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Remove Searchperform.com virus (Removal Guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Been negatively surprised finding Searchperform.com URL set as your new homepage and search engine in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other web browsers? You should be surprised though because the emergence of this URL in your web browser’s address bar is an indication that you have developed the wrong habits related to software installation. Besides, Searchperform.com search engine and a new tab window mean that your web browser has been hijacked and now needs a proper maintenance. Opening web browser’s settings and changing a default homepage settings will not help in this case because Searchperform.com is a stubborn search engine that can have hidden files or bypass removal using other questionable methods. Thus, to remove it and restore web browser’s settings once and for all, perform a full system scan with ReimageIntego or an alternative anti-malware (necessary updated!).

What is the purpose of Searchperform.com redirect virus?

Searchperform.com is a search engine owned by search.telkom.co.id. This company is said to be the “global leader in search engine marketing and web traffic generation.” Unfortunately, but the reliability of this company and this product is highly questionable. Recent malware studies have proved the fact that Searchperform.com is a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted program (PUP). Security experts have figured out that it is used for several purposes:

  1. Reduce the popularity of Google, Bing, Yahoo and other mainly used search engines;
  2. Promoted Searchperform.com fake search;
  3. Boost traffic to affiliate websites;
  4. Display sponsored pop-ups and generate pay-per-click revenue;
  5. Enable cookies and collect browsing-related information (vital for affiliate marketing);
  6. Misused PC’s CPU memory for its needs.

Questions about Searchperform.com virus

In a nutshell, Searchperform.com hijack is not an issue that can be ignored. The longer you keep this browser hijacker activated, the more issue it can cause. Therefore, do not postpone its removal and do it right now.

Searchperform.com virus hijacks browsers and displays altered search results

How does this fake search spread around the web and how to avoid its hijack?

Searchperform.com malware is mostly spread in a form of web browser plug-in via freeware bundles, what means that you can install it without realizing that. Unfortunately, but software packages seldom consist of the main installer and single attachment so that Searchperform.com virus may be just one of the several potentially critical programs lurking in the system. Bundled freewares are traced both on reliable and suspicious third-party download sites. Therefore, to protect your computer from unwanted apps, it’s a must to check Custom or Advanced installation setup of each freeware and find check boxes saying that you agree to install Searchperform.com or another PUP.

What signs do reveal Searchperform.com hijack?

The most prominent sign of Searchperform.com hijack is modifications of web browser’s (IE, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera) settings. In other words, you may find this page appointed as your new default search engine and search provider. Besides, you may start receiving altered search results that feature tens of suspicious links and a bunch of pop-up advertisements. As we have already pointed out, it does so to make people visit affiliate websites. The core problem here is trustfulness of Searchperform.com redirects. The company does not take any responsibility for the third-party content, so clicking on any of the links pose a risk of ending up of websites involved in malware/virus spread. Also, you should not underestimate the leakage of personally non-identifiable information (search queries, pages viewed, IP address, PC’s location, etc.) because it may also be used against you.

How to readjust web browser’s settings after a hijack?

You will not be able to restore web browser’s settings as long as Searchperform.com or another browser hijacker resides in the system. As soon as the extension is disabled, you will be allowed to change DNS settings on each of your web browsers. In fact, you can remove Searchperform.com automatically with the help of a professional anti-malware. This method is 100% reliable. Nevertheless, you can always remove PUPs by yourself. To make this task easier, we have submitted a step-by-step Searchperform.com removal guide.

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To remove Searchperform.com virus, follow these steps:

Delete Searchperform.com 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 Searchperform.com and related programs
    Here, look for Searchperform.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 Searchperform.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.

Eliminate Searchperform.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Searchperform.com from Applications folder:

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

Remove Searchperform.com 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 Searchperform.com 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 Searchperform.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Searchperform.com virus 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 Searchperform.com-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

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

Get rid of Searchperform.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 Searchperform.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 Searchperform.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete Searchperform.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 Searchperform.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 Searchperform.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 Searchperform.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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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  1. 7starB says:
    December 1st, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Searchperform.com is malicious! I could not remove it until I used SpyHunter. Thank you 2-spyware for the guide and the software!

  2. HeatfFa1 says:
    December 1st, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Yes, I was also infected with Searchperform.com redirect. I am so glad I managed to remove it! its ENORMOUSLY annoying.

  3. Tiesta090 says:
    December 1st, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Could someone explain me how to remove Searchperform.com virus? I tried these instructions but got lost

  4. HaraKiri says:
    December 1st, 2015 at 10:40 am

    SpyHunter removes Searchperform.com redirect completely. Highly recommend using it, no need to read the instructions 🙂

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