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Remove TiktokSearches (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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TiktokSearches is a browser hijacker that utilizes popular app's name to push ads

TiktokSearchesTiktokSearches is a browser hijacker that inserts sponsored links into search results

TiktokSearches is a potentially unwanted program[1] that users can discover on their Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or another web browser unexpectedly, as it mainly spreads via software bundle packages and other deceptive methods. Once inside the system, it alters web browser settings and sets portal.tiktok-searches.com as homepage and new tab address. Besides, the PUP also appends a customized search engine that redirects all searches to Yahoo.

Deceitful infiltration methods are not the only suspicious activity that TiktokSearches engages with, however. As long as the extension or a standalone application is installed on a Windows or Mac computer, it will track users' web browser activities to feed them with various ads – it intercepts their searchers and inserts sponsored links into search results that are displayed at the top.

Name TiktokSearches
Type Browser hijacker
Distribution While some users might install a browser hijacker intentionally via its official website or trusted providers, most users find the app installed behind their backs – deceptive advertisements and software bundling are used as main distribution tactics by the developers
Symptoms
  • TiktokSearches browser extension or application installed on the browser/computer
  • Homepage and new tab address is set to portal.tiktok-searches.com or feed.tiktok-searches.com
  • All searchers are redirected to yahoo.com or another search provider
  • Search results are filled with sponsored links and ads
Risks Installation of other potentially unwanted programs or even malware, privacy-related issues, financial losses
Removal You can get rid of unwanted apps automatically by scanning your device with anti-malware or use manual guide we provide below
Further steps After PUP or malware elimination, we recommend scanning the machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to ensure its optimal operation. Additionally, if the ads and redirects do not stop, you can reset all the installed browsers

Despite its name, TiktokSearches browser hijacker has nothing to do with a mega-popular TikTok video-sharing application (which received its own fair share of criticisms – app developers were accused of inappropriately gathering user information and inadequately protecting minors from inappropriate content).[2] The developer is simply using the name of the app's popularity in order to make the PUP more attractive to end-users.

Instead, TiktokSearches belongs to a larger group of rebranded browser hijackers that visually look almost identically. On the main page, the developers add seemingly useful features, such as converters for bitcoin/PDF/currency. While these can be put at good use, you should keep in mind that the app is a browser hijacker, and has plenty of negative sides that would warrant TiktokSearches removal.

TiktokSearches virus is one of many browser-hijacking apps that come from the same developer – others include:

As evident, all of these hijackers have a very distinct theme, although they all have just one goal – to deliver advertisements to users' browsers, regardless if they want them or not. First of all, most can spot the TiktokSearches hijack very quickly, as the app modifies the looks of their start page. Even if users try to search through the URL bar, they will still be rerouted via the predetermined patch, which will lead them to Yahoo or another search engine.

To ensure maximum profits from each of the users who has the PUP installed, developers fill the search results with sponsored links, although they have little to do with Yahoo, as it only serves as a search engine provider. Thus, each time you browse the web, you do not see organic results and instead are steered to sponsored sites.

TiktokSearches hijackTiktokSearches is a potentially unwanted program that alters web browser settings without permission

Another reason to remove TiktokSearches is its data tracking practices. Just like any other hijacker, the app attempts to collect anonymous (browser type, device, language preferences, visited pages, ad clicks, search logs) and some personal (IP address and other unique identifiers) information. This data can also be shared with “other third parties,” as explained in the Privacy Policy:

Other third parties (including retailers, media networks, feed providers) in any of the above circumstances, as well as for the purpose of developing or delivering content (whether via our Service, or websites, applications or services of third parties), or for the purpose of improving our Service, conducting business analysis or other business purposes.

Thus, we recommend you get rid of the so-called TiktokSearches virus and use legitimate search tools instead. The process can differ depending on what type of app you have installed on your device. For example, TiktokSearches uninstall can be performed via the browser if it is established as an extension.

For further checks and improvements, you can also reset the installed web browsers and scan your machine with anti-malware, as well as repair tools such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

You can easily prevent the installation of potentially unwanted software 

Security experts[3] believe that generally, browser hijackers are not considered as a significant security threat. Nonetheless, due to suspicious infiltration techniques and unexpected web browser changes, some users refer to these unwanted apps as viruses. While not technically correct, this term is associated with computer activity users never asked for in the first place.

Browser hijackers are typically spread via a technique called software bundling and are usually used by third-party software distribution sites. Nonetheless, it is also infamously used by fake update prompts or torrent sites, both of which can be a high-security risk. Thus, while you should never download software from insecure sites, you should always keep your eyes wide open when you are performing the installation steps of a new application.

TiktokSearches distributionTiktokSearches hijacker is often distributed via software bundles, although can also be found on various websites

You should never rush the installation steps by skipping steps – this is one of the reasons you might have missed additional components that are included in a single installation package. Application developers and site authors often use various tricks to mislead users and make them install software they never wanted. Therefore, watch out for pre-ticked boxes, fine print, misleading offers, and similar ticks; always pick Advanced/Custom settings instead of Recommended ones when prompted – this will allow you to stay in control of the installation process from start to finish.

Uninstall TiktokSearches from your computer

As previously mentioned, TiktokSearches removal highly depends on what type of application you have installed on your PC. For example, the uninstallation of an extension should not cause you difficulties – all you have to do is access the add-on section via your web browser's settings. In case the app is grayed out and is impossible to delete, you can use our browser reset instructions below that could help you.

If you have a program installed on your computer, you can remove TiktokSearches manually via the Programs and Features (Windows) or Applications (Mac) folders, as explained in the instructions below. For further checks, we also highly recommend scanning the machine with a powerful anti-malware, as some threats that might be present on your computer might be running in the background without giving out any indications.

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To remove TiktokSearches, follow these steps:

Get rid of TiktokSearches from Windows systems

To uninstall TiktokSearches from Windows, perform the following actions:

  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 TiktokSearches and related programs
    Here, look for TiktokSearches 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 TiktokSearches 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.

Remove TiktokSearches from Mac OS X system

macOS users can also get infected with a browser hijacker – follow these steps if you do:

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

Remove TiktokSearches from Applications folder:

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

Erase TiktokSearches 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 TiktokSearches 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 TiktokSearches removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete TiktokSearches 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 TiktokSearches-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

Uninstall TiktokSearches 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 TiktokSearches 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 TiktokSearches removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate TiktokSearches from Google Chrome

If you can not delete TiktokSearches from your web browser, you should reset 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 TiktokSearches 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 TiktokSearches removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of TiktokSearches 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 TiktokSearches 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 TiktokSearches, 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 TiktokSearches removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant a full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.

 

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