This article is created in help of all users who want to remove Search.hidesearch.bid hijacker from affected browsers and PC.
Search.hidesearch.bid affects commonly used browsers to provide its deceptive search engine. Its domain may appear on the homepage and new tab page on all affected browsers. A lot of annoying advertisements may pop-up all over the browser and redirect you to websites of unknown origin. To remove Search.hidesearch.bid as well as all files associated with the infection just follow the detailed guide below.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The URL of this hijacker can be set as homepage and new tab on each affected browser. Search.hidesearch.bid also sets a hoax search engine.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab and search engine of affected browsers will display the domain Search.hidesearch.bid. You will be redirected and could see sponsored content.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search.hidesearch.bid |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Search.hidesearch.bid.|
Search.hidesearch.bid – Distribution
Due to the shady ways used for Search.hidesearch.bid distribution it is considered to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP). In general, the hijacker may sneak into the browser after the installation of a freeware program. For the purpose Search.hidesearch.bid can be injected into the installation setup of the freeware. Usually, the installation of such potentially unwanted programs is set by default and if you do not open the Advanced or Custom options of the installer you can unnoticeably install the hijacker on your system. To prevent all undesired additional components from sneaking into the system you should select these options and disable their installation.
Search.hidesearch.bid could also be delivered via suspicious websites designed to drop it on the system once you visit them. The links to such websites are often used in advertising campaigns. So beware of dubious banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, redirect links, and other online ads.
Search.hidesearch.bid – Impact
Search.hidesearch.bid is a browser hijacker that modifies a web browser’s settings without your permission. Afterward, its domain appears as a home page, new tab page while the default search engine is changed to its own. So you may see its main page as shown below each time you start a browsing session:
For now, the site seems to be in development as it provides only a blank page with a search bar in the middle. However, don’t fall victim to its search engine as it appears to be a hoax one. Instead of providing reliable results of trustworthy sources, the hijacker primarily aims to display targeted content and push a lot of advertisements.
Furthermore, it acquires all search queries as well as browsing history. The records allow Search.hidesearch.bid to generate additional sponsored results based on your online preferences.
All these spammy advertisements can lead to slow browser performance and at worst cause severe malware infections.
Information that may be collected according to that policy:
- Your device, apps, type, name and version of OS and other software you have
- Internet Protocol (IP) address, e-mail address
- Anonymous user identifiers, device configs and identifiers, advertising ID
- Your use and interactions of the site and services
- Your web page visits and the content you see
- Your search queries and the time and date of your searches
- Your interactions on social networks
- Your name, company name, birth date and gender
- Your home or work addresses, location, telephone and fax numbers
The policy also states that the unintentional collection of email addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and login information is not excluded.
By using the site and services of Search.hidesearch.bid you approve that all listed details will be collected from you. All the information can be disclosed to third parties who are likely to deliver another massive wave of annoying advertisements and spammy emails.
The really bad news is that your personal data may be shared with malicious intenders who can then attempt to deliver you severe malware infections.
The policy states that ChumSearch is the compnay owner of Search.hidesearch.bid redirect. It appears that there is one more hijacker Chumsearch.com reported by our team that is possesed by the same company.
How to Remove Search.hidesearch.bid Redirect
The detailed guide below shows all removal steps that helps to eliminate Search.hidesearch.bid redirect from all affected browsers and from the system. In some cases, the manual removal may not be enough to eliminate completely the hijacker. So be advised to run a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool. It will locate all leftovers so you can easily delete them with a few mouse clicks.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search.hidesearch.bid from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search.hidesearch.bid from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search.hidesearch.bid from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search.hidesearch.bid from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search.hidesearch.bid from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search.hidesearch.bid from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search.hidesearch.bid from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search.hidesearch.bid from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.hidesearch.bid
Step 2: Uninstall Search.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search.hidesearch.bid from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Search.hidesearch.bid, 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.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid 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.hidesearch.bid will be removed.
Eliminate Search.hidesearch.bid 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.