|Type||Adware, Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Symptoms||The user may have the page set as his homepage without his approval.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, freeware installers.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By home.searchpile.com|
Is your home, search or new tab page chanted to home.searchpile.com without your consent? If so, your browser has been affected by a browser hijacker. The suspicious search engine has most likely been mentioned in the installer of a freeware product that has entered the system. However, by quickly going through the installer and the setup process, the user may have skipped the option to un-check home.searchpile.com and prevent it from becoming his home page. To determine what brought home.searchpile.com to the system, running an AV scanner may be required.
Description of home.searchpile.com
The search engine is most likely accompanied by an ad-supported or potentially unwanted program. Software of the kind is typically distributed in freeware installers via the software bundling method. Bundling is employed for monetary reasons and is often followed by the infiltration of third parties in the compromised system – affiliate companies with similar interests, advertising platforms, rogue software providers, etc.
Is home.searchpile.com Safe or Dangerous to Use?
The information collected by the software provider includes:
- IP address.
- Unique identifier number.
- Configuration settings.
- OS information.
- Used browsers.
- Software usage patterns.
The types of collected information may also be combined with other types of personal data collected by other parties (third parties). All aggregated information is may be used for marketing, commercial, advertising or analytics purposes.
The user data is harvested with the help of tracking technologies, typically employed by adware applications:
In addition, if the company, provider of the service, is sold or acquired by another company, collected user information may also be transferred to the new owner.
The software itself may not be dangerous, but the company’s data gathering and sharing policy may endanger the user’s safety. In addition, the software provider is most likely not responsible for the content displayed by its third parties. Hence, interacting with any of the sponsored content generated by home.searchpile.com may not be safe at all.
Remove home.searchpile.com from the Browser
Reversing the browser’s settings to default may not be as easy as it seems. Some browser hijacker can be quite persistent and may continue re-appearing. Affected users should consider using AV software, designed to countermeasure browser hijacking and ad-supported software. Our advice is to follow the removal manual below the article, and then scan the system via AV software.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall home.searchpile.com 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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall home.searchpile.com.
Step 2: Remove home.searchpile.com from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select home.searchpile.com and click “Remove”
After home.searchpile.com is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select home.searchpile.com 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’.
After home.searchpile.com has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on home.searchpile.com
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall home.searchpile.com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the home.searchpile.com will be removed.
Step 3: Remove home.searchpile.com 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 home.searchpile.com associated objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove home.searchpile.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of home.searchpile.com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove home.searchpile.com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase home.searchpile.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall home.searchpile.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove home.searchpile.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate home.searchpile.com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove home.searchpile.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove home.searchpile.com
Step 2: Uninstall home.searchpile.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 home.searchpile.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 home.searchpile.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of home.searchpile.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall home.searchpile.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 home.searchpile.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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove home.searchpile.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 home.searchpile.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 home.searchpile.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 home.searchpile.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 home.searchpile.com will be removed.
Eliminate home.searchpile.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.