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Remove Searchcompletion.com (Improved Instructions) - Sep 2017 update

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Searchcompletion.com might hijack Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other web browsers

Screenshot of Searchcompletion.com

Searchcompletion.com is a dubious search engine that spreads with the help of freeware packages and Complitly browser extension. Thus, it can easily hijack the browser and force people to use this suspicious website. For the security experts, it is known as a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] and a browser hijacker.

Researchers detected two different domains that belong to the same SeachCompletion Search:

  • Searchcompletion.com,
  • Search.searchcompletion.com.

One of these websites is set as default search engine as soon as the hijacker enters the system. This results in annoying redirections every time you start browsing the web. Once you click on a link that is supposed to redirect you to a useful website, the Searchcompletion.com virus might interfere this action and make you visit a third-party site.

Searchcompletion.com is one of those websites that are officially created for searching the Internet but are also used for other purposes. On most of the occasions, such domains are blamed for giving altered search results for its users and making them visit those sites that seek to increase the number of their visitors. Of course, its owners do this for the monetization purposes.

However, Searchcompletion.com redirect problems are more than annoying. According to the researchers' team from Bedynet,[2] the hijacker might also redirect users to potentially dangerous websites. Thus, after one click, you might end up on tech support scam[3] or phishing site.

Undoubtedly, this activity should not be tolerated. If you suffer from these redirects and cannot customize your browser, you should remove Searchcompletion.com together with Complitlty extension. At the end of the article, you can find a detailed explanation how to do it manually.

However, our team suggests opting for the automatic Searchcompletion.com removal. For that, you have to obtain a professional anti-malware tool and run a full system scan with an updated program. We suggest dedicating this task for Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Questions about Searchcompletion.com

Illustration of Searchcompletion.com virusSearchcompletion.com is a questionable search engine that might deliver altered search results.

Hijacker’s infiltration usually requires user’s participation

As we have mentioned, Searchcompletion.com is promoted by Complitly browser extension, which can either be downloaded manually or can get inside the PC together with other software. Mostly, these programs are freeware that is spread in a bundle with various components.

During freeware installation, you might be offered to install additional programs together with the primary app. However, to do so, you have to opt for Advanced/Custom installation, and that rarely happens. The majority of users rely on Recommended/Quick setup that does not openly disclose about “optional downloads.” Thus, you can avoid browser hijackers[4] if you be careful with software installation:

  • choose “Advanced” settings instead of “Quick”;
  • read EULA,[5] Privacy Policy or other provided documents;
  • unmark ticks from pre-selected browser extensions or third-party programs;
  • do not leave the tick near an agreement to change your default search engine.

Steps to wipe out Searchcompletion.com from the computers

If you are looking for manual Searchcompletion.com removal instructions, they are down below. But before you continue scrolling, please pay attention to the most important aspects of this procedure. First, you have to uninstall suspicious programs from the computer and then check each of the browsers installed on the PC. Finally, you have to reset the browsers.

Additionally, you can remove Searchcompletion.com automatically. We have mentioned at the beginning that this option requires using security software. Choose the tool you trust, update it and scan the device. 

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To remove Searchcompletion.com, follow these steps:

Delete Searchcompletion.com from Windows systems

These instructions will help you to remove the hijacker manually:

  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 Searchcompletion.com and related programs
    Here, look for Searchcompletion.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 Searchcompletion.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.

Erase Searchcompletion.com from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Searchcompletion.com from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall Searchcompletion.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow these steps to clean hijacker-related entries from the 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 Searchcompletion.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 Searchcompletion.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Searchcompletion.com from Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge reset is needed to remove the hijacker entirely.

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 Searchcompletion.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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 Searchcompletion.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall Complitly or other suspicious extensions that might be realted to Searchcompletion.com and reset Firefox:

  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 Searchcompletion.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 Searchcompletion.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Searchcompletion.com from Google Chrome

Redirects to Searchcompletion.com are usually caused by Complitly browser extension. Uninstall it:

  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 Searchcompletion.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 Searchcompletion.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Searchcompletion.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 Searchcompletion.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 Searchcompletion.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 Searchcompletion.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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