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Remove Search.searchwag(.)com Browser Hijacker by Safer Browser

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Search.searchwag(.)com a search engine that hijacks browsers on your computer, and is developed by SaferBrowser. That company is known to make such hijacker software. To remove the unwanted program and everything related to it, you should read the article till the end.

The hijacker modifies settings of all browsers found on your PC, like the home page, new tab, search engine. Sometimes the add-ons could be modified too, and you can be redirected. Adverts and in-text links can appear when you browse. The hijacker can add an extension as well.

Threat Summary

NameSearch.searchwag(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionYour browsers get a new homepage, search engine and new tab settings changed.
SymptomsThe homepage, new tab, and search engine of all your browsers are modified. A related extension can be set to your browsers. You can get redirects.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Search.searchwag(.)com – Distribution Methods

Search.searchwag is distributed mainly thanks to third-party installers. Unknowingly, you might get the hijacker installed on your computer, via some bundled package or freeware installation setup. Such setups might have more components selected for installation. To avoid the unwanted installation of hijackers like this one, you should see if you can find Custom or Advanced settings. Inside, you could find boxes to deselect all additional items.

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An extension tied to Search.searchwag is one of its distribution methods. Above you can see it hosted on the Chrome Web Store as well. Other locations from where the extension can be downloaded might exist too. The hijacker could be spread with the help of adverts, like pop-ups, or by visiting websites with unknown reputation. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.

Search.searchwag(.)com – More Information

Search.searchwag(.)com is the search engine for a browser hijacker. If the hijacker finds a way inside your computer, modifications to a lot of browser settings will follow. These settings are the homepage, new tab, extension/add-on, and the search engine of any browser. The search engine which is going to be set differs in each browser. The hijacker software is developed by the SaferBrowser company. The developers have made other hijackers like Login Help.

The main site page, the new tab and the homepage look like this:

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A browser extension or an add-on might be installed in each browser. These additive apps most likely come along with bundle software which is located on your computer. Because of all this, you could experience redirects to Search.searchwag(.)com or various websites that are its partners.

The extension associated with the unwanted application 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

If you do a search on the Web, Search.searchwag(.)com is going to be used as a filter for all queries. You can see sponsored or misleading advertising in the search results. Adverts show mainly as in-text links or pop-ups, but other ad types are not excluded from appearing.

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In the above picture you can see, that the hijacker uses a search engine which looks like Yahoo. All the information regarding your searches is sent to a server related to the hijacker. You might get redirected to other search engines. It depends on what browser you use and your country.

The Privacy Policy of Search.searchwag(.)com states that information which is personally identifiable and non-personally identifiable can be collected by the hijacker. Other hijackers developed by SaferBrowser follow the same policy. All of the data can be shared with third-parties.

According to the Policy, data that can be collected is the following:

  • 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)

You can see a preview of the Privacy Policy here:

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Just using any services and related applications to the Search.searchwag(.)com website, you grant your consent to SaferBrowser to collect personal information about you. Cookies are used, and other tracking technologies such as web beacons might be used as well to extract part of the data.

Remove Search.searchwag(.)com Completely from Your PC

To remove Search.searchwag(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions written below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker and its settings completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software helps keep your system secure in the future.

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How to Remove Search.searchwag(.)com from Windows.


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

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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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.searchwag(.)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.searchwag(.)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.searchwag(.)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.searchwag(.)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.

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

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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.

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


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Get rid of Search.searchwag(.)com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Search.searchwag(.)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.searchwag(.)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.searchwag(.)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.searchwag(.)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.searchwag(.)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.searchwag(.)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 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.



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Remove Search.searchwag(.)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.searchwag(.)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.searchwag(.)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.searchwag(.)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".

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

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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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