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Searchpage.com. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Searchpage.com is a browser hijacker that redirects all searches to Yahoo

SearchPage.com infects Mac users
Mac users were affected recently and complained that they were unable to remove SearchPage.com from their homepage.

Searchpage.com is a search engine designed by Iron Mountain Technology Limited and operates as a browser hijacker. It is usually installed together with other freeware or shareware when users fail to pick the correct installation method and skip important steps, and spreads as a browser extension SearchPage. Unsurprisingly, users find their homepage on Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer got swapped to searchpage.com, and all their searchers are redirected to Yahoo. The browser hijacker is also known to cause numerous unwanted activities on victims' computers, such as the collection of non-personally identifiable information and its usage for marketing purposes. It goes without saying that there is no need for any user to keep Searchpage.com hijacker on their machines, so please follow the below instructions for system cleanse.

Name Searchpage.com
Type Browser hijacker/PUP
Browser extension SearchPage
Developer Iron Mountain Technology Limited
Infiltration Software bundling, third-party websites
Symptoms Altered search engine and home page, redirects to questionable sires, modified search results, etc.
Elimination Use out guidelines below; after removal, you can scan your PC with Reimage to retrieve its normal operation

What is more, recently this browser hijacker started bothering Mac users and causing redirects on Safari web browser, so Windows users are not the only targets of this potentially unwanted program (PUP). Mac users complained that, once Searchpage.com takes over the homepage, they are unable to remove it from Safari:[1]

I am unable to edit homepage from safari as well. Here is the screenshot. Please help!

Some of the external sites SearchPage virus seeks to promote may be just regular websites that seek to sell their products. However, you should also beware that sometimes results generated by this search site may redirect you to an insecure domain, which spreads malware[2] via malicious JavaScript. Developers of Searchpage.com search engine mainly focus on generating pay-per-click revenue, so they are unlikely to endorse the content of sites they advertise.

Besides, do not be fooled by the line saying “Results by Yahoo!” because you are not dealing with the real Yahoo search engine. Because the search query was initiated via Searchpage.com, the search results are different from legitimate Yahoo's ones, as you can see multiple sponsored links provided as ads. Due to this, some security experts identify Search Page virus as a variant of Yahoo redirect virus.

Searchpage.com virus
Searchpage.com is a potentially unwanted application that usually enters machines with the help of software bundling.

Please be aware that Searchpage.com hijacker collects non-personally identifiable information, i.e., anonymous information. While it cannot identify you personally, it can disclose anything about your online activities, and technical data of your machine. As stated in SearchPage Privacy Policy:[3]

The Non-Personal Information collected includes:

  • technical information transmitted by your device such as type of operating system, default browser;
  • your aggregated use of the Software, basically if we know if you installed the software or not;
  • usage statistics;
  • language and the time stamp;
  • approximate geographical location;
  • browsing usage including, Internet Protocol address (IP). Note that, in some jurisdictions some of this data might be considered as “Personal Information”.

All this data is aggregated with the help of cookies and other tracking technologies. Third-party Cookies can remain on your browser for as long as their provider configured it,[4] even after SearchPage.com removal on your machine. Therefore, it is vital to reset each of the installed browsers as explained below.

After elimination, we suggest you download and install Reimage. With the scan made by this software, you will be able to completely fix the damage done by SearchPage.com hijacker, be it Mac or Windows computer.

Prevent browser hijackers from affecting your device

The described PUP is promoted with a help of shareware and freeware as a free addition. This method is quite unfair because you can easily miss this sentence that notifies about installation of this search site. If you want to avoid PUPs, you have to uncheck all the checkboxes that allows developers to install bloatware on your machine. That can be done via Custom or Advanced installation mode, so make sure you do not opt for Default or Standard one.[5]

Comprehensive security software should also be installed on each computer for the full protection. It can secure your device from not only most PUPs but also various malware, such as ransomware or trojans.

Remove Searchpage.com from Mac or Windows

Users trying to remove Searchpage.com virus from Mac should carefully read the instructions provided below. The screenshots and in-detail explanations we provided should guide your through the removal process and help you clean the compromised computer easily. The instructions are balanced to help you remove Searchpage.com from Safari and other web browsers installed on your computer.

Windows users can use the comprehensive Searchpage.com removal guide for Windows OS users. Additionally, we recommend checking for suspicious programs automatically. The list of recommended programs is provided below. If you are unsure which program to use, consider reading software reviews on Software page.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes 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 Searchpage.com, follow these steps:

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Get rid of Searchpage.com from Windows systems

Find SearchPage Tab software and uninstall it using given 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 Searchpage.com and related programs
    Here, look for Searchpage.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'
  5. Remove Searchpage.com 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

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Delete Searchpage.com from Mac OS X system

Wondering how to remove Searchpage.com from Mac? The answer is provided down below. Please follow the provided steps carefully so that SearchPage virus on Mac could not cause any more problems to you.

  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 Searchpage.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'
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Uninstall Searchpage.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 Searchpage.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 Searchpage.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Erase Searchpage.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, Searchpage.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Remove Searchpage.com 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 Searchpage.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. 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 Searchpage.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Eliminate Searchpage.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 Searchpage.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. 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 Searchpage.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Get rid of Searchpage.com from Safari

To remove SearchPage.com virus from Safari, do the following:

  1. Open Settings and go to Profiles;
  2. Find a profile associated with Search Page;
  3. Remove the profile.

  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 Searchpage.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. 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 Searchpage.com, 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 Searchpage.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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