Rocket Search is a website that promises to improve the user’s browsing experience. Rocket Search features a personalized tab screen with your favorite sites and automated or sponsored search enhancements. Although this search website may sound quite appealing, it has been categorized as adware and browser hijacker, and its presence on your computer might expose your system to various security threats. Computer experts recommend the immediate removal of Rocket Search from your PC.
How Does Rocket Search Affect Your PC?
Rocket Search has an official website where it can be downloaded from (rocket-browser.com), but in the most cases it is delivered to the user ‘s computer bundled with other free of charge programs and applications downloaded online. Once installed Rocket Search alters the browser settings, changing your default homepage, search engine and new tab page to rocket-find.com. Although this adware does not expose your system to any risks, the search results you will be presented with, may not be verified, and clicking on any of the presented links may redirect you to potentially unsafe webpages and thus infect your PC.
Upon installation Rocket Search will ask you to log-in with your Facebook or Google account and store the following personal information from either one of your profiles:
- email address
- profile picture
- gender and user identifier
In case you decide to synchronize the address book on your mobile device, keep in mind that the data will be stored in the RocketSearch records. Furthermore, your text messages with people who are identified by name will also be stored on the RocketSearch servers. In case these people are not RocketSearch users the task to inform them about it, is all yours.
RocketSearch may also display various sponsored links and ads in your search results, in order to generate traffic to certain websites and boost advertising revenue. This behavior is typical for every browser hijacker on the web, as well as the fact that this sort of adware is distributed through freeware or shareware. To avoid the installation of such potentially unwanted and unsafe applications on your computer, always use the Custom or Advanced installation options. In case you have downloaded RocketSearch or any other similar adware program intentionally, it is recommended that you carefully read the Privacy Policies on the official webpages, so you can be informed about the possible risks you may encounter when you install them on your computer.
RocketSearch’s Safe Removal
Security experts strongly recommend the immediate removal of any questionable application from your PC. If you are not certain you can manage this task manually, you can always use a reliable anti-adware program.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Rocket Search from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Rocket Search from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Rocket Search from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Rocket Search from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Rocket Search from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Rocket Search from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Rocket Search from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Rocket Search from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Rocket Search
Step 2: Uninstall Rocket 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 Rocket 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 Rocket Search there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Rocket Search from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Rocket 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 Rocket 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 Rocket Search files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Rocket 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 Rocket 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 Rocket 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 Rocket 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 Rocket 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 Rocket Search will be removed.
Eliminate Rocket 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.