Remove Browse-Search.com homepage virus (Removal)

By | January 16, 2014

remove browse-search.com virusBrowse-Search.com is a homepage hijacker also called Browser Hijacker, which is installed by browser extensions or addons. This homepage hijacker is bundled with freeware to promote GoPhotoIT Search and to make money using advertisements within the search results. Once this Browse-Search.com browser hijacker is installed on your computer, the default search engine and homepage for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is replaced with Browse-Search.com. This Browse-Search.com homepage is not malicious process itself and may not be called a virus, but it does change security settings within your favorite browser and is distributed by freeware. Please be aware what you install on your computer. The Browse-Search.com browser hijacker is most likely installed by the computer user itself because it’s offered during the installation process.

It is advised to always read the Terms and Agreements before installing software on your computer. Do never click too fast thru the installation process [Next] button of software as you will agree to software you might not want to install. If the installer offers a Advanced or Custom option button, click it to find out if there is any other malicious software offered and installed during the installation process.

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Please note that all the software we offer to remove Browse-Search.com is free, our instruction is tested and works to remove this threat from your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser. We do not supply any shareware which detects the threat and asks a license in order to remove Browse-Search.com.


Notice: there isn't any software in this instruction that requires any payment or subscription in order to remove any malware from your computer. MalwareBytes Anti-Malware is shareware, which means if you need real-time protection and more premium features, it requires a payment after 14 days trial. However detecting and removing malware with the Free version is totally free and stays free. (more information)

Follow all steps in correct order to completely and successfully remove Browse-Search.com.
This is important: if you have any problem during this removal instruction in order to remove this threat, please stop.

Step 1 – Remove Browse-Search.com using AdwCleaner (free)

Step 2 – Remove Browse-Search.com using Junkware Removal Tool (free)

Step 3 – Reset default homepage

Step 4 – Remove Browse-Search.com malware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware free

Step 5 – OPTIONAL : Reset your Browser

This is a comprehensive removal instruction to remove Browse-Search.com from your computer. If for some reason the instruction does not deliver the desired results, you can reset your favorite browser Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to default settings. In first place this is not recommended, as restoring to default settings will remove all your personal settings from your browser. Please use restoring to default settings only if anything else fails. Need help ? Ask for our assistance and the end of this instruction.

Remove Browse-Search.comRemove Browse-Search.com using AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner will scan your computer for malicious Services, Folder, Files, Shortcuts, Registry items and Products. As AdwCleaner tries to delete these malicious content it will also clean the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser. We strongly recommend using AdwCleaner several times a month to keep your computer clean from adware, popups, browser hijackers or toolbars.

Download AdwCleaner (Official link and direct-download)

Select AdwCleaner.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

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If User Account Control asks you to allow AdwCleaner.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

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Start scanning your computer for any malicious threats by selecting the Scan button, please wait.

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AdwCleaner will now start scanning your computer. If AdwCleaner is done, it will display a list of malicious items detected, please uncheck the items you do not want to remove that might be detected as malicious.
If you have nothing to uncheck, continue to the removal process and select the Clean button.

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AdwCleaner will display the following informational alerts and starts rebooting the computer.

All programs will be closed in order to proceed correctly to the removal of the infections. Please save any work in progress and the click [OK]

If you have been brought to use AdwCleaner, it’s probably because your PC contained potentially unwanted programs or adware.
Potentially unwanted programs are often proposed during the installation of software. They may be present form of toolbars that sometimes change the homepage of the browser and slow internet browsing.
To avoid the installation of these programs polluting the computer, it is essential to follow these tips:

- Always download a program from the official link, or a trusted site
- When installing a program, do not click too fast [Next] without paying attention to Terms of Use and third-party programs available.
- If third-party programs are available (toolbars, etc) uncheck them.
- Enable detection of PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program) in your Antivirus.

AdwCleaner must restart the computer to complete the removal process. The report will be opened on the next reboot.

After the reboot a logfile will open. The logfile in Windows XP and Windows 7 will open once the desktop is started. To open the logfile in Windows 8 you need to switch to the Desktop modus by selecting windows key + d on your keyboard.
If you want to check the AdwCleaner log, you can find the report log in your system drive, Adwcleaner folder (for example: C:\adwcleaner)

Remove Browse-Search.comRemove Browse-Search.com left overs using Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool will not only remove this threat from your computer, but Junkware Removal Tool will scan and remove any threat from your computer that is malicious. Junkware Removal Tool is a great tool to completely clean your computer from any threat and highly recommended to use frequently to keep your computer clean and healthy. Best of all it’s free and updated regularly.

Download Junkware Removal Tool (Official link and direct-download)

Select JRT.exe with right mouse click and Run as Administrator

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If User Account Control asks you to allow JRT.exe to make changes to your computer, press Yes to continue.

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As described on thisisudax.org

Junkware Removal Tool is a security utility that searches for and removes common adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your computer.  A common tactics among freeware publishers is to offer their products for free, but bundle them with PUPs in order to earn revenue.  This tool will help you remove these types of programs.

Please note: Close all your browsers, save any work and then press any key to continue.
Your desktop may blink or a new window may open during the scan and removal process of junkware removal tool.

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When Junkware Removal Tool is done scanning and removing malicious items from your computer a logfile will open.

MalwareBytes Anti-Malware free Clean your computer with using MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

Download MalwareBytes Anti-Malware

  • Install MalwareBytes Anti-Malware
  • Perform a Quick Scan
  • when scan is done, right click in the results and select “Check all items
  • Click “Remove Selected” button

Remove malware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware Free

  • Reboot your computer
  • Enjoy a malware free computer.

Reset default homepage

If you do not want to reset your complete browser settings it is advised to only reset your default homepage. Follow instructions to replace your default homepage to a homepage of your choice, in browsers; Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Tab: General
  5. Replace the Browse-Search.com homepage with one of your choice, for example: google.com

Restore Browse-Search.com Search Engine – Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Manage addons
  4. Goto Search Providers
  5. Right click on Bing as select Set as Default
  6. Right click on Browse Search and Select Remove

Google Chrome

Restore homepage – Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  3. Select Settings
  4. Goto header: On Startup
  5. Click blue link: Set Pages, behind ‘Open a specific page or set of pages’
  6. Remove Browse Search by clicking the x icon.
  7. Enter a new homepage of your choice in textbox ‘Enter Url…

Restore Browse-Search.com Search Engine – Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  3. Select Settings
  4. Goto header: Search
  5. Click button: Manage search engines
  6. Select Google.com from the list, hover over it and click blue button Make Default
  7. Hover over Browse Search and click the x to remove this Browse Search from the list.

Mozilla Firefox

Restore default homepage – Mozilla firefox

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Goto the orange Firefox button in the top left
  3. Select Options
  4. Tab: General
  5. Replace the Browse-Search.com homepage with one of your choice, press OK

Reset browser settings

For Browse-Search.com it is advised to restore your browser to default settings, as this browser hijacker is installed by many different applications. Restoring is the easiest and fastest way to get rid of Browse-Search.com as homepage. Please know when you restore to default settings all your personal settings will be lost. If you do agree to continue to reset your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser to default settings see our instructions.

Reset Internet Explorer to default settings

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. goto “wrench” icon in top right corner
  3. Select Internet Options
  4. Goto tab Advanced
  5. Select Reset button
  6. Enable Delete personal Settings
  7. Click Reset button
  8. Restart Internet Explorer

Reset Google Chrome to default settings

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Goto the three stripes in the right top corner (menu)
  3. Select Settings
  4. Scroll down to the end of the page, search for + Show advanced settings
  5. Scroll down once again to the end of the page and click Reset browser settings button
  6. Click Reset once more

Reset Mozilla Firefox to default settings

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox
  2. Goto the orange Firefox button in the top left
  3. Select Help > Troubleshooting information
  4. Select Reset Firefox
  5. Confirm Reset Firefox
  6. Select Finish
  7. Mozilla Firefox will automatically restart
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