What Is Tag Search?
Tag Search is a potentially unwanted program and a browser hijacker that may change your browser settings to push a rogue search engine (search-land.com or a similar suspicious search engine). If your default search engine has been changed to search-land.com without your consent, then your browsers and operating system need to be cleaned. Tag Search is also considered a suspicious browser extension that my interfere with your regular browsing to push ads or capture your browsing data.
Relying on any services provided by Tag Search is not recommended, as these services may impact your browsing or collect browsing data from you. In fact, as most browser hijackers, Tag Search may promise to offer you useful services but it may fail to provide them. This is a clear indication of the behavior of a potentially unwanted program.
Please note that Tag Search is compatible with widely used browsers, such as Chrome, Forefox, Opera, and Safari, and once installed, it may start generating advertisements and intrusive redirects. Those ads may be banners or video ads, ads related to the your browsing history, in-text ads, or highlighted links.
Other unwanted applications similar to Tag Search include Tag.sp.advertising.com and searchfox.me. You should be more careful while browsing online, as there is a strong wave of new browser hijackers and PUPs invading the Web.
Tag Search Summary
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP, Browser Redirect|
|Short Description||A bogus search engine that may alter your browser’s settings to display ads.|
|Symptoms||Your default search engine is changed and set to search-land.com.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages, Corrupted Websites|
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Why Is Tag Search Installed on My PC?
To answer this question, we should first explain what a potentially unwanted program (PUP) means.
At best, programs such as Tag Search provide little to no benefit, and at worst, they can be quite harmful to your system. In addition to taking up space on your hard drive, they also slow down your computer, often change settings without your approval, and so on. While this is obnoxious, the worst part of installing a PUP is the adware, spyware and keystroke loggers that often lurk inside.
Getting an unwanted app such as Tag Search into your PC can be very easy if you’re not vigilant with your browsing. Sometimes a useful program will be bundled with unwanted apps. While you’re installing the useful program, the wizard will include options to install various programs, some of which may be PUPs, adware, and browser hijackers. They appear under the “Advanced” or “Custom” options of the installation wizard. When you click them, the list of bundled programs should be visible. Be sure to opt out of installing any programs you don’t want.
Note. Not all bundled programs are PUPs. Some of them might be desirable for the user, and even big companies like Microsoft and Adobe bundle their products. However, if you start experiencing intrusive redirects and plenty of aggressive ads, the bundled download is most certainly unwanted.
How to Remove Tag Search
To remove the Tag Search browser extension, along with all its associated files, we advise you to complete the removal steps prepared below. If you want to make sure that no undesired and potentially harmful files are running on your system, we recommend that you follow the guide thoroughly. Keep in mind that some of the installed files may be named in a way not related to SecuredBrowserSearch, so that they can be hard to find, and therefore, hard to remove.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Tag Search from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Tag Search on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Tag Search in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Tag Search from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Tag Search from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Tag Search from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Tag Search from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Tag Search Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Tag Search from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Tag Search
Step 2: Uninstall Tag Search 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 Tag Search 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 Tag Search there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Tag Search from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Tag Search 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 Tag Search 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 Tag Search files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Tag Search, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Tag Search 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 Tag Search 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 Tag Search 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 Tag Search 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 Tag Search will be removed.
Eliminate Tag Search 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Tag Search from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".