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If the home or new tab page of your web browser has been modified to open TheSmartSearch(.)net, chances are you may have a browser hijacker on your computer. Such ad-supported software is categorized as potentially unwanted and indirectly harmful to computers. Also, TheSmartSearch(.)net browser hijacker may cause crashes on your computer as well as PC slowdowns. Affected users who have seen the questionable search engine report nothing positive and security researchers advise for its complete removal.

NameTheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionThe software may display various pop-ups, ad-supported search results or cause redirects to third-party websites.
SymptomsUsers may witness the above-mentioned type of advertisements plus slow PC, system freezes and even crashes.
Distribution MethodVia third-party websites as well different forms of spam and bundling.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker
User Experience Join our forum to discuss TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker.

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TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker – How Did I Get It

One way you may have gotten this unwanted software on your system is via other unwanted applications or by bundled downloads. Bundled applications are there for a particular purpose – they aim to distribute third-party software to bring profit to the ones who bundle them. These are most commonly the websites that provide different useful apps such as your favorite media player, file convertedr, photo resizer, etc. The programs like TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker may be bundled under the pretext “Add this as a free extra” in one of the installation steps of the software being installed. Users who see this software are strongly advised to be careful where they download applications from in the future.

TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker – What Does It Do

After it has been started, TheSmartSearch(.)net hijacker may immediately change you web-browser`s settings. This means that it might change your homepage, new tab page and install other ad-supported extensions without your consent.

The information that is gathered by the search provider of the browser hijacker typically includes the following:

  • Information about the user PC – Operating system, browsers installed, configuration, location, IP address, unique identifier, etc.
  • Information about the browser usage of the user – Online clicks, browsing history, search history, etc.
  • Other information about other programs being used.

This data may be combined with other info after which it may be collected and sold or shared. The clients of the information may be third-parties of all origin. Furthermore, the info may assist various interests, especially malicious ones. The potential dangers associated with advertisements displayed by this cyber threat may be as follows:

  • Redirect users to sites that may be malicious and infect his/her PC.
  • Transfer the user to scamming websites that may use different type of techniques to collect sensitive information from the user.

Usually such applications aim to drive hoax traffic to third-party sites, but it is not excluded that they may redirect you to a website that will infect your computer with malware. Users are strongly advised to employ robust anti-malware protection systems that also support browser protection.

Remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker Completely

To eradicate this cyber threat you should first bear in mind that it creates different objects in several locations such as the following:

  • Windows Registry Editor
  • %AppData%
  • %System%
  • %Users%
  • %Temp%

Since the files may be well concealed and different for every situation, it is strongly advisable to follow the step-by-step removal instructions displayed below in order to actually terminate the TheSmartSearch(.)net browser hijacker. The usage of an advanced anti-malware software is also highly suggested since it will detect any other threats this hijacker may have redirected to and protect the computer in the future.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker 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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
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  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
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  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
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    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker.

    Step 2: Remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

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    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

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    Select TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker and click “Remove

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    After TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

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  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
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  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
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  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
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    Select TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker 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’.

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    After TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
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    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    1. Remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

    1. Install SpyHunter to scan for and remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker.2. Scan with SpyHunter to Detect and Remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker.
    Step 1: Click here to go to SpyHunter’s download instruction page.
    Step 2: Guide yourself by the download instructions provided for each browser.
    Step 3: After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to automatically update.

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    Step1: After the update process has finished, click on the ‘Scan Computer Now’ button.
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    Step2: After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker files, click on the ‘Fix Threats’ button to remove them automatically and permanently.
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    Step3: Once the intrusions on your PC have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart it.

    2. Remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

    2. Remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

    1. Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan for and remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker. 2. Scan your PC with MalwareBytes to remove all TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker associated files automatically.
    Step 1: Download Malwarebytes by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on ‘Next’ on the following 4 steps that will appear afterwards and after that click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button and check the ‘Launch MalwareBytes AntiMalware’ check box.
    Step 1: Launch MalwareBytes if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to update and then click on the blue ‘Scan Now’ button. If it doesnt start updating automatically, click on the blue ‘Update Now’ highlighted text.
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    Step 3: At this point, after clicking the ‘Scan Now’ button, the system should start scanning your PC. It may take a while but be patient – it is worth it.
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    Step 4: After the scan has been complete and all of the threats have been identified, click on the ‘Remove Selected’ button to detelete them permanently.
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    Step 5: Once the scan has completed, MalwareBytes will prompt you to restart your computer. It is recommended to save all your data you are working on before restarting.

    3. Remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    4. Remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker with STOPZilla AntiMalware

    1. Install STOPZilla Anti Malware to scan for and remove TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker. 2. Scan your PC with STOPZilla Anti Malware to remove all TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker associated files completely.
    Step 1: Download STOPZilla by clicking here.
    Step 2: A pop-up window will appear. Click on the ‘Save File’ button. If it does not, click on the Download button and save it afterwards.
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    Step 3: After you have downloaded the setup, simply open it.
    Step 4: The installer should appear. Click on the ‘Next’ button.
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    Step 5: Check the ‘I accept the agreement’ check circle if not checked if you accept it and click the ‘Next’ button once again.
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    Step 6: Review and click on the ‘Install’ button.
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    Step 7: After the installation process has completed click on the ‘Finish’ button.
    Step 1: Launch STOPZilla if you havent launched it after install.
    Step 2: Wait for the software to automatically scan and then click on the ‘Repair Now’ button. If it does not scan automatically, click on the ‘Scan Now’ button.
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    Step 3: After the removal of all threats and associated objects, you should Restart your PC.

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks related to TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker in the future

    4. Back up your data to secure it against attacks in the future

    Security engineers recommend that you back up your files immediately, preferably on an external memory carrier in order to be able to restore them. In order to protect yourself from TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker (For Windows Users) please follow these simple steps:

    1. For Windows 7 and earlier 1. For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 1. Enabling the Windows Defense Feature (Previous Versions)

    1-Click on Windows Start Menu
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    2-Type Backup And Restore
    3-Open it and click on Set Up Backup
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    4-A window will appear asking you where to set up backup. You should have a flash drive or an external hard drive. Mark it by clicking on it with your mouse then click on Next.
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    5-On the next window, the system will ask you what do you want to backup. Choose the ‘Let Me Choose’ option and then click on Next.
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    6-Click on ‘Save settings and run backup’ on the next window in order to protect your files from possible attacks by TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker.
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    1-Press Windows button + R
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    2-In the window type ‘filehistory’ and press Enter
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    3-A File History window will appear. Click on ‘Configure file history settings’
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    4-The configuration menu for File History will appear. Click on ‘Turn On’. After its on, click on Select Drive in order to select the backup drive. It is recommended to choose an external HDD, SSD or a USB stick whose memory capacity is corresponding to the size of the files you want to backup.
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    5-Select the drive then click on ‘Ok’ in order to set up file backup and protect yourself from TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker.

    1- Press Windows button + R keys.
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    2- A run windows should appear. In it type ‘sysdm.cpl’ and then click on Run.
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    3- A System Properties windows should appear. In it choose System Protection.
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    5- Click on Turn on system protection and select the size on the hard disk you want to utilize for system protection.
    6- Click on Ok and you should see an indication in Protection settings that the protection from TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker is on.
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    Restoring a file via Windows Defense feature:
    1-Right-click on the encrypted file, then choose Properties.
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    2-Click on the Previous Versions tab and then mark the last version of the file.
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    3-Click on Apply and Ok and the file encrypted by TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker should be restored.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker threat: Manual removal of TheSmartSearch(.)net Browser Hijacker requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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