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Remove Search Web Know ads (Removal Guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Adware

Search Web Know is an application that has been widely spread around the Internet recently. Many computer users claim that they have found this program on their computers; unfortunately, they do not remember installing it. We can explain why. Despite the nice description of this software, it is considered to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP), which also falls into the category of adware. No doubt these software categories are negative, and Search Web Know app cannot be trusted. Let us explain why.

Search Web Know is distributed in an indirect way

In general, PUPs like Search Web Know can be installed in addition to other free programs. So when you choose and download free software from the Internet, be careful – it might be supplemented with some optional applications. You have to attentively monitor the installation setup and refuse to install suspicious additions in case you have even the slightest hesitation about their reliability. Here is a short guide how to install any software in a proper way:

  1. Read software’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy documents. Of course, these long lines might seem confusing and insignificant, but you should study them in order to find out whether the software is safe or not. For example, these documents disclose whether the software collects personal information about you or not;
  2. Choose Advanced or Custom installation settings instead of Default or Standard. This configuration allows you to see what optional applications are attached to your selected program. You can refuse to place them on your system by removing the tick sign next to proposals to install these optional programs.

Search Web Know virus

Search Web Know is an annoying ad-supported program

Questions about Search Web Know ads

This program is related to various third-party companies and cooperates with them. These companies commonly wish to increase the popularity of their websites. Therefore, Search Web Know functions as a tool to force people to visit the aforementioned websites. It is quite easy to explain this pay-per-click advertising system.

When Search Web Know adware is installed and active, it installs a browser extension that is supposed to track victim’s activity online. This add-on aims to find out what topics interest the user, what information does he/she search on the Internet, and what for. In most of the cases, Search Web Know tracks what search keywords does the user type into web search bars or what items does he/she explores on various e-shopping websites. Based on such data, Search Web Know PUP generates and sends various advertisements directly to the victim’s screen. These ads are labeled as ‘ads by Search Web Know’ or ‘Search Web Know ads’ and they may appear as banners inserted in the websites that you visit or simply as pop-up windows. Be careful and do not click on these ads – some victims have reported that they were forced to visit infectious websites by clicking on such ads. Keep in mind that some third-party companies might want to spread doubtfully reliable software, so you should bypass any offers to install software or software updates from such web sources.

As you can see, SearchWebKnow software is highly doubtful, and we do not recommend using it. To find out how you can remove it, continue reading on page 2.

How to remove it?

To sum things up, we cannot say that Search Web Know adware is a useful program at any point. Therefore, we highly recommend removing it. You can do that automatically – install an anti-spyware software and run a system scan with it to detect and eliminate this PUP and other potential computer threats. Alternatively, you can remove this PC intruder manually – the manual Search Web Know removal guide is provided below.

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To remove Search Web Know ads, follow these steps:

Eliminate Search Web Know from Windows systems

  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 Web Know and related programs
    Here, look for Search Web Know 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'

Get rid of Search Web Know 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 Web Know 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'

Delete Search Web Know 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 Web Know 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 Web Know removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Remove Search Web Know ads 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 Web Know should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Erase Search Web Know 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 Web Know 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Search Web Know removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall Search Web Know from Google 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 Web Know 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Search Web Know removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Search Web Know 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 Web Know or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 Web Know removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Gabriel E. Hall
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  1. Borris says:
    January 29th, 2016 at 7:03 am

    This stupid adware was torturing me for a long time until I decided to tell my friend about it. He recommended to check the computer with anti-spyware program and suggested to search for the provider of the ads on this website. Found it, and SpyHunter helped me to remove this adware virus that was sitting in my machine! i feel thankful.

  2. Yeezy says:
    January 29th, 2016 at 7:05 am

    i just hated this application. by the way I was one of those computer users who do not think that anti-spyware is helpful but guess what? I installed SpyHunter and I do not regret doing so! It is a great app that cleaned my pc from parasites, including this one. It works faster now.

  3. Sabrina87 says:
    January 29th, 2016 at 7:06 am

    successfully uninstalled it using manual removal guide!!!!!!! thank you!!1

  4. 0000001 says:
    January 29th, 2016 at 7:08 am

    I could not remove it manually, but my friend helped me out. he said the removal guide was very informative. Hmm, probably im not that experienced to understand all these lines

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