Search.searchpcst.com Virus - How To Remove?

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Type: Browser Hijacker
 

Exploiting Search.searchpcst.com platform is as if you are voluntarily entering danger zone and getting acquainted with tons of questionable offers. From what we have gathered, Internet users have a risky habit of placing themselves in jeopardy by interacting with content that they accidentally stumble upon online. Streams of entertaining one-time-deals might be regarded as a helpful addition to your browsing, right until such content turns out to be responsible for severe malware infections. If you had no idea that irresponsible actions online have potential of resulting in viruses, you have fallen behind. You should already be familiar with the idea that parasites and viruses can be hiding in the most unexpected places that you do not even suspect of transmitting malicious executables. Search.searchpcst.com virus might not be detrimental in a sense that whole your system will be compromised, but it will employ its own aggravating methods of promoting third-party material and generating web traffic for its partners. It also promotes an additional facility which is the OpenSpeedTest which allows to examine your device’s speed. More details about this infection are going to be explained in the following sections.

Qualities that are common for browser hijackers like Search.searchpcst.com virus

Search.searchpcst.com virus fits the description of a browser hijacker. It is designed as a search network, but its actual capacities are pretty limited. For instance, its creators found a perfect way to avoid creating a proper searching mechanism themselves: they simply transfer their clients to Yahoo searching platform. This is a rather cheap trick to deceive people into thinking that there is nothing wrong in accessing Yahoo network via a different website. In fact, by not using the facility straight from Yahoo home page, you sentence yourself to being introduced to URLs that are promoted by Search.searchpcst.com virus and not Yahoo.

One of the most uncomplicated methods to detect a browser hijacker is to check whether your browsers’ preferences haven’t suddenly shifted. The address that is seen when you open your home page, default search provider or new tab page should indicate the name of the infection. In this case, if Search.searchpcst.com URL is seen in the mentioned positions, we can state that your system has welcomed a browser hijacker. One of the worst aspects of these infections is that they distribute huge amounts of unreliable promotional content and can gain control over your downloads. This means that an infection will be able to automatically update itself or even install other associated applications. All of these procedures are going to be executed secretively, without requiring validation from you. Search.searchpcst.com virus is also one of those parasites that won’t hesitate to track your online activity, remember your favorite domains or search queries. With this information, it can lend a hand to third-party vendors for the sake of displaying advertisements that are relevant to separate victims. For no reason you should keep Search.searchpcst.com virus in your device.

Search.searchpcst.com website also has an additional feature: it provides a chance to rate your computer speed. Nevertheless, this function is not valuable enough. There are a number of online webpages that are doing to provide you with this service.

How is Search.searchpcst.com virus delivered to Internet users?

Our research group believes that Search.searchpcst.com virus can be spread together with a browser extension called PC Speed Test. It is a rather useless browser extension: it provides users with a toolbar and novel preferences. Since this change might be unexpected for some online surfers, we should remind that that this application might have reached your computer in a secretive way. If you did not intentionally download PC Speed Test, then you might have agreed to install it accidentally. During installation processes of free programs there may be a number of additional programs, ready to be installed alongside the main program. To be more appropriately secured, you should run installation processes in advanced/custom modes in order to make sure that no unnecessary programs will get the permission to be added to your system.

Now it is the time to discuss the possible methods for elimination of Search.searchpcst.com virus. Sophisticated anti-malware tools like Reimage, Spyhunter or Hitman will remove this browser hijacker and everything that it might have brought to your system. If you are not so sure about the automatic removal option, you can follow our instructions below and attempt to execute it manually.



Automatic Search.searchpcst.com virus removal tools

 
 
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Manual removal of Search.searchpcst.com virus

How to remove searchpcst virus using Windows Control Panel

Many hijackers and adware like Search.searchpcst.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 searchpcst 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.searchpcst.com virus from your browsers

  Top How To remove Search.searchpcst.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 searchpcst 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.searchpcst.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.searchpcst.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.searchpcst.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.searchpcst.com virus virus from Internet Explorer:

How to remove Search.searchpcst.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 searchpcst virus from the list.

How to remove Search.searchpcst.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 searchpcst 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.searchpcst.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.searchpcst.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.searchpcst.com virus should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

  Top How to remove Search.searchpcst.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 searchpcst 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.searchpcst.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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I have started 2-viruses.com in 2007 after wanting to be more or less independent from single security program maker. Since then, we kept working on this site to make internet better and safer place to use.

 
January 3, 2017 05:07, January 3, 2017 05:07
 
   
 

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  1. Thank you for your advice on removal of this malware.

    It has helped in getting rid of this menace.

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