Chumsearch.com Virus - How To Remove?

 

Chumsearch.com is a questionable website that looks like a regular search provider, at first glance, but in fact it can bring a lot of problems for computer users. It’s a browser hijacker that can affect your Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari browsers. You should really think twice before starting using it, as its creators are working together with third parties and they will try to get benefits from you.

If you try to remove Chumsearch.com virus, you may have some hard time to do it. Run a full system scan with a reputable anti-malware program, for example, Reimage, SpyHunter or StopZilla. We have also provided a tutorial how to get rid of Chumsearch.com virus manually. You can find it below this article.

About Chumsearch.com virus

Once inside, Chumsearch.com virus modifies some of your browser settings without your permission. It can affect one ore more browsers at the same time. First of all, it replaces your homepage and default search provider. Then it changes your search results and redirect you to commercial websites. There are no guarantees that these pages are legitimate and safe. If you try making a search using Chumsearch.com, you will see that it bases search results on displaying sponsored websites instead of regular results according to your search query. The truth is, the program tries to promote these pages and build up a bigger traffic for them.

If you care about your security and you want to be able to browse regularly again, you should definitely remove Chumsearch.com virus from your browsers as soon as possible. Then don’t forget to restore your browser settings and choose a legitimate search provider. Further in this article we talk about prevention of this and similar browser hijackers.

Let’s dive into the pool called “Privacy Policy” and splash you with information. After reading this document, you should feel awfully convinced not to continue to be introduced to Chumsearch.com virus. Once you open this section, your eyes will jump from one questionable statement to another. Many browsers are set up to automatically agree to accept tracking cookies. This embracement of potentially alerting files can end up with you willingly giving the luxury for crooks to gather various information about you (advertisements displayed to you and your reaction, online activity, bookmarked websites, IP addresses, technical information).

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If you think that your interaction with popular social networking sites is not an interesting matter for crooks, your assumption is awry. Let’s say you access Facebook.com via the search box in Chumsearch.com. You do not spot any significant difference and continue to utilize this facility like you do on any other occasion. Who cares how you entered this domain, right? However, we should step right in and remind you that this browser hijacker indicates to, quote: “[…] grant the Company permission to compile certain information from such social networks.”. The conveniently grabbed details about you might include details from your profile: friends list, notes, updates, photos. The actual reason for this monitoring is the possibility of introducing users to more personalized content. However, since the tailor-suited, third-party content might to be a part of a win-win deal. It is presumable that Chumsearch.com virus is not always going to put security measures that are required to separate compromising third-party content from secure one.

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Distribution Methods of Chumsearch.com virus

Chumsearch.com virus uses bundling method to get into your browsers. It comes together with various freeware applications, such as download managers, PDF creators, media players, etc. It can also be added to the main installer on some download page. Keep in mind that you can prevent this installation quite easily. Make sure you choose Custom or Advanced installation and follow the steps attentively. If you notice any preselected options that indicate about replacing your homepage to Chumsearch.com, always deselect it. This way you will avoid a lot of potentially unwanted programs to get access to your system. Try reading Terms and Agreements of your new downloads too, as it also holds a lot of important information.

In case your system has already been affected, remove Chumsearch.com virus as soon as possible. Choose manual or automatic removal according to your preferences and skills. Remember that a good anti-malware can also prevent your system from future infiltrations of browser hijackers, adware and other potentially unwanted programs.



Automatic Chumsearch.com virus removal tools

 
 
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Manual removal of Chumsearch.com virus

How to remove Chumsearch.com virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Chumsearch.com virus install some of their components as regular windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
  • Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel (Windows 8);
    Control panel
  • Choose Uninstall Program;
    Programs and features
  • Go through a list of programs and select entries related to Chumsearch.com virus .
    Remove toolbars
  • Click uninstall button.
    Uninstall
  • In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter or Reimage to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
    Scan with spyhunter
This method will not remove some of browser plugins therefore proceed to the next part of the removal guide.
Removing Chumsearch.com virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Chumsearch.com virus from Google Chrome:

  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select More Tools→Extensions
    Extensions
  • Select all malicious extensions and delete them.
    Remove extensions
  • Click on the 3 horizontal lines icon on a browser toolbar and Select Settings
    Open settings
  • Select Manage Search engines
    Manage search engines
  • Remove unnecessary search engines from the list
    Delete search engines
  • Go back to settings. On Startup choose Open blank page (you can remove undesired pages from the set pages link too).
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Chrome menu on the top right corner, select Settings. Select Open a specific page or set of pages and click on Set pages.
    Set pages
  • Delete malicious search websites at a new Startup pages window by clicking “X” next to them.
    Delete start pages

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Chumsearch.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on a Chrome’s menu button (three horizontal lines) and select Settings.
  • Scroll to the end of the page and click on theReset browser settings button.
    Resset settings
  • Click on the Reset button on the confirmation box.
    Reset approve

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

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How To remove Chumsearch.com virus from Firefox:

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla window and select the “Add-ons” icon (Or press Ctrl+Shift+A on your keyboard).
    Select add-on
  • Go through Extensions and Addons list, remove everything Chumsearch.com virus related and items you do not recognise. If you do not know the extension and it is not made by Mozilla, Google, Microsoft, Oracle or Adobe then you probably do not need it.
    Remove add-on
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Firefox menu in the top right corner, select Options → General. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Restore to Default.
    Restore default

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Chumsearch.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on the menu button on the top right corner of a Mozilla Firefox window. Click on the Help button.
    Help button
  • ChooseTroubleshooting Information on the Help menu.
    Troubleshooting
  • Click on theReset Firefox button.
    Refresh firefox
  • Click on the Reset Firefox button on the confirmation box. Mozilla Firefox will close and change the settings to default.
    Refresh firefox approve

(Optional) Steps for older Mozilla Firefox versions:

  • Enter “about:config” in URL bar and hit enter. This will open the settings page
    Abou config
  • Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
    Reset Keyword.url
  • Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click and reset it.
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”. Right-click and reset it. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on every new tab.
  • If the settings revert and the scan with anti-malware programs is clean: close Firefox, open file explorer and enter %AppData% in the address bar. Enter user.js in the search box. If this file exists, rename it and start Firefox again. You will have to repeat the steps above.
    Remove user.js

If the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program to identify malicious entries.

  Top How to remove Chumsearch.com virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Chumsearch.com virus virus from Internet Explorer (older versions):

  • Click on the arrow on the right of the search box.
  • Do the following: on IE8-9 choose Manage Search providers, on IE7 click Change search defaults.
  • Remove the Chumsearch.com virus from the list.

How to remove Chumsearch.com virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Chumsearch.com virus and items you do not know that are made not by Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle or Adobe.
    Disable add-ons
  • Select Search Providers.
    Set search engine
  • If any of these search providers is not available, follow “Find more search providers” in the bottom of the screen and install Google.
    Find search engines
  • Close the Options.
  • If your homepage was changed, click on the Gear icon on the top right corner to open the Internet Explorer menu, select Internet options and choose General tab. Enter a preferable URL to the homepage field and click Apply.
    Restore home page

(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Chumsearch.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Gear icon→Internet Options.
    Internet options
  • Choose the Advanced tab and click on the Reset Reset settings
  • Select Delete personal settings checkbox and click on the Reset button.
    Reset approve
  • Click on the Close button on the confirmation box, then close your browser.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

How to remove Chumsearch.com virus from Microsoft Edge:  Top

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 1)

  • Open Microsoft Edge and click on More actions button (three dots at the top right corner of the screen), then choose Settings.
    Open settings
  • In the Settings window, click Choose what to clear button.
    Choose clear
  • Select everything that you want to remove and click Clear.
    Clear browsing data
  • Right click on Start and choose Task manager.
    Open task manager
  • In the Processes tab right click on Microsoft Edge and select Go to details.
    Go to details
  • In the Details look for entries named Microsoft Edge, right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries.
    End Edge task

If the first method didn't work for you, follow the steps of advanced method below. Make sure you backup your data before completing these steps.

Resetting Microsoft Edge setting (Method 2)

  • Navigate to the following folder: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe Select all of the entries in this folder, right click on them and select Delete.
    Delete files
  • Click Start button and type in “Windows power”. Right click on the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator.
    Open powershell
  • When Administrator: Windows PowerShell window appears on your screen, paste in this line after PS: cd C:\WINDOWS\system32 and press Enter: Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml" -Verbose}
    Run command
Once you finish these steps, Chumsearch.com virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Chumsearch.com virus from Safari:

Remove malicious extensions

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences.
    Open preferences
  • Select Extensions and uninstall Chumsearch.com virus and other suspicious extensions.
    Extensions
  • If your homepage was changed, click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Preferences and choose General tab. Enter preferable URL to the homepage field.
    Reset homepage
(Optional) Reset your browser’s settings(older versions)

If you are still experiencing any issues related to Chumsearch.com virus, reset the settings of your browser to its default settings.

  • Click on Safari menu on the top left corner of the screen. Select Reset Safari…
    Choose reset
  • Select which options you want to reset (usually all of them come preselected) and click on the Reset button.
    Reset

If you cannot reset your browser settings and the problem persists, scan your system with an anti-malware program.

     
 

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