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Strongpasswordsearch.com virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Reasons to remove Strongpasswordsearch.com search controller from your PC

Strongpasswordsearch.com

Strongpasswordsearch.com is an enormously suspicious search engine that was created by HopeBest Inc. Media. Users who experience redirects to hxxp://Strongpasswordsearch.com/ should scan their systems for spyware[1]. It turns out that this suspicious domain is actively promoted with the help of potentially unwanted programs nowadays.

It is important to remove Strongpasswordsearch.com virus if you care about your privacy and if you seek a better web searching experience. This shady search site hardly presents any useful search results because it mainly targets to provide sponsored ones. The same can be said about other search engines developed by HopeBest Media – Tracepackagesearch.com, Checkspeedsearch.com or Newstartsearch.com.

It is strategically designed to sneak into victims’ computers unnoticed and convince victims to start using Strong Password Search like it was a completely normal search engine. Unfortunately, it is created to earn money for its developers, not to deliver quality search service to you.

When you use this search engine, you must remember that each of your searches is being tracked by cookies[2] added by the browser hijacker that we mentioned earlier. Besides, it can find out what are your favorite websites, how much time do you spend on them, what ads do you click and your IP address.

Besides, it can’t be legally punished for initiating such activities because such data is considered to be personally non-identifiable. Sadly, your search queries can contain details that might help to identify you. You can never know where Hopebest Inc. transmits such information, so be careful!

The described browser hijacker aims to use your computer as a tool to research your browsing habits and analyze market’s needs. Besides, it starts picking “the right” ads for you and placing them next to regular search results. The biggest problem is that the hijacker nor the search engine hardly checks the safety of these search results.

Links behind them can make you enter highly untrustworthy sites, possibly malicious ones. That is yet another reason why we do not recommend trusting this domain and suggest carrying out Strongpasswordsearch.com removal as soon as it is possible. A quick way to do it is to use Reimage, although you can try removing it manually with a help of tutorial given down below. Polish computer users are advised to visit UsunWirusa.pl[3] site for additional information.

Installation of potentially unwanted programs can be prevented

You can avoid installation of potentially unwanted programs by choosing the right settings for software installation. The main thing you should remember is that spyware-type programs (adware, browser hijackers) rarely travel on their own. In most cases, they arrive as optional components added to popular freeware such as games, media players or other programs.

To ensure that the software installer will place only the right components on your system without any unwanted ones, choose Custom or Advanced settings. This will give you an opportunity to control the installation. You will be introduced to extra programs bundled with your download, and then you will get a chance to drop them off. Do it without any hesitations.

Remove Strongpasswordsearch.com virus in a minute

Get ready to remove Strongpasswordsearch.com virus today because our team has already prepared a comprehensive tutorial on how to do it. You just need to check certain computer locations and wipe out unwanted elements from them. A detailed explanation is below the article.

However, even if you think that Strongpasswordsearch.com removal went smoothly and there’s nothing to worry about, we suggest double-checking the system with anti-malware software. It can notice and eliminate files and programs that you may have overlooked.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Strongpasswordsearch.com virus, follow these steps:

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Eliminate Strongpasswordsearch.com from Windows systems

Remove Strongpasswordsearch redirect virus by uninstalling unknown applications from Windows. To do this, open Control Panel and go to Programs and Features panel.

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

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Delete Strongpasswordsearch.com 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 Strongpasswordsearch.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'
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Erase Strongpasswordsearch.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 Strongpasswordsearch.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 Strongpasswordsearch.com removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of Strongpasswordsearch.com virus 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, Strongpasswordsearch.com should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Uninstall Strongpasswordsearch.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Clean up Firefox from Strongpasswordsearch's remains this way.

  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 Strongpasswordsearch.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 Strongpasswordsearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove Strongpasswordsearch.com from Google Chrome

Open chrome://extensions page to remove add-ons associated with Strongpasswordsearch.com virus.

  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 Strongpasswordsearch.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 Strongpasswordsearch.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate Strongpasswordsearch.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 Strongpasswordsearch.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 Strongpasswordsearch.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 Strongpasswordsearch.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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