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removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser Hijackers is the fake search engine with many similar versions that push other extensions and tools on promotional ads is the browser hijacker that makes changes to various settings including default homepage and new tab preferences. is the browser hijacker that appears whenever you open the window of your browser and the infection starts its questionable processes that run in the background and affects the performance significantly. All the pop-ups, banners, advertising content and redirects are the consequences of this potentially unwanted program infiltration. 

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The browser hijacker that Search Algo is, typically has many features that create frustration for the user. The main purpose of these unwanted programs is to create online traffic redirects and generate views on certain sites. Ad-supported sites sponsor the distribution of such PUPs and all in-browser searches go to the particular domain or website, for that reason. Unfortunately, this hijacker has many versions and different domain names, but all of those intruders does the same thing – affects your time online.

Type of the threat Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Developer SmartCyberTechnology
Symptoms Changes settings on the web browser, redirects all searches to suspicious pages, delivers commercial content

Distribution Software bundling, deceptive promotional content, advertisements, shady distributors, insecure freeware installations
Danger Collects data about users' browsing habits, can share those details with third-party companies
Elimination Clean the machine and remove using Reimage

SearchAlgo is a search engine that may seem legitimate and useful, in the first place, but there is nothing about the website that can improve the performance of your computer or provide better search results. The main issue with the browser hijacker is all the changes and alterations that affect browsing online significantly. 

This search engine is a questionable service which should not be trusted. No matter that it looks like a trustworthy search provider, you should try to avoid it and stick to the most popular search engines, such as Google, Bing or Yahoo.

Beware that Search Algo can easily trick you into thinking that this website is legitimate, so you install additional programs and rely on the search engine. However, once you start using it, you may notice that it displays sponsored search results that can redirect you to third-party websites.

Experts[1] note that search results given by this search site may lead you to harmful sites, and result in the infiltration of other cyber infections. Also, you may find that it infiltrated your computer without a clear permission asked. In this case, you should remove from the system because you may be accidentally redirected to an infected website seeking to reveal your email address and similar information.

Also, once this PUP assigns itself to the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers, it alters such settings as the default search provider, the homepage and the new tab page. After that, the so-called “helper objects” or the third party apps/browser add-ons are installed on the web browser. Search Algo virus is the program that gets to be called like that due to unwanted material it delivers continuously on your screen.

The aim of such PUPs[2] is to obstruct the user from reversing the changes in these settings. If the user tries to change the homepage to Google or similar search engine, these apps or add-ons initiate redirect issue once again. This is how the vicious circle of continuous useless content delivery starts.

That's why you may be convinced that it is impossible to avoid its this browser hijacker and its unwanted activities, which can negatively affect the browsing quality of each of web browsers. Also, as we have already mentioned, virus and all the related programs may collect non-personal data, such as IP addresses, search history and other information related to your internet browsing.

It is important to know that this collected data can be accessed by the third parties and may be used for the financial gain or lead to privacy issues. Such misuse of the users’ personal data can also result in identity theft. To prevent this, you should think about removal. For that, we recommend anti-malware tools like Reimage. browser intruder is the fake search engine that has many versions with slightly different site names. All of those browser hijackers work on the same redirecting principle.

Versions of SearchAlgo browser hijackers is only one of many browser hijackers related to the main Search Algo engine. This website offers various features and can be found promoted as an online searching tool that improves your time on the internet. Unfortunately, claims are not true and your browsing online experience diminishes significantly because all the commercial content makes it difficult to access any useful information. Don't trust such search engines when the screen fills up with pop-up ads and banners. is the browser hijacker that causes redirects to shady pages, commercial content-filled websites and shows you tons of advertisements promoting other in-browser tools, potentially unwanted programs. This intruder changes the default homepage, search engine, and new tab settings to ensure that all the user gets redirected to the needed sponsored sites. This pay-per-click revenue-generating is the main purpose of such PUPs.[3] is the site that appears out of nowhere and, in most cases, alongside the promotional content that pushes other extensions and tools like iSportTv Search Plus add-on. This extension can even get installed without your permission or knowledge. Like any other browser hijacker, this one also redirects all the searches to domain and fills the screen with unwanted and useless commercial material. is another cyber threat that can be detected as PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo due to the relation with a particular search engine. This heuristic name differs depending on the AV tool, but versions belonging to this PUP mainly gets detected with the same result. When your antivirus program shows this result after a general scan, you should note that there is a PUP you need to delete ASAP.

Yet another hijacker from the same family of PUPs – This program gets offered through advertisements and deceptive content, so people can get tricked into installing the fake search engine instead of the reliable one. Unfortunately, when the program is used, in the first place, it looks like a normal search engine and online browsing tool, especially when the person installs the application on purpose. Nevertheless, further actions and disturbed performance of the machine indicates that there is a cyber threat working in the background. hijack is one of many SmartCyberTechnology products. This company is the main distributor of the Search Algo hijacker that is the main browser modifier that these developers make. The company employs a deceptive software marketing method called bundling to spread products around the internet. This technique allows packing freeware with useless applications and when the victim uses shady sources or skips through installation steps, all the programs included in the bundle gets launched on the targeted machine. – one of the more common Search Algo versions found in the wild. This is probably more frustrating hijacker because it comes with other extensions and toolbars when infiltrates the system. eSpeedDownload is one of the applications that get to be installed alongside this search engine. The browser hijacker redirects all the searches and shows material regarding other promotions to push related programs, in-browser material. In most cases, one click on such pop-ups initiates the automatic download of the unwanted application. is a version of Search Alg browser hijacker family that gets installed by users whether willingly or not. When it comes bundled the user is puzzled and frustrated since there is no particular reason why all those redirects appear. However, even when the PUP is installed on purpose, users cannot link the search engine to all the intrusive symptoms. The best way to determine what is the cause of disturbed performance is the anti-malware tool and a full virus check on the system. When you see the common PUP.Optional.SearchAlgo detection result it should be clear that your device is infected. Such tools also can clean the machine from PUPs. – the fake search engine that shows up on the screen and offers allegedly improved search results. It looks legitimate and useful, you can personalize the background and add other features if you want to this in-browser search engine. However, none of those claims give the value for the machine, speed or general performance since intrusive behavior and continuous redirect only causes a decrease in speed. These are the more noticeable features of the browser hijacker, but there are more reasons to worry about. Data about your online preferences gets collected from the minute is set as your default search engine.

There are tons of different search engines that have the same appearance and domain since the developer is the same, is one of those. There is nothing unique about this particular search engine besides all the SearchAlgo features: image, video and news searching functions, background options. All the in-browser search attempts go to the same domain, regardless the main name of the website that appears on the screen or tools this PUP installs additionally. The main reason to focus on removal is the possibility to encounter all these versions and possible apps that get installed without your permission. Install Reimage to see what intruders affect the performance.

Ways PUP developers spread their products around

As we have mentioned, PUP distribution mainly relies on third-party software. Browser hijackers like this can easily attach itself to various programs, such as freeware and shareware. To avoid that, you should select Custom or Advanced installation of the freeware and then uncheck pre-checked check marks that claim that you want to install additional components on your computer.

If this hijacker gets inside the system, it may try to alter various system settings without your consent. Usually, such hijacking programs get noticed once placed instead of the home page, default search engine, and new tab page. Please, stay away from it because it is a potentially dangerous application, which notifies in its Privacy Policy & Terms of Use: may automatically receive and record certain non-personally identifiable information on its server logs from your browser, including your IP address, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), cookie information, and the webpage that a user visits. collects non-personally identifiable information for general purposes, including but not limited to analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking user movements, conducting research, and providing anonymous reporting to internal and external clients. removal gives the best results when the professional anti-malware is employed

There is a long list of websites similar to virus. They all share the same feature of posing as legitimate, helpful websites, when in reality they are far from that. They all are created merely for the financial profit of their developers and provide the users with more inconveniences than benefit.

You can download the PUP to your computer bundled with different other software, so you need to remove alongside other packed programs. Since the developers of this program are aware of the users’ tendency to skim through the installation process, they conceal the unwanted software in the Advanced/Custom settings of the installation.

To avoid getting your computer infected again, we recommend installing anti-malware tools and using these particular programs perform the automatic removal. You can eliminate intrusive programs, corrupted files and other threats from the system automatically. You should scan your PC with updated anti-spyware more often, so there is no PUPs in the future.

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, follow these steps:

Uninstall 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 and related programs
    Here, look for 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 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 '' 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.

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

Eliminate 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.

Get rid of 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 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

Erase 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 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

Uninstall 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. mentor says:
    February 17th, 2016 at 7:02 am

    I had to deal with Search Algo removal for a week! It was driving me crazy!

  2. Priscilla says:
    February 17th, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Used SpyHunter for removing this hijacker, it seems that this is the only tool that works..

  3. JeffreyCh says:
    February 17th, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I used to suffer from redirects for a while. Thank you, 2spyware, for helping me to fix my computer!

  4. Jake_Sparrow says:
    February 17th, 2016 at 7:07 am

    If you have been using for your searches, please, STOP it! It is a virus!

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