|Type||PUP, Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The software is advertised as user-friendly but compromises the system.|
|Symptoms||The browser’s settings are changed, home page and new tab page included.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling, freeware pages, unsafe browsing.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Search Armor|
Many programs may appear to be trustworthy at first sight, but later they turn out to be troublesome. Search Armor fits the description of unwanted software that compromises the system’s behavior. It is advertised as a toolbar compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Explorer, that should make online surfing safer. Instead, once the program is installed, it will change a number of settings and will take control of the browser. If you have Search Armor installed on your PC, you should consider scanning your system and removing all PUPs.
How Does Search Armor Affect the Browser?
According to research, Search Armor will run as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) when installed on Internet Explorer. When running on Firefox and Chrome, the program will work as an extension. However, what is common to the three browsers is that their settings will be changed. As a result, the user has his home page, new tab page and search page changed without his consent. That is why researchers refer to such PUPs to browser hijackers.
How Does Search Armor Affect the System?
As just mentioned, Search Armor changes various settings so that it runs every time the PC is started. Furthermore, if the user attempts to uninstall the program manually in the Add/Remove Programs, it will be only partially uninstalled. Since the PUP drops multiple files and possibly tempers with the registry entries, its complete removal requires expert knowledge or professional software.
Keep in mind that during installation, Search Armor registers itself to start each time the system is rebooted. This is done through a Windows Schedule Task. The primary executable file is SearchArmor.exe.
Several anti-virus programs have detected malware components in the primary executable. Two of the other .exe files that may be threatening to the system are:
Due to the software’s characteristics, experts recommend its immediate removal. Let’s repeat what Search Armor does on the PC:
- It’s highly possible that it installs malware on the system.
- It runs automatically upon reboot.
- It hijacks the browser’s settings and changes the home page.
How Should Search Armor be Removed?
Because the program alters a number of settings on the system and may affect the Registry, professional assistance may be needed. Nonetheless, users that feel confident to deal with the PUP alone can refer to the manual instructions provided below.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Search Armor 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 Search Armor.
Step 2: Remove Search Armor from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Search Armor and click “Remove”
After Search Armor is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Search Armor 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 Search Armor 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 Search Armor
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Search Armor. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Search Armor will be removed.
In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:
Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove Search Armor.
Removing Search Armor from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:
1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
– For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.
– For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.
3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account
While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.
Removing Search Armor from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove Search Armor.
Step 4: Remove Search Armor 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 Search Armor associated objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search Armor from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search Armor from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search Armor from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search Armor from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search Armor from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search Armor from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search Armor from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search Armor from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search Armor
Step 2: Uninstall Search Armor 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 Search Armor 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 Search Armor there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search Armor from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search Armor 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 Search Armor 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 Search Armor files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Search Armor, 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.
Remove Search Armor 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 Search Armor 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 Search Armor 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 Search Armor 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 Search Armor will be removed.
Eliminate Search Armor 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.