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Remove Nicesearches(.)com Browser Hijacker from Your PC

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.

NameNicesearches(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionThe software may display advertisements, collect user data and change browser settings.
SymptomsThe user may witness fake Java Update downloads as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains.
Distribution MethodVia PUPs, installed by bundling or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Nicesearches(.)com
User Experience Join our forum to discuss Nicesearches(.)com.

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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:

The connection to it is not encrypted:
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It redirects search results to Google:
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It has shady privacy policy claims:
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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:

  • Banners.
  • 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

1.Remove or Uninstall Nicesearches(.)com in Windows

Remove or Uninstall Nicesearches(.)com in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Nicesearches(.)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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Nicesearches(.)com.

    2.Remove Nicesearches(.)com from Your Browser

    Remove Nicesearches(.)com 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 Nicesearches(.)com and click “Remove

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    After Nicesearches(.)com 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 Nicesearches(.)com and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Nicesearches(.)com 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 Nicesearches(.)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’.

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    After Nicesearches(.)com 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 Nicesearches(.)com
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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

    Remove Nicesearches(.)com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Nicesearches(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove Nicesearches(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Nicesearches(.)com.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Nicesearches(.)com.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Nicesearches(.)com files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Nicesearches(.)com in the future

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from Nicesearches(.)com (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Nicesearches(.)com.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Nicesearches(.)com.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Nicesearches(.)com is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Nicesearches(.)com should be restored.

    Optional: Using Alternative Anti-Malware Tools

    Remove Nicesearches(.)com Using Other Alternative Tools

    Malwarebytes Anti-MalwareSTOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove Nicesearches(.)com.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.

    2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all Nicesearches(.)com associated files automatically.

    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to delete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove Nicesearches(.)com.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Nicesearches(.)com associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Nicesearches(.)com threat: Manual removal of Nicesearches(.)com requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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    Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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