A new browser hijacking software is reported to be associated with the suspicious search engine known as Nicesearches(.)com. The suspicious software may obtain permissions to change the homepage of the most widely used web browsers – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. It is also reported by researchers to advertise and redirect to third-party websites of unknown origins. This and several other risks characterize this browser hijacker as software which is recommended for immediate removal.
|Short Description||The software may display advertisements, collect user data and change browser settings.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Nicesearches(.)com.|
Nicesearches(.)com Browser Hijacker – Spread
To be redistributed out into the open, this particular software may have utilized a technique, known as bundling. This is essentially aggressively advertising the software by including it in the installer of another program. Usually, such bundled apps are freeware downloaded from third-party software installer providing sites, like torrents or others.
Another method of spreading of this ad-supported application is its automatic installation by malware on your computer or by having other PUPs that may redirect the user to its download page.
Nicesearches(.)com Browser Hijacker In Detail
The program may come in two forms – a browser extension for Chome, Firefox, Safari, IE or Opera or as an installed software directly on your computer.
Either way, once it has been executed it may immediately run processes that may slow down your computer significantly with the possibility of even freezing the screen at times. This may be because the software might heavily advertise animated content and hence, make the web browser’s processes very demanding.
Not only this but when initiated on the web browser, the program may also obtain certain permissions, such as managing the browser extensions and home page. This may usually result in changing home and new tab pages to Nicesearches(.)com.
When the web page Nicesearches itself was checked, we established that it had enough symptoms to render it a hoax search engine:
Not only this but the browser hijacking software may also use tracking technologies to collects specific information about you, the user and your online activity. Cookies, beacons, LSOs, pixels, tags may be used to follow your online activities:
- Online clicks.
- Online searches.
- Online browsing history.
This information may then be used by Nicesearches(.)com browser hijacker to display ads to the user based on it. Displayed adverts by this software may be the following:
- Browser pop-ups.
- Browser redirects.
- Highlighted text.
- Ad-supported search results.
The bottom line for this software is that it may have been created to boost hoax traffic to pay-per-click (PPC) or other third-party websites. This brings us to the dangers involved with such websites, since most of them are created only for profit. There are many risks that may be associated with this website, but we believe they can be divided into two main types:
- Scamming websites that may scam you out of your money.
- Malicious URLs that may infect you with malware.
Remove Nicesearches(.)com Browser Hijacker
In case you want to successfully and permanently remove this suspicious program from your computer, we strongly suggest acting quickly. First, you should attempt to conventionally uninstall the program and then experts recommend to use an advanced anti-malware software and scan your computer. This is due to the possibility that there may be multiple files that could be left over or brought by Nicesearches(.)com browser hijacker on your computer.
Delete Nicesearches(.)com from Windows and Your Browser
Remove Nicesearches(.)com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Nicesearches(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Nicesearches(.)com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Nicesearches(.)com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Nicesearches(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Nicesearches(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Nicesearches(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Nicesearches(.)com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Nicesearches(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Nicesearches(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall Nicesearches(.)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 Nicesearches(.)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 Nicesearches(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Nicesearches(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Nicesearches(.)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 Nicesearches(.)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 Nicesearches(.)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 Nicesearches(.)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 Nicesearches(.)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 Nicesearches(.)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 Nicesearches(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate Nicesearches(.)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.