A suspicious software called iMesh and other unwanted programs have been reported to be associated with the search engine Search.iMesh.net. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) sets the search engine of the web browsers of the user PC it is installed on and may collect information via cookies, display advertisements and cause numerous browser redirects to the user PC. Since the software may collaborate with third-party content, malware researchers advise affected users to immediately remove it using the instructions like the ones in this article, since software like Search.iMesh.net browser hijacker may be indirectly harmful the computer.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Modifies the web browsers, changing the default homepage and new tab page.|
|Symptoms||Changed home page or new tab page. Slow PC.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join our forum to Discuss Search.iMesh.net.|
Search.iMesh.net Browser Hijacker – Distribution
To slip past users unnoticed, the browser hijacker may take advantage of third-party websites that provide free programs for installation. One of those programs may be your favorite media player, for example. When you google this media player software and want to download it for free, sometimes you may enter third-party websites that offer a lot of programs at one place. Since such websites make a profit on bundled installers (that include programs like iMesh), you may have accidentally installed the Search.iMesh.net browser hijacker on your computer. Programs like this one can be noticed in the Advanced or Custom installation options of such third-party installers, in a form similar to the below-mentioned image-example:
To avoid this, experts advice not only to have protection software and be careful when you install programs but to also seek to download freeware programs from their official websites as well.
Search.iMesh.net Browser Hijacker –More Information
Once installed on your computer, the Search.iMesh.net browser hijacker may immediately drop its files in the following Windows locations:
It may also situate files in the %Program Files% folder. Once the software runs automatically, it may also set up a tray icon on the bottom right of Windows:
The Search.iMesh.com browser hijacker then may modify your web browser, changing the home page and new tab web page to what appears to be it’s hoax search engine:
Not only is the search engine ad-supported, but it also does not support HTTPs encryption and does not have it’s own ad-supported search results, both of these are highly untypical to search engines and potential risks to your computer:
In addition to this, we have discovered multiple types of cookies that may be used to collect different user information, like your online clicks, browsing history as well as other information that may be used to target you with advertisements:
Search.iMesh.net Browser Hijacker – Conclusion and Removal
As a bottom line, the iMesh hijacker is a program that is created for one purpose. To enter your computer and use it to generate profits automatically by modifying your web browsers settings. This allows the people behind this suspicious application to make profits via pay-per-click schemes and other affiliate strategies. In addition to this, Search.iMesh.net may cause browser redirects to dangerous websites, that may even infect your computer with malware, all in the name of profit. This is why malware researchers strongly advise to remove this potentially unwanted application from your computer and make sure it stays gone, by downloading an advanced anti-malware program. We recommend that you follow the removal instructions below to remove Search.iMesh.net browser hijacker from your computer efficiently and correctly.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search.iMesh.net Hijacker from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search.iMesh.net Hijacker from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search.iMesh.net Hijacker from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search.iMesh.net Hijacker from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search.iMesh.net Hijacker from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search.iMesh.net Hijacker from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search.iMesh.net Hijacker from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search.iMesh.net Hijacker from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.iMesh.net Hijacker
Step 2: Uninstall Search.iMesh.net Hijacker 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.iMesh.net Hijacker 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.iMesh.net Hijacker there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search.iMesh.net Hijacker from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.iMesh.net Hijacker 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.iMesh.net Hijacker 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.iMesh.net Hijacker 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.iMesh.net Hijacker 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.iMesh.net Hijacker 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.iMesh.net Hijacker 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.iMesh.net Hijacker will be removed.
Eliminate Search.iMesh.net Hijacker 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.