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Remove virus (May 2017 update) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

The dangerous side of search engine is a free program that typically spreads along with other free software. It forces the computer user to change browser’s homepage and default new tab page settings[1] to hxxp:// This website provides a bogus search engine, which is meant to fool computer users and trick them into thinking that it is a simple search engine, or, even worse, as it advertises itself – an engine that provides “ultimate online search experience.” Installing this potentially unwanted program (PUP) won’t improve your browsing or searching experience, but only diminish it. We looked deeper into the problem and discovered that there are dozens of identical search engines such as,, and others. Why would someone create clones of the same search engine? The answer is one – to trick users into using them and generating pay-per-click revenue[2]. To increase the possibility to generate it, the browser hijacker might employ various tracking technologies[3] to find out what the user is interested in. It might try to track user's browsing and search activities, record clicks and track time spent on particular websites. Such data is likely to be used for market analysis and selection of targeted ads. virus changes homepage settings in order to force the user search the web using the search engine that is shown in this picture.

There are a few things wrong with, and one of them is that it incorporates a lot of sponsored content into search results[4]. If you hope to get relevant information via this search engine, simply forget about it. It will do everything in its power to push deceptive search results containing URLs that point to affiliate websites. This way, the search engine seeks to redirect users to them and increase their rank. However, you can never know what website awaits for you, and that is why we do not recommend clicking on ANY of these search results. There is a risk of being thrown onto highly dangerous websites that promote useless products, tricky surveys or even malicious programs[5]. To bypass these websites, do not use the described search engine and try one of suggested removal methods. You can delete the suspicious program manually, or you can allow an anti-malware software (like Reimage) scan your system thoroughly and remove redirect virus automatically.

avoiding SearchesSpace browser hijacker

Browser hijackers are unpleasant programs, and typically users do not tend to install programs or browser extensions that change default start and new tab pages to sites that provide unknown search engines. However, developers of such software aggressively push their software to victims via software packs – they often bundle their products with well-known software and use it as a smokescreen to inject their products into victim’s machine. Sadly, such distribution method is considered to be legitimate. The problem is that installers of such software packs actually provide the information about additional programs, but in an obfuscated and not very honest way. In other words, information about them is either written in fine print or hidden in Default and Standard settings. To adjust components of your download, we recommend using Custom or Advanced software installation settings. If you’re lucky, you won’t have to choose installation settings at all – pre-marked checkboxes might be provided to you in a direct way, so do not forget to deselect them. Finish the installation according to guidelines provided by the installation wizard.

Safest way to remove

Browser redirects, computer slowdowns and other problems arising from this hijacker’s existence should not be tolerated. Its activity and distribution methods are just unacceptable; therefore, we believe that you should make removal a priority task in your to-do checklist. To remove virus, launch a trustworthy malware removal tool and let it do the cleaning job. If you do not own such program yet, you can use instructions provided below and delete the intruder manually.

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 virus, follow these steps:

Remove from Windows systems

Windows OS is the primary target of potentially unwanted programs and viruses because it is the most widely used operating system in the world. If you suspect that it was infected, you should open Control Panel and take matters into your own hands – follow these steps to remove all shady programs that may have entered your PC without your knowledge.

  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.

Delete from Mac OS X system

If your Mac computer acts suspiciously, check for suspicious applications in the Applications folder. You can find comprehensive instructions on how to remove shady apps here:

  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'

Uninstall 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

Erase virus 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.

Eliminate from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Firefox can get infected with the described hijacker, so please follow these instructions and do not forget to refresh Firefox afterward.

  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

Get rid of from Google Chrome

Chrome is one of those browsers that often get infected with various unpleasant applications. These guidelines should help you to locate shady extensions that might be causing redirects and preventing changes to modified browser settings.

  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

Remove 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. Franklin says:
    April 13th, 2017 at 5:41 am

    I could not remove SearchesSpace by myself – Reimage removed it for me. Thanks for recommending this antispyware tool!

  2. cybercat says:
    April 13th, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Oh, god. I have been attacked by this browser hijacker! Its been years since I infected my PC with something. I forgot to update my antivirus, I guess!

  3. pixelz says:
    April 13th, 2017 at 5:43 am

    thanks for explaining how to find and remove malicious extensions. SearchesSpace virus didnt come back when I restarted my computer – thats good 🙂 thanks a lot.

  4. ky_ua_ia says:
    April 13th, 2017 at 5:44 am

    thank you for providing this tutorial.

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