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Remove Search.searchworm.com (Easy Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Search.searchworm.com – a fake search engine that is injected by New Tab Theme Buddy or another potentially unwanted program

Search.searchworm.comSearch.searchworm.com is a browser hijacker that might appear on your web browser seemingly out of nowhere

Search.searchworm.com is a suspicious web address that users might find as their homepage on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Safari, or another web browser. If that happened to you, it means that your web browser has been hijacked by the New Tab Theme Buddy extension or application. However, the browser changes can also be associated with another app that is hiding on your computer.

Since potentially unwanted programs[1] are typically distributed using deceptive practices (software bundles, fake updates, etc.), users typically are surprised when they notice Search.searchworm.com hijack suddenly. They notice that the homepage is completely different and that their searches now include an increased number of ads. In the background, the PUP (potentially unwanted program) collects various data about users' internet usage, some of which may include personal information such as an IP address. 

Name Search.searchworm.com 
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
IP address 13.249.93.7 
Distribution Software bundles, Google Chrome Store, ads
Symptoms New Tab Theme Buddy or another extension installed on the web browser; unknown app installed on the computer; homepage and new tab address is set to Search.searchworm.com, search results are filled with sponsored links and ads
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, privacy risks due to information gathering practices, financial losses
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted programs by following the manual guide below or by scanning the computer with powerful anti-malware. To get rid of the browser-hijacking extensions, clean your web browser promptly by removing web data and cache
Optional steps Computer infections can cause significant damage to system files or disrupt normal settings. To revert these changes and remediate the OS, perform a full system scan with ReimageIntego repair software

The so-called Search.searchworm.com virus can target both Mac and Windows operating systems and appear on all compatible web browsers. As previously mentioned, the app can get installed without asking for direct permission, although some users might be interested in it via Chrome Web Store or another legitimate source.

Cyber SearchSearch.grilime.com, or Comet Search are similar browser-hijacking apps that claim to improve user experience, hence being useful to users. Search.searchworm.com is not an exception and boasts of its ability to “enhance web browsing experience” by including a “personalized” greeting, as well as a different wallpaper every 24 hours.

However, these functions are merely a trick to make people believe that they are being treated as special – regardless of who installs the app, these greetings and wallpapers remain the same, just a little bit randomized. The functionality is utterly useless, as any modern browser allows users to set their own wallpaper and append links to their homepage they prioritize. 

Search.searchworm.com hijackSearch.searchworm.com is a website address that appears on your web browser as soon as New Tab Theme Buddy extension is installed

Search.searchworm.com does not even use a custom search engine and uses Google's instead. As evident, it participates in its affiliate program. Nevertheless, those who install the app guarantee profits for its developers, as they soon see an increased number of advertisements during each of these searches. In other words, without the browser hijacker, users would not be shown promotional offers and ads at the top of search results (it uses Google's search engine, so what is the point of it in the first place?).

Besides, Search.searchworm.com removal should be warranted by the fact it collects a variety of information about users. In the Privacy Policy, it is clearly stated that there is a wide range of data that is harvested as long as the extension is installed- it includes:

  • Technical information (installed apps, device type and version number, operating system details, location, IP address, ISP, cookies,[2] etc.)
  • Usage information (software services, internet browser usage, language settings, search queries, visited websites, etc.)
  • Support related information (email and other voluntarily-provided data).

We advise you to remove Search.searchworm.com hijacker by checking your web browser settings. Don't forget to clear cookies and other traces that might remain. Besides, we highly recommend scanning the machine with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner security software to ensure that no other potentially unwanted or dangerous apps are present. Finally, ReimageIntego can be used to fix virus damage.

Search.searchworm.com virusSearch.searchworm.com privacy policy explains that there is quite a lot of user information that the extension collects

Avoid potentially unwanted programs by being careful with new app installation process

Browser hijackers are extremely widespread. From users who found the app in Chrome Webs Store by the promised enhanced web browsing experience to those who were dumbfounded by the unexpected browser changes. The first group of people install PUPs as they believe that they are actually useful – and such is the goal of the developers. Software bundles, on the other hand, expand the delivery to many more computers, as users are tricked into installing apps they otherwise would not.

Therefore, before you install a new app to your computer or append an extension to your web browser, you should check the reviews online, as these often serve as a good indication of whether the app is actually useful. Additionally, you should be very careful when installing free programs from third-party websites, as it is well known that almost all of them bundle software.[3] Never rush the installation, read the instructions carefully, decline all the offers, and always pick Advanced/Custom settings if prompted.

Also, watch out for deceptive ads and fake updates. If a popup or a notification on a random site claims that something is missing, is outdated, or that your computer is infected ignore these warnings as they are all scam. Visit official sources to update your software instead.

Search.searchworm.com removal instructions

In most cases, users should have no problems with Search.searchworm.com removal – all they have to do is access the settings of their web browsers and uninstall the New Tab Theme Buddy extension. However, it is important to note that the homepage and other browser changes can be related to a completely different program that might be installed on your Windows or Mac machine. Thus, we advise you to check the installed app section of your computer, as explained below.

Search.searchworm.com search resultsSearch.searchworm.com uses Google's engine but inserts ads into your searches

Additionally, a scan with security software might also help you remove Search.searchworm.com virus automatically. If a scan finds another infection, such as a Trojan, you should also employ ReimageIntego repair tool in order to prevent your system from crashing or delivering errors in the future.

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To remove Search.searchworm.com, follow these steps:

Eliminate Search.searchworm.com from Windows systems

If you are using a Windows computer, follow these steps to delete unwanted apps from your system:

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

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

Remove Search.searchworm.com from Applications folder:

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

Remove Search.searchworm.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Internet Explorer should be cleaned as follows after browser hijacker elimination is complete:

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.searchworm.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.searchworm.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Search.searchworm.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.searchworm.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

Erase Search.searchworm.com 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.searchworm.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.searchworm.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Search.searchworm.com from Google Chrome

You should delete web data and clear cache of Chrome to make sure that no leftovers remain after PUP elimination:

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

Eliminate Search.searchworm.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.searchworm.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.searchworm.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.searchworm.com 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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