Search.search-settings.com Virus - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
 

Search.search-settings.com virus is seen as another browser hijacker parasite which occupies home pages, default search providers and new tab pages. It is generated by the same people that have introduced a dozen of other suspicious platforms for searching: Search.selected-search.co and Newtab.quiklogin.co are a couple of shifty tools to run from. Creators of browser hijackers usually use a very specific sketch for their software. Then, they repeat the same strategy all over again and generate new products. Therefore, there are a lot of lookalikes that are generated for the purpose of promoting sponsored content and making money for specific third-parties (SpamLaws).

Tricks to recognize infections like Search.search-settings.com parasite

Search Settings Google Chrome extension is promoted as an add-on, meant to manage users’ search results. By installing the tool, users will have a chance of switching from one search provider to another. Users are discouraged from exploiting new platforms for searching if their respectability cannot be guaranteed. Search-selector.co is an older product from these unknown developers. They aim to conceal their identities for the sake of distributing rogue software and getting away with it.

Search,search-settings.com virus

Search.search-settings.com redirect virus is active in United States, Mexico, Egypt and Grenada. Most of its visitors are transferred to this website from other domains. Presumably, related products, other browser hijackers and untrustworthy online services will set these referrals in motion. For instance, this activity could be done by Vudu search extension. Do you suffer from constant redirections to websites that have never been include into your browsing routine? This is a clear sign of an infection with a browser hijacker. If you desire to prevent sudden redirection from happening, the only permanent solution is to get rid of this browser hijacker.

Search.search-settings.com computer virus takes control over browsers and could go as far as to allow additional extensions to be automatically installed. These installations would no longer require permission from users. Rogue applications like Search Private extension might have a chance of influencing users’ operating systems. Therefore, more rogue applications could enter and increase the number of dangers users already are forced to face. This means that the amount of promotional content will disturb users’ browsing while also finding ways to jeopardize them. This can occur thanks to drive-by downloads, malvertising and exploit kits (SecureList).

Sponsored links will be added to the lists of results to search queries. It does not matter which engine is selected. None of them will be presenting links, aiming to commit click fraud (Chargebacks911). However, we noticed that Ask.com engine will present the most suspicious and objectionable links. Exploiting and unreliable search engine is not an appropriate option for anyone.

Search.search-settings.com redirect virus

Search.search-settings.com browser hijacker will also have no issue with collection of users’ private information. If users purchase goods via the advertisements showed by this search platform, the search engine will have no issue with collection of users’ names, addresses, electronic mail addresses, phone number and credit card information. The last detail should definitely be seen as a confidential and the possibility of having it collected by unreliable third-parties should be treated as completely unjustified.

How shall this browser hijacker be eliminated for good?

The first option to consider is the manual removal. It is relatively easy, considering that we provide step-by-step guidelines. You can find them below. However, if you are finding them difficult, you can either leave a comment below or turn to another option. The alternative is to run a scan with Reimage and find out about every threat that is currently infecting your operating system. Nevertheless, this is not enough to remain malware-free.

There are several recommendations that should be considered during browsing activities. First of all, never respond to online advertisements from unknown sources. Even legitimate websites could become compromised if they contain vulnerabilities. For this purpose, we hope that interacting with online promotions will not be considered as a proper activity. In addition to this, select advanced/custom modes for installation processes. This will help you refuse propositions to install additional programs.



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Options for removal of Search.search-settings.com virus

How to remove search-settings virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Search.search-settings.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 search-settings 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 Search.search-settings.com virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Search.search-settings.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 search-settings 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 Search.search-settings.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 Search.search-settings.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 Search.search-settings.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 Search.search-settings.com virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Search.search-settings.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 search-settings virus from the list.

How to remove Search.search-settings.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 search-settings 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 Search.search-settings.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 Search.search-settings.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, Search.search-settings.com virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Search.search-settings.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 search-settings 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 Search.search-settings.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.

     
 

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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