Search.memethat.co is the primary domain of the browser hijacker named Meme That. The developer of that unwanted program is SaferBrowser – a company that is notorious for making lots of browser hijackers. The unwanted application modifies the new tab window, homepage, and search engine for all browsers you have. A toolbar can be put on the new page of those browsers. An add-on tied to this hijacker can be installed, too. You can see redirects. To remove the hijacker, you should read this article through.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||The hijacker can change the homepage, search engine and new tab on every browser application you use.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, search engine and new tab of all your browsers will be changed to Search.memethat.co. You will be redirected and might see advertising content.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
|Detection Tool|| See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware |
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Search.memethat.co.|
Search.memethat.co – Ways of Delivery
Meme That has different delivery ways. Third-party installer setups are one of the most popular delivery ways. Without notification, freeware, and bundled packages could put the hijacker on your computer device. Installation setups like those could be set by default to install additive content. Avoiding any undesired content from being installed, is doable if you find Custom or Advanced options in the setup from where to deselect such content.
Meme That could be delivered via a browser extension. Plug-ins and add-ons associated with the hijacker could be found around the Internet and used as another delivery way. Social media networks and file-sharing services could be used to spread install setups containing the hijacker program. The browser hijacker redirect might pop up from redirect links or advertisements spread by suspicious websites. Browsers that can get affected are: Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari.
Search.memethat.co – In Depth
Search.memethat.co is the main search page and URL address for a browser hijacker called Meme That. The website has an in-built meme generator. The toolbar placed on the top of the main page could be used to access similar websites. Be careful, though, as some of those links might redirect you to other places, as well as lots of advertisements which could spread from them. The default search engine for your browser applications is going to load the Search.memethat.co page instead, if the hijacker has affected them.
The new search engine looks like the following:
When the hijacker gets installed on your computer machine, you will be redirected to its related search engine. More browser settings will be modified from the unwanted program, such as your homepage, new tab, including themes and a few other ones. The developer of the hijacker is the company that is named SaferBrowser. You can see that SaferBrowser has created lots of redirects with browser hijacking capabilities in the past.
Browser extensions tied to this hijacker might be placed inside your browser applications and change the new tab window, homepage, and the default search settings. This seems to be the case with all of the redirects going through your Web pages when you are surfing the Internet. Different kinds of data will be gathered from you and will be sent to servers of the Search.memethat.co site owners. Third party partners or affiliates could get their hands on that information as well.
The extension could do the following:
- Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
- Manage your apps, extensions, and themes
The Search.memethat.co page is used as a filter for each single search query that you make via its servers. Sponsored content, along with targeted advertisements could be displayed when you make a search inquiry or when you are casually browsing. The advertising content can vary in types, and be presented as in-text links, pop-ups, pop-unders, or similar advertisements.
The above screenshot displays the redirect’s function for the search results of the Search.memethat.co page. That redirect link is a sub-domain for the hijacker and only appears for a second. Each of your search queries will get filtered, and all data obtained through them is going to a sub-domain for storage and analysis. Then, you will witness the search results page of a legitimate search engine. In the below screenshot you can see that Yahoo’s search results page shows up in this case:
You should be very cautious when entering data inside search bars, especially if it contains personal information and the like, regarding credentials, account details, etc. Continue to read, so you can find out what exact information is being gathered from you.
The policy states that the following information is obtained:
- Search queries and all data you type in searches
- Search data and specifics of searches
- Country of residence, home address
- URLs and clicks
- IP address
- Browser (version and type)
- Name, education, interests
- Communications preferences
- Telephone number
- Operating System (plus other related data)
You can view the policy from the picture below:
If you keep on reading the policy, you will find out that there is a statement about your usage of the site and services connected to the Search.memethat.co website. Any usage on your side is considered as your approval for data collection. The SaferBrowser company collects information from you and your online activity. The website utilizes browser cookies, and more tracking technologies, such as Web beacons, to gain more information.
Remove Search.memethat.co Fully
To remove Search.memethat.co manually from your computer, follow the step-by-step removal instructions given below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of the browser hijacker entirely, you should search for and remove any leftover items with an advanced anti-malware tool. Such software helps keep your computer secure in the future.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search.memethat.co from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search.memethat.co from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search.memethat.co from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search.memethat.co from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search.memethat.co from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search.memethat.co from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search.memethat.co from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search.memethat.co from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.memethat.co
Step 2: Uninstall Search.memethat.co 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.memethat.co 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.memethat.co there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search.memethat.co from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.memethat.co 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.memethat.co 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.memethat.co 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.memethat.co 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.memethat.co 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.memethat.co 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.memethat.co will be removed.
Eliminate Search.memethat.co 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.