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Search.searchwrf.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Search.searchwrf.com is known for suspicious activity

Search.searchwrf.com homepage

Search.searchwrf.com is a fake search engine that spreads together with Weather Radar Forecast add-on. It can hijack[1] your web browser and alter its settings. Since then, you might find one of these domains set as your default startup page:

  • search.searchwrf.com
  • query.searchwrf.com

So-called Search.searchwrf.com virus pretends to be useful for a user who is planning a vacation or a trip. Additionally, it provides links to pollen reports, news and other popular networks (such as Amazon, Youtube, etc.). Visually, the website looks familiar as it resembles popular search engines like google.com.

However, the developers (in this case, Polarity Technologies Ltd.) are using these deceptive techniques to trick the user that their software is beneficial by providing quick access to popular sites. In reality, the PUP is designed to generate revenue by taking advantage of the users. Thus, you should not keep it installed on the browser. Remove Search.searchwrf.com as soon as it hijacks your web browser.

Despite the popular belief, browser hijackers are usually not dangerous on their own as they cannot damage your files directly. However, deceptive activities that the hijacker undertakes might lead to potential threats. If you experience the following symptoms, it is highly likely that you have a PUP installed on your computer:

  • You are forced to search the internet through a hijacked engine. Multiple results displayed might be not entirely genuine as hijackers display third-party content as legitimate one.
  • You are exposed to multiple ads, pop-ups, and redirects. These can lead you to malicious websites.[2] Even accidental clicks can be potentially dangerous, so it is advised to leave the content immediately
  • Various toolbars, optimization utilities and similar might be installed on your machine without your consent.
  • Your system might become extremely slow, and internet speed might suffer

Even if you think that this type of tool like Weather Radar Forecast might be useful to you, – it brings you no benefit and can be potentially dangerous instead. Search.searchwrf.com is extremely suspicious, so you should not use this search engine and uninstall this browser-add on immediately.

However, browser hijacker may have installed numerous additional components, or the software bundle that brought it inside may have downloaded other PUPs. Thus, we highly recommend opting for automatic Search.searchwrf.com removal that will ensure that all suspicious components from the system are terminated entirely.

To remove Weather Radar Forecast automatically, you can use Reimage or any other anti-malware program. However, if you prefer manual elimination option, scroll down to the end of the article and follow the guide.

Pick your installation source carefully

Users are amazed when they get infected with PUPs and malware. Unfortunately, they should only blame themselves for being careless. The most common PUP distribution method is bundling. Free software developers often hide unwanted programs in their download managers.

To avoid Search.searchwrf.com hijack and installation of other PUPS, users should never rely on “quick and easy” Recommended settings. Instead, they should use Advanced/Custom settings. Additionally, users should always read through installation instructions carefully.

Overall, choosing a legitimate source for software downloading is the way to keep the PC safe and PUP-free. Therefore, be alert when installing software from third-party websites. Ideally, avoid websites of dubious content. Security specialists ioys.gr[3] recommend using only official developer’s sites.

Genuine security software will help you to uninstall Search.searchwrf.com virus

You can proceed with Weather Radar Forecast removal by using our guide below. However, you must be extremely cautious as you attempt to remove search.searchwrf.com from your computer. The guide is written by our experts and is easy to understand, so please be vigilant while using it. Every step must be performed in correct order. Otherwise, you risk damaging your computer files permanently.

However, if you wish to proceed with hassle-free elimination method, we advise you to use security software you can obtain online. An authentic anti-malware software will help you to succeed with Search.searchwrf.com removal.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they 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.searchwrf.com, follow these steps:

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Remove Search.searchwrf.com from Windows systems

These guidelines will help you through Search.searchwrf.com removal:

  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.searchwrf.com and related programs
    Here, look for Search.searchwrf.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.searchwrf.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.

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Eliminate Search.searchwrf.com from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Search.searchwrf.com or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Erase Search.searchwrf.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Uninstall Weather Radar Forecast add-on and reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Search.searchwrf.com and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Search.searchwrf.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Uninstall Search.searchwrf.com from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Search.searchwrf.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Follow these steps to fix Mozilla Firefox after Weather Radar Forecast hijack and reset its settings:

  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.searchwrf.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.searchwrf.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Get rid of Search.searchwrf.com from Google Chrome

To set your preferred search engine and remove Search.searchwrf.com, follow these steps:

  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.searchwrf.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.searchwrf.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Remove Search.searchwrf.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.searchwrf.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.searchwrf.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.searchwrf.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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