Nation Advanced Search virus - How to remove?
What is Nation Advanced Search virus?
Nation Advanced Search virus is a browser hijacker that can be installed to computers while downloading various free programs, for example, games. Many users report it as a very annoying application as it changes homepage and default search engine without user’s knowledge and permission. It also causes many redirects and makes it very difficult to make any search on your computer.
You can avoid downloading Nation Advanced Search virus by paying more attention to the installation steps of any program you are installing. Usually installation wizard lists additional programs that are bundled to the main program. Here you should deselect options to install any unknown programs. If you skip this step all bundled programs are installed automatically because they are marked to be added by default.
One more problem about Nation Advanced Search virus is that it doesn’t provide accurate search results. It includes many websites that are not even related to your search queries. Basically, it tries to promote few websites and increase their traffic. However, such activities don’t allow you to make any searches properly.
If you have noticed that Nation Advanced Search is set as your default search provider, if search.nation.com appears as your homepage every time you open a new tab, your browser has definitely been hijacked. Remove Nation Advanced Search virus straight after detecting it on your system. Below you can find special removal instructions of this browser hijacker that will help you to eliminate it:
- Try uninstalling Nation Advanced Search virus. You should go to Control Panel Add and Remove Programs list, locate the application there and remove it. If you do not see Nation Advanced Search related entries, use Spyhunter, it will detect any browser hijackers and adware that might have come with it or might have been hidden/saved under another name. Additionally, hijackers might have installed software that prevents browser settings from being changed. Such software ranges from legitimate on to trojan – based only. Make sure you scan your PC with anti-malware programs or your browser settings might revert to hijacked ones
- Check if there is no Nation Advanced Search left among browser extensions:
- For Internet Explorer: Go to “Tools” (or gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), -> “Manage Add-ons”. Look for Nation Advanced Search and disable these entries.
- For Google Chrome: Click on the wrench or bars icon on the top right of the screen; go to “Tools”-> “Extensions”. If you see any extensions related to Nation Advanced Search virus, click on a trash can icon next to them.
- For Mozilla Firefox: Go to “Tools” -> “Add-ons” -> “Extensions”. If you see any extensions related to Nation Advanced Search virus, disable them.
- If your home page is still search.nation.com, remove it manually:
- For Internet Explorer go to Tools ->Internet Options. Remove search.nation.com and replace it with your preferred webpage.
- For Google Chrome click on the Customize icon -> Settings. Click Set Pages under the startup. Remove search.nation.com and replace it with your preferred webpage.
- For Mozilla Firefox go to Tools -> Options (or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options). Under the General tab remove search.nation.com and replace it with your preferred home page.
- If your search engine is still search.nation.com, reset it to the one you prefer:
- For Internet Explorer go to Tools -> Manage Add Ons -> .Search Providers, Select Google or bing as default engine and remove Nation Advanced Search search engine from the list.
- For Google Chrome go to the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) -> Settings -> Manage search engines -> select a new search engine as the default one -> click X next to Nation Advanced Search to remove it.
- For Mozilla Firefox, click on the search magnify glass icon near the search box, click Manage Search Engines. Remove the Nation Advanced Search from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking Remove. Alternatively, you might have to do these steps:
- Close Firefox, open %AppData% folder and search for user.js file. If it exists, rename it and relaunch Firefox again. This prevents some hijackers that revert settings on each FF restart
- Enter “about:config” in url bar. This will open settings page
- Type “Keyword.url” in the search box. Right click it & reset it.
- Type “browser.search.defaultengine” in the search box. Right click it & reset it.
- Type “browser.search.selectedengine” in the search box. Right click it & reset it.
- Search for ‘browser.newtab.url’. Right-click and reset. This will make sure that the search page won’t launch on each new tab.
Note, that if Firefox settings revert, you will have to delete user.js file in your Firefox folder and repeat the steps above. In all cases we recommend scanning with anti-malware programs to get rid of the original software bundle and other parasites that might have been downloaded with Nation Advanced Search.