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Remove SearchOffModule virus (Free Instructions)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Browser hijacker

“Help! A suspicious has appeared out of nowhere, and now it is set as my Chrome browser’s first page. I did not set it! It is suspicious because I tried to search via it and I was redirected to a page that promoted fake lotteries! I am sure these redirects are dangerous. Can you tell me what is going on? I do not want to keep this questionable page as my browser’s homepage! How can I remove it? Changing the homepage did not help, after a week this page automatically showed up again. Any advice?…”

SearchOffModule browser hijacker is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that can torture computers users by slowing down their computers, causing SearchOffModule redirects to questionable domains, and also by arbitrary changing browser settings. What is also a must to know is that SearchOffModule hijacker is a sneaky program that can slither into computer users’ systems without a notice. We have written this report to inform you about SearchOffModule activities on the infected computer.

How can I recognize that SearchOffModule has hijacked my computer?

SearchOffModule hijacker reveals its existence such ways:

  • It changes all of your web browsers’ homepages to page.
  • It significantly slows your computer down.
  • It might display annoying pop-up ads or banners.
  • Any searches made on this page displays misleading search results. It means that no matter if you click on a search result that seems to be relevant, it does not necessarily redirect to the desired source. In most cases, SearchOffModule search outcomes lead computer users to third-party web pages that might be filled with questionable content OR EVEN infectious links!

Questions about SearchOffModule virus

As you can see, SearchOffModule does not provide fair search service. Plus, this app is able to collect non-personal information about you including your browsing history, downloads, keywords used in your searches, and so on. It pretends to be a useful tool to find data online, but in reality, it is just a PUP that must be removed upon its detection. Needless to say, the best way to remove it is by using a legitimate anti-malware software. We recommend using Reimage for that.

How can SearchOffModule hijack my computer? I did not install it, nor I did set it as my homepage.

SearchOffModule virus does not need a direct user permission to be installed on the computer platform. Surprisingly, it is a legitimate way to spread such PUPs via bundling method. Bundling means packing a couple of programs together and concealing the agreements to install additional (sometimes called optional) programs. To avoid installing unexpected software, you must set “Advanced” or “Custom” installation mode while installing programs (especially free ones) to your computer. Then you will be able to deselect such agreements to install bonus apps. In case you have already noticed SearchOffModule existence, you should remove it. We have provided removal instructions on page 2.

How to remove this rogue search engine from my computer?

SearchOffModule virus and fake search site can be eliminated from the computer in several different ways. The first option is to remove this browser hijacker manually. You need to uninstall it step by step, both from your program’s list and as well from each of the web browsers that you have on your system. The second option is to uninstall this low-level computer threat automatically. We want to point out that this removal method is more secure, easier and also having an anti-spyware program on your computer helps to prevent installing similar computer parasites in the future. Below this article, we have provided both suggestions for automatic removal programs and also a manual removal guide. Choose whichever looks better for you, and good luck!

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 SearchOffModule virus, follow these steps:

Erase SearchOffModule 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 SearchOffModule and related programs
    Here, look for SearchOffModule 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 SearchOffModule 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.

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

Delete SearchOffModule 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, SearchOffModule should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of SearchOffModule 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 SearchOffModule 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 SearchOffModule removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate SearchOffModule 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 SearchOffModule 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 SearchOffModule removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase SearchOffModule 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 SearchOffModule 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 SearchOffModule, 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 SearchOffModule removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. MalwareHater says:
    November 29th, 2015 at 8:36 am is a virus, do not use it or you will regret it, i swear. Ive just managed to remove it-I asked my elder brother to help me out. Its such a shame that fake and ad-supported search engines are condifered to be legitimate! Even the fact that such program can enter victims computer without his knowledge is just unacceptable. Needless to mention these toxic redirects! Sad, sad. I think I might give SpyHunter a go.

  2. PinIt says:
    December 2nd, 2015 at 1:14 am

    SO that was a PUP! I was wondering why that freaking search site delivers stupid results.

  3. Manuel says:
    December 2nd, 2015 at 1:14 am

    i used spyhunter for removing this crapware, and it worked! i can simply use google search instead of that one again. thnx

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