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Remove surfpageing.com virus (Free Instructions)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Although surfpageing.com seems to be just a simple search engine, security experts warn people that it’s sponsored by third parties and is not trustworthy if compared to Google, Bing or Yahoo search providers. It is deemed as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and is a handful of reasons why it is considered to be the lowest level cyber threat. In the next sections we will shortly explain what issues surfpageing.com hijack can cause, how does this search engine spreads and how to remove it from the web browsers permanently.

What aspects pushed security experts to classify surfpageing.com virus as a browser hijacker?

Of course, none of the programs are categorized as virus, malware, PUP or hijacker without having a reason. According to security vendors, there are at least five major aspects that made security experts categorize this pest as a browser hijacker and PUP, these are:

  • Misleading infiltration;
  • Modification of web browser’s settings without asking for permission;
  • Exhibition of unreliable links among its search results;
  • Displaying promotional pop-up ads;
  • Usage of tracking cookies.

showing how the hompage looks like after surfpageing.com hijack

So how does this program works once installed on a web browser?

Questions about surfpageing.com virus

Surfpageing.com hijacker is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, and others. That’s why it is referred to as a cross-browser plug-in. As soon on the plug-in is executed, a default web browser’s homepage, new tab, and search provider is replaced with surfpageing.com. If the plug-in is accepted (consciously or accidentally), browser’s modifications are inevitable. However, that’s not the worst part. The most important thing that each user should consider before starting browsing with this search engine is the pages that he/she wants to view. Although it presents Yahoo-based search results, before showing the results to the user various sponsored links and promotional pop-up ads are injected into them. Therefore, you can never know whether surfpageing.com redirects expose you to reliable or potentially dangerous affiliate pages. This way, it generates income from advertising and certainly don’t care about the security of the user. Besides, once inside a PC’s system, this pest activates cookies and starts gathering personally non-identifiable, but quite sensitive, information about its users. That may be the kind of search terms, mostly visited pages, clicks, PC’s IP address, its location, email address, data uploaded and downloaded from certain pages, and so on. Such information may leak to really questionable parties who may apply it for misleading you. For example, your email may be spammed, you may start receiving doubtful pop-ups related to the things you have recently been looking for, missing software updates and so on. All the content brought by surfpageing.com redirect virus can lead you to inadvertent installation of another potentially unwanted program. Do you still consider keeping this search engine by default? Probably not… Thus, our recommendation would be to check the system with ReimageIntego and remove surfpageing.com malware with its help.

Could you please explain me how did surfpageing.com hijack my web browser if I did not install it?

Such and similar questions are by far the most commonly asked by the victims of browser hijackers. The answer is simple – you must have agreed with its installation along with another freeware. Try to recall what was the last free program you have downloaded/installed on the system. We would highly recommend you to remove it because it has been used for spreading third-party apps, so it might be untrustworthy itself. If you want to avoid installation of software bundles in the future, make sure that you select safe installation mode (advanced/custom) and keep an eye on each check box given during installation setup.

What should I do to remove this PUP from my PC?

Of course, those who are reading this pose are interested in the surfpageing.com removal options. In fact, there are two options – automatic and manual removal. If you have already been dealing with the removal of browser hijackers, then we are pretty sure that the manual removal guide will be enough for you to remove surfpageing.com virus once and for all. However, if you want to make sure that your PC is PUP and virus-free, we would still recommend running a scan with a professional malware removal tool.

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To remove surfpageing.com virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of surfpageing.com from Windows systems

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

Uninstall surfpageing.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove surfpageing.com from Applications folder:

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

Remove surfpageing.com 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 surfpageing.com 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 surfpageing.com removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate surfpageing.com virus 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 surfpageing.com-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

Delete surfpageing.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 surfpageing.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 surfpageing.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase surfpageing.com from 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 surfpageing.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 surfpageing.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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

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  1. Peeter says:
    December 4th, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Hate programs that cant be removed when I want. surfpageing.com search is very stubborn as I removed it only after performing a full system scan with SpyHunter

  2. Elise Renae says:
    December 4th, 2015 at 6:15 am

    DO NOT recommend using surfpageing.com because it displays fake links. I ended up with reimage just a couple of days after infiltration of this search

  3. Magnus Veritas says:
    December 4th, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Hi guys. Have you tried manual removal? I cant remove this search by myself for some reason, but Im not keen on installing anti-malware..

  4. Dennis says:
    December 4th, 2015 at 6:17 am

    I have removed surfpageing.com virus using the guide above. However, i nevertheless scanned my PC and now Im glad that I did so because other pest have been lurking in it.

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