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Remove Spacerin Search (Easy Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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Spacerin Search – another browser hijacker that might show up out of nowhere

Spacerin SearchSpacerin Search is a browser hijacker that might cause u several web browsing disturbances

Spacerin Search is a potentially unwanted program that is not usually installed on users' machines intentionally. While it is most commonly spread as a browser extension, the changes to the homepage and new tab web address (set to portal.spacerin.com or feed.spacerin.com) might also be caused by a program installed on a Windows or Mac computer.

The app not only changes the homepage but also applies a customized search engine to it, which redirects all search results to search.yahoo.com. Additionally, Spacerin Search hijack also inserts sponsored links each time users search the web. In the background, this potentially unwanted application also gathers internet usage information and shares it with business partners and third-parties.

Name Spacerin Search 
Type Browser hijacker, potentially unwanted program
IP address 104.28.26.93 
Distribution Software bundling, deceptive ads, fake updates, third-party websites
Symptoms Spacerin Search extension or an unknown application installed on the computer; homepage and new tab address set to portal.spacerin.com or feed.spacerin.com; additional links and ads inserted into search results which are redirected to Yahoo
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs, monetary losses, personal data disclosure to suspicious parties
Removal You can uninstall potentially unwanted programs by following the manual guide below or by scanning the computer with powerful anti-malware
Optional steps Computer infections can cause significant damage to system files or disrupt normal settings. To revert these changes and remediate the OS, perform a full system scan with ReimageIntego repair software

Browser hijackers might be installed from official sources, but users most commonly do not install them intentionally. This is because of deceptive distribution methods that the developers use – software bundles or fake update prompts. This is another reason why Spacerin Search belongs to the potentially unwanted program category. 

Nonetheless, as soon as users install the app, the changes to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or MS Edge web browsers become evident – a new extension is applied, new homepage and new tab setup, and a customized search engine redirects results to sponsored sites.

Spacerin Search virus belongs to a larger group of browser hijackers that are constantly being renamed, rebranded, and distributed as new applications, all while visually and functionality-wise remaining the same. While it is not clear who behind these programs are, previous creations include the following:

Spacerin Search app, along with its predecessors, claims to have several benefits, such as implemented calculator, currency converter, and other perks, which are emended into the homepage. These customized additions might seem useful initially, although it is worth not forgetting that these apps are only created for one reason – to hijack web browsers and deliver sponsored content, earning profits in the process.

Spacerin Search virusSpacerin Search states that it gathers a variety of information about users as long as the PUP is present

While one of the main reasons to remove Spacerin Search is misleading search results and injection of ads, it is also important to note that the app gathers data (IP address, ISP, visited websites, clicked links, search terms, etc.) about users as long as they have it installed on the browsers. For that, the developers use web beacons,[1] cookies, and other tracking technologies. These details might later be shared with third-parties that would use them for marketing purposes.

The information gathering practices are clearly in the Spacerin Search Privacy Policy, although few users are keen on reading such information:[2]

Non-Personal Information may be automatically transmitted by the user's device. When using our Service, we assign your device with a log file, a cookie (session or persistent), web beacons or other related technologies, to collect Non-Personal Information with respect to your activity in connection with our Service.

Thus, if you value your privacy, perform Spacerin Search removal immediately, and then scan your device with ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, or Malwarebytes to perform further checks. If you are not sure how to delete the extension, please check the manual guide below.

Beware of software bundles – they can include all sorts of unwanted programs

While most users are aware that downloading pirated apps or opening email attachments can result in malware infection, there are still quite a few that are not aware of how adware, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs spread. Thus, people who get an infected claim that PUPs appear on their computers seemingly out of nowhere. However, this is far from the truth, and users let the apps in themselves.

Most PUP infections occur when users download free software from third-party websites. This is because software bundling is by far the most preferred distribution method for various apps. During the installation process of the desired application, users are often tricked into accepting optional components that they never asked for.

Security experts[3] advise users to stay vigilant during the freeware installation process, as developers often use pre-ticked boxes, fine print text, misleading offers, and other tricks to make users install undesired apps. Most importantly, you should always pick the Advanced/Custom installation method when prompted, as it would allow you to stay in control of the process from start to finish.

Spacerin Search hijackSpacerin Search is a potentially unwanted program that is typically distributed via software bundles

Delete Spacerin Search from your web browser

Spacerin Search removal should not be a difficult process as long as you previously eliminated extensions from your browser. All you have to do is access Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge, or another browser's settings section and deleting the related extension. If you previously never had to deal with that, you can follow our detailed guide below – we provide step-by-step instructions for each of the web browsers. Below you will also find directions on eliminating programs from both macOS and Windows, as the Spacerin Search virus hijack might be related to some other application installed on your system.

If you do not want to bother with the tedious Spacerin Search removal process, we suggest you instead employ a robust anti-malware program and perform a full system scan. This would not only delete potentially unwanted programs from your computer (although keep in mind that not all security detection rates for PUPs are relatively obscure) but also check for invisible malware and protect from it in the future.

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 Spacerin Search, follow these steps:

Delete Spacerin Search from Windows systems

To uninstall applications from Windows systems, 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 Spacerin Search and related programs
    Here, look for Spacerin 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 Spacerin 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 Spacerin Search from Mac OS X system

macOS users should proceed with the following if they want to eliminate suspicious apps:

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

Remove Spacerin Search from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Spacerin 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 Spacerin 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, 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 Spacerin Search removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Spacerin 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 Spacerin 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

Erase Spacerin Search from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Delete all the useless extensions from Firefox:

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

Remove Spacerin Search from Google Chrome

Attempt to uninstall Spacerin Search from your Chrome browser by accessing its settings:

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

Delete Spacerin 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 Spacerin 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 Spacerin 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 Spacerin Search removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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