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This article is created to help all users who want to get rid of Search.searchgetstt.com redirect from affected Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, and Safari web browser. The guide below reveals how to remove the undesired app from Windows system as well.

Search.searchgetstt.com redirect may be classified as a potentially unwanted program with hijacking capabilities. After it infiltrates target system it alters some essential settings of the installed browsers. Search.searchgetstt.com can replace the default search engine with a rogue one, the homepage and new tab page in each affected browser. Its hoax search engine records all your search queries and other private data. The annoying hijacker may cause redirects to malicious websites and displays lots of advertisements that make the browser sluggish. Learn how to get rid of Search.searchgetstt.com redirect and how to protect your system from the malware it may deliver.

Threat Summary

Name Search.searchgetstt.com
Type Browser Hijacker, PUP
Short Description The suspicious domain Search.searchgetstt.com can be set as homepage and new tab in each affected browser. A rogue search engine is set as default one.
Symptoms The homepage and new tab browser page of affected browsers can display the main page of Search.searchgetstt.com redirect. Many redirects and advertisements can occur during browsing sessions.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Search.searchgetstt.com – Spread Techniques

As programs like Search.searchgetstt.com are considered to be potentially unwanted, they are usually spread with the help of shady techniques. Thus, it may have landed on the system without your knowledge. One way for distribution is via the so-called software bundling. By utilizing it, bad actors could embed the annoying program in the installers of different free apps available across the net. The purpose of Search.searchgetstt.com is to sneak into the system unnoticeably so the information that installer presents may not reveal its presence. In some cases when you choose the Advanced or Custom configuration options, you may understand whether some additional apps are set to install by default or not. In case that you don’t want them, you should deselect them and continue with the installation process.

A common tactic for distribution of a variety of undesired programs that disturb online users is the installation of suspicious browser extensions directly in the browser. Again you may not be aware of their presence until you notice Search.searchgetstt.com redirect in the affected browser. Such extensions might infiltrate the browser/system after you visit a malicious web page that causes their automatic download.

Unexpected browser redirects may land you on suspicious web pages that promote questionable software associated with Search.searchgetstt.com redirect. The description presented on the pages may be trying to convince you that you need to download the app as it offers many appealing features for free. In fact, it harms your device rather than enhances it.

Search.searchgetstt.com can hijack frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

Search.searchgetstt.com – More Details

After Search.searchgetstt.com invades the system it accesses target browsers to modify important settings there. Primarily, the redirect could affect your browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine. As a result, you start to see its main page each time you open the affected browser. Currently Search.searchgetstt.com has the following look:

Search.searchgetstt.com redirect main page

Its main page provides an embedded speed test tool which automatically detects your IP address and offers an option to start the test. As you may know, your IP address is a piece of information that can be used to identify you personally. Apparently, Search.searchgetstt.com is able to obtain and collect a large number of sensitive details from your browser and system. That’s why we decided to explain you more about them in the next paragraph.

As regards the provided search engine it appears to be a hoax one as its only functionality it to record data about entered search queries and visited websites. So each time you search something through Search.searchgetstt.com’s search engine the site redirects you to Yahoo search. This is not a surprise at all. Browser hijackers like Search.searchgetstt.com are primarily developed to generate revenue to its creators by causing numerous redirects and flooding affected users with a lot of annoying advertisements.

All the redirects and generated advertisements slow down significantly the browser and it can even crash at times. What’s more the ads you visit may land you on a compromised web page that can deliver and activate severe malware infection on your computer. So once you encounter all the intrusive pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, links to sponsored content and other types of online ads generated by the dubious Search.searchgetstt.com make sure to eliminate all suspicious applications and browser extensions.

Search.searchgetstt.com – Privacy Policy

The policy section of Search.searchgetstt.com is presented on its main page and can be accessed by a hyperlink “Privacy”. It is of great importance to review carefully this section as it reveals all that you agree with by using Search.searchgetstt.com services.

As regards the owner of Search.searchgetstt.com redirect, it is a company called Polarity Technologies Ltd that is a well-known distributor of numerous browser hijackers that harass online users worldwide. Their policy acknowledges the collection of both personally and non-personally identifiable data. The records are kept on their servers and may be used for advertising and business purposes.

As found in the policy as long as Search.searchgetstt.com is your search engine of choice you agree with the collection of 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

Beware that information tracking can lead to serious issues related to your privacy or at worst identity theft.

Remove Search.searchgetstt.com Redirect

Below are listed all the steps that will help you to remove Search.searchgetstt.com redirect completely from an affected Chrome, Mozilla, Explorer, or Safari browser. The removal of the program from the browser may not be efficient as the hijacker may still adjust browser settings and this way continues to appear during each browsing session. So the guide reveals how to remove the nasty program from the Windows system as well. You have two removal options manual and an automatic. Make sure your PC is secure by running a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool that will locate all harmful files so you can remove them completely from the PC.

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How to Remove Search.searchgetstt.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.searchgetstt.com

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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.searchgetstt.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. 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.searchgetstt.com 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.searchgetstt.com 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.searchgetstt.com 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Search.searchgetstt.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.searchgetstt.com and remove related files and objects

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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.searchgetstt.com:

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.searchgetstt.com. 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.searchgetstt.com. 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.searchgetstt.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:

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.searchgetstt.com. 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 Search.searchgetstt.com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Search.searchgetstt.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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Search.searchgetstt.com:


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Remove Search.searchgetstt.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.


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Erase Search.searchgetstt.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.



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Uninstall Search.searchgetstt.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.



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Remove Search.searchgetstt.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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Search.searchgetstt.com 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.searchgetstt.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.


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