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Reasons not to trust search engine virus is a typical and very annoying browser parasite, which can occupy your browser and prevent you from changing its homepage settings. Such type of computer virus is not malicious, so it belongs to a group of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)[1]. This typical hijacker spreads in the form of Shroomcourt application and targets Mac users only[2]. However, versions compatible with Windows might also show up soon. The fact that this browser hijacker attacks Macs doesn’t mean that it infects Safari browser only. Vice versa, it affects every web browser, including Google Chrome, Firefox, and others, only if the victim has them on the system. The aim of redirect virus is to advertise third-party companies and their websites aggressively in order to generate revenue via the pay-per-click model[3]. Once infected with this hijacker, you will notice that your favourite web browsers launch site without even asking your permission and urge you to use the search engine provided on that page. It doesn’t matter that this search tool looks entirely innocent – at first, it seems to be useful and secure, but later on it becomes clear that its primary aim is to fill search results with sponsored links that point to certain third-party websites. virus attacks Mac users only

Questions about virus

In other words, organic search results[3] will arrive accompanied by many sponsored ones, and those may be linked to insecure Internet places. For example, you might be rerouted to a casino, adult-oriented websites or simply file sharing sites that present dangerous download links. Please resist the urge to visit them and explore contents of such sites. You might be convinced to enter your private information or download some files that can damage the computer system. To put it shortly, redirect virus is not itself malicious, but it might present dangerous links alongside organic search results and clicking on them can direct you to hazardous web pages. To sum up, we want to suggest you to use an alternate search engine that has a better reputation, for example, Google. However, you will not be able to change your browser’s settings until you remove hijacker, and we recommend doing it with Reimage or using instructions that we have prepared for you. If you decide to delete this hijacker using the manual removal instructions, make sure you delete every element related to it!

When did this suspicious program get inside my computer system?

Most of the time, hijack occurs when computer user installs several free programs without paying enough attention to information written in fine print[4] in software installers. It is very important to choose Custom or Advanced settings over Default/Standard ones because then you get the opportunity to reject unwanted extra programs suggested for you (many free programs advertise additional third-party software). Choosing Default or Standard settings simply opens an entrance to your computer system for all programs that are bundled with your desired program, so do not rely on these settings!

Remove browser hijacker easily

If you struggle with removal, let anti-spyware program[5] help you. Also, if you haven’t seen instructions that we have prepared, make sure you check them out – they are presented below. We have prepared this removal tutorial to help inexperienced computer users to remove virus manually. Do not hesitate and submit your questions to our support team if you have any hesitations or doubts about the removal process or the infection itself.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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 virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of from Mac OS X system

This particular browser hijacker can infect Mac users only. First of all, follow guidelines presented below and locate Shroomcourt application. Move it to Trash.

  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 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'

Eliminate virus 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, should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset search engine, homepage, and new tab page settings with a help of this tutorial for Firefox users:

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

Delete from Google Chrome

Delete suspicious browser extensions and reset your browser according to explanations given below.

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

Erase 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 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, 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 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Anatsatszu says:
    January 6th, 2017 at 7:01 am wont go away… help..

  2. como says:
    January 6th, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Read instructions carefully – there is more than enough of information you need! 🙂 Its not that hard, believe me.

  3. Laili says:
    January 6th, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Proud! Removed this computer infection all by myself.

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