If you keep receiving the Smartmediatabsearch.com when you launch the web-browser, it could mean your machine is infected by browser hijacker. Once installed, it will make a changes to the Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings. So, every time, when you will launch the browser, it will begin to show Smartmediatabsearch.com annoying redirect instead of your home page. Moreover, this malware may block an option to restore your home page.
The Smartmediatabsearch.com browser hijacker can change settings of the FF, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge, but often that unwanted software such as this can also infect all types of web-browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user to see Smartmediatabsearch.com unwanted page every time start the web browser.
When your computer is infected, every time you launch your web-browser you will see this web-site. Of course you can setup your start page again, but next time you open a internet browser you will see that Smartmediatabsearch.com return. As mentioned above, the browser hijacker may change the default search engine on this unwanted web-site too, so all your search queries will be redirected to Smartmediatabsearch.com. Thus the authors of the browser hijacker may collect the search terms of your queries, and reroute you to malicious web sites.
Often, the PC that has been infected with Smartmediatabsearch.com browser hijacker infection, will be also infected with ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) that opens tons of various ads. It may be pop-ups, text links in the pages, banners where they never had. What is more, the ‘ad supported’ software may replace the legitimate advertisements with malicious advertisements that will offer to download and install malware and unwanted programs or visit the various dangerous and misleading sites.
We recommend you to free your personal computer ASAP. Use the few simple steps below that will allow to get rid of Smartmediatabsearch.com and adware, that can be installed onto your PC along with it.
How did Smartmediatabsearch.com hijacker get on your system
How to manually remove Smartmediatabsearch.com
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Smartmediatabsearch.com from the Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
- Delete Smartmediatabsearch.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Remove Smartmediatabsearch.com startpage from Firefox
- Remove Smartmediatabsearch.com from Chrome
- Delete Smartmediatabsearch.com startpage from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Smartmediatabsearch.com redirect
Uninstall Smartmediatabsearch.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
Press Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then click “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will show the Windows Control Panel like below.
Further, click “Uninstall a program” It will open a list of all applications installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications.
Remove Smartmediatabsearch.com startpage from Firefox
First, launch the Firefox. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Smartmediatabsearch.com from Chrome
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown on the screen below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
Delete Smartmediatabsearch.com startpage from Internet Explorer
First, start the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as shown in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window like below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then press “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your machine for the changes to take effect.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Smartmediatabsearch.com redirect
When installed, this browser hijacker may add an argument such as “http://smartmediatabsearch.com” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE. Due to this, every time you start the web-browser, it will show the unwanted start page.
Right click on the web-browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text “http://smartmediatabsearch.com” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, click OK . You need to clean all internet browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and Microsoft Edge.
Get rid of Smartmediatabsearch.com homepage with Malwarebytes
Delete Smartmediatabsearch.com manually is difficult and often the hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC system. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malware, adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) and toolbars that your system may be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes from the link below.
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Once downloaded, close all programs and windows on your PC system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mbam-setup as shown in the figure below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your personal computer.
Once installation is finished, you will see window like below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to begin scanning your computer for the hijacker that cause a redirect to Smartmediatabsearch.com. This task can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will begin removing Smartmediatabsearch.com hijacker infection related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your machine.
The following video explains few simple steps on how to delete browser hijacker with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Block Smartmediatabsearch.com and other annoying pages
To increase your security and protect your machine against new unwanted advertisements and dangerous sites, you need to use an application that blocks access to dangerous advertisements and web-pages. Moreover, the program can block the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link.
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Once the download is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. When the setup is complete, you will see a window like below.
You can click “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will run automatically and block pop-up ads, web-sites such Smartmediatabsearch.com, as well as other dangerous or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
Scan your computer and get rid of Smartmediatabsearch.com startpage with AdwCleaner.
This removal application is free and easy to use. It can scan and get rid of browser hijacker like Smartmediatabsearch.com, malware and ad supported software in Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge browsers and thereby restore back their default settings (start page and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the system.
Download AdwCleaner tool by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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When downloading is done, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will launch the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown on the screen below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to show the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Scan” for checking your personal computer for the Smartmediatabsearch.com hijacker and other malware and ad supported software.
Once the system scan is done is done, it will display a list of all items detected by this utility as shown on the screen below.
You need to click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt. Click “OK” to begin the cleaning procedure. Once the cleaning process is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer. After restart, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
After completing the step-by-step guide outlined above, your PC should be free from browser hijacker, adware and malware. The Chrome, FF, IE and MS Edge will no longer show Smartmediatabsearch.com annoying start page on startup. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.