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MetaSearch Removal Manual

MetaSearch (or MetaSearch Search Engine, MetaSearch hijack, MetaSearch redirect) is a search engine, classified by experts as a browser hijacker, because of its ability to manipulate the search results it presents and redirect the user to predetermined web pages. Most of these websites have the same goal – to increase their web traffic, page rank, and the ones offering different products and services – their sales. Once active, MetaSearch alters the current browser settings, changing the default search engine and homepage to MetaSearch.com. Redirects to quickmetasearch.com, linkshelper.com and similar domains are also possible. MetaSearch is compatible with the commonly used browsers, like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. MetaSearch is activated every time Windows loads on the affected computer. In order to disable the program, experts recommend its removal with a competent anti-malware tool.

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MetaSearch – Distribution and Symptoms

Since MetaSearch is not a virus, it is not distributed as one. This potentially unwanted program can be installed manually, or it may end up on your computer bundled with other software you have downloaded online for free. Such potentially unsafe installations are easy to avoid – just select the Custom options and un-check the additionally installed applications, add-ons, plugins, etc. that you do not want to have on your PC.

Next to hijacking your browser and redirecting your searches to predetermined websites, MetaSearch may also track certain information about your IP address and location, your browsing activities, the searches you have performed previously, data you have entered on different web pages and other details.This information may be further transferred to third parties for marketing purposes.
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How to Remove MetaSearch from Your PC?

Users who have been experiencing redirects to MetaSearch.com, quickmetasearch.com, linkshelper.com and similar domains are advised to run a full system scan of their computers and remove MetaSearch and other possibly related threats from their systems with the assistance of a trustworthy anti-malware program. Follow the steps provided below to delete MetaSearch permanently and assure the security of your machine.

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Spy Hunter FREE scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the malware tool.

1. Restore the settings in your browser

1. Remove MetaSearch 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 MetaSearch and click “Remove

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After MetaSearch 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 MetaSearch and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After MetaSearch 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 MetaSearch 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 MetaSearch 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 MetaSearch
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall MetaSearch. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the MetaSearch will be removed.

    2. Remove MetaSearch automatically with Spy Hunter Malware - Removal Tool.

    2. Remove MetaSearch automatically with Spy Hunter Malware – Removal Tool.

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    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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