Delete Chromesearch1.info Browser Hijacker Virus

Chromesearch1.info is an adware program which hijacks your browser and starts displaying unwanted homepage and search engine. It is designed to look like a legitimate search engine but in reality is just a parasite with no functionality.

The only purpose of this hijacker is to earn money to its creators by displaying unwanted advertisements, redirecting to various links, showing affiliate products and sponsored search results. This browser hijacker does not have any value and poses a risk of spying on your browsing activity. It also slows down your system and prevents changing the browser settings.

Below we have an automatic tool which will remove this virus immediately. It will also scan for any other malware on your computer and protect your system in the future by acting as an antivirus. You can also follow our manual removal guide and eliminate the threat yourself. However, this option means that you will still need to install a proper security software afterwards in order to avoid similar problems in the future.


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What is Chromesearch1.info browser hijacker?

Just like many other similar adware programs, Chromesearch1.info targets unsuspecting users and infiltrates their computers while being bundled with other free software. It is often hidden in the “Advanced” setup process section and ends up on the system if users quickly skip through installation steps. Once it is installed, the virus places a background program which maintains control of browser settings and makes it impossible to change the homepage or search engine.

Browser hijackers are designed to generate traffic from infected computers and earn money for the developers. They often pretend to be a search engine but can be told apart from real browser components since most of them have unprofessional design and start displaying too many suspicious advertisements.

Chromesearch1.info has a search field which redirects to Google custom search. The creators receive a commission every time you click on a sponsored search result. However, this is not the only way to profit as the website might also display other unwanted advertisements, redirect to product pages or secretly stuff your browser cookies with affiliate IDs. Finally, since all your search queries go through this third party provider they can get logged and your browsing history might later be used for marketing purposes or sold to other companies.

At the moment this website is only two months old and is already estimated to receive more than 6,000 pageviews per day. This means that the hijacker has managed to infect a lot of computers and many users are stuck with this unwanted homepage.

You should remove Chromesearch1.info from your computer in order to regain control of your browser settings, increase system speed and prevent spying. We recommend using the automatic tool provided above as it will not only remove this threat but scan for others as well. It will also protect your computer in the future by acting as a complete antivirus suite. We also have prepared a manual removal guide for experienced Windows users. However, it will only remove the threat and will not guarantee protection in the future.

Here are some screenshots of this unwanted program:

  


 Manual Removal Instructions:

NB: Make sure you are familiar with editing important Windows settings and files. In order to not only remove the symptoms but also any possible leftovers of the adware as well as other possible infections we recommend using the automatic tool provided above.

Bookmark this page, print it out or simply open on another device in order to access it after a browser or computer restart which will be required during the removal process.

Step 1:

Remove any suspicious programs that might contain the adware.

Start by opening the Programs and Features window using the following method:

Hold Windows () key and click R key while holding.

Enter the following in the field:

appwiz.cpl

Click OK.

You might have to wait a bit before the list of all programs is loaded as it displays a list of all programs installed on your PC.

We recommend sorting the programs by “Installed On” column (simply click on the column name in order to sort by this value).

Look for any recently installed suspicious programs that might contain the adware as a bundle or could be the adware itself. Such programs also have the word “search” in their name. If you have never seen or used an app chances are that it is an unwanted software.

Example of a program name:

ChromeSearch

Uninstall all suspicious programs by right-clicking on them and choosing Uninstall…

Repeat this process until no more suspicious programs are left.

Step 2:

Delete registry values created by this adware.

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

regedit.exe

Click OK.

 

Search for virus entries by pressing keyboard buttons CTRL + F and entering the virus name. Here is an example:

chromesearch1

Click Find Next.

Delete any registry entries associated with the virus.

Repeat the search until all entries are cleaned.

Step 3:

Clean up Windows temporary files.

You can safely remove all temporary files without posing any risk to your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

%Temp%

Click OK.

All temporary files will be listed in the directory.

Select all temporary files by simultaneously pressing CTRL + A and delete them.

Step 4:

Remove suspicious programs from your startup config so they would not launch as soon as you boot your computer.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

msconfig.exe

Click OK.

Go to the Startup tab and uncheck all suspicious entries. Look specifically for “ChromeSearch” as well as other similar programs.

You will see locations of the files in “Command” column. Navigate to the location and delete it if a suspicious file is found.

If you are unsure you can simply leave it unselected but not delete it.

Click OK when you are finished unselecting and deleting all potentially dangerous processes.

Step 5:

Delete the shortcuts for all browsers on your computer as they might have been changed by the hijacker.

Remember that there are shortcuts not only on your Desktop but also in other places (for example, Start Menu).

Then create them again in order to have clean browser start.

Alternatively, you can click Properties on each of the shortcuts and remove any additions made to the Target field by the adware.

Step 6:

IMPORTANT: Now you will have to reset browser settings for each browser individually that you have installed on your computer. Alternativelly, you could simply reinstall them.

The unwanted addons are usually named similarly to the program you have just uninstalled using Add or Remove Programs.

 Google Chrome:

Launch the browser and select More Tools, then click Extensions.

Check for any suspicious extensions.

Click Remove From Chrome for each unwanted or suspicious toolbar or extension (the trashcan icon on the right).

Go to Settings.

Scroll to the very bottom of the settings page and click Show advanced settings…

Scroll to the very bottom again and click Reset settings.

Click Reset.

 Mozilla Firefox:

Launch the browser and go to Add-ons.

Search for any suspicious toolbars and add-ons and Remove them.

We recommend going to Options (input about:preferences in your address field and press Enter) and clicking Restore to Default near the Home Page field.

You can also completely refresh the browser settings by entering the following in the address (URL) field:

about:support

Press Enter.

Click Refresh Firefox… and then click Refresh Firefox again.

 Microsoft Edge:

Since Microsoft Edge is not a separate program and is a core component of Windows 10 you should backup your computer or at least create a Restore Point before continuing.

Navigate to the following folder (where %username is your computer user name):

C:\Users\%username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe

Clear all contents of the folder. Click CTRL + A to select everything and delete the contents.

Click Start (Windows logo).

Search for Windows PowerShell.

Right-click on the result.

Choose Run as administrator.

Paste the following command:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}

Press Enter.

The settings should now be reset to default.

 Internet Explorer:

Press and hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:

cmd

Click OK.

Enter the following command in the appeared window:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ResetIEtoDefaults

Press Enter.

Check Delete personal settings.

Click Reset.

Alternatively you can run this command to delete all caches and settings:

RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

After removing the virus

When you have finished removing the “Chromesearch1.info” adware and reverting your browser settings make sure to protect your computer by installing a good antivirus suite that would identify the threats online and in programs you have downloaded. Also, never install suspicious programs. If you are installing a new software, make sure it has nothing bundled in it by following the install wizard as well as searching for user reviews online.


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