Remove Searchdims.network (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Searchdims.network – a browser hijacker that wants to change your browsing habits

Searchdims.network search engine

Searchdims.network, also known as Search Dims, is a browser hijacker[1] that pretends to be a legitimate search engine. However, it is created to modify web browser settings and possibly change search results. For this reason, users might be tricked into visiting harmful websites and deal with an excessive amount of strange pop-up ads.

Summary
Name Searchdims.network
Type Browser hijacker
Danger level Medium. Might take control over the affected web browser
Symptoms Changed browser startup page and default search engine, browser redirects to questionable websites, delivery of annoying ads
Distribution method Software bundles
To uninstall SearchDims, install ReimageIntego and run a full system scan

Search Dims might seem innocent when you visit it for the first time. It has a clean interface and redirects search queries to Google results page. However, the main page does not contain information about developers, terms of use and privacy policy. Hence, this tool cannot be trusted.

Search Dims virus spreads bundled with various free programs, so it might enter the system unnoticed. However, soon after the hijack, users find the following changes and unusual browser activities:

  • homepage, default search engine and new tab URL address set to Searchdims.network;
  • inability to set Yahoo, Google or another search provider as default one;
  • the appearance of unknown browser extensions and add-ons;
  • redirects to third-party sites after clicking a link on results page;
  • an increased amount of ads that promote questionable tools.

At first Searchdims.network removal might seem impossible. If you decide to change startup page or search settings via Chrome or Firefox settings, they will be reverted soon after a system reboot. This happens because of specific functionality of the browser hijacker. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) is capable of altering browser shortcuts and settings to make its elimination complicated.

However, it’s still possible to remove Searchdims.network from your favorite browser with ReimageIntego or another anti-malware software. However, if you feel skilled enough or angry at yourself for letting the hijacker into the system, you can follow the manual elimination guide given at the end of the article too.

We highly advise getting rid of SearchDims immediately because this PUP might expose you to risky websites or malware-laden ads. The research team from LosVirus.es[2] note that browser hijacker is capable of redirecting to suspicious websites and delivering fake security updates. Browsing through such sites or installing unknown programs might lead to malware or spyware attack.

Apart from Search Dims redirect tendencies, you should also be aware of possible threats to your privacy. The absence of privacy policy raises suspicious how this search tool treats your information. Typically such cyber threats collect non-personally identifiable details for advertising purposes; however, it’s unknown if developers of this tool are not willing to steal login credentials or other sensitive data.

Searchdims.network virus exampleSearchdims.network is a questionable search engine that might alter Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or other web browser's settings.

Creators of the hijacker take advantage of inattentive computer users

SearchDims hijack might occur during the installation of any free programs that are available to download online. The PUP sneaks into the system when users rely on Quick/Recommended installation which does not allow monitoring the procedure attentively.

The majority of free programs are software bundles, meaning that they might include various additional programs. Therefore, you must check what is attached to the primary program; and Quick settings does not allow doing that.
For this reason, you have to use Advanced/Custom settings and follow the instructions attentively. If you see the list of third-party apps, you need to opt out them and continue without worries about installing unwanted apps.

Eliminate Searchdims.network virus from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari

There is two Search Dims removal approaches – manual and automatic. Manual elimination might be tough because the hijacker might consist of numerous files which are hard to detect. However, the instructions below should help you to remove Searchdims.network entirely.

However, if you already tried manual Searchdims.network removal method and this suspicious search engine still bother you, you should switch to the second option. Automatic elimination requires scanning the system with anti-malware software.

After the system scan, we recommend resetting affected web browsers too. Security programs can remove Search Dims and its related components; however, some tracking cookies or web beacons[3] might be left. After browser reset, you can be sure that any spying technologies are not left on the browser. Browser reset instructions are given below.

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To remove Searchdims.network, follow these steps:

Delete Searchdims.network from Windows systems

To check if any hijacker-related components are not residing on Windows computer, follow these guidelines:

To remove Searchdims.network 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 Searchdims.network (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.

Uninstall Searchdims.network from Mac OS X system

Remove Searchdims.network from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Searchdims.network from Internet Explorer (IE)

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 Searchdims.network 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 Searchdims.network removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Searchdims.network 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 Searchdims.network-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

Erase Searchdims.network from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Uninstall Search Dims or other suspicious extensions from Mozilla Firefox as shown below:

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 Searchdims.network 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 Searchdims.network 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 Searchdims.network removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Searchdims.network from Google Chrome

Eliminate SearchDims and other bogus add-ons. Then reset Google Chrome to make sure that every hijacker-related component is eliminated.

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 Searchdims.network 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 Searchdims.network 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 Searchdims.network-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 Searchdims.network removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Searchdims.network 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 Searchdims.network 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 Searchdims.network 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.

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Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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