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Searchanything.co (Search Anything) browser hijacker – Removal Guide

By | March 23, 2020

Searchanything.co or Search Anything is a browser hijacker that replaces the new tab, search engine, and homepage in the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge browser.

After replacing the web browser configurations, the start page and search engine will be replaced with Searchanything.co.

Web searches and other sensitive information are collected by the Searchanything.co browser hijacker.

Searchanything.co will be installed without the knowledge of the user. Searchanything.co is installed through rogue – malicious software installations which you can download for free from the internet.

Adware is a universal alias for malware-type applications that infect the computer without the knowledge of the PC user and show intrusive ads. Searchanything.co adware causes unwanted changes in the web browser settings that cannot be easily reverted by the user.

Searchanything.co displays many offensive and intrusive – unwanted advertisements as popup ads or in-text – content ads in the Searchanything.co search results.

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Searchanything.co

Information:
Searchanything.co: Download Removal Tool
Affected Browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer
Online Security Scan: Google Safe BrowsingNorton Safe Web, McAfee SiteAdvisor.

Adware developers sometimes claim that the Searchanything.co search engine offers a number of advantages over legitimate search engines.

In reality, Searchanything.co is designed for in-content advertisements to generate income through pay per click ads within the search results.

The Searchanything.co search engine does not provide any advantage over legitimate search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo.

Searchanything.co is only built for revenue generation purposes and is dangerous for your online privacy.

How to remove Searchanything.co?

Use this menu to get rid of Searchanything.co.

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The instructions below apply to Microsoft Windows devices only. Mac OS users should use CleanMyMac or Malwarebytes for Mac to remove Searchanything.co. Read more in this Mac adware removal instruction.

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Uninstall adware program to get rid of Searchanything.co

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Uninstall software from Windows 7

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

Windows 8 or Windows 10 uninstall adware

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

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

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Select Search Anything toolbar, and click the Uninstall button.
Click the column “Installed On” to sort installed software by date. This makes it easier to detect recently installed software.
If you don’t know what to look for, go to this removal step.

How to remove Searchanything.co - Internet Explorer - Chrome - Firefox - Edge Manually remove Searchanything.co from Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge

Remove Searchanything.co without tools from the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, or Edge web browser.

Remove Searchanything.co from Internet Explorer

Searchanything.co Internet Explorer

In this first step for Internet Explorer, you have to verify if internet explorer is infected with a malicious add-on. Add-ons could be responsible for the Searchanything.co homepage, the search engine in the Internet Explorer web browser.

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Choose the wrench button, and from the menu click “Manage add-ons.”

Internet Explorer Extension Removal

Check the add-on list for the Search Anything add-on in Internet Explorer, click “Disable” or “Remove” to delete the add-on.

Continue to the next step.

Change your homepage for Internet Explorer

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choose the wrench button, and from the menu, click “Internet options.”

Go to tab General, remove Searchanything.co, and enter your preferred internet explorer homepage. Save settings with OK.

internet explorer homepage settings

Change your default search engine for Internet Explorer

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choose the wrench button, and from the menu click “Manage add-ons.” In the left menu, choose “Search Providers.”

Set the search engine of your choice, Google, Bing, or Yahoo as default and remove Searchanything.co.

In order to do this, click the search engine you want as your default search “Google” and click the “Set as default” button.

Select Searchanything.co and click the “Remove” button. When Google, Bing, Yahoo is not listed, click the “Find more search providers” link at the bottom of the Manage Add-ons window and add one.

internet explorer search provider removal

Remove Search Anything extension from Google Chrome

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Google Chrome users on Mac OS, follow this Adware removal guide for Mac OS
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In this first step for Google Chrome, you need to identify and remove the browser extension responsible for the Searchanything.co search engine.

Some browser extensions are ad-supported, e.g., adware and might change the homepage or search settings to Searchanything.co.

If you didn’t install any browser extension at all, remove all browser extensions from Chrome.

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Click the menu button, from the Chrome menu click “More tools” and then “Extensions.”

Search Anything browser extension

Find the Search Anything extension and click the “Remove” button to remove the extension.
If you are unsure if the extension is malicious, click the slider and disable the extension first.

Continue to the next step.

Change Google Chrome homepage and new tab

Click the Google Chrome menu button, from the Chrome menu go to “Settings.”

google chrome settings menu

In the On startup section, find the Searchanything.co extension and click “Disable.”

Click the “Open a specific page or set of pages” and check for the Searchanything.co homepage, if present, select the three vertical dots and click the “Remove” button.

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Change Google Chrome search engine

Click the Google Chrome menu button, from the Chrome menu go to “Settings.”

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In the “Search engine” section find the “manage search engines” button.

google chrome manage search engines

In the list of search engines, locate the Searchanything.co search engine.

On the right next to the URL, click the three vertical dots button and select “Remove from list.”

Click the three vertical dots next to Google, Yahoo, or Bing and select “Make default.”

Reset the Google Chrome profile sync

Google Chrome synchronizes the browsers user-profile with the Google Cloud services.

If the Google Chrome browser is infected with adware, this adware, usually browser extensions, the homepage, and Searchanything.co search engine settings are synced with Google’s servers.

It is important to clean this synchronized cache.

If the user doesn’t clear the synchronized settings, the Searchanything.co extension and Chrome settings keep coming back on any devices the Chrome user profile is synchronized with.

Open the Google Dashboard (opens in a new browser window). Click the Reset sync button to clear all of your synced data on Google’s server, confirm with OK.

google chrome reset sync

Restart Google Chrome, if necessary, continue to the next step.

Remove Searchanything.co from Firefox

Searchanything.co firefox

In this first step for Firefox, you need to identify and remove any Firefox add-on that is unknown to you.
If you didn’t install any add-on at all, remove all add-ons from Firefox.

Add-ons in Firefox could be ad-supported which basically means an add-on might have installed Searchanything.co in Firefox.

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Click the Firefox menu button, from the drop-down menu click Add-ons.

adware virus browser extension firefox

Click extensions from the left menu. Identify the Search Anything browser extension.
Click the “Remove” button to delete the extension and get rid of Searchanything.co.

Change Firefox homepage

Open the Firefox menu, which can be found in the top right corner. Select “Options” from the menu.

firefox open menu

In the options window, go to Home in the left menu. Remove Searchanything.co from the Custom URLs textbox, or click the “Restore Defaults” button.

firefox homepage settings

Change the default search engine for Firefox

In the address bar type about: config and confirm with an Enter. Click the I accept the risk! Button.

firefox about config settings

In the search bar type: moz-extension

right-click on each of the results and select Reset to restore their values to default settings.

firefox moz-extension reset

Restart Firefox, if necessary, continue to the next step.

Remove Searchanything.co from Microsoft Edge

Searchanything.co microsoft edge

If you encounter Searchanything.co as your default homepage or search engine in Microsoft Edge, follow these instructions.

reset microsoft edge - apps and features

Right-click the start button in Windows 10, from the start menu top click Apps and Features.

reset microsoft edge - advanced options

Scroll down through the right Apps and Features list till you see Microsoft Edge, click Advanced options.

reset microsoft edge windows 10

Click on the Reset button to reset Microsoft Edge to default settings. Microsoft Edge reset will clear the browsing history, cookies, and settings. Not the Microsoft Edge favorites web pages.

The Microsoft Edge web-browser is reset to default settings. It is important to know there are remnants of the Searchanything.co hijacker on your PC.

I recommend to scan and remove malware files from your computer to make sure the browser hijacker does not reinstall, and the Searchanything.co search engine is entirely removed from the Microsoft Edge web browser and PC.

Remove Searchanything.co homepage, new tab, redirect with Malwarebytes

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Get rid of Searchanything.co with Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is free to use, detect and remove the Searchanything.co redirect from the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge web browser.

Searchanything.co is a browser hijacker which is a type of malware, Malwarebytes will remove the Searchanything.co malware from the web browser for free.

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Run the Malwarebytes program installation file. Click here for Malwarebytes installation instructions.
Click Scan Now to start searching for the adware responsible for the Searchanything.co search engine in the web browser.

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Malwarebytes will start scanning for malware. Please wait for Malwarebytes to finish the malware scan.
Malwarebytes usually takes between 2 to 5 minutes to complete.

malwarebytes scanning for malware

Once the malware scan is completed, Malwarebytes will present the results of the Searchanything.co malware scan.
Remove the malware found by Malwarebytes using the Quarantine Selected button.

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Wait for Malwarebytes to move all malware to quarantine.

malwarebytes quarantine

Malwarebytes needs to perform a system reboot to finish the Searchanything.co redirect removal process.
Save and close any working documents or open web pages and click Yes to reboot your PC.

malwarebytes reboot

After the system reboot, your web browser is free from the Searchanything.co browser hijacker.

Stay protected with Malwarebytes against future browser hijackers and other types of malware.

Malwarebytes stops adware, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, malicious web pages, suspicious downloads, viruses, spyware and ransomware from infecting your web browser.

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Max
Author: Max

Hi, I am Max. I am a computer security researcher. Every day I blog about new adware threats as they are released. I am also active in various online communities to help people with their computer problems. Stay safe!

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