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Remove Splendidsearch.com (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

removal by Olivia Morelli - - | Type: Browser Hijackers

Splendidsearch.com is a browser hijacker that can expose users to unwanted ads and show sponsored links

Splendidsearch.com

Splendidsearch.com is considered to be a minor computer infection that belongs to the browser hijacker category. These potentially unwanted programs are either downloaded purposely or without users noticing – during the installation of shareware or freeware. 

As soon as Splendidsearch.com is installed, users might notice changes made to Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or other installed browser, as their homepage, new tab URL and the search engine is set to hxxp://splendidsearch.com or hxxp://www1.myprivatesearch.com, and all searches are redirected to Yahoo. Unfortunately, the results are littered with sponsored links, and users can also notice an increased amount of ads on all sites that they visit.

Created by eAnswers, one of the most prominent PUP creators in the field, the application is meant to protect users' privacy and enhance the browsing experience. However, as it turns out, users encounter entirely the opposite effect and start looking for methods on how to remove Splendidsearch.com from their browsers permanently.

Name Splendidsearch.com
Type Browser hijacker
Category Potentially unwanted program
Developer eAnswers
Similar PUPs Private.securesearches.netSearch.myappzcenter.comSearch.iezbrowsing.com, etc.
Infiltration Software bundles, third-party sites
Symptoms Altered web browser settings, sponsored links in search results, increased amount of ads on all sites, etc.
Elimination Check our removal instructions below
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Splendidsearch.com, which was designed and released by a notorious PUP distributor, is advertised as a tool that helps users to find what they are looking for, all while protecting their privacy with the “Privacy Switch.” Additionally, it offers a variety of beautiful wallpapers and an eye-catching interface.

However, Splendidsearch.com browser hijacker does collect non-PII,[1] as explained in the Privacy Policy of the official website:[2]

eAnswers may automatically receive and record certain non-personally identifiable information on its server logs from your browser, including your IP address, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), cookie information, and the webpage that a user visits.

By default, the word “privacy” means anonymity, and collecting some details about users does not fit that description whatsoever. Thus, rather choose the search engine that does not track you. Without a doubt, Splendidsearch.com authors only care about your clicks on sponsored links and try all type of tricks to make you believe that their service is credible and somehow better than the others.

While Splendidsearch.com hijack might not directly impact computer system as malware does, it is certainly not a welcome addition in general. Browser hijackers are considered to be the least potentially harmful of the PUPs, although it does not mean that they do not contain any contrary elements.

Splendidsearch.com hijack
Splendidsearch.com is a potentially unwanted program that usually gets installed together with shareware or freeware

For that reason, Splendidsearch.com virus term would be incorrect, however, due to unexpected appearance, many people would call it that way. Nevertheless, the presence of the PUP might bring you place you do not expect, and sometimes they might be dangerous – such as scam, phishing, or even hacked sites.

For that reason, if you see your homepage and search engine altered, you should immediately take care of Splendidsearch.com removal. For that, you can either check our guidelines below or use anti-virus software that can recognize potentially unwanted programs. Additionally, to keep your system at its best, experts[3] recommended installing Reimage Reimage Cleaner – the tool looks after the PC and can also fix virus-affected Windows files.

Software bundling – a deceptive technique that distributes browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs

While many users by now know that downloading pirated software or visiting high-risk websites can bring malware into their computers, the presence of browser hijackers, adware and other PUPs still remains a mystery to most. This is because people are used to downloading the allegedly free applications from free party sites and never paying attention to the process itself.

Software bundles often include PUPs, especially if they are downloaded from third-party sites. Be aware that even “credible” sites like Download.com or FileHippo promote adware, browser hijackers, and other unwanted software. Therefore, it is vital to look out for the optional components during the installation of the desired applications.

For that, make sure you check if the app provides important documents, such as Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. During the process, read the instructions of every step carefully and decline any offers or deals you might encounter on the way. Finally, always opt for Advanced/Custom installation settings as that is where most of the PUPs are hidden.

Splendidsearch.com search results
Splendidsearch.com tracks your web browsing data and then displays affiliated content based on it

Remove Splendidsearch.com and reset your browsers

Splendidsearch.com removal can be performed with the help of our instructions below. Because it is a browser hijacker and a minor computer infection, its termination should not be that difficult. All you have to do is go to the installed program list and check for questionable programs and uninstall them. Alternatively, deleting unwanted browser extensions should do the trick, as well as resetting all the installed browsers.

Nevertheless, you can also remove Splendidsearch.com hijack with the help of security software that specializes in PUPs. Additionally, if your machine is slow and you encounter software crashes, or your CPU runs high, it is highly recommended scanning it with robust anti-malware software, as malware might be involved.

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To remove Splendidsearch.com, follow these steps:

Get rid of Splendidsearch.com from Windows systems

To remove Splendidsearch.com from Windows OS, please follow 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 Splendidsearch.com and related programs
    Here, look for Splendidsearch.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 Splendidsearch.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.

Delete Splendidsearch.com from Mac OS X system

Mac can also be affected by a browser hijacker. Follow these instructions to bring your computer back to normal:

  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 Splendidsearch.com 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'

Eliminate Splendidsearch.com 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 Splendidsearch.com 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 Splendidsearch.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Erase Splendidsearch.com 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, Splendidsearch.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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

Remove Splendidsearch.com from Google Chrome

After you delete all the unwanted programs, make sure you reset 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 Splendidsearch.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 Splendidsearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Splendidsearch.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 Splendidsearch.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 Splendidsearch.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 Splendidsearch.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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