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Danger level 9
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Strange toolbar installed without Your permission
  • Slow internet connection
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Annoying Pop-up's Search Search is a webpage that supposedly provides users with useful search engine. The official stance of Protected Search is that this website is there to prevent Google from collecting data about you. Partly, it could be explained why Search uses customized version of Google search engine, but just because all of your searches are redirected via Protected Search's proxy, it does not mean that your searches are kept private. On the contrary - Search collects your browsing data to use it later on for marketing purposes, and in case this data gets hacked by a third party, you might be exposed to dangerous infections as well.

That is why, it would be for the best to remove Search from your computer. If you do so, you will no longer have to suffer a list of annoying pop-up advertisements. Clicking on any of them might also lead you to a corrupted website that hosts malware. As you can see, Search is not a dangerous computer virus itself, but it can be essential in distributing dangerous malware. Therefore, it is important that you do not click on the advertisements displayed at website.

Just as it has been mentioned above, even though Search is not a computer virus, we recommend removing it, due to its intrusive nature and unethical distribution tactics. Quite often, toolbars that are responsible for redirecting you to Search are installed on your computer automatically together with freeware applications. Thus, you have to be careful about what you install on your computer and then.

To get rid of annoying redirections to Search follow the instructions below:

Windows Vista & Windows 7

1. Go to Start Menu --> Control Panel --> Uninstall a Program.
2. Select a toolbar that is causing problem and remove it from the list.

Windows XP

1. Go to Start Menu --> Control Panel --> Add or Remove Programs.
2. Find a troublesome toolbar and click it to uninstall.

Windows 8

1. Right-click the bottom left corner of the screen and click Control Panel.
2. Go to Uninstall a Program and remove any toolbar that causes trouble.

Disable suspicious extensions on your browsers:

Internet Explorer

1. Go to Tools --> Manage Add-ons.
2. Remove suspicious toolbars from the Toolbars & Extensions list.
3. Go to Tools --> Internet Options.
4. Under General tab in Home page section enter the domain name you prefer.
5. Click OK to save changes.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Click Firefox button and go to Add-ons.
2. Remove suspicious extensions and plug-ins.
3. Click Firefox button and go to Options.
4. Under General tab enter your preferable domain name at Home page section.
5. Click OK to save changes.

Google Chrome

1. Click the 3-bar icon and go to Tools --> Extensions.
2. Remove unsolicited toolbars form the list.
3. Click the 3-bar icon again and go to Settings.
4. Under On startup section select Open a specific page or set of pages. Click Set pages.
5. Remove and enter the domain name you prefer.
6. Click OK to save changes.

To make absolutely sure that there are no malicious files left in your system, download a free SpyHunter scanner, and perform a full system scan. In case dangerous threats are detected, do not hesitate to permanently remove them from your computer.

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