This article aims to help you with the removal of Search.searchm3p.com redirect from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of all harmful files in full.
Search.searchm3p.com redirect is considered to be a potentially undesired program due to its capabilities of modifying basic browser settings without users’ permission. How this program could land on your PC is via shady techniques that trick you into installing it unintentionally. Once it is started on the system it initiates several modifications that change basic browser settings. Among affected browser elements are the homepage, new tab page and default search engine.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP|
|Short Description||A website with questionable search enigne that replaces browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine without your permission.|
|Symptoms||The homepage, new tab page and search enigne in preferred web browser are set to redirect to the main page of Search.searchm3p.com deceptive website. Browser slowdowns may occur due to increased number of online ads.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages|
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|User Experience||Join Our Forum to Discuss Search.searchm3p.com.|
Search.searchm3p.com – Spread Techniques
The installation code of Search.searchm3p.com could be distributed as a part of the installers of various free third-party apps. Knowing that free apps are preferred by the majority of online users this technique is a convenient way for bad intenders to trick as many users as possible to install the undesired app along with the one they desire. As the installation code of undesired programs is often incorporated into in the installers of various seemingly useful apps you may have unnoticeably installed it during the installation process of recently downloaded app. How you may have missed the presence of the extras is by following the regular setup steps as these steps are often deigned to conceal the presence of existing PUPs. Luckily there is chance to avoid the installation of undesired and potentially harmful programs like by Search.searchm3p.com choosing the provided Advanced or Custom configuration options.
Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Microsot Edge, Opera and Safari could be affected by Search.searchm3p.com redirect.
Search.searchm3p.com – More About Its Impact
An infection with Search.searchm3p.com redirect leads to heavy modifications of basic browser settings. Among affected settings are browser homepage, new tab page and default search engine. With such changes, this undesired program aims to force you into using its deceptive services as this way it becomes able to spy on your online activities.
Below you could see how the main page of the redirect appears on affected Chrome web browser:
At first glance, there is nothing wrong with this website except its unexpected appearance in the browser. Search.searchm3p.com’s design resembles a lot the way that some legitimate search engines look like. In addition on its main page the redirect provides quick access to several popular websites used on a daily basis by some users.
However, its appearance is only a trick that the redirect’s owners play on affected users. Their aim is to make you believe that you should trust their hoax search engine and keep it installed in the browser. This is due to the fact that as long as their product is running in your browser and system it obtains certain details and sends them all to connected servers. What usually happens next is an intrusive injection of targeted ads in the affected browser.
All the ads that interrupt browsing sessions have the purpose to trick you into visiting the promoted websites as this will generate revenue to redirect’s owners. You need to act very carefully and better avoid clicking on these ads because it is possible for some of them to land you on corrupted web pages that are set to trigger a severe malware infection through the browser.
The policy page of Search.searchm3p.com hijacker reveals that the hijacker is owned by the company Polarity Technologies. The history of our previous researches indicates that the same company is a well-known distributor of numerous other nasty programs that aim to acquire specific details from affected users and send them on its servers. As a proof let us mention a few detected by our team – Hineeddirectionsnow.com, Hwatchallsports.co, Search.hmytemplates.co.
Data records created by Search.searchm3p.com contain both personal and non-personal details. According to the policy as long as you keep the redirect in your browser you agree that all of the following details will be automatically sent to its servers:
- Visited URLs and websites
- Browser’s home page
- Search queries
- Search queries on the visited web pages
- Type of used browser
- Operating system type
- Internet protocol (IP) address
- Geographic location
- The domain name of current Internet service provider (ISP)
- Diagnostic information which describes how their Services are operating on the system
All the detail could be disclosed to third-parties of unknown origin or what’s even worse released for sale on dark web forums.
How to Remove Search.searchm3p.com Redirect
In order to remove Search.searchm3p.com hijacker and all associated files from your PC make sure to complete all the steps listed in the removal that follows. It presents both manual and automatic removal instructions that combined will help you to remove this undesired program in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool reveals the exact location of all malicious files and objects created by the redirect. The results enable you to access and remove all harmful files from the infected PC. Have in mind that files associated with this hijacker may be detected with different names than Search.searchm3p.com.
In case you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Search.searchm3p.com from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Search.searchm3p.com from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Search.searchm3p.com from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Search.searchm3p.com from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Search.searchm3p.com from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Search.searchm3p.com from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Search.searchm3p.com from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Search.searchm3p.com from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Search.searchm3p.com
Step 2: Uninstall Search.searchm3p.com 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.searchm3p.com 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.searchm3p.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Search.searchm3p.com from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Search.searchm3p.com 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.searchm3p.com 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.searchm3p.com 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.searchm3p.com 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.searchm3p.com 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.searchm3p.com 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.searchm3p.com will be removed.
Eliminate Search.searchm3p.com 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.