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Remove Search Window ads (Virus Removal Guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

Why does Search Window keep popping up on my computer?

If you have been interrupted by “Ads by Search Window” and similar pop-up notifications while searching the web, you should know that you are dealing with adware and a potentially unwanted program from SuperWeb LLC. If you can’t remember installing it on your computer, it means that allowed its installation while downloading other programs to your computer. This distribution technique is called ‘bundling.’ Once Search Window adware finds its way to the system, the first thing that it does is several alterations of system settings. Beware that you may not only find unknown extensions and add-ons added to your web browser. You may also find a new start page and the default search engine on your IE, Mozilla, Google Chrome, Safari and other web browsers. However, the most obvious sign showing that you are dealing with this adware is the appearance of Search Window ads. Typically, they are displayed in a form of pop-up ads, in-text links, banner ads and similar notifications. You may be tricked into thinking that these ads are ready to help you save the money during your shopping on the Internet, but it would be wrong to take them seriously. In reality, their aim is to redirect you to third party sites seeking to increase their popularity. To sum up, Search Window should never be kept on your computer. If it, just like its predecessors BrowseFox, Results Hub, Constant Fun, and similar adware-type programs, appeared on your computer without downloading it, you should remove it ASAP. For that, run a full system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner or other reliable anti-spyware.

The official website of Search Window and commercial ads

How can I prevent Search Window ads?

You don’t need to install such programs on your computer consciously because there are lots of free programs that have been filled with them in exchange for money. You may end up with Search Window hijack on your computer after downloading video streaming software, video recording software, download managers, PDF creators and similar programs. To avoid that, you should start double-checking freeware and shareware before its installation. For that, make sure that you follow these steps:

  • Read End User’s License Agreement, Privacy Policy and similar information, which is given about the software;
  • Select only official website for downloading the freeware to your computer;
  • Opt for Custom or Advanced installation option;
  • Try to read every sentence, which is provided during the installation of the freeware;
  • Uncheck pre-checked check boxes that allow installation of Search Window and other add-ons, extensions, and plugins. You should also prevent changes to your start page and the default search engine.

Questions about Search Window ads

If you think that this adware is already hiding in your PC system, you should use Search Window removal guide that is given in the next page of this post.

Search Window removal:

As you may have already understood, Search Window virus is capable of infiltrating computers unnoticed. Other things that it may also cause are unwanted changes on your computer and annoying activity, which is initiated behind your back. That’s why it has been added to ‘adware’ category. No matter how promising the name of this program looks, you should know that the only thing that it seeks is to cause Search Window redirect issue and similar problems on your computer. That’s why it displays misleading ads during your search sessions.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a genius to remove Search Window from your computer. You can do that by checking your Task Manager for unwanted entries and then resetting each of your web browsers. If this process looks too complicated for you, you should select automatic removal option. In this case, you need to install a reliable anti-spyware, update it to its latest version and run a full system scan.

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To remove Search Window ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of Search Window 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 Window and related programs
    Here, look for Search Window 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'

Erase Search Window 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 Window 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'

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

Delete Search Window 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 Window should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Eliminate Search Window 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 Window 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 Window removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Search Window 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 Window 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 Window removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. harry099 says:
    February 3rd, 2016 at 8:19 am

    These ads by Search Window are following me everywhere! Maybe this guide will help me..

  2. Nathan H. says:
    February 3rd, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I guess theres no need for me to say how annoyed I got when I found out these Search Window ads are made by some adware application. At least, there are programs like SpyHunter, which can remove these viruses.

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