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Remove SearchMyFile (Simple Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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SearchMyFile – a PUP filled with seemingly useful capabilities

SearchMyFile virus is known to cause various ads

SearchMyFile virus is rather a potentially unwanted program than a serious virus posing hazardous damage to the computer system. However, keep in mind that security experts have already added it to adware[1] category. As a result, you can notice various ads, coupons and in-text links right after installing this app on your PC.

The official website of SearchMyFile promises the “ultimate online search experience”. Also, it presents this program as a free tool for searching files on user's computer. However, we really doubt that you will be satisfied after installing it because the adware has also been found modifying all Internet browsers and then filling third party websites with sponsored ads, coupons and similar content. The most of ads are displayed as boxes and underlined words.

Thus, Search My File is nothing more than a marketing tool used to help company’s clients reach a wider audience and potential customers. However, there is no guarantee that you won't start noticing redirects to malicious or possibly-dangerous websites.[2]

After hearing all these facts, we believe that you would hardly decide to download this tool from its official website consciously. However, beware that it might still sneak inside your device unnoticed and lead you to unexpected SearchMyFile removal procedure.

One of the main reasons why this app has been added to the list of PUPs is its questionable distribution method called bundling. It has been clearly disclosed in official program's website:

SearchMyFile has partnered with some of the most popular software packages in world, giving you the option to install our search settings during setup and giving them the opportunity to offer you their products for free.

In other words, you can end up with the system hijack after installing any other application, especially if you do not pay enough attention to its installation process. In this case, make sure you remove SearchMyFile ads from your computer before they trick you into clicking them. You can do that with the help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or manually.

A researcher shows SearchMyFile message windows

Distribution of the adware

SearchMyFile has an official website that offers a download link for this tool. However, we have already revealed another method used to spread this adware without an appropriate permission. This method is called “bundling” because it allows mixing two different programs by hiding one inside other.

Typically, this technique is beneficial for both – developers of the primary program and authors of the PUP. Creators of the primary program make revenue from the promotion and developers of the PUP have easy entrance to the computer. When installing new programs, you are asked to choose between two installation options – Standard or Advanced.

If you rely on the first option, you might end up with installing this adware on the system. These settings do not reveal about additional downloads and install them by default.

In order to avoid additional software, you need to choose Advanced settings and follow each step carefully in order to deselect all agreements to replace your current search provider and third-party apps.

Instructions for SearchMyFile virus removal

This browser extension is not a real virus. However, due to its ability to scramble websites and fill them with coupon ads, this adware might become quite dangerous. One click on a wrong link or ad might lead to the infiltration of virus or a phishing attack.

To remove SearchMyFile, you should immediately choose between manual and automatic elimination methods. If you prefer the first option, you can uninstall this tool with the help of the guide given below. If you follow them carefully, you should not encounter any obstacles and get rid of this suspicious program successfully.

However, we also recommend looking for other applications that could be installed on your computer behind your back. For that, think about an automatic SearchMyFile removal option that allows simplifying this entire procedure. This method requires installing or updating current anti-malware program and scanning the system. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove SearchMyFile, follow these steps:

Uninstall SearchMyFile from Windows systems

To uninstall SearchMyFile from Windows, you need to find all components and uninstall it. We also recommend using the following guide to get rid of other PUPs and suspicious components.

To remove SearchMyFile 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 SearchMyFile (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.

Eliminate SearchMyFile from Mac OS X system

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

Remove SearchMyFile from Applications folder:

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

Remove SearchMyFile 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 SearchMyFile 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 SearchMyFile removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase SearchMyFile 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 SearchMyFile-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

Get rid of SearchMyFile from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 SearchMyFile and click Remove.Remove extensions from 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

In case SearchMyFile 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 SearchMyFile removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete SearchMyFile from Google Chrome

To remove this browser add-on from Google Chrome web browser, you can follow these instructions.

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 SearchMyFile 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the SearchMyFile-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 SearchMyFile removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall SearchMyFile 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 SearchMyFile 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

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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