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.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers may have their homepage, search engine and new tab setting changed.|
|Symptoms||Your 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 Method||Freeware Installers, Bundle Packages|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss Search(.)pch(.)com.|
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:
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.
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
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- Guide 1: How to Remove Search(.)pch(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search(.)pch(.)com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search(.)pch(.)com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search(.)pch(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search(.)pch(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search(.)pch(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search(.)pch(.)com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search(.)pch(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search(.)pch(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall Search(.)pch(.)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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search(.)pch(.)com 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(.)pch(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search(.)pch(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search(.)pch(.)com 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(.)pch(.)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:
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(.)pch(.)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.
Erase Search(.)pch(.)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.
Uninstall Search(.)pch(.)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.
Remove Search(.)pch(.)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".
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(.)pch(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate Search(.)pch(.)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.