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Remove Searchvaults.com (Tutorial) - Virus Removal Guide

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Searchvaults is a fake search engine which might lead you to shady websites

Image of Searchvaults.comSearchvaults is another browser hijacker[1] that might take over Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla web browsers. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) spreads bundled with free programs and can enter the system unnoticed. Soon after infiltration, the default homepage, new tab URL, and search engine are set to hxxp://searchvaults.com without asking user's permission. 

Some victims might not find Searchvaults harmful or might even consider it useful. It has multiple perks, including a possibility of changing the background to numerous different pictures. It also provides quick access buttons to most popular websites on the internet – Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Netflix, Twitch, etc.

However, you should not be tricked by its functionality. The purpose of the Searchvaults virus is to generate advertising-based revenue. In order to achieve this goal, the hijacker is designed to:

  • control user's browsing sessions by replacing built-in search engine;
  • redirect users to third-party websites;
  • display aggressive ads.

However, Searchvaults.com virus can display content that is dangerous and might harm the computer or compromise user's privacy. It is even clearly disclosed in developers’ terms of use:

This Web site may contain links to other Web sites which are independent of this Web site. <…>
Furthermore, these links may lead to sites or links that contain offensive and objectionable content or which may contain dangerous computer viruses. You assume, and we hereby disclaim, all responsibility for any of the content on these sites or for any damage sustained by users of these sites.

Thus, Searchvaults redirect issues are not only annoying but might be also lead to various cyber threats, such as spyware or ransomware[2] attack. As you can see, the browser hijacker is not dangerous itself, but it might increase your chances to catch a dangerous computer virus. 

As soon as you see unknown browser startup page, you should employ powerful security software like ReimageIntego and proceed with Searchvaults removal. Once the system scan is over, you will need to reset the affected web browser to delete cookies or other tracking technologies that may have been installed by the hijacker.

However, if you want to remove Searchvaults.com manually, you should check our prepared guide at the end of the article. Keep in mind that you need to be attentive and get rid of all hijacker-related entries. If you miss something, your browser will be hijacked after computer reboot.

Screenshot of Searchvaults virusSearchvaults.com might try to trick users with its "useful" functions like quick access buttons or beautiful backgrounds Bundling helps to spread unwanted applications

When installing freeware or shareware, you might be offered to install additional components or replace your current search provider with Searchvaults.com or other unknown domain. However, security experts from Zondervirus[3] warn that many users give permission to install third-party apps without knowing it because they are not aware of proper software installation practices.

To avoid surprises and installation of annoying applications, follow these security tips:

  • Check your installation source. Always pick legitimate websites for your software and its updates;
  • When installing an unknown program, make sure you avoid Recommended/Quick settings at all costs. Instead, select Advanced mode where you can untick any pre-checked tick marks and refrain from undesired apps (such as toolbars, optimization tools, add-ons, search engines, etc.);
  • Read the EULA/Privacy policy carefully before installation as this information might be extremely valuable.

Delete Searchvaults.com from browser's homepage

There are two Searchvaults.com removal methods: manual and automatic. We prepared illustrated manual removal guide at the end of the article. However, if you are not skilled computer users, you should choose it. You might leave hijacker-related components. Therefore, the reinfection of the virus is guaranteed.

To remove Searchvaults automatically, you should pick one of the below-mentioned security programs. Install it, update it and perform a full system scan. This way, every component of an unwanted program will be eliminated in just a few minutes.

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 Searchvaults.com, follow these steps:

Erase Searchvaults.com from Windows systems

Proceed with this guide if you want to eliminate all PUPs from your Windows OS:

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

Get rid of Searchvaults.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Searchvaults.com from Applications folder:

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

Delete Searchvaults.com 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 Searchvaults.com 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 Searchvaults.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Searchvaults.com 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 Searchvaults.com-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 Searchvaults.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You have to reset your Mozilla Firefox browser after complete Searchvaults.com elimination.

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

Remove Searchvaults.com from Google Chrome

Uninstall suspicious extensions and reset the browser to get rid of Searchvaults search engine.

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

Erase Searchvaults.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 Searchvaults.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 Searchvaults.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 Searchvaults.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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