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Remove Search.heasytowatchnews.com Hijacker

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This article provides removal for Search.heasytowatchnews.com browser hijacker. By following the step-by-step instructions presented at the end, you will remove the hijacker completely from affected browsers and system.

Search.heasytowatchnews.com is a website that pushes fake search engine by hijacking trustworthy web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Edge, and Safari. Most of the registered infection cases testify that Search.heasytowatchnews.com lands on computer systems with the help of shady distribution techniques. Once the unwanted program with hijacking capabilities is on the system, it initiates several modifications of essential browser settings. Afterward, the hijacker Search.heasytowatchnews.com appears on the homepage and each new tab page of the affected browser. In addition, its hoax search engine is set as a default one.

Threat Summary

Name Search.heasytowatchnews.com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The suspicious domain Search.heasytowatchnews.com is set as homepage and new tab page in each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as a default one.
Symptoms Affected browsers’ homepage and new tab page display the main page of Search.heasytowatchnews.com hijacker. Many redirects occur during browsing sessions. Browser performance becomes sluggish due to the increased number of online advertisements.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Search.heasytowatchnews.com – Ways of Distribution

Potentially unwanted programs that aim to hijack commonly used web browsers are often incorporated into the installers of third-party applications. Such applications are available on various websites and can be downloaded for free. Even though most of them are presented as useful and reliable, their setups often contain additional potentially unwanted apps. As developers do not disclose accurately the extra apps, you can unnoticeably install them during the installation process. In some cases, it is possible to prevent the installation of undesired programs by choosing the Advanced/Custom configuration options. The information there should inform you if any other apps are set to install so you can decide whether you need them or not.

Another distribution technique utilized for hijackers like Search.heasytowatchnews.com is malvertising. For the purpose, the nasty program is injected into the code of various web pages and then set to infiltrate the system of each user who lands on corrupted pages. The links of such pages may be part of malvertising campaigns or spread on social media channels.

Search.heasytowatchnews.com is likely to target web browsers preferred by the majority of internet users so it may occur on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, Safari and other browsers.

Search.heasytowatchnews.com – More Details

Once the hijacker affects your system, its domain – Search.heasytowatchnews.com starts to appear on browser’s homepage and new tab pages. In addition, your default search engine is replaced with the rogue search engine pushed by this nasty hijacker. All these changes allow Search.heasytowatchnews.com to show up every time you open the affected browser. Below you can see how its main page looks like:

Search.heasytowatchnews.com browser hijacker main page

When you land on the suspicious domain Search.heasytowatchnews.com, you can see several quick links to trustworthy websites that report the latest news. Next to them stands a search filed that redirects all search queries to Yahoo search. In the middle of the page stands the primary search field of the hijacker and below appears an embedded YouTube video. Supposedly the hijacker is named Easy To Watch News due to the single video embedded on its main page.

However, don’t let the simplistic design that resembles a lot the design of some reliable search engines like Google and Yahoo makes you believe that Search.heasytowatchnews.com is a useful and trustworthy website. It has a bad reputation for being a browser hijacker that aims primarily to collect personally and non-personally identifiable information and generate a lot of annoying advertisements.

As you may notice, the so-called “search engine” provided by Search.heasytowatchnews.com is nothing more than a search field. It is a fake search engine as it doesn’t use its own database to generate search results but just redirects to Yahoo search each time you enter a query. The hijacker aims to trick you into using the presented search field so it can record the entered details on its servers. Be careful what information you introduce to Search.heasytowatchnews.com. And in case that you don’t want it to obtain details about you, your browsing history and online preferences you need to remove it from the affected browsers as well as from the Windows system.

Search.heasytowatchnews.com – Privacy Policy

The reason why the Privacy Policy section of Search.heasytowatchnews.com needs to be reviewed is the important information it presents. The policy page gives insight into data collection techniques and purposes. In this paragraph, we will present a summary of the most significant policy points which you need to be aware of.

The policy of Search.heasytowatchnews.com website acknowledges the collection of both personally and non-personally identifiable data. The records are kept on its servers and the website owners may use it for business and advertising purposes.

As found in the policy since you choose to use the services of Search.heasytowatchnews.com you agree with the collection of the following details:

  • Visited URLs and websites
  • Browser’s home page
  • Search queries
  • Search queries on the visited web pages
  • Type of used browser
  • Operating system type
  • Internet protocol (IP) address
  • Geographic location
  • The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
  • Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system

A company called Polarity Technologies Ltd is the owner of Search.heasytowatchnews.com hijacker. The same company is a well-known distributor of numerous browser hijackers harass online users worldwide.

Remove Search.heasytowatchnews.com Browser Hijacker

Below are listed all the steps that will help you to remove Search.heasytowatchnews.com hijacker completely from an affected Chrome, Mozilla, Explorer, or Safari browser. The guide reveals how to remove the nasty program from the Windows system as well. You can follow either manual or automatic instructions. As sometimes the manual removal may not be enough to eliminate the annoying infection you need to scan the system for any leftovers. Afterward, you will be able to locate all harmful files and remove them completely from the PC.

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Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

How to Remove Search.heasytowatchnews.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.heasytowatchnews.com

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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 Search.heasytowatchnews.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. 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 Search.heasytowatchnews.com 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 Search.heasytowatchnews.com 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 Search.heasytowatchnews.com 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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer

Get rid of Search.heasytowatchnews.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.heasytowatchnews.com and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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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 Search.heasytowatchnews.com:

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 Search.heasytowatchnews.com. 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 Search.heasytowatchnews.com. 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 Search.heasytowatchnews.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:

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 Search.heasytowatchnews.com. 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 Search.heasytowatchnews.com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Search.heasytowatchnews.com, 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Search.heasytowatchnews.com:


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Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Search.heasytowatchnews.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.


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Erase Search.heasytowatchnews.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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Uninstall Search.heasytowatchnews.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.



Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Remove Search.heasytowatchnews.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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

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


Windows Mac OS X Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Microsoft Edge Safari Internet Explorer


Eliminate Search.heasytowatchnews.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.


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