|Type||Adware, Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Symptoms||The user may have the page set as his homepage without his approval.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, freeware installers.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By home.searchpile.com|
Is your home, search or new tab page chanted to home.searchpile.com without your consent? If so, your browser has been affected by a browser hijacker. The suspicious search engine has most likely been mentioned in the installer of a freeware product that has entered the system. However, by quickly going through the installer and the setup process, the user may have skipped the option to un-check home.searchpile.com and prevent it from becoming his home page. To determine what brought home.searchpile.com to the system, running an AV scanner may be required.
Description of home.searchpile.com
The search engine is most likely accompanied by an ad-supported or potentially unwanted program. Software of the kind is typically distributed in freeware installers via the software bundling method. Bundling is employed for monetary reasons and is often followed by the infiltration of third parties in the compromised system – affiliate companies with similar interests, advertising platforms, rogue software providers, etc.
Is home.searchpile.com Safe or Dangerous to Use?
The information collected by the software provider includes:
- IP address.
- Unique identifier number.
- Configuration settings.
- OS information.
- Used browsers.
- Software usage patterns.
The types of collected information may also be combined with other types of personal data collected by other parties (third parties). All aggregated information is may be used for marketing, commercial, advertising or analytics purposes.
The user data is harvested with the help of tracking technologies, typically employed by adware applications:
In addition, if the company, provider of the service, is sold or acquired by another company, collected user information may also be transferred to the new owner.
The software itself may not be dangerous, but the company’s data gathering and sharing policy may endanger the user’s safety. In addition, the software provider is most likely not responsible for the content displayed by its third parties. Hence, interacting with any of the sponsored content generated by home.searchpile.com may not be safe at all.
Remove home.searchpile.com from the Browser
Reversing the browser’s settings to default may not be as easy as it seems. Some browser hijacker can be quite persistent and may continue re-appearing. Affected users should consider using AV software, designed to countermeasure browser hijacking and ad-supported software. Our advice is to follow the removal manual below the article, and then scan the system via AV software.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall home.searchpile.com in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall home.searchpile.com.
Step 2: Remove home.searchpile.com from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select home.searchpile.com and click “Remove”
After home.searchpile.com is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select home.searchpile.com to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After home.searchpile.com has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on home.searchpile.com
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall home.searchpile.com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the home.searchpile.com will be removed.
Step 3: Remove home.searchpile.com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all home.searchpile.com associated objects.