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Remove SearchQuest (Free Instructions)

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - -   Also known as SearchQuest ads, Ads by SearchQuest | Type: Adware

What is SearchQuest?

SearchQuest is a browser add-on that has recently been attributed to the ‘adware’ and ‘potentially unwanted programs’ (PUP) categories. It’s developers (not specified) present this tool as a “utility that makes searching and translating information you find online easy.” Unfortunately, this useful functionality may be beaten by the inconveniences that this application may cause. Once installed, it may install itself on Windows startup, create several registries, and affect all of your web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. This way, it launches along with the system boot and enables advertisements of its sponsors. Consequently, you may start receiving tons of “Ads by SearchQuest”, “SearchQuest Ads”, “Powered by SearchQuest”, and similarly marked advertisements each time when browsing the net. The main problem is not the annoyance of those ads, but rather risk that they pose to your PC’s security. Keep in mind that such and similar advertisements are prepared by unreliable third parties, so there is always a chance that SearchQuest redirects exposes you to questionable or unreliable domains. On top of that, this adware also poses a risk to your private security. In most of the cases, it drops cookies on all web browsers that it manages to find on a computer and starts collecting browsing-related information. Although it cannot gather information, such as your name, telephone number, credit card details, and similar information without your permission, do not underestimate the fact that is may continuously gather your PC’s IP address, location, email address, search terms, clicks, and similar data that may also be used for suspicious purposes. Last, but not least, is the fact that this ad-supported extension may affect your PC’s performance in a negative way, so you may start experiencing slowdowns, crashes, and freezes. That’s why we recommend you to remove SearchQuest virus from your PC’s system without a delay. The best solution for that is to check the system with ReimageIntego or another reputable anti-spyware.

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How can SearchQuest hijack my computer?

As stated on the official website of SearchQuest,

Search Quest is free so in order to pay for servers and other expenses we show ads while you browse the internet. All of these ads are labeled with a link to uninstall instructions and a logo so you can easily recognize them.

After reading this on the official domain, users seldom decide to install it. That’s why its developers have started applying ‘bundling’, which is a stealthy distribution with the help of other freewares, what means that it’s not necessary to install Search Quest virus as a standalone file. It may enter PC’s systems in one pack with various download managers, media players, PDF creators or other freewares that have been involved in the distribution of this add-on. Therefore, no matter what kind of freeware you decide to install, always pay an appropriate amount of attention to its installation method. Make sure that you opt for Advanced or Custom installation option and carefully read all the terms. This way, you should spot the list of ‘optional downloads’ and get the chance to opt out of them all.

How to remove SearchQuest virus?

SearchQuest can be removed manually and automatically. The best solution is to check your PC with a reputable anti-spyware because this way all potentially unwanted and dangerous programs will be removed.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. 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 SearchQuest, follow these steps:

Remove SearchQuest from Windows systems

To remove SearchQuest 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 SearchQuest (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.

Uninstall SearchQuest from Mac OS X system

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

Remove SearchQuest from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of SearchQuest 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 SearchQuest 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 SearchQuest removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase SearchQuest 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 SearchQuest-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

Eliminate SearchQuest 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 SearchQuest 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 SearchQuest 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 SearchQuest removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete SearchQuest from Google Chrome

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 SearchQuest 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 SearchQuest-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 SearchQuest removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove SearchQuest 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 SearchQuest 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

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