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Remove Search-selector.co virus (Free Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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What should you know about so-called Search-selector.co virus?

Search-selector.co virus is a Google Chrome extension[1] that allows switching between popular search engines, such as Google, Yahoo or Bing, from the address bar and new tab page. Nevertheless, this application seems useful; it is known as a potentially unwanted program and a browser hijacker[2] because of the distribution methods. Despite the fact that users can download it straight from the official website and Google Store, it also spreads hidden in the software packages. Once Search-selector.co browser hijacker gets inside the computer unnoticed, it alters Chrome’s settings. It might replace browser’s homepage, default homepage and new Tab with its own search engine. Developers claim that this tool allows getting reliable information from well-known search providers. However, one of the main problems with suspicious search engines and browser hijackers is that they might be capable of modifying search results. Thus, search results provided by Google or Yahoo, might be “improved” by this tool. It might replace or add sponsored third-party links in the search results. What is more, in the EULA[3] developers reveal that they “may include third party software components and technologies.” Hence, you can never be sure when and how this content might be delivered to you. EULA and Privacy Policy[4] also reveals that developers do not take responsibility for possible threats of the third-party content. Hence, if you do not want to see dangerous links and ads, you should remove Search-selector.co from the browser and computer. If it came to your PC in the software bundle, please run a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Due to the fact that this application is categorized as a browser hijacker, it’s important to mention possible Search-selector.co redirect tendencies. In the EULA it is stated that this app might display advertisements and promotions that generate advertising revenue. The problem is that this commercial content might redirect to the websites where your PC might be infected and personal details might be stolen. Nowadays become a victim of cyber crime[5] is simple, and having browser hijacker on the PC increases the risk. Though, Search-selector.co removal can prevent from further problems and protect from data collection. In the Privacy Policy developers claim that they do not collect and share personal information about the user. However, some information is still gathered, and in some cases shared with partners, in order to improve services. Though, Privacy Policy does not specify what type of information might be collected. If you consider installing this program, we highly recommend staying away from it. However, if you have already experienced Search-selector.co hijack, you should scroll down till the end of the article and learn how to fix your browser.

Questions about Search-selector.co virus

The picture of Search-selector.co virusSearch-selector.co virus spreads in a form of browser extension and targets Google Chrome web browser.

Hijacker’s distribution techniques

So-called Search-selector.co virus is not powerful enough to spread and infiltrate computers itself. Users might install this tool from the official website. However, this extension is also attached to the software packages. When users install new programs, they are asked to choose between Basic/Quick and Advanced/Custom installation settings. Choosing the first option is a mistake because this installation wizard does not inform about additional downloads and installs all extra components by default. Meanwhile, the second installation mode allows monitoring the process and opting out additional apps.

Remove Search-selector.co from the Chrome

If browser hijacker sneaked inside the computer in the software bundle, we strongly recommend scanning the computer with anti-malware/anti-spyware program. Automatic Search-selector.co removal assures that all hijacker-related components are eliminated from the system. Additionally, you can try to locate and delete this cyber parasite on your own. Below you will find instructions how to remove Search-selector.co from the computer and Google Chrome manually. Besides, we suggest checking all web browsers installed on your PC because hijacker might have installed additional components to them as well.

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To remove Search-selector.co virus, follow these steps:

Erase Search-selector.co from Windows systems

The instructions below will help you to find and remove browser hijacker from the system. Despite the fact that Search-selector.co browser extension is compatible with Google Chrome, we highly suggest checking other web browsers that are installed on your PC as well.

  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-selector.co and related programs
    Here, look for Search-selector.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-selector.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-selector.co from Mac OS X system

Follow the guidelines to eliminate browser hijacker from the device. Make sure you remove all hijacker-related components from Mac, Google Chrome and other web browsers.

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

Remove Search-selector.co from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Search-selector.co from Internet Explorer (IE)

Check Internet Explorer and reset it if necessary by following these instructions:

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-selector.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-selector.co removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Search-selector.co virus from Microsoft Edge

After Search-selector.co hijack, Microsoft Edge might be affected as well. Follow these steps to fix it:

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-selector.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

Get rid of Search-selector.co from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

If you find some suspicious add-ons or extensions installed to Mozilla Firefox, uninstall them immediately because they might be related to Search-selector.co virus. Also, reset browser’s settings by following these steps:

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

Remove Search-selector.co from Google Chrome

From the list of Extensions you have to find Search-selector.co and click Remove. This extension might also have an icon in the Chrome toolbar. If you see it, right-click on it and choose Remove from 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-selector.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-selector.co removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Search-selector.co from Safari

Search-selector.co hijacker might be capable of installing third-party plugins, extensions or add-ons to other web browsers as well. Therefore, check Safari, remove all suspicious entries, and reset the settings.

  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-selector.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-selector.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-selector.co removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.

 

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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  1. Margareth says:
    March 2nd, 2017 at 8:04 am

    My browser was hijacked after installing video player, I guess.. Ive installed several programs recently, so I am not sure which one was responsible for bringing it inside. Though, I uninstalled all of them, removed the hijacker, and now I am waiting for an inspiration to install those necessary programs again,…

  2. Ron says:
    March 2nd, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Well, it looks reliable.

  3. Thom says:
    March 2nd, 2017 at 8:06 am

    not sure why it is on my browser. is it really so dangerous? i barely look for information, maybe it wont cause me lots of problems..

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