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Remove Torrent Search (Free Instructions) - updated Oct 2017

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - -   Also known as TSearch | Type: Adware

Torrent Search still bothers the virtual community

The image reflecting TSearch PUP

Torrent Search (alternatively known as TSearch) functions as a browser extension which supposedly assists users to find wanted torrents faster. All might seem fine and dandy except the fact that it has been classified as adware. Once you install the extension, TSearch icon appears on the top right corner (in Chrome browser). It integrates Torrenthunt.net  into your browser toolbar as well. When you enter any torrent site, the search bar opens up. 

However, at the same time, the program installs multiple .dll files. Later on, it marks them as exclusions in Windows Defender. The fact why the program developers did not want for the security program to detect the files sparks suspicions. It is common knowledge that torrent cheat sites and programs often happen to be a veneer for malware[1]. Consequently, it is likely that these files may only make your PC more vulnerable to virtual assaulsts[2]

Furthermore, you cannot find the program simply by entering its name in the search bar. There are a few apps, which bear the same name, mentioned in the forums. For instance, TSearch_1.0.2 program is promoted. However, the latter also triggers doubts whether it is safe to download it. Alternatively, Torrent Search engine is available on Chrome Web Store. The extension has obviously poor ratings[3]. There are other reasons why you may want to remove TSearch.

If the program was reliable, it would deliver explicit information about its purpose, privacy policy, etc,. There is no information about its authors as well. This PUP is called adware for a reason. Regarding its negative aspects, Torrent Search ads might pop up once in a while. Even legitimate advertising network[4] might mislead you to scam sites, therefore, regarding this PUP, such scenario is more likely. Do not wait until Torrent Search redirect phenomenon becomes an issue, get rid of the extension. ReimageIntego or Malwarebytes will assist you in completing TSearch removal.  The image of Torrent SearchTorrent Search performs shady activities in a background unrelated to torrent sharing.

PUP infiltration techniques

The adware is known traveling as an add-on to other free programs.  Therefore, in order to prevent TSearch hijack, choose “Advanced” rather than “Express” or “Recommended.” Unmark all optional programs. Only when you are sure that no unnecessary tools will be installed, proceed with the installation. 

Alternatively, the adware is also promoted by individual users in forums and torrent-related sites. If you tend to download torrents, bear in mind that the outcomes of malware invasion may significantly outweigh the entertainment of a downloaded game, movie or program. 

Ways to delete Torrent Search from the browser

First of all, delete the extension. If eliminating it did not delete torrenthunt.net from the browser, opt for the manual elimination. Automatic Torrent Search removal saves time as well. It will locate all web scripts. Update the program and scan the device again. It is necessary to eliminate associated registry entries. 

Later on, uninstall programs associated with the adware. In order to remove Torrent Search completely, manual instructions prove to be useful. This adware does not only spread in English but in French[5] sites as well.

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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To remove Torrent Search, follow these steps:

Erase Torrent Search from Windows systems

If you have multiple browsers, uninstall TSearch program, its extension from all browsers. Even if the icon is not visible, scan the browser with a cybersecurity app.

To remove Torrent Search from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  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 entries related to Torrent Search (or any other recently installed 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.

Get rid of Torrent Search from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Torrent Search from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate Torrent 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 Torrent 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 Torrent Search removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Torrent 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 Torrent 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

Delete Torrent Search 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 plugins that are related to Torrent Search and click Remove.Remove extensions from 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

In case Torrent Search did not get removed after following the instructions above, 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 – this should complete Torrent Search removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Torrent Search 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 Torrent Search 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Torrent Search-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 to complete Torrent Search removal.Reset Chrome 2

Erase Torrent Search from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Torrent Search 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

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