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Remove Search.totiteck.com virus (Removal Guide) - updated Jul 2019

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Totiteck is a browser hijacker that uses unimpressive UI but claims huge web browsing benefits

Totiteck browser hijacker
Totiteck is a browser-hijacking application that claims to help users download programs, but delivers ads and changes web browser settings

Totiteck is a potentially unwanted program that silently enters users' computers and changes the settings of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, or MS Edge web browsers. Once inside, sets the new tab URL and homepage to Search.totiteck.com.

All the searchers are then redirected to Yahoo, with tons of sponsored links right at the top. In such a way, Totiteck manages to manipulate search results, consequently drastically changing the websites users would typically visit. While it might seem relatively innocent behavior, the ramifications might be quite serious, such as money loss or the infection of potentially unwanted programs/malware.

Questions about Search.totiteck.com virus

The presence of PUPs is also often associated with information tracking. Totiteck tracks cookies, technical information, browsing activities, and other data, and later shares it with third-parties. Thus, you should terminate the hijacker[1] that altered settings of your browser and use legitimate search engines instead.

Name Totiteck
Category Potentially unwanted program
Type Browser hijacker
Sub-type Download manager
Infiltration Software bundles, third-party websites
Risks Loss of money, information disclosure to unknown parties, malware infections
Symptoms Hijacked homepage and new tab, altered search results, slow operation of the web browser, etc.
Set homepage Search.totiteck.com
Termination Delete the unwanted app by using our removal guide below or scan the machine with Reimage
Recovery To fix damage caused by the infection, use Reimage

As its developers, Totiteck Software, claim on the official website, the tool is used to enhance downloading experience:

Install applications the easy way and without the hassle, using the Totiteck downloader. The Totiteck platform stems from years of experience with installing applications, resulting in a highly optimized process, yielding faster downloads, a better user experience and more successful installations

Allegedly, the advertised tool is a download manager which will help users to download files. However, downloaded manages are among the worst applications when it comes to their usefulness and safety. There is no need to use Totiteck as the functionality of downloading, and uninstalling is already implemented within the operating system. In most of the cases, users will get minimal benefit from the application but instead will have to deal with intrusive advertisements all over the Internet.

Totiteck was created having one thought in mind: to promote affiliate marketing. Once users are redirected to sponsored websites or they visit one of the top search results, the developers get paid. Besides, there might be additional agreements, for example, pay-per-install[2] or pay-per-purchase.

Unfortunately, not all the content promoted by Totiteck virus is useful or even safe. In some cases, users might land on technical support scam sites that promote useless software like system optimizers (otherwise known as hoax software)[3] as a part of a deceptive scheme which claims malware infection after a fake scan. Therefore, if you have been wondering if you should proceed with Totiteck removal, we highly advise you to do it and then scan the device with Reimage to revert all the changes made by the hijacker.

If Search.totiteck.com PUP has slithered into your system, it might also start tracking your activity on the Internet. It collects non-personal data, including:

  • browsing history;
  • lists of downloads and bookmarks;
  • search query history;
  • cookies;[4]
  • other browsing related data.

There is no doubt that Search.totiteck.com collects such information for a reason; however, no one knows what the reason is. Some security vendors claim that developers this data with third-party companies. If you are worried about your cyber-safety, you should remove Search.totiteck.com with a reputable anti-malware program or take care of its termination manually – simply follow the detailed guide below.

Deceptive methods of browser hijacker distribution

The usual potentially unwanted program distribution method is software bundling. This deceptive marketing practice has been prevalent for years and is used by many freeware/shareware developers as well as its hosting sites. While it is not always malignant, some practices show that potentially unwanted programs are intentionally hidden within installation wizards, so that users would have minimal chances of noticing pre-ticked boxes, misleading button placements, and other tricks.

Therefore, you need to be extremely careful when installing new applications, especially if they come from a third-party site. While it would be unreasonable to ask you staying away from such websites, you should be aware of its potential dangers, and use cautions while looking for new software to install.

Before you do, however, you should always make sure that the application you are about to install is not a potentially unwanted program. To do that, you should read reviews online, visit forum, or blog posts. These descriptions can often hint whether or not the application is safe to use and does not hide any underlying features or even fees.

Totiteck redirects
Totiteck redirects might lead users to scam sites promoting fake updates

During the installation, never rush the procedure, check if the most critical documents are provided (Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, etc.) and always opt for Advanced or Custom settings instead of Recommended or Quick ones. In such a way, you will avoid useless optional programs before they manage to enter your machine.

Terminate Totiteck PUP and get rid of Search.totiteck.com homepage

You can remove Totiteck virus manually – simply follow our detailed guide below. However, getting rid of browser hijackers or other potentially unwanted programs might not be that easy sometimes. The applications might hide under extensions list within the browser, or do not provide uninstallation executable. Some more severe infection can even conceal the presence from the installed program list.

Therefore, if you are unsuccessful with manual Totiteck removal, you should rely on anti-malware software that can find the underlying content and eliminate all the stubborn components that are hidden inside the system. Besides, security application can also delete other infections that might have sneaked in while you were operating your browser during Totiteck hijack.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunterCombo Cleaner, Malwarebytes 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.totiteck.com virus, follow these steps:

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Get rid of Search.totiteck.com from Windows systems

To completely remove Totiteck from your Windows operating system, perform the following steps:

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

If a PUP has hijacked your Mac, follow these instructions to revert all the changes:

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

  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.totiteck.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.totiteck.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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Erase Search.totiteck.com 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, Search.totiteck.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate Search.totiteck.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.totiteck.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.totiteck.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall Search.totiteck.com from Google Chrome

Browser hijackers always modify the settings of Google Chrome. Therefore, even after its termination, the installed components like cookies might still be present. To avoid that, make sure you reset the browser:

  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.totiteck.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.totiteck.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of Search.totiteck.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.totiteck.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.totiteck.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.totiteck.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. vita says:
    December 19th, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    supper annoying search engine! I could not understand what was the freaking problem of it for a long time.

  2. leo says:
    December 19th, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    just removed it!!!!!!!!!

  3. JosephHOZW says:
    December 20th, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Bye to this browser hanger-on! I have never thought that such little computer parasite can cause such major system slowdowns. Totally ruins your mood if you want to quickly access some websites.

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