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Remove Search.hroutefinder.net Browser Hijacker

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This article informs users about Search.hroutefinder.net hijacker and provides help for the removal process of all suspicious and potentially undesired files from the affected system.

Search.hroutefinder.net is a questionable search engine that hijacks main browser settings without your knowledge. Thus it is classified as a browser hijacker. Once it affects a web browser, its main page starts to appear on browser’s homepage and every new tab page. In addition, the hijacker activates tracking technologies so it can spy on your online behavior.

Threat Summary

NameSearch.hroutefinder.net
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionA questionable search enigne that hijacks main browser settings without your knowledge.
SymptomsMain destinations in your preferred web browser are set to dislay the main page of the hijacker. Browser slowdowns occur due to increased number of online ads.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Search.hroutefinder.net – Spread Techniques

Search.hroutefinder.net hijacker could be added as an extra in the installers of various free third-party applications. Unfortunately, since it is considered to be a potentially unwanted program, installers rarely disclose properly its presence. So it is very likely that have installed this hijacker unintentionally while installing another desired app.

This spread technique is known as software bundling and as you already know its purpose is to trick you into installing undesired programs without noticing their presence. Apps that come with infected installers could be usually downloaded for free. Such apps are mainly released on platforms for freeware, P2P networks and other websites. Actually, since the potentially unwanted program resides is in the installers of these apps sometimes you may be able to prevent the latter from running on your device by accessing the Advanced or Custom configuration options. Once you open them you may be able to opt out the installation of all undesired apps.

Popular web browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari) could be affected by this hijacker.

Search.hroutefinder.net – More About Its Impact

Search.hroutefinder.net hijacker has been reported by online users whose browsers were mysteriously set to display its main page. Even though it is designed in a way that resembles a lot the look of legitimate search engines like Google and Bing, it appears to be owned by Polarity Technologies – a company that is famous for the release of many potentially undesired programs. More about the company and its practices could be read in the next paragraph.

The deceptive Search.hroutefinder.net search engine could affect some main browser settings once its configuration files are installed on the system. By altering browser settings, the hijacker becomes able to load its main page as homepage and new tab pages. All changes are applied without your knowledge. And when you open the affected browser you are likely to see the following page:

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One of the main purposes of this hijacker is data collection. Forcing you to use its questionable search engine is just one way to complete it. Yet another approach to data collection is the unnoticed activation of different tracking technologies. So soon after it accesses your browser and system, the hijacker starts recording your online actions. This process, in turn, enables its owners to identify which your interests are and eventually use the knowledge to select the most appropriate ads for you.

Search.hroutefinder.net – Privacy Policy

The policy page of Search.hroutefinder.net hijacker reveals that the hijacker is owned by the company Polarity Technologies. The same company is a well-known distributor of numerous other nasty programs that aim to acquire specific details from affected users and send them on its servers. Just to mention a few detected by our team – Hineeddirectionsnow.com, Hwatchallsports.co, Search.hmytemplates.co.

Data records created by Search.hroutefinder.net contain both personal and non-personal details. According to the policy as long as the hijacker has accesss to your browser it is considered that you agree with the collection of all details listed below:

  • 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

All the detail could be disclosed to third-parties of unknown origin or what’s even worse released for sale on dark web forums.

How to Remove Search.hroutefinder.net Hijacker

In order to remove Search.hroutefinder.net hijacker along with all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser, you should complete several removal steps. In the guide below you will find all removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approaches. In order to fully get rid of this particular undesired program and strengthen the security of your device we recommend you to combine the steps. Have in mind that installed files associated with this hijacker may be detected with names different than Search.hroutefinder.net.

In case that you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us at our email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana has a bachelor's degree in Marketing. She has been with the STF team for five years, researching malware, reporting on the latest computer infections, and following digital marketing trends.

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How to Remove Search.hroutefinder.net from Windows.


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

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

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.hroutefinder.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 Search.hroutefinder.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 Search.hroutefinder.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 Search.hroutefinder.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'.

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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 Search.hroutefinder.net from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.hroutefinder.net and remove related files and objects

OFFER
Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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.hroutefinder.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 Search.hroutefinder.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 Search.hroutefinder.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 Search.hroutefinder.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 Search.hroutefinder.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 Search.hroutefinder.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 Search.hroutefinder.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 Search.hroutefinder.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 Search.hroutefinder.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".

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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 Search.hroutefinder.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 Search.hroutefinder.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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