A new unwanted software, named Search Manager has been reported to heavily modify the settings on the web browsers that have been affected by it. The suspicious software may perform series of unwanted activities on your computer once it affects it, beginning with displaying ads, running processes in the background and cramping up the web browser with active extensions which increase it’s active processes and CPU utilization. If you have Search Manager on your computer, recommendations are to focus on removing it completely, preferably by reading the information in this article.
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program|
|Short Description||Aims to display various different advertisements that lead to suspicious third-party websites. Hijacks your browser and changes it’s search engine and home page.|
|Symptoms||Different ads may be displayed. Changed home page and new tab pages to a web page, supported by Search Manager.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.|
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Search Manager – How Did I Get It
The main method which may be used by Search Manager to slither itself onto your computer is via bundled installers. Such installers may belong to various programs which you search for to download online. Those programs are usually freeware, like your favorite media player, torrent downloading software and other programs as well. Since the Search Manager software aims to be as undetected as possible it may be included in one of the installation steps of the setup wizard “as a free extra” helper that pretends to improve your search results. In reality however, the software may do more harm than good. In addition to this, it’s installer prompt may be concealed within the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation modes in your system setups. Here is one example of how Search Manager may be advertised during the installation process of a downloaded freeware:
Search Manager – More Information
Once Search Manager is installed on your computer, the software immediately add itself as a web browser extension and as a program directly installed on your computer. From there, it may significantly change your web browser’s settings by adding it’s own page as a home page and a new tab page, pretending to improve your online browsing experience. While this may be true to some extent, the Search Manager app may also perform series of unwanted activities, such as abuse the permissions which it asks when it prompts to be added on it’s official web page:
In addition to this, multiple different cookies may be used on you web browser that aim to perform various different activities, such as track your:
- Online search history.
- Online browsing history.
- Online clicks.
Here are some of the cookies which are used on the official site, according to Google Chrome:
In addition to this, the Search Manager app may also collect different types of information from your computer and this does include personal information being collected as well. The company is very specific as to what it may do with the data in the event of a sale, merger or acquisition, in other words it may share it:
The main purpose of Search Manager is not to collect your data, despite it may do it. The software’s creators may aim at displaying various different types of advertisements during your web browsing process. Those ads may come targeting you with content, such as:
- Banners, displaying fake problems with your computer have been detected.
- Browser redirects, that may lead you to third-party websites, like porn sites or other suspicious sites.
- Fake Tech Support websites, that may display various fake error messages which may scam you into calling a fake tech support number.
Malicious redirects which may infect your computer with viruses.
The advertised content displayed on the websites searched by the user may come in various forms, such as:
- Pop-up ads.
- Ad-supported search results.
- Browser redirects.
Since this software may lead to a variety of third-party websites and may collect your important information, like name, address, passwords, etc. experts strongly recommend its removal.
Remove Search Manager from Google Chrome and Your PC
In order to fully remove this unwanted program from your computer system, we advise you to follow the removal instructions down below. They are specifically created in order to help you to delete this virus either manually or automatically. Be advised that if you lack the experience in removing intrusive programs, such as Search Manager manually and if the app keeps reappearing on your web browser after deletion, to follow the automatic removal instructions below. Security experts also strongly advise to use an advanced anti-malware software, which aims to help you by automatically scanning for and removing all unwanted files and objects placed on your computer by Search Manager and protect your PC against future infections as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search Manager from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search Manager from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search Manager from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search Manager from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search Manager from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search Manager from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search Manager from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search Manager from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search Manager
Step 2: Uninstall Search Manager 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 Search Manager 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 Search Manager there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search Manager from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search Manager 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 Search Manager 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 Search Manager 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 Search Manager 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 Search Manager 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 Search Manager 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 Search Manager will be removed.
Eliminate Search Manager 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.