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SearchAlgo.com Removal Manual

NameSearchAlgo.com
TypeBrowser Hijacker
Short DescriptionThe page may look like a regular search engine but it is not safe to use.
SymptomsThe user may have the website set as his homepage without his approval.
Distribution MethodBundling, unsafe browsing habits.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By SearchAlgo.com

SearchAlgo.com is a search engine that you may one day find has been set as the homepage and default search engine on your browser without your permission. If this is the case, then you have recently installed some unwanted program on your computer. You could have done this yourself or the program could have been installed clandestinely. Although this looks like a regular search engine, it is not recommended that you use it. What is more, if you find it on your PC, you should take immediate measures to get rid of it. Browser hijackers such as this pose a threat to the system’s security, which is why you should not have them.

SearchAlgo.com

How Did SearchAlgo.com Hijack My Browser?

Browser hijackers are usually distributed through freeware programs. Think about any free programs you have installed recently. Most likely, you would have downloaded them from third-party distributors. You can take precautionary measures in order to avoid bundled downloads:

  • Avoid downloading freeware from third-party websites.
  • Make sure to carefully read through the information presented in the install wizard.
  • Select Custom/Advanced installation in order to check whether there are any additional programs featured on the installer.

What Does SearchAlgo.com Do?

As soon as the browser hijacker has been installed on your computer, SearchAlgo.com will be set as the default search provider and homepage on your browser. This means that all of your searches will go through SearchAlgo.com. As you will see on the website’s Privacy Policy, the search engine will collect information on your browsing.

Let’s have a look at the Privacy Policy:

→SearchAlgo.com collects non-personally identifiable information for general purposes, including but not limited to analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking user movements, conducting research, and providing anonymous reporting to internal and external clients.

Although it claims that this will not be for commercial purposes, this is highly unlikely. After all, SearchAlgo.com will present links to promoted web pages.

What Are the Dangers of SearchAlgo.com?

As it is with all browser hijackers, there are a few things that you should worry about:

  • They are intrusive and annoying (this should serve as an immediate alert).
  • They show promoted content.
  • They can act as a vulnerability for your system’s security.

The worst part about SearchAlgo.com is that it can expose your system to virtual threats. Some of the websites it promotes may not turn out to be reliable at all. Some may be managed by cyber criminals in fact. If you happen to find yourself on such a page, then your system may be infected with malware. After that, you may not only experience problems with running the PC, but your valuable information will be at risk of getting stolen. This is why removal of SearchAlgo.com should be performed immediately.

How to Remove SearchAlgo.com

To get rid of the browser hijacker, you first have to go to Control Panel, open the list of programs, find any unknown entries and remove them. Then you should reset your browser’s settings. If this does not do the trick, then we recommend using a powerful antimalware tool to get rid of SearchAlgo.com. This is a sure method of removing the intruder. A reliable security program will also remove all other unwanted programs on your computer and protect it against malware. This way you can be sure that your computer and the data on it are safe.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall SearchAlgo.com 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 SearchAlgo.com.

    Step 2: Remove SearchAlgo.com 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 SearchAlgo.com and click “Remove

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    After SearchAlgo.com 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 SearchAlgo.com and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
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  • After SearchAlgo.com 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 SearchAlgo.com 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’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After SearchAlgo.com 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.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on SearchAlgo.com
    Click ‘Uninstall’

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    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall SearchAlgo.com. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the SearchAlgo.com will be removed.

    In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:

    Step 3: Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove SearchAlgo.com.

    Removing SearchAlgo.com from Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

    1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
    2. Select one of the two options provided below:

    For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

    For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

    3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
    4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

    While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

    Removing SearchAlgo.com from Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:

    Substep 1:

    Open the Start Menu
    Windows-10-0 (1)

    Substep 2:

    Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.

    Substep 3:

    After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
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    Substep 4:

    You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
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    Substep 5:

    After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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    Substep 6:

    Click on Restart.
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    Substep 7:

    A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart and boot into Safe Mode so you can scan for and remove SearchAlgo.com.

    Step 4: Remove SearchAlgo.com automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all SearchAlgo.com associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the SearchAlgo.com threat: Manual removal of SearchAlgo.com 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.

    Berta Bilbao

    Berta is the Editor-in-Chief of SensorsTechForum. She is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space.

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