Pro-search.me Virus - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
 

Pro-search.me is an undependable search platform, closely-related with Thesmartsearch.net browser hijacker which was detected back in January of 2015. Both of these hijackers could be delivered with a variety of freeware and users have reported that these unknown search tools are impossible to overthrow without some help from professional specialists.

In the past, TheSmartSearch was noticed to come bundled with MplayerX application. Both Mac and Windows operating systems could have been and still can fall as victims. Similar strategies could be applied to the newly-detected variant. The interface of Pro-search.me resembles Google, which means that hackers are attempting to trick users into exploiting this search engine as if it was the reliable platform.

Pro-search.me virus

The newest detected variant does not operate with appropriate EULA or Privacy Policy documents and leaves users wandering in the dark. Every respectable online service should explain its security and privacy terms, elaborate on the concepts of monitoring and associations with third-parties. Nevertheless, this platform does not abide by these rules, meaning that users should not allow it to reside in their applications for browsing. There is a chance that Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari will have their settings substituted without appropriate approval from the user himself/herself.

Pro-search.me virus can trigger a series of irregularities that were not present before home pages, default search providers and new tab pages began introducing this rogue engine as a preference. Infected operating systems could be disturbed, CPU resources over-utilized for malicious and unnecessary processes, leaving less of them for the procedures that a person would prioritize.

Therefore, execution of regular processes can be significantly weakened. To exemplify: the programs might take longer to launch, there might be issues with the connection to the Internet. In addition to that, browsing will be significantly influenced since material from third-parties will be brought to you on a regular basis. Rogue online material can invite you to try out the latest products, buy items on sale, participate in lotteries, download software applications, and even raise concerns over the state of your device. Malware parasites could promote technical support scams when swindlers of money or confidential information attempt to alarm you for no good reason.

Pro-search.me virus

Also, browser hijackers can make your operated device vulnerable by displaying content, potentially involved in marvertising strategies. This means that pop-ups, banners, in-text ads, new windows and redirection could be exploited in the hopes of distributing computer viruses that will be automatically commenced. All that it takes for a virus to be activated is for user to interact with a harmful material. However, more innovative hacking tactics can require less participation from the user.

To prevent a browser hijacker or any other type of malware parasite from continuing to leave a negative impact on your OS, you should choose from a couple of options. You could select to follow instructions that we have conveniently placed at the end of this article, or you could run a scan with an anti-malware tool for the same but quicker (and more long-term) solution. With an anti-malware tool in your operating system, you will be allowed to find out when malware has managed to get in. Reimage, Spyhunter or Hitman are the perfect candidates.

To stay away from potentially harmful material, you could learn to recognize which websites, advertisements and programs are better left untouched. For instance, many samples of freeware are responsible for the activity of browser hijackers. This means that a free-of-charge application could have been the one who inserted a parasite into the OS. Considering this, you should always pay attention to the terms and conditions that an installation process introduces. Read EULA and Privacy Policy. Also, if a tool recommends supplementary programs asa bonus, do not be tempted with it. It is possible that unsolicited browser extensions, system optimizers, video or music players are the promoted tools.



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Manual removal of Pro-search.me virus

How to remove Pro-search.me virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Pro-search.me 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 Pro-search.me 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 Pro-search.me virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Pro-search.me 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 Pro-search.me 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 Pro-search.me 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 Pro-search.me 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 Pro-search.me 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 Pro-search.me virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Pro-search.me 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 Pro-search.me virus from the list.

How to remove Pro-search.me virus from IE 11:

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

  Top How to remove Pro-search.me 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 Pro-search.me 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 Pro-search.me 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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