet Explorer after the hijack.

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.searchwamtv.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.searchwamtv.com virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Search.searchwamtv.com virus from Microsoft Edge

These guidelines will help you to get rid of hijacker's components:

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.searchwamtv.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

Uninstall Search.searchwamtv.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

In order to eliminate Search.searchwamtv.com from Mozilla Firefox, you have to uninstall suspicious browser extensions and reset the browser.

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

Erase Search.searchwamtv.com from Google Chrome

Search.searchwamtv.com termination from Chrome requires completing these tasks attentively:

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

Eliminate Search.searchwamtv.com from Safari

In order to get back Safari and use it safely, you have to wipe out suspicious entries from it first:

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

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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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