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Remove SideCubes Search (Free Guide) - 2019 update

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

SideCubes Search is the browser hijacker promoted on various free download sites and by Safe Finder-related products

SideCubes Search virus 

SideCubes is the in-browser threat that alters online searches and diminishes browsing online for the user with its additional intrusive content and tons of redirects to ad-supported pages. This potentially unwanted program changes the homepage settings and sets the default search engine to or even installs SideCubes Toolbar. These two hijackers are exactly the same and related through the provider and developer Safe Finder. The principle of such PUPs is to show altered results when the person searches online and redirect the traffic to affiliated sites and sponsored domains.

Also, SideCubes is set to promote and push or even install content on the browser that does the same – causes frustration. Keep in mind that this is a potentially unwanted program[1] which can access information about the user from the first infiltration minute. Data tracking is also related to personalized marketing campaigns and similar money-making techniques used by PUP developers.[2]

Name SideCubes Search
Type Browser hijacker
Redirecting to
Symptoms Delivers advertisements, redirects to suspicious pages, interferes with in-browser searches
Distribution Freeware installations, software bundling, other PUPs
Danger Collects information and shares details with third-party advertisers
Elimination Install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and clean the machine fully from PUPs

SideCubes Search is the potentially unwanted program that installs various add-ons, extensions, and toolbars on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox and affects every online search and browsing time in general. Users mostly report that results get injected with hyperlinks, direct advertisement or causes pop-ups and redirects to commercial sites when clicked.

SideCubes comes to the machine via deceptive techniques, so such advertisements and redirect can lead to the installation of additional intrusive applications. Beware that visiting sponsored sites can automatically affect your machine and even damage some parts if you don't react to infection as soon as possible.

Various excperts[3] note how important is to remove SideCubes Search once you notice the suspicious activity and all the content linked to this browser hijacker. The manual process of uninstallation is possible, but you need to find all the associated files and applications, which is time-consuming.

Better rely on automatic SideCubes removal with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or a similar tool designed to scan the machine and clean suspicious programs, cyber intruders or even useless files and damaged data. Don't overlook such programs like adware, browser hijackers, or rogue tools because these harmless-looking programs can lead to more severe infections.

SideCubes Search SideCubes Search is the potentially unwanted program related to another suspicious program Safe Finder.

While analyzing the main site of SideCubes virus links to Safe Finder and other PUPs, issues with data tracking and similar shady functions get revealed. The Privacy Policy section states that the company is pushing toolbars, applications, and other online searching-related products, so you shouldn't be surprised when something out of nowhere appears automatically installed. 

SideCubes Search shares information collected about you, according to the data sharding section:

We may share your data with our Services Providers who process your information to provide services to us or on our behalf. We have contracts with our Service Providers that prohibit them from sharing the information about you that they collect or that we provide to them with anyone else, or using it for other purposes. is a potentially unwanted program, so this information tracking is common. Cookies and other techniques are used to record your most viewed items, visited pages, and search queries. This is one of the most frustrating but hidden features of the PUP.

However, once SideCubes enters your computer, it may also initiate various unwanted system changes. If you noticed that your home page and your default search engine were changed to, that's what we are talking about. In addition to that, it may flood you with tons of advertisements and return for the altered search results that are filled with links leading you to related websites. By redirecting internet users to predetermined websites, this hijacker seeks only to make money from advertising. 

SideCubes Search PUPSideCubes Search is a program injecting web browsers with its own content like bookmarks, toolbars.

Ways to spread browser hijackers

Browser intruder like this is mostly spread with the help of a very unfair distribution method that is called bundling. Therefore, don't be surprised after noticing this site on your browser right after installing a questionable free program. In fact, we have managed to detect a related program – a toolbar of the same name, which is used to transmit this in-browser virus to people's computers.

However, you should also be careful when installing any other freeware because there are hundreds of other apps that may be related to this hijacker. If your computer is unprotected and you do not have a security program installed on it, you should closely check every single program that you need to install.

Read the EULA or Privacy Policy section before any doubtful installation from download sites and domains. Moreover, don't rush the installation; select the Advanced or Custom installation method and closely follow the entire progress one step at a time. Quick or Recommended options automatically install all the included programs.

Remove the computer and clean the system fully

If you noticed redirects, it means that this hijacker has affected your PC. Don't worry because such infiltrations are very common. You can remove SideCubes from your computer by choosing one of these techniques:

  • Scan your computer with a reliable anti-spyware program and clean the system automatically.
  • Uninstall a freeware, which is related to SideCubes Search virus and the hijacker itself.

However, the second method may take more time than you think, so we recommend going for a full SideCubes removal with anti-malware tools. Such programs can check your machine and delete all indicated programs, files, and even useless applications.

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 SideCubes Search, follow these steps:

Remove SideCubes Search from Windows systems

Uninstall SideCubes Search from the machine by following this guide:

  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 SideCubes Search and related programs
    Here, look for SideCubes Search 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 SideCubes Search 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 '' 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.

Eliminate SideCubes Search from Mac OS X system

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

Remove SideCubes Search from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall SideCubes Search 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 SideCubes Search 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,
  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 SideCubes Search removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete SideCubes Search 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 SideCubes Search-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

Get rid of SideCubes Search from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

Erase SideCubes Search from Google Chrome

You should clean the browser too because SideCubes Search can install other content on the browser

  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 SideCubes Search 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 SideCubes Search removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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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