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Remove SwiftSearch ads (Improved Guide)

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

Have you noticed ‘ads by SwiftSearch’? Then you should read the description of this program:

SwiftSearch freeware is a dubious program that can hardly be useful. This app has been categorized as potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. Security experts claim that anti-spyware programs usually detect this program as Adware:Win32/InfoAtoms or Adware.Vitruvian. Although this program is not a virus, you should not underestimate it because it may initiate various arbitrary or risk-posing activities on your machine. We must warn you that SwiftSearch PUP might occupy your computer without your permission. It can do that because it tends to travel with other free programs as an ‘attachment.’ As a result, it can affect various different web browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari.

SwiftSearch virus

This software reportedly installs its extensions to track your activity on the Internet. The information that interests this browser hijacker is what websites does the user visit, what data does he or she enter to them, what search keywords does the user mostly use, and similar information. Based on such data, SwiftSearch can find and deliver attractive-looking ads to user’s PC screen when he or she is shopping online. However, these ads by SwiftSearch can be extremely annoying. Besides, these ads are usually filled with hyperlinks leading to websites that have a doubtful reputation. Such websites usually belong to third-parties, which are SwiftSearch’s affiliates. If you ever end up on a website that you did not intend to visit, you should know that you have experienced a redirect. In such scenario, we recommend you to avoid browsing such website and especially AVOID INSTALLING anything from it! You might end up with a suspicious file – you can never know whether the websites that are promoted via PUPs are reliable or not. To avoid potential dangers, we recommend installing a professional spyware removal tool and uninstalling SwiftSearch adware automatically. For that, you can use Reimage (for Windows OS) or Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (for Mac OS).

How can SwiftSearch hijack my computer?

Questions about SwiftSearch ads

We want to spread knowledge how people can get infected with spyware or malware, so users would know how to prevent that from happening. You should be aware that SwiftSearch ads can show up on computers out of nowhere. Well, at least, it looks like so; hundreds of SwiftSearch’s victims are looking for the answers on the Internet: “how did this program enter my PC,” “how to prevent its infiltration,” “how to remove it.” The 2-spyware team can answer these questions easily.

In most cases, SwiftSearch travels together with various freeware and shareware software, e.g., audio converters, download managers, PDF creators, games, media players, and so on. It may be described as a useful browser add-on, plug-in or extension, which is supposed to improve web browser’s performance. Unfortunately, when people install free programs carelessly and do not configure their installation settings properly, applications like SwiftSearch easily enter the system without being noticed. To prevent installing such and similar programs unconsciously, you should make a small research on the freeware that you are about to install and make sure it is a reliable and safe one. After that, it is very important to opt for Advanced/Custom installation settings as you install the software and monitor the entire installation process carefully. If such option is not given to you and you can only select Quick or Basic installation, you should better terminate the installation at all. Finally, you have to deselect all ‘additional components’ during installation and only then finish the installation.

Wondering what to do if this program has already infected your PC? Then move on to page 2 and find even two different instructions how to remove it.

How to get rid of this adware?

This section is meant for those people who have already installed SwiftSearch virus without their consent and now seek to get rid of it. You can do that manually or automatically. Find the manual removal instructions below this article; for the automatic removal guide, use one of our recommended anti-spyware programs to scan your system and find all possible risks that might be causing danger for your system’s safety. Remember to be very cautious as you install new programs – you can avoid installing PUPs by simply performing a few security checks while installing them. Good luck!

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, 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 SwiftSearch ads, follow these steps:

Get rid of SwiftSearch 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 SwiftSearch and related programs
    Here, look for SwiftSearch 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'

Remove SwiftSearch 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 SwiftSearch 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'

Erase SwiftSearch 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 SwiftSearch 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 SwiftSearch removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate SwiftSearch ads 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, SwiftSearch should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete SwiftSearch 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 SwiftSearch 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. 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'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete SwiftSearch removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Uninstall SwiftSearch 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 SwiftSearch 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. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. 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
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete SwiftSearch removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of SwiftSearch 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 SwiftSearch or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. 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...'
  4. 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 SwiftSearch removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Senzabella says:
    January 12th, 2016 at 4:09 am

    malicious file! swiftsearch brings so many ads it is insane. i had no idea how to remove it until I found this removal guide. thanks!

  2. hannah says:
    January 12th, 2016 at 8:46 am

    These ads do not provide any real shopping deals. This program is a waste of time. Plus, it slows down the computer, so I do not see no considerable reasons to keep it! I recommend removing this virus!

  3. Jed says:
    January 12th, 2016 at 9:04 am

    very annoying ads, but got rid of this problem quite easily. the removal guide is easy to follow, had no problems to remove it on my own

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