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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 Reimage Cleaner Intego 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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, 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 Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. 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:

  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:

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

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

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

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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

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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