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Remove Searchpowerapp.com (Removal Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Searchpowerapp.com is a Power App-related browser hijacker that uses legitimate search tools like Yahoo or Bing but also infuses searchers with affiliated links

Searchpowerapp.com
Searchpowerapp.com is a potentially unwanted program that users typically install unintentionally with freeware or shareware

Searchpowerapp.com is a URL that users might find their address bars after they install a potentially unwanted application from Search Dimension developer based in the United Arab Emirates. However, the infiltration of a third-party app usually remains unnoticed because it is bundled in a single software package as an optional component, and is often concealed within the installation settings or pre-ticked boxes. The change of the homepage to Searchpowerapp.com usually means that the system got infected with Power App virus.

Once installed, the Searchpowerapp.com hijack affects all browsers, including Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and others. The PUP will set the default search engine, homepage, and new tab address to hxxp://searchpowerapp.com, which cannot be changed unless the Power App application is terminated. In most of the cases, however, users will get warned that their browser settings changed (most of the modern search tools do that), so there is an option not to accept the modification in the first place.

Name Searchpowerapp.com
Type Browser hijacker – these type of applications are usually installed without a direct permission from a computer owner
Developer Search Dimension
Homepage set to hxxp://searchpowerapp.com
Symptoms Browser hijackers usually completely take over the installed web browsers, altering the new tab functionality, the search engine and the homepage. They also infuse search results with sponsored links, and may redirect to affiliated websites while users are browsing the web
Associated risks Users should be aware that the minor computer infection can turn into something more sinister if the advertised content is clicked and unknown programs downloaded (might even result in malware infections)
Termination To get rid of the PUP, you should scan your device anti-malware software or check our manual removal guide below
Recovery We highly recommend installing Reimage to keep your computer in best shape

After the changes made to the browsers, Searchpowerapp.com will start showing sponsored search results at the top, although it uses reputable providers such as Yahoo, Google, and Bing for that purpose. Despite that, the top results shown will not be organic, but rather those that third-parties paid for. In such a way, the websites that users visit drastically changes, and it also artificially inflates the rankings of those sites.

You should immediately think of Searchpowerapp.com removal if you found it on your browser and do not remember installing it in the first place. You can get rid of the PUP relatively easily by checking our detailed instructions below or by employing anti-malware software that specializes in potentially unwanted applications. We also suggest you scan your computer with Reimage for the best results.

Searchpowerapp.com developers claim that applications they provide will effectively increase the speed of browsing, provide enhanced search results, and benefit users in many other ways. However, this is a typical marketing trick used by developers, as they are only interested in ad revenue.

Searchpowerapp.com browser hijacker
Searchpowerapp.com is a browser hijacker that collects information about users and displays alternative search results

By providing alternative search results and links to sponsored sites, Power App developers earn money for each click made by users. The behavioral advertisement[1] helps the authors to accomplish the goal, as users are more interested in buying products that offered to them. For that, a variety of information is collected about their browsing habits, including:

  • Websites visited;
  • IP address;
  • Keywords;
  • Search queries;
  • Links clicked;
  • Search history;
  • Cookie[2] data;
  • Installed programs, etc.

However, Searchpowerapp.com does not stop there when it comes to the collection of data. It may also collect personal information, including name, address, email, phone number, etc. if you agree to provide this information. In some cases, data from social platforms like Facebook can be collected as well. Additionally, we advise not registering any email accounts, as the contents of the messages can be spied on:[3]

When we provide you with an email inbox as part of an Search Dimension Product, we may monitor and collect the contents of such emails in the course of normal maintenance of the relevant Search Dimension Product and its systems.

Essentially, there is no point in using the service, as searchers are powered by Bing, Google, and Yahoo, although ads are inserted as well – you might as well use these providers directly. While browser hijackers are nor a major security threat, experts[4] advise you to remove Searchpowerapp.com and all the other potentially unwanted programs from your device as soon as possible.

Power App changes to browsers
Just as many other browser hijackers, Power App allows users to choose from various pretty pictures as a background

All third-party sites bundle software, be careful not to install apps you did not intend

Ad-monetization is a lucrative business for many many companies, including such industry giants like Google and Facebook. However, in recent years, users became much more wary about what data is collected about them and how it is used due to various data breaches, whistleblowers,[5] and new regulations like GDPR. All the concerns are reasonable, as a lot of information can be collected behind users' backs, without them knowing about it in the first place.

Unfortunately, many potentially unwanted programs still hide the information about data gathering in pages-long policies that nobody reads. Therefore, it is up to users to ensure that applications they install on their computers do not collect more data than they are willing to provide. For that, it is best to avoid third-party apps in the first place and use official sources for app downloads.

If however, you cannot find what you are looking for and opt to choose third-parties, you should be aware that installers often include optional components, and some of them might even be dangerous. Thus, never rush the installation process, decline all the deals/offers, check if Privacy Policy is provided and always select Advanced/Custom installation settings.

Get rid of Searchpowerapp.com hijack in two different ways

Searchpowerapp.com removal should not be that complicated for most of the users. However, the process can differ depending on the application that is tied to the changes that were initiated on your browser. For example, a browser extension can be eliminated via the browser itself, while an installed app needs to be removed via the Control Panel (Windows) or Applications (Mac) folder.

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You can also remove Searchpowerapp.com with the help of anti-virus software which specializes in potentially unwanted programs. Be aware that not all security applications will be able to detect the PUP, as it is not considered ma major security threat and is usually installed by the user.

Once you get rid of the so-called Searchpowerapp.com virus, you should also reset each of the installed browsers to make sure the hijacker does not return.

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 Searchpowerapp.com, follow these steps:

Remove Searchpowerapp.com from Windows systems

To get rid of Power App and other unwanted programs from Windows operating systems, please follow these steps:

  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 Searchpowerapp.com and related programs
    Here, look for Searchpowerapp.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 Searchpowerapp.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.

Uninstall Searchpowerapp.com from Mac OS X system

macOS or Mac OS X users should perform the following actions in order to eliminate the PUP:

  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 Searchpowerapp.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'

Erase Searchpowerapp.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 Searchpowerapp.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 Searchpowerapp.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Get rid of Searchpowerapp.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, Searchpowerapp.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Eliminate Searchpowerapp.com from Google Chrome

Make sure you reset Google Chrome after the infection, as traces like cookies might still be left:

  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 Searchpowerapp.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 Searchpowerapp.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove Searchpowerapp.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 Searchpowerapp.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 Searchpowerapp.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 Searchpowerapp.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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