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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 search.sidecubes.com 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 Search.SideCubes.com
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 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 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.

Search.sidecubes.com 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 search.sidecubes.com, 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 PUP
SideCubes 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 Search.sidecubes.com the computer and clean the system fully

If you noticed Search.sidecubes.com 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.

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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 '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.

Eliminate SideCubes Search from Mac OS X system

  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 SideCubes Search 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'

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

Delete SideCubes Search 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, SideCubes Search should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

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