Search.searchsmg(.)com is the search engine of a gaming application called SuperMegaGaming. The program is developed by SaferBrowser and can hijack the browsers found on your computer. The company is infamous with their activity of creating such programs. To remove the hijacker app and everything related to it, you should read the article in full.
The hijacker changes settings of every browser you have on your computer – the home page, new tab, search engine, etc. Sometimes extensions and add-ons can also be modified, and thus, you could be redirected. Ads and in-text links might show up as you browse. The hijacker could add an extension.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Your browsers will have their homepage, search engine and new tab settings modified.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab, and search engine of all your browsers are changed. An extension of the hijacker can be set in your browsers. You could get redirected.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Search.searchsmg(.)com.|
Search.searchsmg(.)com – Ways of Distribution
One of the popular distribution ways for Search.searchsmg is via third-party installer setups. Without knowing, you could install the hijacker on your PC along with a bundle package or freeware installations. Those setups might have additive components set for installation. Avoiding such unwanted installations of hijacker software such as this one can be done if you find Custom or Advanced settings. Inside, you should find check boxes to deselect all items you do not want.
An extension connected to Search.searchsmg is called SuperMegaGaming. Above you can see a picture of it on the Chrome Web Store. That extension might be downloaded from other locations as well. There are other ways of distribution for this hijacker like advertisements or visiting suspicious websites with low reputation. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.
Search.searchsmg(.)com – More About It
Search.searchsmg(.)com is a website that also serves as the search engine for a browser hijacker. If the hijacker is inside your computer, changes to lots of browser settings will happen. The settings are the homepage, new tab, extension/add-on, and search engine. The new search engine put in all of your browsers might be different. The unwanted software is developed by the SaferBrowser company. The developers have made dozens of such hijackers.
This is how the main page of the website looks:
A browser extension and an add-on could be set-up in each browser. These additional apps probably come bundled with software stored on your computer. Because of that, you might see all sorts of redirects to Search.searchsmg(.)com or other websites that are its affiliates.
The extension related to the hijacker can do the following:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Read and change your browsing history
- Manage your downloads
- Manage your apps, extensions and themes
Searching the Internet, while having Search.searchsmg(.)com is going to use the site as a filter for all searches. You can see sponsored advertising or misleading search results when you browse. Advertisements show as pop-ups or in-text links. However, other kinds of ads might appear as well.
In the above snapshot, you should notice, that this hijacker utilizes a search engine which looks like Yahoo. All information about your search queries is sent to servers tied to the hijacker. You could be redirected to other search engines, depending on the browser you have and your country.
From the Policy it becomes clear that the collected information is:
- Search queries and all data you type in searches
- Search data and specifics of searches
- Browser (version and type)
- URLs and clicks
- IP address
- Country of residence, home address
- Name, education, interests
- Communications preferences
- Telephone number
- Operating System (and other related data)
Just the usage of any services and related software to the Search.searchsmg(.)com website, you give your consent to SaferBrowser to collect your personal information. Cookies are also used, among other tracking technologies such as web beacons as well, so they can extract some of the data.
Remove Search.searchsmg(.)com Completely from Your PC
To remove Search.searchsmg(.)com manually from your PC, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided down below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software helps keep your computer secure in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search.searchsmg(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search.searchsmg(.)com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search.searchsmg(.)com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search.searchsmg(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search.searchsmg(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search.searchsmg(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search.searchsmg(.)com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search.searchsmg(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.searchsmg(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall Search.searchsmg(.)com and related software from Windows
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Search.searchsmg(.)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.searchsmg(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search.searchsmg(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.searchsmg(.)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.
- 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.searchsmg(.)com via Step 1 above:
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.searchsmg(.)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.searchsmg(.)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.searchsmg(.)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.searchsmg(.)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.searchsmg(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate Search.searchsmg(.)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.