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Slicksearch.com Redirect Removal

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This article aims to help you with the removal of Slicksearch.com redirect from affected browser and system. Follow the detailed guide at the end to get rid of all files associated with this undesired redirect in full.

Slicksearch.com redirect interrupts your regular browsing in an attempt to trick you into using its deceptive services. It provides a questionable search engine that may limit your access to the most relevant and trustworthy content available across the net. Furthermore, as long as the redirect is running in your web browser it collects details about your online behavior and sends them to its servers. As of the reason why you see this website in your preferred browser it is most likely a potentially unwanted program installed on the PC.

Threat Summary

Name Slicksearch.com
Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, PUP
Short Description Slicksearch.com is a questionable search engine that interrupts browsing sessions in order to trick you into using its services.
Symptoms The homepage and new tab page of affected browser may redirect to the main page of Slicksearch.com redirect. Many advertisements may flood the browser and make it sluggish. Sensitive details are obtained by vague company.
Distribution Method Freeware Installations, Bundled Packages
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Slicksearch.com – Spread Techniques

The installation code of Slicksearch.com is often distributed via the installers of various free third-party apps. This is one of the most convenient ways for bad intenders to trick as many users as possible to install the undesired app along with the primary one. Knowing that free apps are preferred by the majority of online users, malicious intenders often add undesired programs in the installers of various seemingly useful apps. The installers, however, are designed to conceal the presence of existing PUPs. But luckily there is possible to avoid their installation by choosing the provided Advanced or Custom configuration options.

Frequently used web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, Opera and Safari could be affected by Slicksearch.com redirect.

Slicksearch.com – Impact

Slicksearch.com redirect is a questionable search engine that may appear in commonly used web browsers without asking for permission. It could be pushed by an undesired program installed on the PC. Once such a program accesses the system it initiates a sequence of modifications on the background. The modifications usually affect essential settings of the installed browsers including the settings of default homepages, new tab pages and search engines. That’s why you may see the main page of the redirect each time you open your preferred web browser.

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The search engine of Slicksearch.com displays custom results seemingly without any ads. However, this may be just another misleading trick that aims to make you visit as many sponsored results as possible. Furthermore, it is likely that the redirect limits the access to the best resources that match your search queries. And this we think is a considerable reason to remove its files from your browser and system as soon as possible.

Another one is the aggressive advertising that you may be a target of. As we hinted above the primary purpose of this redirect and the undesired program associated with it is advertising. In an attempt to generate profits for its owner the redirect aims to make you visit sponsored content during each browsing session. So it may inject a lot annoying ads of all kind (pop-ups, pop-unders, banners, in-text links, videos, etc.) This, in turn, could slow down the browser and make it completely unresponsive at times.

Slicksearch.com – Privacy Policy

In this paragraph, we reveal some of the main points of Slicksearch.com’s privacy policy that concern data collection practices you agree with as long as you are using its services.

Even though at the beginning of their policy the company owner, which name is unknown, claims that it doesn’t build any interest profile based on what users search for through their search engine further read reveals that they collect certain details that are used for the purposes of better advertising.

Furthermore, a statement taken from the redirect’s policy is a little bit confusing:

We may rent, sell, or share aggregated information and other non-personally identifiable information with third parties for multiple reasons, including to develop and deliver search results and advertising and to conduct general business analysis.

Additionally, the policy states that Slicksearch.com does not use cookies as a tracking technology. Well, in fact, it not only uses few but some of them are set to expire after a whole year. If you want to know how to delete these cookies check out the manual part of the removal guide at the end.

How to Remove Slicksearch.com Redirect

In order to remove Slicksearch.com 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 nasty program in full. The automatic approach guarantees maximum efficiency as after a scan with an advanced anti-malware tool you can see the exact location of all malicious files and objects created by Slicksearch.com and remove them from the infected PC. In case that you have further questions or need additional help, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact us via email.

Gergana Ivanova

Gergana Ivanova

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How to Remove Slicksearch.com from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Slicksearch.com

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Slicksearch.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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Slicksearch.com on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Slicksearch.com there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Slicksearch.com with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Slicksearch.com from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Slicksearch.com and remove related files and objects

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We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Slicksearch.com:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Slicksearch.com. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Slicksearch.com. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Slicksearch.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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Slicksearch.com. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Slicksearch.com files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Slicksearch.com, 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Slicksearch.com:


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Remove Slicksearch.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.


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Erase Slicksearch.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.



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Uninstall Slicksearch.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.



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Remove Slicksearch.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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Slicksearch.com will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Slicksearch.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.


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