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Remove Search.triplespiralwave.com (Virus Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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3Spiral Wave is a rogue website that might hijack browser’s startup page

Screenshot of Search.triplespiralwave.com homepage

Search.triplespiralwave.com by Axel Division LP is categorized as a browser hijacker. However, developers present it as an application provides a unique homepage with a huge number of “useful features,” like the weather forecast or shortcuts to popular websites. In reality, 3 Spiral Wave is considered as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) due to three main reasons:

  • installation without user’s knowledge and consent;
  • modification of browser settings;
  • browsing-related information tracking.

Search.triplespiralwave.com virus targets all popular web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome,[1] and Internet Explorer. After it appears on the system, it changes the default search engine and homepage to hxxp:\\search.triplespiralwave.com. Additionally, it prevents users from changing back to the default settings. Thus, victims are forced to see this page every time they launch the browser or a new tab.

PUPs rarely provide the promised features – the majority of them have little to no value for regular users, and 3 Spiral Wave virus is not an exception. The purpose of the program is to generate revenue for the developers. Meanwhile, user’s privacy and safety might be put in danger.

Apart from altering browser’s settings, the hijacker might also display intrusive ads (i.e., coupons, banners, pop-ups, etc.), deliver false search results or redirect to affiliate websites once you click on a search result. These Search.triplespiralwave.com redirect tendencies are concerning, security specialists from LosVirus.es[2] say.

Keep in mind that commercial content provided by the hijacker might lead to malicious websites or execute scripts that download and install malware. Therefore, fake search engines may cause severe computer infections. Thus, you remove Search.triplespiralwave.com from your computer.

Additionally, 3Spiral Wave tracks various information, which may include personal data. Keep in mind, that these developers share gathered information (IP addresses, visited URLs, search queries, etc.) with third parties and – potentially – with cybercriminals. These people then misuse these such data for their benefits.

If you noticed that your browser’s homepage was changed, you should scan the system with ReimageIntego or another anti-malware to get rid of the browser hijacker. Also, you can follow manual Search.triplespiralwave.com removal guide given at the end of the article.

Image of Search.triplespiralwave.com virusSearch.triplespiralwave.com is browser hijacker that spreads in software bundles.

Browser hijackers keep hiding in bundled software

Search.triplespiralwave.com has its website where users can set it as the default homepage. However, users rarely do it themselves. Most of the time browser hijack becomes a surprise because developers actively use software marketing method called “bundling.”[3]

Therefore, this app may travel with other freeware programs and often infiltrate the system without being noticed by the unsuspecting user, especially when user tends to rush through the installation or download procedure.

Keep in mind that, by selecting Quick/Recommended settings, you can give indirect permission for malicious add-ons to appear on your computer's system. To prevent that, make sure you select Advanced/Custom settings during the installation process. These settings reveal additional content and give the opportunity to unmark the agreeing fields that confirm installation of PUPs.

Elimination of 3SpiralWave virus

You may use one of the two methods to remove Search.threespiralwave.com. First of them is an automatic process that allows you to fix your computer within several minutes using anti-malware software. We recommend using this method because it’s quick, simple and little less time-consuming than manual removal option.

The second available method is removing the virus manually. If you want to go with this method, we suggest you read guides prepared by our team with caution. Making mistakes in manual Search.threespiralwave.com removal process may leave hijacker components in the system, or even put your data in danger.

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

Remove Search.triplespiralwave.com from Windows systems

To delete Search.triplespiralwave.com entirely, you have to uninstall questionable programs from the computer and check browser extensions. These instructions will guide you through the process:

To remove Search.triplespiralwave.com from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Search.triplespiralwave.com (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete Search.triplespiralwave.com from Mac OS X system

Remove Search.triplespiralwave.com from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Search.triplespiralwave.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

To remove Search.triplespiralwave.com from your homepage, you should reset Internet Explorer.

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.triplespiralwave.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.triplespiralwave.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Search.triplespiralwave.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.triplespiralwave.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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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

Eliminate Search.triplespiralwave.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall 3Spiral Wave and other questionable add-ons from Firefox.

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Search.triplespiralwave.com and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Search.triplespiralwave.com did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Search.triplespiralwave.com removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Search.triplespiralwave.com from Google Chrome

This guide will explain to you how to clean browser hijacker from Chrome:

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Search.triplespiralwave.com by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Search.triplespiralwave.com in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Search.triplespiralwave.com-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Search.triplespiralwave.com removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Search.triplespiralwave.com from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Search.triplespiralwave.com and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Search.triplespiralwave.com registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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

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