TikoSearch (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

TikoSearch Removal Guide

What is TikoSearch?

TikoSearch – a browser-based infection that no one should use

TikoSearch browser hijackerPlease remove this browser hijacker as it will show deceptive ads and might endanger you and your device

TikoSearch is a potentially unwanted program[1] that can be installed on your device either as an application or a browser extension. Either way, it changes the default search engine and other browser settings, which allows it to redirect all search traffic through a search engine of its choice.

This browser hijacker appoints tailsearch.com as the new search provider. The problem is that this is a fake site, as it doesn't generate any search results. It redirects to legitimate search providers like Yahoo, Bing, or others, but with a slight adjustment.

And that is ads. They are injected into your search results as recommended searches. They should never be clicked as you might end up on a dangerous website. This article contains detailed information about TikoSearch browser hijacker, its removal guides, and system repair options.

name TikoSearch
Type Browser hijacker, PUP, redirect virus
Altered browser settings The default search engine, homepage, new tab
Appointed search engine tailsearch.com
Symptoms All search inquiries going through the abovementioned address; new tabs open out of nowhere with commercial or questionable content; browser preferences seem to be different; search results riddled with ads
Risks Privacy issues, identity theft, monetary losses, infections with malware
Distribution Deceptive ads, software bundles, file-sharing platforms, fake Flash Player updates
Elimination You can remove the article's culprit by scanning your infected device with reliable security tools
System repair If this PUP has made changes to system files and settings, your device in question could suffer from various system failures. Evade that by performing system diagnostics sith the all-in-one ReimageIntego software

Browser hijackers like TikoSearch virus, Video Explorer virus, WordSearch virus are very common nowadays. They operate similarly as all of them make changes to your browser by changing the default search engine, which consequently changes the new tab and homepage preferences.

That allows these cyber threats to redirect all search inquiries through a newly appointed search engine, which, in many cases, is a fake one. By redirecting through a shady page, the article's culprit is able to:

  • alter the search results by injecting ads of affiliated sites into them,
  • collecting non-personal information,[2] such as device and browser data, used apps, IP addresses, search inquiries, geolocations, URLs of visited sites, etc.

Ads by TikoSearch are usually displayed as recommended searches, but other forms are also possible. They are deceptive as their contents don't match the pages you will be redirected to if you click on them. For example, an ad for an amazing deal on a new laptop could redirect you to websites with push notification viruses, malware, PUPs, tech support scams, gambling, and so on.

What's worse, you might be forced to visit any of the dangerous affiliated websites if a sudden redirect is triggered. And that can be done on demand. So you could be exposed to hazards without even clicking on anything. That's why we recommend staying away from such PUPs.

Although, TikoSearch browser hijacker might end up on your device unknowingly. Whether you've installed it willingly or not, you have to remove this threat for peace of mind. You can use dependable security tools such as Malwarebytes or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner for automatic removal. Either of these free anti-malware tools will do the dirty work within a couple of minutes.

Then use our guides posted at the bottom of the page to either restore your browser settings or reset them altogether. And finally, you should use powerful system repair tools to recover from the damage your system sustained. IT specialists,[3] highly recommend entrusting this task to the ReimageIntego system diagnostics tool.

Avoid PUPs by staying cautious while browsing the internet

Although browser hijackers, adware, and similar potentially unwanted programs are sometimes falsely advertised on various web stores, people install these infections unknowingly through software bundles and fake Flash Player updates/installers.

Please stay away from bundles by downloading your desired software directly from its developers or official distributors. Refrain from downloading any installers from third-party software vendors, as that almost guarantees that you will have a PUP infection after installation.

TikoSearch virusBrowser hijackers and other PUPs can stealthily install on your device with software bundles and fake Flash player updates

Also, please don't click on ads/prompts stating that you need to update your Flash Player as this software was discontinued at the end of last year. Such fake updates could carry PUPs and severe malware infections, such as ransomware, Trojans, etc.

Directions to remove TikoSearch virus from Mac, Windows, and Android devices

If you've spotted any symptoms that TikoSearch browser hijacker is on your device, you have to remove it, and the sooner, the better. Although browser hijackers are deemed as potentially unwanted programs, they could act as a gateway to more severe infections.

To begin TikoSearch removal process, you need to perform a threat scan. Although default OS security tools are great, we recommend using more sophisticated anti-malware software. A proper AV engine would have prevented you from installing such software by identifying it as a PUP.

To remove the browser hijacker when it's installed as an extension, use our step-by-step instructions below. Then perform system diagnostics with time-proven system repair software to resolve system-related issues and undo any damage the system sustained from TikoSearch.

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Getting rid of TikoSearch. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK. Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program. Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

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

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear. Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information. Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to the unwanted program by clicking Remove. Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data. Clear cache and web data from Chrome

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension and select Uninstall. Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History. Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches. Reset Safari

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of TikoSearch registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting browser hijacker

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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