Search-eyes(.)tk is a browser hijacker. To remove this unwanted program and everything connected to it, you should read this article, carefully. The hijacker can modify the new tab page, homepage, bookmarks, and the search engine of your browsers. You can get redirected. Search results might have referral links and targeted advertisements. A browser extension related to the hijacker could be spreading more redirects.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers can have their homepage, bookmarks, new tab page and search engine modified.|
|Symptoms||The homepage of your browsers is changed, as well as the new tab page. Your browsers have a new search engine. You can get multiple redirects. Searches can show advertisements.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Search-eyes(.)tk.|
Search-eyes(.)tk – Delivery
Search-eyes(.)tk is delivered through third-party installation setups. The hijacker can access your PC without you knowing, because it is hidden in freeware installations and bundled packages. Such installation setups have additional components selected for installation. The components are frequently not disclosed in a proper way and you get Search-eyes(.)tk. To prevent that, instead of just pressing Next, check the installation for a Custom or an Advanced menu.
Search-eyes(.)tk could also be delivered from advertisements, banners or pop-ups, and if you visit untrusted sites. Many of these sites might be affiliates of the hijacker. Affected browsers are Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Safari, although others are not excluded.
Search-eyes(.)tk – Detailed Information
Search-eyes(.)tk is the main domain of the browser hijacker called Search Eyes. Its domain ends in .tk and its design looks exactly like that of Safe-Web(.)tk and Uppersearch(.)tk. No doubt that the same people made this hijacker.
When it gets inside PC, the unwanted program can change different settings. Some of the settings that can be changed are the homepage, bookmarks, search engine and new tab page of your browsers. The search engine is actually set to Google Custom Search and referral links:
A browser extension could also be set on your browsers, typically coming bundled with software found on your system. The extension could redirect you to the Search-eyes(.)tk web address or to referral links and unwanted domains.
The Google Custom Search used by the Search-eyes(.)tk hijacker is limited to 10 pages of search results. Links that are placed in it might redirect to sites with targeted content or advertisements.
The advertisements can redirect you multiple times, whatever the type they are – pop-ups, pop-unders, in-text links, banners, etc. Those redirects could lead to websites gaining money from referral links or by a pay-per-click scheme.
We are using third party services to record data:
“Google Custom Search Engine”
According to the policy, the following information may be collected:
- Search queries and all data you type in searches
- Search data and specifics of searches
- Date and time of your search requests
- IP address
- Browser (type and language)
- URLs you visited
- Your Internet Search Provider
The Search-eyes(.)tk site does not protect your privacy but invades it. It collects information through their ads, search page, website visits, and clicks. All data is shared to third parties. You should remove this hijacker to avoid that.
Remove Search-eyes(.)tk Permanently
To remove Search-eyes(.)tk manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions outlaid below. If the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such a tool will keep your system safe in the future.
Delete Search-eyes(.)tk from Windows and Your Browser
Remove Search-eyes(.)tk automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search-eyes(.)tk from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search-eyes(.)tk from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search-eyes(.)tk from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search-eyes(.)tk from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search-eyes(.)tk from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search-eyes(.)tk from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search-eyes(.)tk from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search-eyes(.)tk from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search-eyes(.)tk
Step 2: Uninstall Search-eyes(.)tk 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-eyes(.)tk 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-eyes(.)tk there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search-eyes(.)tk from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search-eyes(.)tk 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-eyes(.)tk 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 Search-eyes(.)tk 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-eyes(.)tk 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-eyes(.)tk 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-eyes(.)tk 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-eyes(.)tk will be removed.
Eliminate Search-eyes(.)tk 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.