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Remove Search(.)pch(.)com Effectively

Search(.)pch(.)com is a browser hijacker that also goes by the name PCHSearch&Win. To remove this application and everything about it, you should read this article. The hijacker may change the homepage, search engine, and new tab of all of your browsers. You might experience redirects. Search results can mislead you and be full of advertisements.

NameSearch(.)pch(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionYour browsers may have their homepage, search engine and new tab setting changed.
SymptomsYour browser homepage and new tab page are replaced. Browsers also have a new search engine set. You might get redirected. Searches are filled with ads and misleading results.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installers, Bundle Packages
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Search(.)pch(.)com
User Experience Join our forum to discuss Search(.)pch(.)com.

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Search(.)pch(.)com – Distribution Ways

One of the ways that Search(.)pch(.)com gets distributed is via installations from third-parties. The hijacker can gain access to your PC without your knowledge, because it hides in freeware installations and bundle packages. Inside the packs, additional components for installation are selected by default. These components are improperly disclosed, so you could end up with Search(.)pch(.)com. Pressing the Next button continuously will have that result. To avoid unwanted installations, check a setup for Custom or Advanced settings.

Other ways of distribution for the hijacker are via advertisements, such as pop-ups, pop-unders and banners or by visiting unknown websites. Such websites, usually have a low reputation, and are probably affiliated with the hijacker’s developers. Affected browsers can be Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Search(.)pch(.)com – More Information

Search(.)pch(.)com is the search page for a browser hijacker with the same name. It is also known as PCHSearch&Win. Once the unwanted application hits your PC, various settings get modified, including your browsers’ homepage, new tab page and search engine. The hijacker is presented by Publishers Clearing House on the site.

A browser extension or add-on may be set inside your browsers, which come bundled with applications installed on your computer. It can redirect you to web domains that are partnered with the PCH website.

Whatever you input into the search engine Search(.)pch(.)com is data that can be gathered by its developers. And the results of those searches can be misleading. With the search results, there are different advertisements as links, text, banners and pop-ups. You can see for yourself in the image:

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You could also be redirected from the advertising content, whatever if it is a pop-up, banner or some in-text link. The redirects can generate traffic to domains for them to get revenue by pay-per-click.

The Privacy Policy of Search(.)pch(.)com states that personal information can be collected, be it personally or non-personally identifiable information.

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Information that can be collected according to the policy:

  • Your age
  • Your gender
  • Your income level
  • Your IP address
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your domain name
  • Your name
  • Your land address
  • Your telephone number
  • Your password

Using the services of Search(.)pch(.)com gives your approval for personal information and data about search queries to be collected. That data may be shared with third parties.

Remove Search(.)pch(.)com Completely

To remove Search(.)pch(.)com manually from your system, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided 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 program will keep your system secure in the future.

Delete Search(.)pch(.)com from Windows and Your Browser

1.Remove or Uninstall Search(.)pch(.)com in Windows

Remove or Uninstall Search(.)pch(.)com in Windows.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Search(.)pch(.)com in Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes 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:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Search(.)pch(.)com.

    2.Remove Search(.)pch(.)com from Your Browser

    Remove Search(.)pch(.)com from Your Browser.

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select Search(.)pch(.)com and click “Remove

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    After Search(.)pch(.)com is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Search(.)pch(.)com and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After Search(.)pch(.)com is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select Search(.)pch(.)com to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.

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    After Search(.)pch(.)com has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Search(.)pch(.)com
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Search(.)pch(.)com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Search(.)pch(.)com will be removed.

    Remove Search(.)pch(.)com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove Search(.)pch(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove Search(.)pch(.)com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove Search(.)pch(.)com.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove Search(.)pch(.)com.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any Search(.)pch(.)com files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to Search(.)pch(.)com in the future

    2. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    IMPORTANT! Before reading the Windows backup instructions, we highly recommend to back up your data automatically with cloud backup and insure it against any type of data loss on your device, even the most severe. We recommend reading more about and downloading SOS Online Backup .

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by Search(.)pch(.)com.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from Search(.)pch(.)com.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from Search(.)pch(.)com is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by Search(.)pch(.)com should be restored.

    Optional: Using an Alternative Anti-Malware Tool

    Remove Search(.)pch(.)com Using an Alternative Tool

    STOPZilla Anti Malware
    1. Download and Install STOPZilla Anti-malware to Scan for And Remove Search(.)pch(.)com.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.

    2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all Search(.)pch(.)com associated files completely.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you haven’t launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Search(.)pch(.)com threat: Manual removal of Search(.)pch(.)com requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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