Remove Lightening-search.com – Virus Removal Guide

By | August 31, 2020

Lightening-search.com is a browser hijacker. Lightening-search.com redirects the browser’s default homepage, search engine and new tab. Lightening Search redirects the browser through Lightening-search.com.

Lightening-search.com is regularly manifested on the internet as a helpful homepage. In fact, Lightening Search is a browser hijacker that gathers all kinds of browsing data such as search queries and cookies out of your browser and alters the browser’s new tab page.

The statistics gathered by Lightening-search.com are used for advertising employment. The statistics are sold to advertising networks. Because Lightening-search.com collects data out of your browser, Lightening Search is likewise categorized as a spyware program (browser hijacker).

When Lightening Search is installed, you will notice the following:

  • The default search engine and new tab page in your browser are redirected to Lightening-search.com.
  • You notice a new Lightening Search toolbar in your browser.
  • Lightening Search might show advertisements and track your search queries within your browser.

Lightening Search browser extension will deploy itself in the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge browser after successful infiltration. Note that no browser developer yet marks this browser hijacker as potentially dangerous.

If your browser’s default homepage, new tab and search engine have changed to Lightening-search.com and the Lightening Search browser extension has been installed in your browser, remove the Lightening Search extension as quickly as possible from your web browser settings. Also, make sure to remove adware from your computer!

Remove Lightening Search

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google chrome logoUninstall Lightening Search extension from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the Google Chrome address bar and press ENTER on your keyboard.
  3. Find the “Lightening Search” browser extension and click Remove.

Can’t remove Lightening Search extension because the extension is managed?

firefox logoUninstall Lightening Search extension from Firefox

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Type about:addons in the Firefox address bar and press ENTER on your keyboard.
  3. Find the “Lightening Search” browser extension and click the three dots on the right of the Lightening Search extension.
    Select Remove from the menu to remove Lightening Search from the Firefox browser.

internet explorer logoUninstall Lightening Search add-on from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click the menu (wrench icon) in the top right.
  3. Open Manage Addons from the menu.
  4. Remove Lightening Search from Extensions and Toolbars.
  5. On the left open Search Providers settings.
  6. Find Lightening Search Search and Remove Lightening Search Search.

Do you still have Lightening Search in Internet Explorer?

  1. Open Windows Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Click “installed on” column to sort the recently installed applications by date.
  4. Select Lightening Search and click Uninstall.
  5. Follow Lightening Search uninstall instructions.

malwarebytes logoRemove Lightening-search.com with Malwarebytes

I recommend removing Lightening-search.com with Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is a comprehensive adware removal tool and free to use.

Lightening-search.com adware leaves traces such as malicious files, registry keys, scheduled tasks on your device, make sure to completely remove Lightening-search.com with Malwarebytes.

Download Malwarebytes OR More information about Malwarebytes

 

  • Install Malwarebytes, follow on-screen instructions.
  • Click Scan to start a malware-scan.

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  • Wait for the Malwarebytes scan to finish.
  • Once completed, review the Lightening-search.com detections.
  • Click Quarantine to continue.

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  • Reboot Windows after all the detections are moved to quarantine.

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You have now successfully removed Lightening-search.com from your computer and browser.

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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