How To Remove Search.Eshield.Com Browser Hijacker

E Shield Safe Scan” ( states that it is a search engine and respects your privacy. In reality it is a potentially unwanted adware program designed to make money from your browsing activity. It hijacks browsers and employs parasitic behavior to benefit from unsuspecting users and does not add any value.

In most cases it is installed by using unethical methods and can lead to even more unwanted extensions, toolbars and other adware. The search functionality is actually borrowed from Yahoo Search and simply redirects all your queries to this provider. eShield does not have search function and simply uses third party providers. Moreover, the creators actually earn commissions from your search activity.

This website is created not by security experts but simply by a marketing company and is used to monetize traffic from infected browsers. It is designed to stay on the system as long as possible. Therefore, many users find it hard to completely remove this adware as it tends to come back on itself.

We have an automatic removal tool as well as a manual guide describing how to eliminate this unwanted program. We recommend using the automatic tool as it will also protect your system in the future.

Recommended Method: Download Browser Hijacker Removal Tool

Version:   All Updated:   2 days ago Compatible OS:   All
This is the most suitable program for automatically removing the threat and repairing your PC.
Works with: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP. Read instructions here
File name Size
mb3-setup.exe 56.5 MB

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What is

You are being redirected to homepage by a browser hijacker. The hijacker infiltrates your computer, changes browser settings, shortcuts, adds extensions and places backup files in order to prevent removal. It then starts generating traffic to the fake search website from infected browsers and monetizes it.

While this unwanted program states to be a “safe search” it is actually created by a marketing company and does not have any value. The engine used is Yahoo Search and simply redirects your queries. Having such intermediate actually decreases your security as all your information goes through it instead of immediately reaching the destination.

This adware can also lead to more unwanted programs. For example, it suggests to install additional browser extension which is supposed to “protect your searches” (“Search Safe” or “SrchProtect“) but seems to be just another adware. It can also track your browsing information and use it for marketing purposes or even sell to third parties.

eShield website provides “uninstall instructions” but they are very vague and do not work. This information is only included to avoid legal problems but does not help the user. For example, they do not reveal the real software name which needs to be uninstalled. This leaves many users confused and they give up on trying to remove the adware. As a result, the website receives high traffic as it is opened every time an infected browser is launched. is estimated to have more than 100 000 daily pageviews:

This browser hijacker is usually installed using unethical bundling method. When you download a freeware from the internet the setup file might also have additional programs attached. While in most cases it is legal, users simply do not know that third party software is being installed and end up littering their system. This method is very common with adware as otherwise users would never install unnecessary valueless programs.

All this evidence shows that is just another unwanted program which should be removed from your system if you want to restore normal browsing experience and speed as well as prevent further infections.

We have an automatic removal and protection tool listed at the beginning of this article. It will not only eliminate the source of this hijacker but also prevent similar infections in the future. We also have a manual removal guide for more experienced users. However, you will still need to secure your PC even if you successfully remove the threat.

Screenshots of this adware:


 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 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.

You should follow this removal process instead of the one provided on the eShield website as this one is correct and more detailed.

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:


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. If you have never seen or used an app chances are that it is an unwanted software.

Usually the unwanted program uses the following name:


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:


Click OK.


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


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:


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:

Check for any recent changes in all the other important system files.

Hold Windows () key and click R key.

Enter the following in the field:


Click OK.

Do not delete anything here! Search for any recent changes (by “Date Modified”) in the files first. Only if you see that a file has just been changed scan it with Remove only files marked as dangerous. Otherwise you might remove critical system files and Windows might stop working.

Repeat this step with the following three directories while being very careful:


Remember that these directories contain many important system files! Be very careful!

Step 5:

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:


Click OK.

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

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 6:

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 7:

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:


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):


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:


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 “eShield” 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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