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Remove Search-123.com Browser Hijacker and Ads from Your PC

Name Search-123.com Browser Hijacker
Type Browser Hijacker
Short Description The page may look like a regular search engine with links to well-known pages.
Symptoms The user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.
Distribution Method Bundling.
Detection tool Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Search-123.com Browser Hijacker

Search-123.com is a suspicious search engine, set on your computer by a browser hijacker extension that is ad-supported and advertises third-party supported content. The advertisements are in the form of modified search result content on third-party search engines such as Yahoo search, Bing and Google. Security engineers strongly advise against keeping this program due to the fact that it and its third-parties may collect certain information from the user and share it with marketing purposes. Also it may increase the web traffic of the PC by administering advertised content and slow it down.

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Search-123.com Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It?

The hijacker may be added to your computer via a redirect to the install page, via clicking on an online ad or via bundling. Our of all the distribution methods, bundling is the most effective and widely applied one. It involves the adding of the third-party program to an installer of a legitimate application, downloaded many times usually for free online. Most third-party freeware providers apply this marketing strategy to distribute useful software. Reputable sites like download, softonic and cnet apply the tool and they are extremely good at it. However, there are third-party software providing sites that do not care at all what kind of applications they offer to the end users. Here is where hijackers like search-123 browser hijacker are being advertised that change your homepage and administer ad-supported content.

More about Search-123.com Browser Hijacker

Once active on your computer, search-123 hijacker uses cookies with the sole purpose of collecting different information from your computer. This is usually done with the purpose of displaying targeted advertisements based on the users behavior. What’s more, besides that it may change your home page as well as new tab page, it may collect different user information as well as modify search results.

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More to it than that, search-123.com advertises third-party sites and even though it may not collect personal information from users, those sites may have their own policies and users should beware. More so, the cookies being used may collect different statistics and share them with other ‘partners’ for marketing purposes. Such data may be insignificant from one user but may be an important research tool for marketing companies to locate target a auditory for a specific product to advertise (for example, people searching for smartphones, etc.)

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Search-123.com ad-supported extension is classified by most online security researchers as an unwanted program because it may be indirectly risky to users. The software creators claim that they only cooperate with reputable third-party websites. However, in this dynamic world there is no guarantee that some third-parties won’t administer a dangerous pop-up on their own or even be compromised by malware. As far as we know even the website of search-123.com is not in HTTPS i.e. it is not encrypted and can become a subject of malware.

Removing Search-123.com Browser Hijacker from Your Computer

In case you feel unsafe whilst using this extension on your machine, do make sure to act swiftly towards its removal. A good way to do it manually is illustrated in the step-by-step instructions below. Besides following it, you should also make sure you employ a reputable anti-malware program that will also have the potential to protect you from low level security intrusions. By doing so you also ensure maximum protection in the future and that any files that modify settings are removed.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Search-123.com Browser Hijacker 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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Search-123.com Browser Hijacker.

    Step 2: Remove Search-123.com Browser Hijacker from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Search-123.com Browser Hijacker and click “Remove

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    After Search-123.com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Search-123.com Browser Hijacker and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Search-123.com Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Search-123.com Browser Hijacker 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’.

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    After Search-123.com Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Search-123.com Browser Hijacker
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Search-123.com Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Search-123.com Browser Hijacker will be removed.

    In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:

    Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Search-123.com Browser Hijacker.

    Removing Search-123.com Browser Hijacker from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

    1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
    2. Select one of the two options provided below:

    For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

    For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

    3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
    4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

    While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

    Removing Search-123.com Browser Hijacker from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:

    Substep 1:

    Open the Start Menu
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    Substep 2:

    Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.

    Substep 3:

    After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
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    Substep 4:

    You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
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    Substep 5:

    After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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    Substep 6:

    Click on Restart.
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    Substep 7:

    A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove Search-123.com Browser Hijacker.

    Step 4: Remove Search-123.com Browser Hijacker 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 Search-123.com Browser Hijacker associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Search-123.com Browser Hijacker threat: Manual removal of Search-123.com Browser Hijacker requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Vencislav Krustev

    A network administrator and malware researcher at SensorsTechForum with passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cyber security. Strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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