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Remove SearchInVietnam(.)com Hijacker by Imali Media

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SearchInVietnam(.)com the main web page of a browser hijacker. Imali Media Ltd. is the company that developed the unwanted software. Each of your search queries will go through another hijacker application named SafeFinder. The hijacker will change your browser settings like the homepage, search engine, and new tab to Search.SearchInVietnam(.)com and could add a toolbar or a plugin. Targeted content and advertisements can appear while you are browsing. To remove the hijacker and all files tied to it, you should read the article in full.

Threat Summary

NameSearchInVietnam(.)com
TypeBrowser Hijacker, PUP
Short DescriptionAll browsers on your computer could be affected. The hijacker can redirect you and filter each of your searches.
SymptomsBrowser settings which are altered are the homepage, search engine and new tab, as well as browser plugins and a toolbar. You could see third party content and advertising.
Distribution MethodFreeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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User ExperienceJoin Our Forum to Discuss SearchInVietnam(.)com.

SearchInVietnam(.)com – How Did I Get It?

You can get SearchInVietnam(.)com inside your browsers in several ways. Mostly that happens via third-party installations. Bundled software, along with free program install setups, can get this hijacker on your computer. Such setups can have additional content set for a default installation. Many settings may be modified without notification and the unwanted application to be residing in your computer. Avoiding similar installations is doable if you find Custom or Advanced options in the setup to deselect additive components.

SearchInVietnam(.)com can get in your personal computer through the use of advertising content, such as banners, pop-ups or other various ad types. The hijacker might even be pushed with the help of dubious websites hosting redirect links. These websites could very well be partners or affiliates of SearchInVietnam(.)com. Browsers that can be affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Mozilla Firefox.

SearchInVietnam(.)com – What Does It Do?

SearchInVietnam(.)com is the primary web address and a search engine for the browser hijacker called Search in Vietnam. That might have initially been intended for the Vietnamese people, but everybody could fall victim to this unwanted program. The company developer is the known Imali Media Ltd., which has made other browser hijacker software in the past. A recent example is the Funcybertabsearch(.)com Hijacker.

You can see a preview of the main page right here:

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The SearchInVietnam(.)com page is constructed of a search bar, and multiple redirecting links, some of which have been wrapped as buttons below the said search bar. Many of the buttons redirect to reputable websites, but some of them can redirect to sponsored and targeted third-party content. The page in the showcase above is the one which will replace the search engine of your browsers, plus the new tab setting, and the home page. On top of the page, there will be a toolbar present.

If additional apps related to SearchInVietnam(.)com enter your personal computer, such as a browser plugin, then you will see more alterations made to your browsers. Additional programs like that could install on your computer with bundled setups. Extensions, add-ons, and even plugins could generate advertisements, display more third-party content and redirect you. From the redirects, you could land on web pages with low reputation. These pages could be affiliated with SearchInVietnam(.)com.

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From the image above, you can view the search results page of SearchInVietnam(.)com. It is not the same page as you are redirected to Yahoo. Redirects to various other reputable search engines are also possible. The redirecting trick is used to gain your trust is used many times by hijackers and still effective to this day. When you look closely, you can see how every search query you do goes through the following redirect:

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In this way, SearchInVietnam(.)com can gather additional data about you through the Safe Finder service.

The search engines are connected in a way and can trade and disclose all information related to your searches to one another, particularly if they are affiliates. You should be very careful around those search sites and try your best not to give personal information in whatever search engine you use. On the SearchInVietnam(.)com page is advised not to click on any buttons. The toolbar has a multitude of redirects, as well.

SearchInVietnam(.)com – Privacy Policy

The Privacy Policy of the SearchInVietnam(.)com is that of Imali Media Ltd. Take note that the policy of the Safe Finder platform is applied as well, especially about the information collection. Both platforms explicitly state that automatic information collection is granted by you if you use their websites. SearchInVietnam(.)com collects both personally and non-personally identifying information. Third parties may receive the information, too.

Screenshot of the privacy policy of Imali Media:

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According to the Privacy Policy, there are certain types of information collection.

Information, collected by Imali Media from this hijacker for all users:
  • Your IP (internet protocol) address
  • The type of browser you use
  • The time at which you visited the site
  • Which pages you visited throughout the site
Information you provide that can be collected:
  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Country of origin
  • Your nickname
  • Telephone number
  • Website
  • Company
  • Job title
Information collected, in case you download and install the plugin:
  • Demographic information
  • Your gender
  • Your age
  • Occupation
  • Household income
  • Zip code
  • Your country
  • Mobile telephone number
  • Your E-mail address

Information can also be gathered upon completion of a questionnaire, subscription form or a contest entry form.

Information collected automatically from the plugin:
  • Searches you perform using Imali Media domains
  • The ways in which you use various features
  • Pages you view on those domains
  • Page view count
  • Impressions and clicks

The last type of information will be obtained automatically when your web browser accesses the site and when you use the plug-in. That information is gathered by cookies.

Finally, take a closer look at this particular excerpt from the policy, which is about external links:

Our Site includes links to other third party Web sites (such as Google, Facebook, Youtube etc.) whose privacy practices may differ from those of Browsing Product. Our service may also be linked to sites or services operated by the Browsing Product affiliates or third parties, and may carry advertisements or offer content, functionality, games, rewards programs, newsletters, contests or sweepstakes, or applications developed and maintained by third parties including, any online store.

The owners of Imali Media basically claim that whatever link, redirect or additional content you interact with, through their browser hijacker, the privacy policy of Imali Media will not be the only active one. Like, other sites will be responsible for that interaction. So, be careful around these websites and don’t click everything you find interesting, and careful what you type in their search engines. Be aware that the Safe Finder platform also accumulates information about you.

Remove SearchInVietnam(.)com Completely from Your PC

To remove SearchInVietnam(.)com manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided down here. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the hijacker and all of its files completely, you should search for and remove any leftovers with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software can keep your computer secure in the future.

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How to Remove SearchInVietnam(.)com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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 SearchInVietnam(.)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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