A browser hijacker associated with the heavily ad-supported hoax search website, called Searchtudo has been reported to affect users on a massive scale. It is primarily widespread in Mexico with an Alexa rank of approximately 9000. The browser hijacker uses multiple tracking technologies to collect user information, and it may lead the users to various suspicious third-party websites. This is why it is strongly advisable to remove it and scan your PC for malware.
|Short Description||The software heavily advertises third-party websites and collects user information.|
|Symptoms||The user may witness different advertisements as well as redirects to other potentially harmful domains.|
|Distribution Method||Via PUPs, installed by bundlingor 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 Searchtudo(.)com.|
One particular method of distribution this hijacker may use is called bundling. It is the including of this software in the installer of free programs downloaded by software providing websites. This is a very aggressive and effective marketing tool for such programs, and many users fall into its trap. This is because the average user goes through the “Express” installation option and tends to miss installation steps such as “Include Searchtudo as a free bonus.”, for example.
Searchtudo(.)com In Detail
Once the browser hijacker may be added to your computer or as a browser extension, it creates multiple objects in the following locations:
- %Program Files%
- Windows Registries
- %User’s Folder%
After doing so the browser hijacker assumes control of the web browser and may change the user’s home page and new tab page to the following one:
This questionable web page is full of advertisements and as soon as we ran it, the test PC begun to experience slow-downs. Furthermore, we have established that the web page that may be connected to the browser hijacker has included an unusually high amount of cookies from it and other websites:
These cookies and other tracking objects may be used to determine what the user searches for online and display adverts to him/her in a targeted manner. It is also known as behavioral advertising.
Furthermore, when we started researching the legitimacy of the search engine, we have established that the web page does not support HTTPS, which is highly unusual for a website that has a built-in search engine.
This was because the search bar redirected us to another ad-supported search engine, which’s ads led to various third-party websites.
Such third-party websites are the main reason experts warn users to stay away from such browser hijackers. The risks associated with them may be the following:
- Redirecting to scamming websites.
- The crashing of the system by aggressively advertising on it.
- Malicious URL’s that may infect the user PC with malware.
- Theft and trading information about the user gathered by cookies and other tracking technologies on the black market.
Remove Searchtudo(.)com Completely
To delete this browser hijacker from your system, it is strongly advisable to act now and swiftly. Since taking the computer to an expert may cost you time and money, we strongly advise following the step-by-step instructions outlined below and focus on removing this browser hijacker by yourself methodologically.
Delete Searchtudo(.)com from Windows and Your Browser
Remove Searchtudo(.)com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Searchtudo(.)com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Searchtudo(.)com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Searchtudo(.)com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Searchtudo(.)com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Searchtudo(.)com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Searchtudo(.)com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Searchtudo(.)com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Searchtudo(.)com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Searchtudo(.)com
Step 2: Uninstall Searchtudo(.)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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Searchtudo(.)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 Searchtudo(.)com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Searchtudo(.)com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Searchtudo(.)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.
- 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 Searchtudo(.)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:
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 Searchtudo(.)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 Searchtudo(.)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 Searchtudo(.)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 Searchtudo(.)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 Searchtudo(.)com will be removed.
Eliminate Searchtudo(.)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.