How to Remove Search.xyz redirect – Virus Removal Guide


Search.xyz is a misleading redirect. The Search.xyz redirect is commonly shown by adware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Many users are redirected to Search.xyz unwillingly, most often as a pop-up in the web browser or advertisement through multiple redirects by advertising networks.

Search.xyz is trying to trick the user into subscribing to push notifications. Push notifications are originally designed to alert the user of newly published content such as news or blog-posts, however, cybercriminals now abuse push notifications to avoid ad-blockers and antivirus software by presenting intrusive ads.

Summary: Search.xyz pop-up is a trick to mislead user’s into subscribing to push notifications.

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Search.xyz redirect

Malware information:
Search.xyz: Download Removal Tool
Domain security reports: Google Safe BrowsingNorton Safe Web, McAfee SiteAdvisor, Alexa Site info

Adware and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUP) infect the PC and display unwanted advertisements in your web browser.

Search.xyz is designed to deceive users to accept push notifications via the web browser. If you press the allow button, the web browser is abused to display advertisements in the right bottom corner of Windows or Mac.

Using these push notifications, cybercriminals bypass protection against pop-ups in the web browser and therefore show multiple, often intrusive – unwanted ads. It is important to note that not only adware or PUPs but also suspicious advertising networks can redirect the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge or Safari browser to the Search.xyz pop-up.

In this removal instruction, I describe step by step how to remove the push notification permissions and adware application that generates the Search.xyz pop-up. Read on, I’ll guide you through the removal actions.



How to remove Search.xyz?

Use the steps in the removal menu to remove Search.xyz pop-up manually, or skip manual removal steps and use the Search.xyz removal tool.

  1. Remove Search.xyz push notification permissions
  2. Uninstall recently installed adware
  3. Remove Search.xyz and protect your PC



1

Remove Search.xyz adware from browsers

Search.xyz wants you to subscribe to push notifications. If you have clicked the “allow” button and gave permission to Search.xyz to allow notifications, you should get rid of the Search.xyz push notifications permission first.

Choose your web browser and follow removal instructions.

google chromeRemove Search.xyz from Google Chrome

Open Google Chrome, in the top-right corner, open the Chrome menu. In the menu open Settings, scroll down to Advanced settings. In the Privacy and Security section open Content settings. Open the Notifications settings. Find the Search.xyz URL and remove the Search.xyz domain by clicking the three vertical dots on the right to the URL and select Remove.

androidRemove Search.xyz from Google Chrome Android

Open Google Chrome, in the top-right corner, open the Chrome menu. In the menu open Settings, scroll down to Advanced. In the Site Settings section open the Notifications settings. Find the Search.xyz URL and tap on it. Tap the Clean & Reset button and confirm.

firefoxRemove Search.xyz from Firefox

Open Firefox, in the top-right corner, open the Firefox menu (three horizontal stripes). In the menu open Options, in the menu on the left go to Privacy & Security. Scroll down to Permissions open Settings next to Notifications. Select the Search.xyz domain from the list and change the status to Block, save changes.

internet explorerRemove Search.xyz from Internet Explorer

Open Internet Explorer. In the top right corner, open the gear icon (menu button). Open Internet Options from the menu, go to the Privacy tab and select Settings in the pop-up blockers section. Find the Search.xyz domain and click the Remove button to remove the URL.

microsoft edgeRemove Search.xyz from Edge

Open Microsoft Edge. In the top right corner, click on the three dots to open the Edge menu. Scroll down to Settings, scroll further down to Advanced Settings, in the Notification section click Manage. Disable the ON switch for the Search.xyz URL.

safariRemove Search.xyz from Safari on Mac

Open Safari. In the top left corner, click on Safari. Open Preferences from the menu, open the Websites tab, in the left menu select Notifications. Find the Search.xyz URL and select it, click the Deny button. Goto Mac adware removal instructions.

OK, now you should continue to remove the adware responsible for the Search.xyz push notifications in your web browser.




2

Uninstall malicious adware from your computer

In this first removal step, we will attempt to identify and uninstall any adware applications that might have been installed without your knowledge on your computer.

Remove Search.xyz

Uninstall software from Windows 7

Windows 7 users: Click the Start button in the left bottom corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs, and Features”.

Windows 8 or Windows 10 uninstall adware

windowx 8 windows 10 adware removal

Windows 8 user: right-click the Windows logo in the lower left corner, select Control Panel, select “Programs, and Features”.

appwiz windows 10

Windows 10 user: right-click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner, open Run, and type appwiz.cpl

adware software uninstall

Search for adware applications, select the adware application and click “Uninstall“.
In the image, you see recently known adware applications associated with Search.xyz pop-up ads.

Information: Click the column “Installed On” to sort installed software by date, doing so makes it easier to detect recently installed adware applications and uninstall them.
Continue to step 3.

3

Remove Search.xyz with Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes
Remove adware and other malware responsible for the Search.xyz pop-up with Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is always free to use, detect and remove the Search.xyz redirect in the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Edge web browser. Malwarebytes will remove adware, malware or viruses and is compatible with any pre-installed antivirus software.

No worries, Malwarebytes is free to detect and remove adware for 14 days.

Run the Malwarebytes installation and proceed as described in the installation process. Click here for Malwarebytes installation instructions.

Click Get started to start your 14-days of free premium features.

After 14 days of your free Malwarebytes Premium trial, Malwarebytes reverts to the Malwarebytes Free version. Malwarebytes free is still able to scan, detect, and remove any malware from your device. In the free version, you need to start a scan manually. Real-Time protection against online threats is not available in the free version of Malwarebytes.

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Click Scan Now to start scanning your PC for adware, malware, trojan horses, spyware etc.

Malwarebytes will now start scanning your PC for malware, hang on, the malware scan usually takes about 2 to 5 minutes to complete.

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When the scan is finished you’ll be presented with the malware scan results. Review the malware scan results and click the Quarantine Selected button to continue.

malwarebytes scan results

Hang on. Malwarebytes is moving the detected malware to quarantine.

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In order to complete the Malwarebytes removal scan, you should reboot your computer.

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Enjoy a clean computer, no more Search.xyz pop-ups or redirects!

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