How To Completely Remove Browser Hijacker browser hijacker changes your browser settings so that it would open an unwanted homepage upon launch. The adware also forces you to use its own search engine. There are several variations of this unwanted program which might display different websites, for example: or simply

All these websites are identical and only the subdomains are different. In reality they do not have any search functionality and simply redirect your queries to third party providers, for example Yahoo search.

This hijacker is a parasite which should be removed from your system immediately. However, it might not be easy since has a backup program hidden in the Windows system which does not allow to change browser settings and blocks any attempts to remove the unwanted homepage.

We have an automatic tool which will scan your system and completely eliminate this and any other threats. This is a recommended removal option as it will also protect your computer from similar problems in the future by acting as a complete antivirus solution.

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

Click here to download alternative tool

What is browser hijacker?

Technically browser hijackers are not always viruses. They often get installed with the users’ consent as they are bundled with another free software and presented as additional offers. However, the users might not even know that they are installing additional programs if they quickly skip through setup process steps and click on “Accept” without reading. This unethical distribution method is perfect for browser hijackers which would otherwise not be installed by most people since they do not have any value and only act as parasites.

Once Searchalgo browser hijacker enters your system it is much harder to remove than to prevent infection by carefully following installation wizards. The adware places backup program which monitors browser settings and does not allow you to remove or change homepage and search engine. This is why many users get confused when trying to remove the unwanted program: it comes back next time they launch their browser and forces them to stick with

There are several variations of the homepage, the most popular currently known one being If you search directly from the address bar you might also get redirected to which later transfers you to Yahoo or any other search provider.

Here are some other known hijacker addresses, most of them are used by programs containing the word “eSpeed“:

As we can see from the statistics below, this hijacker is very popular and some versions of it are estimated to generate well over 1,000,000 pageviews per day:

Searchalgo does not have any functionality itself as it simply embeds third party providers and redirects your queries. Not only does it force you to use unwanted search engine but also slows down the system and tracks your browsing history. This poses a risk of losing your personal data as it might be sold to other companies or used for marketing purposes later.

The only purpose of this hijacker is to earn profits by generating traffic from infected browsers and displaying them sponsored search results, advertisements, affiliate links and redirecting to other pages. Therefore, you should remove this parasite from your system as soon as possible.

We recommend using the automatic tool provided above. It will scan your system and completely remove this and any other infection it finds. It will also protect your computer in the future by acting as a complete antivirus solution. We also have a manual removal guide provided below. However, it requires Windows usage experience and does not guarantee protection afterwards.

Screenshots of Searchalgo hijacker:


 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:


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:


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 name. 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:

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 “Searchalgo” 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:


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 “Searchalgo” 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Begin typing your search above and press return to search. Press Esc to cancel.