In case the home page or the new tab of your Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer has been changed to home(.)searchpile(.)com you have an ad-supported browser hijacker on your computer. The potentially harmful software that is detected as a PUP.Optional has been reported numerously to significantly slow down affected computers. Furthermore, browser crashes and information aggregation from affected users are also present in reports by those who have come across this hijacker. Users are strongly advised to immediately remove the threat, instructions for which are provided after the article.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Symptoms||The user may have the page set as his homepage without his approval and witness heavy advertisement. Side effects are slow PC, web browser crashing, redirects etc.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundling (Browser Hijackers) or by visiting a suspicious third-party site that is advertising it.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss SearchPile.|
Search Pile Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It
The ad-supported search engine that hijacks users` web browser is observed to distribute either via other unwanted programs or most commonly via bundled downloads. Bundled software is there for a reason – it aims to monetize the third-party sites from which it is downloaded by being embedded in the installers. In case you have come across any “Add this as a free extra” type of installation steps in the “Custom” installation option, there is a good chance this was a bundled application. Bottom line, it is strongly recommended to be very cautious from which sites you download software and always to look for the official providers.
Search Pile Browser Hijacker – What Does It Do
The collected data by the provider of the hijacker includes the following:
- Unique identifier.
- Hardware and Software information.
- User`s configuration settings.
- Information about the user`s operating system.
- Information about the web browsers used.
- Details about the actual location of the user PC.
- Information about other software that is being used.
This information is usually combined with other information, aggregated and then sold or shared with third parties. It might assist different interests. For example, on one affected PC with the browser hijacker we have discovered the following IP addresses to have active outbound connection after two months of usage:
Furthermore, it was established that the computer affected with Search Pile Browser Hijacker had other suspicious programs and browser extensions that were causing up to 5 redirects to third-party scamming or malicious websites:
- ChEapMe 5.1
- ExstraSavingaS 4.2
- iWebar V2.1 0.95.62
- ShopDrop 4.7
- Shopper-Pro 220.127.116.11
- Swift Record 1.0.1 1.0.1
There was also suspicious software installed directly in the Program Files of Windows as programs:
Here is how a relatively powerful computer system affected with such ad-supported software looks like after it has been affected with Search Pile and other Unwanted Software:
Furthermore, some third-party websites may lead the user to harmful hosts that may be of two types:
- Type 1: Scamming sites that use different social engineering techniques to deceive users into entering their personal or financial credentials and steal their funds.
- Type 2: Malicious URLs that may directly infect users with malware.
To administer its pop-ups and collect user information, Search Pile browser hijacker may use different tracking technologies:
- Web Beacons
- LSOs (Local Shared Objects)
- Unique Identifier Technologies
The web domain home(.)searchpile(.)com is, in fact, a hoax search engine and has been reported to redirect users to google(.)com with ad-supported search results. Furthermore, the search engine may display redirects to other sites and install even more ad-supported software. Users who see the search engine should immediately remove it.
Remove Search Pile Browser Hijacker Completely
To remove this hijacker, it is strongly advisable that you use a specific software since there is no guarantee that a manual removal of the program`s source file will eradicate it. This is because unwanted programs like Search Pile Browser Hijacker tend to change different settings that may either conceal their actual files or even make them reappear. This is why it is strongly recommended to use special anti-malware software that will detect and remove all associated files, registry objects and others associated with the Search Pile menace.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall SearchPile in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall SearchPile.
Step 2: Remove SearchPile from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select SearchPile and click “Remove”
After SearchPile is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select SearchPile to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After SearchPile has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on SearchPile
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall SearchPile. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the SearchPile will be removed.
Step 3: Remove SearchPile automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove SearchPile from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of SearchPile from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove SearchPile from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase SearchPile from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall SearchPile from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove SearchPile from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate SearchPile from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove SearchPile from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove SearchPile
Step 2: Uninstall SearchPile 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 SearchPile 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 SearchPile there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of SearchPile from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall SearchPile 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 SearchPile 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 SearchPile 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 SearchPile 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 SearchPile 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 SearchPile 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 SearchPile will be removed.
Eliminate SearchPile 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.