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Remove Teoma Web Search (Removal Guide) - Dec 2017 update

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Teoma Web Search tracks your browsing routine

Teoma Web Search screenshot

Teoma Web Search is an unreliable search provider which can hijack your regular browser. Experts note that it is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) since it can infiltrate on your system without your consent[1]. The primary goal of this browser hijacker is to deliver altered search results in order to display sponsored ads and generate pay-per-click revenue.

Once this fake search engine infiltrates the system, it may cause lots of unwanted activities. Typically, this program may modify needed system's settings so that it could begin its redirections on each of web browsers. In most of occasions, Teoma hijack appears on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, but there is no guarantee that it won't take over Safari or other browser.

After that, this unreliable application may start showing altered search results that might be filled with commercial pop-up notifications, links, banners and other content. If you don't want to be tricked into visiting unknown and suspicious websites, you should remove Teoma Web Search immediately.

Beware that Teoma Web Search redirect is mostly initiated for helping these sites increase their page rank or sales. Nevertheless, they may also trick you into downloading other questionable programs to your computer. If you continue to use its services, you risk to infiltrate malicious programs on your computer.

Questions about Teoma Web Search

Teoma Web Search virus imageTeoma Web Search is an unreliable search engine which collects information about its users.

Finally, you should know that Teoma Search may also start tracking you and may record data about your browsing habits without any permission asked. It may collect your search terms, mostly visited websites, data that is entered by the user and similar information[2].

Likewise, these are the main reasons why we highly recommend to perform Teoma Web Search removal right now and start using well-known search engines, such as Google, Yahoo or Bing. If you have already noticed that your daily Internet routine is interrupted by this unreliable application, you should waste no time and scan your computer with ReimageIntego or other reputable anti-spyware.

Browser hijackers hide inside third-party software installers

You can manually install potentially unwanted programs along with Teoma Web Search virus together with free applications. Developers of third-party software are not honest and hide the information about the browser hijackers during the download/installation process. 

Likewise, you should try to pay more attention to the installation procedure of the freeware. We suggest avoiding Quick or Recommended settings of the installer. Instead of it, you should opt for Custom or Advanced installation and then try to find an entry that agrees to download the potentially unwanted program to your computer.

This will help you to prevent its infiltration. Once this program gets inside the system, it immediately alters start page and default search engine so that it could make you visit teoma.com or other unreliable websites every time you start your browsing session.

Teoma Web search virus termination 

If you carefully follow our advice, you will remove Teoma Web Search without any complications. According to BedyNet.ru[3] experts, automatic elimination of the browser hijacker is the safest option. You should download a reputable antivirus program to examine your files thoroughly. 

To make sure that you will succeed in Teoma Web Search removal, we have prepared instructions which will briefly explain how to terminate the potentially unwanted program. You can find them just below this article. However, note that you must follow them strictly since any misinterpretation can lead to permanent computer damage.

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To remove Teoma Web Search, follow these steps:

Uninstall Teoma Web Search from Windows systems

Windows users can terminate Teoma Web Search virus by following the guide presented below:

  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 Teoma Web Search and related programs
    Here, look for Teoma Web 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 Teoma Web 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.

Delete Teoma Web Search from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Teoma Web Search from Applications folder:

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

Remove Teoma Web 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 Teoma Web 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 Teoma Web Search removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Teoma Web 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 Teoma Web 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

Eliminate Teoma Web Search from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

You can fix Mozilla and restore its previous settings by deleting all suspicious extensions from your browser.

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

Erase Teoma Web Search from Google Chrome

Note that all unknown add-ons might be related to the browser hijacker which disrupts Chrome. Likewise, you should remove them:

  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 Teoma Web 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 Teoma Web Search removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Teoma Web 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 Teoma Web 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 Teoma Web 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 Teoma Web Search removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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