Chromesearch.today Virus - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
Other names: Chromesearch.win
 

Chromesearch.today virus is browser hijacker infection which will surely cause some inconveniences. First of all, it will invade browsers’ settings and assign its deceptive search platform as home page, new tab and default search provider. This plan has been exploited by a number of vicious people, for instance, by the developers of a rogue Startxxl.com search engine. Chromesearch.today hijacker is not an old member of hijackware but one of the most recent ones. It was created in September of 2017. However, people are already reporting this domain as an invader of their browsers’ preferences.

Chromesearch.today virus attempts to be treated as a legitimate search provider for Google Chrome. This goal is expected to be reached because of the URL. However, do not believe that this website is the default search provider of Google Chrome. It can show sponsored results to search queries which means that unreliable links will be injected among other ones. We hope you won’t click on a malicious link or an URL which will load up a poor-quality service provider. Chromesearch1.info virus also exploit the same strategy.

Features of an infection with Chromesearch.today browser hijacker

Chromesearch.today virus

During the time your browsers’ settings will be controlled by Chromesearch.today virus, you will be constantly redirected to a variety of third-party websites. In fact, we have discovered that the same IP address is used for this hijacker and a service of SpringFiles.net. The second website has been noticed to present technical support scams and other deceptive material which is potentially dangerous. This infection hopes to be regarded as a regular search platform, just like Googlesearch.me or Faststartpage.com.

Therefore, we hope you won’t interact with random advertisements and websites as they might be presenting you with scams and other types of hoaxes. Remember that hackers use pop-ups to lead users into domains that host exploit kits. From them, (Drive-by downloads) can take place. This means that your browser and operating system in general could become filled with potentially unwanted programs.

Chromesearch.today redirect virus will find ways to present links to other sites. In some cases, redirection will occur automatically and without any warnings. In addition to this, your browsing can be disturbed by a constant presentations of online adverts. In most cases, fake messages will require your attention. Of course, it is best to avoid all interactions with random advertisements. Especially if those ads are shown completely randomly (Malvertising explained). Many malware parasites aim to initiate activities of a spyware infections. Therefore, ads that are displayed are very frequently tailor-suited.

If users visit certain websites due to Chromesearch.today virus, those domains are allowed to send cookies to their visitors, collect data or ask for private information. Due to this permission, users can have their personally-identifiable information collected by suspicious parties. Since we have no idea about who those partners are, we cannot state that the collected information will not done for illegal purposes, like identity theft.

Evil twin – Chromesearch.win virus

We have noticed that there is another website that is completely the same to Chromesearch.today – it’s Chromesearch.win. Both websites looks completely the same, only domain names are different, yet similar to each other at the same time. Domain chromesearch.win was registered month later, so it might be that developers of this infection are trying to scale up and infect more computers using two identical landing pages.

If you have noticed that chromesearch.win is operating as your homepage, please apply same treatment instructions as to chromesearch.today.

How should users keep operating systems malware-free?

For better protection, we hope you will install Reimage tool. It will determine whether your operating system is suffering from malicious content. It will allow you to run scans on demand, meaning that anytime your operating system start acting bizarre, you will a chance of running a thorough scan.

If you wish to avoid potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and other types of viruses, we hope that you will select only reliable applications to download into your computer. Select advanced/custom modes for the installation and refuse to add any suspicious programs. If you do this, your operating system is less likely to become bothered by malware infections. Also, try to select from tools that have positive reviews from security researchers and are developed by professionals. If you get tools that do not have clearly indicated owners, this should immediately be taken as a suspicious feature. Remember that this search engine has nothing to do with the legitimate Google corporation.



Automatic Chromesearch.today virus removal tools

 
 
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Ways to get rid of Chromesearch.today virus

How to remove Chromesearch.win using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Chromesearch.today 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 Chromesearch.win .
    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 Chromesearch.today virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Chromesearch.today 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 Chromesearch.win, 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 Chromesearch.today 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 Chromesearch.today 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 Chromesearch.today 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 Chromesearch.today virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Chromesearch.today 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 Chromesearch.today virus from the list.

How to remove Chromesearch.today virus from IE 11:

  • Click on the Settings icon (top right) → Manage Addons.
    Add-on
  • Go through Toolbars and extensions. Remove everything related to Chromesearch.win 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 Chromesearch.today 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 Chromesearch.today 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, Chromesearch.today virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Chromesearch.today 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 Chromesearch.win 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 Chromesearch.today 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.

     
 

About the author

 - Virus researcher

I’m a virus researcher and my field of specialization involves but is not limited to the newly-developed ransomware variants. In my opinion, crypto-viruses are highly-underestimated and some Internet users have very few opportunities to learn about their symptoms before it is too late. Our goal here in 2-viruses.com is to make sure that crucial information about the most relevant malware samples would be available for everyone.

 
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