This article aims to help you with the removal of Search.searchcl.com redirect from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer or Safari browser and Windows system.
Search.searchcl.com is the domain of a redirect that may appear each time you start a browsing session. It is classified as a typical brwoser hijacker that can modify essential browser settings in order to push its rogue search engine. The infection may replace the homepage, new tab page and default search engine with its domain address Search.searchcl.com. As long as the redirect has access to your system you may notice an increased number of annoying online advertisements.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The domain Search.searchcl.com can be set as homepage and new tab on each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as default one.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab and search engine of affected browsers can display the main page of Search.searchcl.com hijacker. Many redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Search.searchcl.com.|
How Does Search.searchcl.com Infect the PC?
Search.searchcl.com redirect may unnoticeably infiltrate the system via compromised installation setups of third-party apps. Many freeware programs come bundled with additional potentially unwanted programs like Search.searchcl.com. The developers of various apps do not disclose properly all components of the installer. Furthermore, the potentially unwanted components are usually set to install by default. That’s how Search.searchcl.com may sneak into the system without your knowledge. To keep potentially unwanted programs like Search.searchcl.com away from your system always select the Advanced or Custom options which are availbale in the installer. These options should reveal all additional components and provide options to deselect the ones you don’t desire.
Compromised web pages that are set to automatically download the redirect on the device after you visit them might also be used for the distribution of Search.searchcl.com.
Search.searchcl.com can affect commonly used browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari.
Impacts of Search.searchcl.com Redirect
Once Search.searchcl.com compromises the system it can modify essential browser settings. As a result its domain starts to appear on the homepage, new tab page and its hoax search engine is set as a default one. So each time you open the affected browser you can see the homepage of Search.searchcl.com redirect:
The redirect forces you to use its rogue search engine that redirects to Yahoo search each time you enter a query in the search field. It appears that Search.searchcl.com pushes its fake search engine in order to obtain and record all your search queries and visited websites on its servers.
In addition, Search.searchcl.com aims to display various banners, pop-ups, pop-unders, sliders, and links to sponsored content. Be careful and choose wisely which ads worth your visit as online advertisements are often used for the distribution of severe malware infections.
In short if you see Search.searchcl.com in your browser and use its rogue search engine it has your permission to obtain and record the following details:
- 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
How Polarity Technologies will maintain the collected data and who else has access to it is not quite clear. It is likely that your details will be added to customer databases. As a result, your browser may get flooded with numerous annoying annoying advertisements. The browser prformance may become sluggish and it may even crash at times.
If you want to prevent the redirect from collecting data related to you and your browsing behavior you need to consider its removal from the affected browser and system.
How to Remove Search.searchcl.com Redirect
The removal steps for Search.searchcl.com redirect are listed below. If you don’t feel quite comfortable with the manual removal approach you can choose the automatic. For maximum efficiency and the complete removal of Search.searchcl.com from affected browsers and Windows system it is good to fulfil all steps.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search.searchcl.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search.searchcl.com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search.searchcl.com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search.searchcl.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search.searchcl.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search.searchcl.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search.searchcl.com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search.searchcl.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.searchcl.com
Step 2: Uninstall Search.searchcl.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.searchcl.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.searchcl.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search.searchcl.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.searchcl.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.searchcl.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 Search.searchcl.com files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Search.searchcl.com, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Search.searchcl.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.searchcl.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.searchcl.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.searchcl.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.searchcl.com will be removed.
Eliminate Search.searchcl.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.