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Remove VideozSearchs (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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VideozSearchs – is a potentially unwanted program that was created for browser hijacking purposes

VideozSearchsVideozSearchs is a browser hijacker that is typically distributed via software bundles

VideozSearchs is a browser hijacker[1] that uses a customized search engine in order to display ads to users and similar commercial content. This activity might be noticed as soon as an extension or an application gets installed on the system. Potentially unwanted programs as this one are typically distributed within software bundles or other deceptive methods, so users rarely notice a point of entry.

Once inside the system, VideozSearchs appends a customized search engine that redirects all searches through feed.videoz-searchs.com and then shows results via a reputable provider Yahoo. However, these results are not genuine, as top links are always sponsored. Besides hijacking Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, Safari, or another web browser, VideozSearchs virus also tracks users' online activities to profit from targeted advertisements.

Name VideozSearchs
Type Browser hijacker, search hijacker, redirect virus
Associated domain feed.videoz-searchs.com
Distribution Most browser hijackers are distributed via deceptive tactics, such as software bundles, fake update prompts, or intrusive ads. Nonetheless, some users might install PUPs deliberately, without knowing the full functionality post-installation
Symptoms All searches are redirected to feed.videoz-searchs.com and then to Yahoo; search results are filled with sponsored links and ads; an overall increased amount of advertisements, etc.
Risks Users who have their browsers hijacked are at increased risk of monetary loss, installation of other PUPs or malware, as well as sensitive information disclosure to unknown parties or cybercriminals
Elimination To uninstall a browser hijacker, you can follow our detailed guide below or employ anti-malware software that can detect PUPs 
Optimization In case your computer suffers from constant crashes, lag, BSODs,[2] or similar issues, you can fix it with repair tools such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

In case you noticed that there are apps you have never installed before on your machine, it most likely happened during the installation of freeware. You should always be attentive during the installation of free software obtained from the internet, as you might end up with optional installs, along with malware on your machine. However, you should now focus on VideozSearchs removal.

The VideozSearchs redirect phenomenon might seem odd if one never encountered a browser hijacker before, especially if the search results are displayed via a reputable search provider. However, this activity is common, as not many PUP developers manage to create their own search engines, as they are costly to produce.

Instead, VideozSearchs developers rely on Yahoo's affiliate program and generate revenue through advertisements. As a result, browser hijacker authors benefit from each person that has the app installed on their systems, although users themselves need to suffer from intrusive ads and misleading search results.

Since the infiltration of PUPs is mostly sneaky, some users might not notice the VideozSearchs hijack right away, especially if they used Yahoo Search previously. Nonetheless, those who rely on Google.com or another search engine would see that something is wrong right away.

VideozSearchs hijackVideozSearchs is a potentially unwanted program that inserts numerous sponsored links into search results

Here are a few symptoms that would indicate VideozSearchs infection:

  • An unknown browser extension or app installed on the browser/computer;
  • A new tab address and homepage are set to feed.videoz-searchs.com;
  • VideozSearchs search engine applied to the homepage;
  • All searches are redirected to search.yahoo.com;
  • Sponsored links are shown at the top the of search results.

Another reason to remove VideozSearchs from your computer is its information browser practices. In many cases, the developers of apps like StreamsSearchSearchMarquisShortcutTab, and similar, use cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies in order to collect information about users. The harvested data usually includes anonymous information, but most hijackers also collect personal details, such as an IP address, the device identifies, and location if a mobile phone is used.

Thus, we highly recommend you uninstall VideozSearchs from your machine as soon as possible. For more details, please check the bottom section of the article. As additional precautionary and remediation measures, we also recommend scanning the machine with repair software Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

Software bundles are main reason for unintentional installation of PUPs

While there are various methods of installation of PUPs, most commonly, users install them unintentionally – hence the name “potentially unwanted program.” However, users are most commonly tricked into inviting these apps into their systems due to deceptive techniques used by the developers or third-party websites that distribute them.

If you are wondering why your browser was hijacked, it is most likely due to freeware that you installed from a third-party site. These apps are often bundled with optional components which are installed without permission if a user is not attentive enough.

Thus, you should never rush the installation process of new programs, regardless where you download them from (although security researchers from novirus.uk[3] warn that torrent and similar sites that distribute pirated programs are dangerous and should not be visited in the first place). Your primary goal should be to pick the Advanced/Custom installation settings so you would stay in control of what is being installed on your system. Remove all the ticks from pre-ticked boxes and watch out for misleading offers or misplaced buttons.

VideozSearchs redirect virusVideozSearchs hijack sets feed.videoz-searchs.com as homepage and new tab URL

Get rid of VideozSearchs hijack easily

You can remove VideozSearchs manually – this process should not be that difficult if the hijack is related to a browser extension on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or another web browser. To uninstall such add-ons, simply right click on its icon and select Uninstall/Remove. In some cases, apps might be hiding their presence on your browser/computer, so the termination process might become more difficult.

For easy VideozSearchs removal, you can employ powerful anti-malware software and scan your computer fully. However, be aware that not all security applications are capable of removing all PUPs, so this process might fail in some cases. If you still see ads after following instructions below or/and scanning the machine with security software, you should also reset the installed browsers.

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To remove VideozSearchs, follow these steps:

Delete VideozSearchs from Windows systems

To uninstall potentially unwanted programs from Windows computer, please follow these steps:

  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 VideozSearchs and related programs
    Here, look for VideozSearchs 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 VideozSearchs 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.

Erase VideozSearchs from Mac OS X system

macOS users can also fall victim to adware and other dangerous software. Proceed with the following instructions if you want to eliminate PUPs:

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

Remove VideozSearchs from Applications folder:

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

Eliminate VideozSearchs 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 VideozSearchs 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 VideozSearchs removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove VideozSearchs 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 VideozSearchs-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 VideozSearchs 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 VideozSearchs 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 VideozSearchs removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of VideozSearchs from Google Chrome

If you can't remove VideozSearchs in a regular way, you should reset Google Chrome as explained below:

  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 VideozSearchs 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 VideozSearchs removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Delete VideozSearchs 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 VideozSearchs 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 VideozSearchs, 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 VideozSearchs removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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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