If you see a suspicious search engine with advertisement spaces on the bottom of it, going by the address name of search.guineo.com, chances are you have a PUP(Potentially Unwanted Application) on your computer. Security experts believe that Genieo is a browser hijacker that may track and aggregate all types of user information from the computer it’s been installed on. This is usually done by using various tracking beacons, pixels, session and active cookies, LSOs (Local Shared Objects) and others. Experts strongly advise for the uninstallation of Genieo software from user machines.
Genieo – What Is It?
According to their website, Genieo claims to provide a newspaper style home page with the latest news, based on user interests. In reality, this browser hijacker changes the home page and the new tab page of your favorite web browser to search.genieo.com. When we checked the cookies the website installs on your computer, we have discovered that their amount was unusually high, in comparison to other sites and search engines:
Most PUPs like Genieo collaborate with third parties to provide various advertisements, based on information collected from the previously mentioned cookies. Such third-parties may not only obtain information from the user on their terms, but also might:
- Prompt users to download malicious apps disguised as updates or software.
- Convince users to fill out surveys for compensation, by filling out their financial information.
- Trick the users into calling numbers, portrayed as Tech Support, that may charge high rates for the phone call.
- Make the users enter their personal information as a part of a registration for a free trial of a paid service/program.
- Input malicious code that may cause severe PC slowdowns and even computer crashes.
Cyber scammers are continuously developing modernized tactics to make profits for the average user. This is why it is a good advice to be informed on the latest threats and scams and protect yourself with a daily updated anti-malware tool.
Steps to Remove Search.genieo.com
In case you feel unsafe using genieo.com and have decided to eradicate this program, experts recommend to follow the step-by-step guide below. You can also watch the removal demonstation video for Genieo for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome users. After that, it is highly advisable to download an anti-malware program to ensure your future safety and completely eradicate all traces of Genieo software from your machine.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search.genieo.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search.genieo.com on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search.genieo.com in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search.genieo.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search.genieo.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search.genieo.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search.genieo.com from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Search.genieo.com Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Search.genieo.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.genieo.com
Step 2: Uninstall Search.genieo.com 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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search.genieo.com on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Search.genieo.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search.genieo.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.genieo.com and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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 Search.genieo.com 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Search.genieo.com files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Search.genieo.com, 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.
Remove Search.genieo.com 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.
Erase Search.genieo.com 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.
Uninstall Search.genieo.com 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.
Remove Search.genieo.com 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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.genieo.com will be removed.
Eliminate Search.genieo.com 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Search.genieo.com from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".