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Remove Searchinggood.com (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Searchinggood.com is a deceptive browser plugin that works as a browser hijacker and redirects users's searches to Yahoo

Searchinggood.com

Searchinggood.com is a browser hijacker that is usually installed together with freeware or shareware, although users can also spot the PUP after installing Flash SD App from Chrome Web store or another legitimate source. Once inside, this deceptive browser extension changes homepage, new tab and search engine to https://searchinggood.com/?a=gsp_dimensions_19_18_ssg26&q= and redirects all searches to Yahoo – a reputable search engine.

Nevertheless, users who are affected by Searchinggood.com virus will quickly notice that their browsers work differently from before – their searches are filled with sponsored links and websites that they visit are plagued by pop-ups, deals, offers, banners, in-text links, and other commercial content.

Besides, Searchinggood.com, just as many other browser hijackers, will track users' web browsing activities by employing redirects, and many will see phrases like:

  • “Waiting for https://searchinggood.com/” 
  • “Redirecting from https://searchinggood.com/” 
  • “Transferring from https://searchinggood.com/,” etc.
Name Searchinggood.com
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program (PUP)
Associated extension Flash SD App
Infiltration methods Software bundling, official stores, third-party ads
Risk factors Malware infections, sensitive data disclosure to unknown parties, installation of other PUPs
Symptoms Changed web browser settings, frequent redirects, sponsored links, pop-up ads, etc.
Termination Use security software or our manual removal guide below
Optimization To recover from the infection quickly, scan your device with Reimage

There are thousands of browser hijackers developed each year, and its authors greatly monetize from these tools. Unfortunately, the activity of redirect viruses like Searchinggood.com disrupts normal web browsing activities by inserting a variety of ads into legitimate sites.

Besides, users infected with Searchinggood.com PUP might be exposed to potentially dangerous sites, where ads are not adequately monitored, and hackers might use exploits[1] to infect visitors with a variety of malware, such as ransomware, trojans and information stealers.

Of course, while such a scenario is highly unlikely, the usefulness of Searchinggood.com plugin is questionable, at best. Quite often, the ads that the PUP displays are utterly irrelevant to users' interests. Therefore, it is best to remove Searchinggood.com hijack either with the help of anti-malware software or our manual guide below.

If you decide to perform manual Searchinggood.com removal, we highly advise you to also reset Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera, or another browser. Additionally, to make sure no malicious components are present and your system files are healthy, experts[2] recommend performing a scan with repair tool Reimage, which will speed up the recovery from the infection.

Searchinggood.com browser hijacker
Searchinggood.com is a browser hijacker that alters web browser settings and then disturbs web browsing activities by displaying countless ads on all sites that you visit

Do not download questionable apps and be careful when installing new software from the internet

There are two ways for you to get infected with a potentially unwanted program: you either install it yourself or it infiltrates the machine when you are establishing a new piece of software. Therefore, to avoid various infections, installing anti-malware program is not enough.

Before you decide to install a new application, you should always check the reviews online – these are usually great indicators whether or not the app is ad-supported and if it is useful in the first place. For example, such tools like system optimizers are bogus programs that display false-positives in order to make users buy their full version. Therefore, stay away from questionable apps in the first place, even if they can be found on the Google Play store (even Google cannot retain adware or malware-laden apps, as practice proves).[3]

Additionally, you should be extremely careful when installing new apps, as software bundles often include browser hijackers, adware, or other PUPs. Never rush the installation and opt for Advanced or Custom settings when prompted. Then, terminate all the unwanted apps that are suggested as optional installs.

Delete Searchinggood.com browser hijacker to stop intrusive ads and redirects

As we previously mentioned, you can remove Searchinggood.com virus by running a scan with reputable anti-malware software. Nevertheless, be aware that PUPs are not detected by some AV vendors, so a scan with multiple apps might be required. Please make sure that the software is genuine, however, because rogue anti-spyware tools will cause more damage instead of deleting the unwanted program.

Alternatively, you can also terminate the unwanted app by using our instructions below. Please make sure you perform each step carefully, as the incorrect procedure will not result in a full Searchinggood.com removal. After that, you should also reset each of the installed browsers to make sure no components of the hijacker would start redirecting you to predetermined websites again.

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To remove Searchinggood.com, follow these steps:

Erase Searchinggood.com from Windows systems

To remove Searchinggood.com from all your browsers on Windows OS, please follow these instructions:

  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 Searchinggood.com and related programs
    Here, look for Searchinggood.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'

Get rid of Searchinggood.com from Mac OS X system

MacOS users should follow this guide if their browsers are infected with a PUP:

  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 Searchinggood.com 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'

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

Delete Searchinggood.com 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, Searchinggood.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Searchinggood.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox to make sure the PUP will not continue its activities:

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

Uninstall Searchinggood.com 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 Searchinggood.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. 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 Searchinggood.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Searchinggood.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 Searchinggood.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. 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 Searchinggood.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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