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Remove Searchult (Removal Instructions) - Jan 2021 update

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

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 ReimageIntego 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 hijackSearchult 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 ReimageIntego, 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 policyPrivacy 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 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 Searchult, follow these steps:

Remove Searchult from Windows systems

To remove Searchult redirects and intrusive ads on Windows, please follow these steps:

To remove Searchult 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 Searchult (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.

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:

Remove Searchult from Applications folder:

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

Erase Searchult 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 Searchult 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 Searchult removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Searchult 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 Searchult-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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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

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:

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 Searchult and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla 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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Searchult 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 Searchult removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Searchult 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 Searchult 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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Searchult in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Searchult-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 Searchult removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Searchult 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 Searchult 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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Searchult registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

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