- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Was the homepage or the default search provider on your web browser modified without your permission? Was Search.searchmedia.online set as the new homepage or provider? If that is what has happened, you have a browser hijacker on your hands. Even if your browser’s settings were modified with your notice and permission, you need to evaluate the search tool carefully to decide whether or not trusting it is a good idea. According to our team of malware experts, the best thing you can do is remove Search.searchmedia.online, and if you are not sure why that is necessary, this is the article you should continue reading. If you need no further explanation, and you want to delete the undesirable search tool as soon as possible, scroll down to find a complete guide. Just remember that other threats and malicious infections could exist on your operating system, and so you should use a malware scanner afterward to check whether or not there is anything else that requires your attention.
Whether you face Search.searchmedia.online or Searchmedia.online, you are introduced to the page with the same interface. The background displays an image of your choice, and you can make the adjustments using the “Background” button in the top-right corner. Right next to it, you can find a “Private Search” button that is meant to turn on/off anonymous searching. This feature might be used as the main attraction, but you should not take the bait. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, for example, are two legitimate and trustworthy browsers that allow you to browse the web anonymously, and you certainly do not need to install additional extensions or set up specific search engines for that purpose. In fact, if you have done this, remove these extensions and search tools immediately. Speaking of third-party programs, it is most likely that Search.searchmedia.online was downloaded along with something else, and that something else might require removal. Needless to say, if you discover threats, you want to delete them as soon as possible. A legitimate malware scanner can help you uncover them.
While you can set any kind of page as your browser’s homepage, the default search provider needs to represent a trustworthy search tool. Search.searchmedia.online is not it. Instead of this, set up a provider you can trust to deliver original, legitimate, unmodified results that could include sponsored content unrelated to your actual searches. Of course, you want the homepage to represent a useful and reliable site as well. First, you need to delete Search.searchmedia.online, and you can do that using the instructions displayed below. These instructions show how to remove extensions, uninstall applications, reset web browsers, and clear browsing data. Hopefully, that is enough to get rid of the hijacker. Of course, if malware is found, you might want to think about installing anti-malware software. It will automatically detect and remove all malicious components, including those that belong to a hijacker.
Uninstall undesirable applications