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Danger level 8
Type: Browser Hijackers
Common infection symptoms:
  • Hijacks homepage
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel


Google Chrome users should avoid using home.searchreveal.com because it might display third-party ads, sponsored links and other similar content that could lead you to dangerous web pages. This search engine appears after installation of an extension called Search Reveal that our specialists classified as a browser hijacker. If you have it on your browser, you should have noticed that the application modified your homepage and search engine settings. The only way to get your previous preferences back is to remove this browser hijacker with the instructions located at the end of this article. By doing so, you will also stay away from suspicious ads that could redirect you to malicious web pages.

There is no doubt that home.searchreveal.com should be set as your default homepage and search engine by Search Reveal. The extension could come with bundled software, so users might install it together with freeware that is downloaded from untrustworthy file-sharing web pages. If this is how you encountered the application, we advise you not only to avoid suspicious file-sharing sites but also do some researching on software that you are planning to install.

What’s more, the extension is available on Chrome Web Store too. However, you should know that legitimate sites do not always guarantee that the software they promote is completely harmless. Thus, you should always read End User License Agreement or Privacy Policy documents, look for user reviews and other available information. That way you can decide on your own if an application will not act in an unwanted manner.

Furthermore, we indicated that the software belongs to the SuperWeb Family. This company is negatively viewed by users because it releases browser hijackers and other annoying programs that might be supported by third-party advertising. Thus, you should be careful with applications that come from the SuperWeb family. However, the main reason we believe that home.searchreveal.com might be unsafe for you to use is because it displays modified search results. It means that you could find sponsored links and other ads that might be unrelated to your search keywords. Such advertising could belong to the browser hijacker’s third-party partners, so if you click these ads, you might land on unreliable web pages.

Some third-party web pages might contain malware, e.g. Trojans or viruses. If you do not have a fully updated security tool, it might be enough for you to enter a malicious site and your computer could be infected. Other web pages could collect your personal information, such as email address, telephone number, and so on. For example, a web page could offer you a free trial of some software or any other products and services free of charge if you submit particular personal data. Even if the site is reliable, you should always learn how such information will be used before you provide it. If the site is suspicious, your data could be shared or sold to other interested parties, and you might be unable to control how it is used. We do not say that this will definitely happen to you, but such risks exist, and users who have home.searchreveal.com should be aware of them.

If you would like to replace home.searchreveal.com, you should remove the extension first. It is available only for Google Chrome browser users, so in order to remove it, you have to know Search Reveal’s unique ID, which is olelgpljjcmkkbnpbfcihhdjpjhlabpl. The application should have its own folder titled as the ID number on the Extensions directory. Thus, if you want to erase the browser hijacker you should delete the folder that is named as olelgpljjcmkkbnpbfcihhdjpjhlabpl. Follow the instructions below the text as they will tell you the exact location of this folder.

Once, the application is eliminated you can set your new search engine and homepage. Another way to get rid of the browser hijacker is to install an antimalware tool that you trust and use it to delete the software. If you still have some questions about the application, you can reach us via social media or leave us a comment here.

Remove home.searchreveal.com from Google Chrome

  1. Press Windows Key+E to launch the Explorer.
  2. Copy and paste the following location if you have Windows Vista, Win. 7, Win. 8, Win. 10 %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions or insert this directory %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions if you have Windows XP.
  3. Find a folder named as olelgpljjcmkkbnpbfcihhdjpjhlabpl.
  4. Right-click the folder and select Delete.
  5. Close the Explorer and empty Recycle bin.
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