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Remove Searchult (Removal Instructions) - Jul 2019 update

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as Searchult redirect, Searchult virus, Searchult hijack | Type: Browser Hijackers

Searchult is a browser hijacker that can enter the computer unexpectedly and change web browser settings without asking

Searchult

Searchult is a questionable search engine that changes default settings of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser and sets homepage to Searchult.com. Due to these modifications to web browsers, the program is categorized as a browser hijacker[1] – one of the potentially unwanted program types.

Unwanted applications like Searchult enter machines without users' direct approval, as they are often included in software bundles that are hosted on third-party sites. Nevertheless, PUPs can often be downloaded from their official websites or other legitimate sources, such as Chrome web store. Despite that, it does not mean that the application is beneficial and that it is entirely safe to use.

While Searchult hijack is not as dangerous as ransomware or other serious malware infection, you should not ignore it. It might bring you to sites that offer bogus software, spy on your web browsing habits and spam most sites that you visit with ads.

Name Searchult
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Distribution Software bundling, third-party sites, ads
Symptoms Changed web browser settings, intrusive ads, sponsored links, etc.
Risks Installation of other unwanted software, loss of money
Termination Delete unwanted programs with anti-malware software like Reimage or use our manual removal guide below

After changing web browser settings, Searchult will take over your search results, as they will be redirected to Yahoo. However, unlike the legitimate version of Yahoo, users will see many sponsored links that lead to predetermined websites. These are the links that third-parties paid for, and sometimes might not be exactly useful or even safe.

This is why Searchult removal is recommended, especially if the hijack happened without your consent. Be aware that the unwanted program might also have injected your desktop shortcuts and the Start Menu with its own argument – a technique that can be used for PUP persistence.

Besides sponsored links and ads, Searchult virus victims might sometimes face multiple redirects once they enter an unsafe site. This activity might be especially dangerous, as the endpoint of rerouting is not known, which means that you might end up on malware-laden or hacked sites that could infect your PC with worms, rootkits,[2] trojans, or other dangerous malware. Nevertheless, such a scenario is less likely, especially if you use security software with real-time protection feature.

Searchult hijack
Searchult is a potentially unwanted program that displays sponsored links in search results and shows intrusive ads on sites that you visit

Another reason to remove Searchult hijacker is due to its data-gathering activities. The unwanted program might collect a variety of information about you in order to serve you targeted ads. For example:

  • IP address
  • Geolocation
  • Search queries
  • Links clicked
  • Sites visited
  • Bookmarks added, etc.

The aggregated data is then shared with third parties for more profits. As technology is moving forward, data is one of the most valuable assets in the marketing business, so there is no surprise there that cookies and other tracking technologies are used in order to harvest it.

You can uninstall Searchult by following our step-by-step guide below or by employing reputable anti-malware software. We recommend using Reimage, although other tools that specialize in potentially unwanted programs can be used as well.

Browser hijacking applications should be avoided

Browser hijackers are considered to be a minor computer threat, as browsers now became smarter and are more resistant to such infections (along with online scams that lurk the internet). Nevertheless, it does not mean that you should let them into your machine every time you install new software, as PUPs tend to modify web browser settings, and, even if you not likely to end up with malware on your device, resetting these settings each time can be frustrating.

You may be tricked into downloading the unwanted application on your computer when downloading various download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software, and similar programs. Fortunately, you don't have to be a PC expert if you want to avoid infiltration of browser hijackers or other potentially unwanted programs.

You need to be more careful when selecting freeware and also dedicate more time for its installation. First of all, you should check out reviews online – these can often indicate if the app has any fishy features that are not instantly disclosed. If everything looks fine, then start the installation of the program that you need.

Searchult privacy policy
Privacy Policy of the hijacker exposes all the details about information gathering

Before you finalize the process, you should pick Custom or Advanced installation option that allows seeing what “optional” components are trying to get inside the system. If you find a checkmark stating that you agree to install plugins, add-ons or extensions, or that you agree to change your default search engine, you should remove them ASAP.

Remove Searchult from your computer and clean your browsers

If you are bothered by Searchult redirects, annoying pop-up ads,[3] and similar inconveniences, you should waste no time and get rid of this browser hijacker that is hiding in your computer and causing these issues. For that, you can choose from manual or automatic option – pick the one that suits you best.

In some cases, Searchult removal via the installed program list and full reset should suffice to stop the unwanted ads and sponsored links from appearing on your browser again. However, if the unwanted program altered your desktop shortcuts and Start Menu items, a more advanced approach is recommended.

You can remove Searchult virus traces and modifications if you scan your computer with anti-malware software. Such tools are specifically designed to find all the elements of the unwanted program and delete them automatically. Besides, security software can also check for other potentially dangerous apps and malware.

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 Searchult, follow these steps:

Remove Searchult from Windows systems

To remove Searchult redirects and intrusive ads on Windows, 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 Searchult and related programs
    Here, look for Searchult 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 Searchult 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.

Get rid of Searchult from Mac OS X system

Mac users should enter the installed application list and look for the unwanted application. Once detected, terminate it as explained below:

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

Uninstall Searchult 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, Searchult should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete Searchult from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Browser hijackers modify the settings of Mozilla Firefox, and their removal does not necessarily revert these modifications. Therefore, you should reset the browser as follows:

  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 Searchult 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 Searchult removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

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

Remove Searchult 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 Searchult 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 Searchult, 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 Searchult removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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