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BitcoinPriceSearch Redirect Removal Instructions

The article will help you to remove BitcoinPriceSearch fully. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions given at the end of the article.

The BitcoinPriceSearch redirect is a recently discovered browser plugin that can be used for hijacker purposes. Interaction with it can hijack personal data belonging to the victims. Our in-depth article explores some of the dangers associated with its presence on infected hosts.

Threat Summary

Name BitcoinPriceSearch
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The hijacker redirect can alter the homepage, search engine and new tab on every browser application you have installed.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab and search engine of all your browsers will be switched to BitcoinPriceSearch. You will be redirected and could see sponsored content.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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BitcoinPriceSearch – Distribution Methods

The BitcoinPriceSearch redirect is a typical browser hijacker infection that is delivered using the main delivery methods The hackers behind it have been found to utilize all common distribution tactics in order to increase the number of infected hosts.

The hackers typically rely on the browser extension repositories as the main distribution technique. They upload plugins that utiize fake developer credentials and user reviews in order to confuse the victim targets into thinking that they are downloading a legitimate and useful tool. An elaborate description with screenshots and sometimes videos and animation is also used to market the extension.

The BitcoinPriceSearch redirect can also be spread using email SPAM messages utilizing social engineering techniques. They typically impersonate well-known Internet services or companies. The redirect code is typically embedded in files that are either directly attached or hyperlinked in the body contents. They are also the primary technique for spreading infected payloads. There are two primary types:

  • Infected Software Installers — The hacker operators can take the legitimate installers of popular software and embed the virus code into them. The hackers typically choose productivity apps, creativity suites or system utilities.
  • Infected Documents — The same strategy can be used with documents of various types: text files, spreadsheets, databases or presentations. Once they are opened by the victims a notification prompt appears which asks the users to enable the built-in code (macros). When this is done the virus infection will follow.

The BitcoinPriceSearch redirect can be distributed via hacker-constructed sites. They may imitate well-known sites and include web scripts such as: pop-ups, banners, redirects and etc. The redirect may also infect via file sharing networks like BitTorrent.

Once the browser plugin installation window appears the following permissions will be requested:

  • Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
  • Replace the page you see when opening a new tab.
  • Manage your apps, extensions and themes.
  • Manage your downloads.

BitcoinPriceSearch – Detailed Description

Once the main BitcoinPriceSearch redirect is installed on the target hosts it will initiate its built-in behavior pattern. Threats like this one are particularly customizable and can adapt their actions depending on the hosts.

The operators behind the redirect can make use of an information harvesting module. It’s engine is configured to search for specific strings. Usually the collected information is classified into one of these two types:

  • Personally-Identifiable Data — The data can expose the victim’s identity as it is composed of their name, address, location, interests and passwords.
  • Campaign Metrics — The hackers can harvest information that can help them optimize the ongoing and any future attacks. Typically this consists of certain operating system values, regional settings and a report listing the installed hardware components.

This information can be relayed to the operators via a hacker server connection. This gives the criminals the ability to receive live reports of the infected hosts, as well as spy on the victims and take over control of their machines at any given time. This module is also used to deploy additional threats.

The next module can be the system manipulation one. It can make various changes to the infected host, most of them are connected to the installation of the BitcoinPriceSearch redirect as a persistent threat. This manipulates the Windows Registry by creating new entries belonging to the malware code. It automatically launches the virus engine as soon as the computer boots. The other changes to the operating system can make it impossible for the users to enter into the boot recovery menu. This renders the manual removal instructions non-working.

We expect that other modules can be added as the infection unfolds. The most obvious changes to the users remain the browser modifications — the default home page, search engine and new tabs page. Once the victim users open up their browser windows after the infection has been deployed they will be redirected to the hacker-controlled page.

The site itself follows the typical template used by popular search engines and Internet portals. It is composed of several elements:

  • Top Menu Bar — It consists of a search bar along with several links that are either sponsored or lead to other related sites, presumably operated by the same operators.
  • Main Search Bar — It presents a Google-powered search engine that is used to coerce the users into interacting with it. We remind our readers that all entered queries may present bad results: malware links, ads and sponsored results that may not represent the best possible results.
  • Links Bar — A bar that shows links to popular Internet services. In some cases if the users enter in their account credentials the browsed content can be made accessible to the operators of the browser redirect.
  • Bottom Menu Bar — It contains links to the service links: the privacy policy and terms of use documents.

The hacker operators have designed site to appear like a Bitcoin related portal site. This strategy is used to attract many users that may be interested in cryptocurrency as they include links to various Internet services. As soon as the visitors visit the site for the first time various web tracking technologies will be used.

BitcoinPriceSearch – Privacy Policy

The BitcoinPriceSearch redirect and its associated website is operated by MindSpark which is a well-known creator of similar software. They are known for creating hundreds of services that are linked between themselves. Their privacy policy and terms of use reveals that it pervasively tracks the users identity and creates a database containing a profile of each victim. The use of various web tracking technologies captures additional information such as the following:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Email address
  • Number of your page views
  • What links you clicked
  • Telephone number
  • Your login times

As stated in the Privacy Policy, Mindspark allows third-parties, including their authorized service providers, BitcoinPriceSearch affiliates, advertising companies, and ad networks, to display advertisements or place ad tags or beacons on or via their Services. Thus, these companies could also obtain information about you and your online behavior. In case you do not want your private space to be invaded in this or any similar way, you should remove the unwanted software.

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How to Remove BitcoinPriceSearch from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove BitcoinPriceSearch

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall BitcoinPriceSearch and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 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 are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors 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:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by BitcoinPriceSearch on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by BitcoinPriceSearch there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for BitcoinPriceSearch with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of BitcoinPriceSearch from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall BitcoinPriceSearch and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to BitcoinPriceSearch:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to BitcoinPriceSearch. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to BitcoinPriceSearch. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove BitcoinPriceSearch via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as BitcoinPriceSearch. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove BitcoinPriceSearch files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as BitcoinPriceSearch, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for BitcoinPriceSearch:


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Remove BitcoinPriceSearch from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase BitcoinPriceSearch from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall BitcoinPriceSearch from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove BitcoinPriceSearch from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the BitcoinPriceSearch will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate BitcoinPriceSearch from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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