The Search.searchcpn.com instead of your home page is a sign of appearance of malware from the browser hijacker family on your personal computer. It can bring a security risk to your machine. So, do not ignore it! Of course, the Search.searchcpn.com is just a web site, but the browser hijacker uses it to modify your startpage, new tab page and default search engine, without your permission and desire to see it. The Search.searchcpn.com as your start page can be just the beginning, because your machine is infected by dangerous software, that in the future may increase the amount of problems with the Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge. Its appearance will prevent you normally browse the Web, and more, can lead to crash the browser.
When your machine is infected, every time you launch your web browser you will see this web page. Of course you can setup your start page again, but next time you launch a internet browser you will see that Search.searchcpn.com search return. As mentioned above, the hijacker infection may alter the default search engine, so all your search queries will be redirected to http://query.searchcpn.com/s. Thus the authors of the hijacker may collect the search terms of your queries, and reroute you to malicious web pages.
We suggest you to delete Search.searchcpn.com redirect and free your computer ASAP, until the presence of the hijacker infection has not led to even worse consequences. You need to follow the step-by-step instructions below that will assist you to completely get rid of Search.searchcpn.com redirect, using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
Table of contents
- What is Search.searchcpn.com
- Search.searchcpn.com homepage removal steps
- Manual Search.searchcpn.com search removal
- Delete Search.searchcpn.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete Search.searchcpn.com startpage
- Delete Search.searchcpn.com from FF by resetting web-browser settings
- Get rid of Search.searchcpn.com search from Internet Explorer
- Remove Search.searchcpn.com redirect from Chrome
- Search.searchcpn.com homepage automatic removal
- Manual Search.searchcpn.com search removal
- Use AdBlocker to stop Search.searchcpn.com and stay safe online
- How can you prevent your PC system from the attack of Search.searchcpn.com hijacker infection
- Finish words
Search.searchcpn.com homepage removal steps
Without a doubt, the PC infection is harmful to your personal computer. So you need to quickly and completely delete this malware. To get rid of this hijacker infection, you can use the manual removal which are given below or free malware removal tool like Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal which will help you to get rid of Search.searchcpn.com redirect easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in system or in the case where browser hijacker is not removed automatically.
Manual Search.searchcpn.com redirect removal
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Search.searchcpn.com search from the Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Edge.
Delete Search.searchcpn.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and delete the program that causes the appearance of annoying ads or web-browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category like below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as on the image below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of software installed on your PC system. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of advertisements and browser redirect to the unwanted Search.searchcpn.com web-page. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of dangerous programs by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to press ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown on the screen below.
You will see a list of applications installed on your PC system. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the applications that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of pop-ups and web browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the application which you need to remove is found, simply press on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ as shown below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete Search.searchcpn.com startpage
Now you need to clean up the web-browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the internet browser, and not on any unknown file.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your web browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It will open the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The hijacker infection can modify it. If you are seeing something like “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the web browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example as shown below.
Once is complete, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for web-browser shortcuts which redirects to an annoying pages. When you have completed, go to next step.
Remove Search.searchcpn.com redirect from Chrome
Use the Reset web browser utility of the Chrome to reset all its settings such as homepage and search engine by default to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of browser hijacks such as Search.searchcpn.com.
- First start the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as shown on the image above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this process is done, your web-browser’s startpage, new tab page and default search engine will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Delete Search.searchcpn.com from FF by resetting web-browser settings
If your Mozilla Firefox browser start page has modified to Search.searchcpn.com without your permission or a an unknown search engine displays results for your search, then it may be time to perform the browser reset.
Start the Firefox and press the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will show the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you’re unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Mozilla Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the Search.searchcpn.com hijacker. Once, it is complete, click the “Finish” button.
Get rid of Search.searchcpn.com search from Internet Explorer
The IE reset is great if your browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your web-browser, that installed by an malware.
First, start the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will open the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, press the “Reset” button as on the image below.
When the task is done, click “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your PC system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s start page and search provider by default to default state.
Search.searchcpn.com homepage automatic removal
Run malware removal tools to remove Search.searchcpn.com automatically. The free programs utilities specially created for browser hijacker and other potentially unwanted applications removal. These tools can remove most of PC infection from FF, Google Chrome, IE and MS Edge. Moreover, it can remove all components of Search.searchcpn.com from Windows registry and system drives.
Automatically remove Search.searchcpn.com homepage with Malwarebytes
You can remove Search.searchcpn.com startpage automatically with a help of Malwarebytes Free. We recommend this free malware removal tool because it can easily get rid of browser hijackers, adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software), PUPs and toolbars with all their components such as files, folders and registry entries.
Download Malwarebytes by clicking on the link below.
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Update: March 20, 2018
Once downloaded, close all applications and windows on your PC. 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 setup begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your PC.
Once setup is done, you will see window as on the image below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your system for the PC infection that cause a redirect to Search.searchcpn.com. This procedure 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 Search.searchcpn.com browser hijacker related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart your machine.
The following video explains steps on how to remove browser hijacker with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Remove Search.searchcpn.com hijacker and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free portable program that scans your PC for ‘ad supported’ software, potentially unwanted software and browser hijackers like Search.searchcpn.com and helps remove them easily. Moreover, it will also help you remove any malicious browser extensions and add-ons.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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Update: February 8, 2018
- Double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is opened, press “Scan” button to start scanning your machine for the Search.searchcpn.com browser hijacker infection.
- Once the system scan is finished, the AdwCleaner will show a scan report. Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Use AdBlocker to stop Search.searchcpn.com and stay safe online
It is also critical to protect your web-browsers from harmful pages and advertisements by using an ad blocking program like AdGuard. Security experts says that it will greatly reduce the risk of malicious software, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard can also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
- Download AdGuard program from the following link.Adguard download
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- When the download is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the setup is finished, press “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will help 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 computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop ads, web-sites such Search.searchcpn.com, as well as other harmful or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
How can you prevent your PC system from the attack of Search.searchcpn.com hijacker infection
Most often, the freeware installer includes the optional potentially unwanted applications like this browser hijacker. So, be very careful when you agree to install anything. The best way – is to choose a Custom, Advanced or Manual setup mode. Here disable (uncheck) all optional programs in which you are unsure or that causes even a slightest suspicion. The main thing you should remember, you do not need to install the optional applications which you don’t trust! The only thing I want to add. Once the free applications is installed, if you uninstall this software, the start page and search provider by default of your favorite web-browser will not be restored. This must be done by yourself. Just follow the tutorial above.
Now your PC system should be clean of the Search.searchcpn.com search. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and annoying malicious web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new malware, browser hijackers and ad-supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijacker, harmful applications and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Search.searchcpn.com redirect from your internet browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.