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How to Remove Boost.ur-search.com Browser Hijacker

how to remove Boost.ur-search.com hijacker

This page is intended for users who want to remove Boost.ur-search.com browser hijacker from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or Safari browser and Windows system.

Boost.ur-search.com is the domain of a website that pushes a suspicious search engine. Due to the fact that the domain Boost.ur-search.com can replace your preferred homepage, new tab page and search engine without your prior consent, it is classified as a browser hijacker. Once you have it installed on your system and browser you may notice many annoying advertisements that slow down the performance of your browser. Furthermore, as long as you are using Boost.ur-search.com’s search engine, you agree with the collection of valuable data from your browser.

Threat Summary

Name Boost.ur-search.com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The domain Boost.ur-search.com can be set as homepage and new tab on each affected browser. A suspicious search engine is set as default one.
Symptoms The homepage, new tab and search engine of affected browsers can display the main page of Boost.ur-search.com hijacker. Many redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Boost.ur-search.com – Distribution Techniques

As Boost.ur-search.com is a hijacker, it is believed to attempt to sneak into your system without your knowledge. For the purpose, its owners may utilize different spread techniques. The most probable reason why you see Boost.ur-search.com in your browser is that you have installed it unnoticeably during the installation of a desired software. Many app vendors bundle some PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) like Boost.ur-search.com to the app installers and trick you into installing them on your device. How you can understand whether the installer pushes such PUPs or not is by selecting the Advanced/Custom configuration options. If you find any undesired components that are set for installation, you need to unmark them and continue with the installation process.

The dubious Boost.ur-search.com can hijack trustworthy browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Safari.

Boost.ur-search.com – Impact

Boost.ur-search.com is a suspicious website associated with unwanted software that sneaks into your system. The site primarily aims to push a search engine of unknown origin and generate various online advertisements. After infection, the hijacker may modify the settings of your browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine. As a result, the homepage of Boost.ur-search.com appears each time you open the affected browser. Currently, it looks like this:

Boost.ur-search.com browser hijacker homepage

As you can see the homepage of Boost.ur-search.com hijacker provides just a search field and access to terms of use, privacy policy and contact us pages. At first, the simplistic design that resembles a lot the design of Google, Bing and other popular search engines may mislead you that the website is a reliable one. However, its goal is to obtain and record details you provide during browsing sessions.

Moreover, most of the search results presented by Boost.ur-search.com are sponsored. Some of the ad suggestions may be based on the records about your search queries and websites you visit. While other may land you on dubious websites that urge you to download another rogue or harmful program. At worst a visit of a compromised web page may lead to the installation of severe malware infection on your PC.

Boost.ur-search.com – Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy is a must read page as it describes what information is collected by the website owners and further explains how they plan to use it. The policy of Boost.ur-search.com acknowledges that ADAPTIVEBEE is the name of the company that owns the site.

Even though, ADAPTIVEBEE claims that its top priority is to protect your privacy and prevent identity theft, the services of the company are designed to take screenshots of most pages you visit. Now imagine how you open the website of your bank to do your regular online banking operations. To access it you need to enter your credentials right? Well at the very same moment Boost.ur-search.com may take a screenshot of the page and this way record the visible details. As read in the policy, the screenshots are stored on your system, however, the hijacker respectively its owners can easily access the records and misuse the information they store.

In addition, the hijacker obtains and records more details about you, your online behavior and system:

  • Browsing history information – the URLs of pages that you visit, a cache file of text and images from those pages, and a list of some IP addresses linked from pages that you visit
  • Cookies or web storage data deposited on your system by websites you visit
  • Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Search queries and search results

All records may be shared with third-party service providers as claimed by ADAPTIVEBEE:

Information that is personally non-identifiable may be shared with third-party service providers..

In case that you want to prevent the privacy-related troubles that may occur as a result of using Boost.ur-search.com services, be advised to consider its complete removal from the system as soon as possible. Afterward, do not forget to change the passwords of all your online accounts as the hijacker may have already gathered them.

How to Remove Boost.ur-search.com Hijacker

Below are listed all the steps that will help you to remove Boost.ur-search.com hijacker completely from an affected Chrome, Mozilla, Explorer, or Safari browser. The guide includes steps that reveal how to remove the nasty program from the Windows system as well. You can choose whether to follow a manual or an automatic removal. As after the manual removal some leftovers may remain on the system you need to make sure that your PC is safe. In order to do that and locate all harmful files, you need to fulfill the steps described under the automatic removal approach.

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How to Remove Boost.ur-search.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Boost.ur-search.com

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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 Boost.ur-search.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. 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 Boost.ur-search.com 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 Boost.ur-search.com 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 Boost.ur-search.com 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of Boost.ur-search.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Boost.ur-search.com and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Boost.ur-search.com:

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 Boost.ur-search.com. 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 Boost.ur-search.com. 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 Boost.ur-search.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:

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 Boost.ur-search.com. 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 Boost.ur-search.com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Boost.ur-search.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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Boost.ur-search.com:


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Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Boost.ur-search.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.


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Erase Boost.ur-search.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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall Boost.ur-search.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.



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Remove Boost.ur-search.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".

stf-safari preferences


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

stf-safari-extensions


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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Boost.ur-search.com 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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Boost.ur-search.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.


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