This article explains the issues caused by Searchmo.xyz and provides a complete removal guide on how to remove the annoying browser hijacker.
When Searchmo.xyz redirect loads whenever you open your preferred web browser, your computer system may be affected by a potentially undesired program. Once such a program finds a way to run its configuration files on your system it accesses main browser settings and configures the hijacker to appear as homepage, new tab page and default search engine. Keep reading and find out how to get rid of Searchmo.xyz hijacker and how to secure affected PC.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP|
|Short Description||Domain that hosts questionable search enigne. Its configuration files hijack main browser settings without your permission and you start see the main page of this search engine each time you open an affected browser.|
|Symptoms||Affected web browsers have their settings modified by the hijacker. Their homepages, new tab pages and default search enigne in preferred web browser are set to dislay the main page of Searchmo.xyz hijacker. Browser slowdowns occur due to increased number of online ads.|
|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 Searchmo.xyz.|
Searchmo.xyz Redirect – Spreading Techniques and Impact
Searchmo.xyz is classified as a browser hijacker due to the fact that it accesses popular web browsers via shady spread techniques. These techniques aim to deliver the hijacker on your system without your knowledge. Commonly used are software bundles, corrupted web pages, fake software update notifications, and other.
Frequently used web browsers that are affected by Searchmo.xyz redirect are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari. Our guide includes detailed instructions on how to clean these browsers. You can find the steps at the end of the article.
When the hijacker is associated with an undesired app, the second alters main browser settings in order to force you to use the deceptive services of this hoax search engine. The program may change browser start page, new tab page, and default search engine so that Searchmo.xyz can load whenever you decide to use the browser.
Here is a screenshot of an affected Mozilla Firefox browser:
Being classified as an undesired program that infiltrates computer systems without users’ knowledge, Searchmo.xyz primarily aims to achieve two things:
- To obtain data from affected browsers and systems
- To generate revenue to its owners via the so-called pay-per-click advertising scheme
So as long as you are using the searching services provided by this hijacker you should know that all results you see may be sponsored. Hence, they may not be the ones that suit best your search queries. This type of performance could be explained by the fact that each click you make on an ad displayed by the hijacker generates revenue to program’s owners.
Beware that these ads may pose serious danger to your system as some of them may be linked to corrupted web pages that trigger drive-by download attacks and deliver malicious code on the background of your browser.
To improve the quality of served ads the unwanted program may be collecting details like:
- Browsing history
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Search queries
- Type of used browser
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
- Browser’s home page
- Operating system type
If you want to clean your computer and prevent Searchmo.xyz from causing all mentioned issues you need to ensure that no associated undesired files are running on your system. To remove files associated with this hoax search enigne follow the steps presented in the guide below.
How to Remove Searchmo.xyz Browser Hijacker
In order to remove Searchmo.xyz hijacker along with all associated files that enable its appearance in the browser, you should complete several removal steps. The guide below presents all removal steps in their precise order. You could choose between manual and automatic removal approach. In order to be sure that no undesired and potentially harmful files are running on your system, we recommend that you combine the steps. Have in mind that some files associated with Searchmo.xyz redirects may be named in a different way.
In case you have further questions or need additional help with the removal process, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us at our email.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Searchmo.xyz from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Searchmo.xyz from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Searchmo.xyz from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Searchmo.xyz from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Searchmo.xyz from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Searchmo.xyz from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Searchmo.xyz from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Searchmo.xyz from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Searchmo.xyz
Step 2: Uninstall Searchmo.xyz 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 Searchmo.xyz 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 Searchmo.xyz there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Searchmo.xyz from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Searchmo.xyz 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 Searchmo.xyz 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 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 Searchmo.xyz 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 Searchmo.xyz 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 Searchmo.xyz 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 Searchmo.xyz 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 Searchmo.xyz will be removed.
Eliminate Searchmo.xyz 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.