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Remove Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus (Free Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus is another annoying browser hijacker

Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus has been created by the UTILILAB GmbH company which is known for creating another annoying browser hijacker[1] Mysearchguardian.com. Analysis of this PUP revealed that it might also be related to another bogus search engine Search.utilitab.com. All these three browser hijackers pretend to be useful tools; however, they show up on the browsers’ out of nowhere and alters their settings. After Utililab.mysearchguardian.com hijack, affected browser’s homepage, default search engine, and sometimes, new tab’s URL address are set to this suspicious domain. This website has a quite ironic slogan “Your protection is our goal.” This search engine is supposed to protect users and their computers from various cyber threats. However, their services require collecting personally identifiable[2] and non-personally identifiable information[3]. There’s no doubt that this activity might lead to the serious privacy issues. According to the Privacy Policy, Utililab.mysearchguardian.com browser hijacker might collect contact information (for example, your name, email and home address, telephone number, etc.), credit card or bank account information. Also it might collect purchase information if you buy some products or services from UTILILAB GmbH, passwords, usernames, and other information that has been provided by the users while contacting the developers.

Questions about Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus

Browser hijacker might also modify search results, initiate unwanted redirects and deliver misleading advertisements on every visited website. However, Utililab.mysearchguardian.com redirect problems are the biggest issue. Some relevant links in the search results might be replaced with sponsored links that might even lead to potentially dangerous websites. Hence, looking for useful information using this search tool might lead not only to privacy-related problems[4] but might also infect your computer. To avoid all cyber threats, you have to remove Utililab.mysearchguardian.com from the computer. We recommend scanning the infected computer with ReimageIntego or other reputable antivirus or anti-malware program. Don’t forget that you should invest in professional security tool because free programs might not be able to delete this browser hijacker. However, if you do not want to use any additional software, try manual Utililab.mysearchguardian.com removal and follow our prepared instructions at the end of the article.

Screenshot of Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus

Who is responsible for modified web browser?

Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus cannot infiltrate the system itself. It needs assistance and permission to enter. It may be surprising, but you are in charge of letting browser hijacker to the computer. Hijack has probably occurred when you installed one of the recent programs using “Quick” or “Recommended” setup. Under these settings might hide lots of potentially unwanted programs[5], and when you install new programs, you give indirect permission to enter the system. Bear in mind that installation wizards do not disclose about additional downloads, so it’s important to install new programs using “Advanced” or “Custom” setup. It allows seeing the list of all optional programs that are waiting for your permission. One of the installation steps might include a pre-selected statement saying that you agree to make Utililab.mysearchguardian.com as your default homepage and search engine. If you quickly rush throw the installation, you might skip this step and make a huge mistake. It’s important to install programs carefully and deselect all suspicious entries.

Two methods for Utililab.mysearchguardian.com removal

Simply resetting browser’s settings and changing this suspicious domain to your preferred one don’t work. Probably, you have tried to do it several times. For Utililab.mysearchguardian.com removal you need to put more effort. If you are not willing to dedicate an hour or two for virus elimination, opt for automatic method – install and/or update powerful anti-malware/anti-spyware program and run a full system scan. Your chosen tool will do all the dirty job for you. Additionally, you can find and remove Utililab.mysearchguardian.com manually. Bear in mind that this task might take long because hijacker might have installed “helper objects,” various third-party apps or extensions that have to be deleted.

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To remove Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Utililab.mysearchguardian.com from Windows systems

If you got infected with Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus, follow the instructions carefuly. You have to find and delete all hijacker-related components and fix your web browsers.

  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 Utililab.mysearchguardian.com and related programs
    Here, look for Utililab.mysearchguardian.com 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 Utililab.mysearchguardian.com 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.

Eliminate Utililab.mysearchguardian.com from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Utililab.mysearchguardian.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Fix the Internet Explorer by following these instructions.

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 Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus 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 Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus from Microsoft Edge

Follow these steps to fix Microsoft Edge after Utililab.mysearchguardian.com hijack.

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 Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus-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

Remove Utililab.mysearchguardian.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Make sure that Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus has not installed any additional extensions without your knowledge. If you find some suspicious entries, uninstall them and reset 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 Utililab.mysearchguardian.com 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 Utililab.mysearchguardian.com removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase Utililab.mysearchguardian.com from Google Chrome

Uninstall all questionable extensions that might have appeared on Google Chrome after Utililab.mysearchguardian.com virus hijack.

  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 Utililab.mysearchguardian.com 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 Utililab.mysearchguardian.com removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Uninstall Utililab.mysearchguardian.com from Safari

Follow the instructions to repair Safari after hijack.

  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 Utililab.mysearchguardian.com 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 Utililab.mysearchguardian.com, 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 Utililab.mysearchguardian.com removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Virus researcher

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  1. Megan says:
    January 11th, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I was dealing with this hijacker for days… Thank you for the simple instructions!

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