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This article will aid you to remove Saerch.net effectively. Follow the browser hijacker removal instructions given at the end of the article.

The Saerch.net is a domain that will redirect you to the Plus Network search engine. Saerch.net is one of many such redirect domains. You could get redirected to pages with heaps of advertisements and sponsored content that go via that search engine redirect. The Saerch.net browser hijacker will change the main page, new tab, and search engine for every browser application that you have installed on your computer system.

Threat Summary

NameSaerch.net
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionEvery browser application on your computer could get affected. The hijacker can redirect you and show you heaps of advertisements.
SymptomsBrowser settings that get changed are the start page, search engine and the new tab page. Various advertisements could show up, unrelated to your search queries.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Saerch.net – Delivery Ways

Saerch.net could be delivered via various ways, the most effective of which is via third-party installation setups. Such installers usually come from bundled applications and freeware that is packed with additional features, set to be installed with some other software. The unpacking of anything additive could happen without prior notifications. You could have installed a video converter or some other free program and got your browser settings altered from this hijacker. Preventing unwanted programs from affecting your computer device is possible if you find Advanced or Custom settings. With the help of those settings you should be able to deselect any additional features.

Saerch.net could be delivered with other methods, like add-ons or extensions added to your browser. Other delivery methods may include its main domain page seen in the beginning of this article, advertisements, such as banners, pop-ups, pop-unders and redirect links. Sponsored adverts, including targeted content on suspicious websites could also deliver the hijacker. These websites could also be affiliated with the Saerch.net services and website. Browsers which could get affected are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari.

Saerch.net – A Closer Look

The Saerch.net URL address is the main domain for a browser hijacker that is connected to the Plus Network Browser Hijacker. You will be redirected when you are using those services, if you click on links provided by them, and from advertisements and pages hosted by both web pages and search engines. The main page of the hijacker redirect can be seen from the screenshot down here:

The Saerch.net browser hijacker will redirect you if you are using its services and if you click on whatever links, advertisements and other forms of sponsored content and results located on its search pages. In case you are indeed using that search engine to browse the Internet, know that you will get redirected every time you use its service and search bars.

Be aware of the fact that each search query that you make on pages of Saerch.net will be sending various data to servers related to the Plus Network platform. The above picture displays a page that will replace the homepage, new tab and default search engine for every browser that you have installed on your computer device.

The screenshot that is shown underneath the paragraph shows what is one of the result instances when you try to make a query through the Saerch.net search bar. You can also see some advertisements shown on top of the search results. It could redirect you to another search page which is related to both hijackers. Every kind of information regarding your search queries will be filtered and sent to servers associated with the malware developers. Thus, everything that you give out as information will be gathered by the browser hijacker platform.

Using any related services to the platform and browser hijacker redirect described above will certainly end up with you having browser cookies installed on your PC. Those cookies can track your online habits and send information by using hidden outlets. Tracking technologies of another sort could also be activated by simply browsing, while having your browsers affected by the malware. Be wary of what information you provide on such search pages, especially on such, associated with Saerch.net. Refrain from clicking on suspicious advertisements, neither on any links that are promoted by this platform.

Saerch.net – Privacy Policy

You can access the Privacy Policy page of the Plus Network search engine from clicking on the footer of its search page. Despite the Policy being quite short and vague, it gives an answer to the question whether the search engine and Saerch.net website collects information from you about you and your online habits. Below, you can see exactly what information can be acquired from you when you are using any of the Saerch.net and Plus Network services.

You can preview the Privacy Policy from down below:

The bottom line of the Policy is the following:

By using our website you consent to the collection and use of your personal information in the manner set out in this privacy policy. If we change or modify this privacy policy we shall post these changes on this page.
Our database of personal details (however we collect these details) is used by us, and third parties acting on our behalf, for administration and marketing related purposes.

That means that not only technical information (like what you click on) will be collected, but personal data as well. That can mean everything varying from your IP address to your name and geographical location.

Cookies connected to the browser hijacking sites and services of Plus Network are also put in your PC to acquire more information related to your internet activity and habits. That is also confirmed on the Privacy Policy page of the browser hijacking platform.

To conclude you should be careful of what information you provide to search engines and similar websites. In case you do not like the idea of personal and technical information to be acquired from you by this browser hijacker or any related services, you should consider removing it.

Remove Saerch.net Absolutely

To remove Saerch.net manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker redirect and its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a program can keep your computer safe in the future.

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How to Remove Saerch.net from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Saerch.net

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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 Saerch.net 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 Saerch.net 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 Saerch.net 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 Saerch.net 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.

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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.

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


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Get rid of Saerch.net from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Saerch.net and remove related files and objects

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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 Saerch.net:

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 Saerch.net. 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 Saerch.net. 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 Saerch.net 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 Saerch.net. 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 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.



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Remove Saerch.net 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 Saerch.net 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.



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Uninstall Saerch.net 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 Saerch.net 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.

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Saerch.net 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.


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Eliminate Saerch.net 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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