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Remove SearchMoreKnow ads (Easy Removal Guide)

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What is SearchMoreKnow virus and why I should not trust its ads?

As we have already mentioned, SearchMoreKnow virus is an adware. Such programs are designed to render numerous ads for the PC user; moreover, they can analyze computer user’s activity on the Internet and share such information with third-party companies. For example, SearchMoreKnow may collect data such as browsing history, keywords that you have entered to search boxes online, your computer location, IP address and even more. Later, this information is sent to adware’s server and is used to generate commercial pop-up ads. You should stay away from such commercial notifications as “SearchMoreKnow ads,” “powered by SearchMoreKnow,” “brought to you by SearchMoreKnow” and similarly named ads because you can never know where they end. Such ads may appear as pop-ups on your screen, banners injected to websites that you visit, or even random in-text links, so they can be really annoying.

SearchMoreKnow adware activity

Unfortunately, these ads do not provide any real deals; they only seek to catch the victim’s eye and convince him or her to click on the ads. If the user does so, he/she can expect to be redirected to third-party related websites. Be very careful if you have noticed SearchMoreKnow redirect issue! Such activities can lead you to untrustworthy pages that may be filled with questionable content. We strongly recommend to avoid any suggestions to install free programs or software updates from such websites – these programs can be infectious. Also, you should remove SearchMoreKnow virus from the system to prevent more trouble. In order to secure your computer and get rid of this adware, you should rely on a trustworthy anti-spyware program. We recommend Reimage – a highly-rated computer safety program, which guarantees a full SearchMoreKnow removal.

How can this program infiltrate my computer?

Questions about SearchMoreKnow ads

Search More Know is a program that is not usually installed because PC users want it. In fact, this program is not a well-known one, and we highly doubt that PC users would want to install such program to their computers. As a result, its developers spread this program in another way – it is called bundling, and it is an unfair and indirect way to market potentially unwanted programs. SearchMoreKnow hijack can be noticed after installing other freeware or shareware, and failing to monitor its installation. Typically, such components as this program are usually hidden under the safe-looking “Standard” or “Default” installation mode. Luckily, you can easily avoid installing programs like SearchMoreKnow: all you have to do is to opt for “Advanced” or “Custom” installation mode and deselect such agreements by removing the “tick” sign next to them.

How to remove this PC intruder?

If you have noticed “ads by SearchMoreKnow” or “SearchMoreKnow ads” pop-ups or banners, there is no reason to hesitate whether you should remove this program or not. SearchMoreKnow virus is NOT beneficial at any point and can only cause unpleasant effects on your computer. It even slows down the computer’s performance. It is needless to mention the intrusive pop-up ads, which can lead you to suspicious third-party websites. To recover your computer’s regular performance and to get rid of intrusive SearchMoreKnow pop-up ads, you have to remove SearchMoreKnow program.

You can do it manually (follow the guidelines below this article), or you can remove it automatically (install a reliable anti-spyware program).

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To remove SearchMoreKnow ads, follow these steps:

Uninstall SearchMoreKnow 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 SearchMoreKnow and related programs
    Here, look for SearchMoreKnow 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'

Remove SearchMoreKnow 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 SearchMoreKnow 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'

Get rid of SearchMoreKnow 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 SearchMoreKnow 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 SearchMoreKnow removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate SearchMoreKnow ads 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, SearchMoreKnow should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete SearchMoreKnow 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 SearchMoreKnow 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 SearchMoreKnow removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase SearchMoreKnow 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 SearchMoreKnow 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 SearchMoreKnow removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall SearchMoreKnow 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 SearchMoreKnow 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 SearchMoreKnow removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. C-J says:
    November 18th, 2015 at 5:17 am

    I have received the exact same pop-up as shown in the picture as I was looking for new high-heels on! That “ads by SearchMoreKnow” title caught my eye… I decided to google about it. Turns out it is a virus! I will try SpyHunter, I want to stay safe. Thanks for recommendation.

  2. dannyfoz says:
    November 18th, 2015 at 5:23 am

    It seems that Im not the only 1 who deals with this problem. I had this extension for a while, and thought that these ads are OK; but I havent clicked on any of them until TODAY. You see, they did not bring me any offers that would interest me; until today. I realized that these ads are no good! I was redirected to multiple pages that seemed VERY SUSPICIOUS. They offered me to install some updates, for example, Flash update; i am sure that i do not need it..

    However, I have successfully uninstalled this bad application. Manual removal instructions were good – thanks for the help.

  3. leticia666 says:
    November 18th, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Pops up ads everywhere…. I cannot stand pop-up ads!!! I am the one who should manage what windows I do want to open on my screen, not someone else.. Thanks for millions of interruptions!

  4. yorkylover says:
    November 18th, 2015 at 5:26 am

    This SearchMoreKnow does not work! It does not bring me any deals! My friend said it is a good program, why is it not working for me?

  5. to yorkylover says:
    November 18th, 2015 at 5:26 am

    lol your friend either lied or you have misheard the app name. this app is a scam and it is dangerous.

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