The Search.searchcounn.com is a new browser hijacker from the big family of browser hijackers that affects web-browsers and modifies its settings like start page, newtab and default search engine. It is currently very active spreading on the World Wide Web. Many users have problems with cleaning a personal computer from Search.searchcounn.com start page and restoring the Chrome, Firefox, Edge and IE settings.
A browser hijacker can modify certain settings of all your typical web-browsers, but often that the unwanted software can also infect all types of internet browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user to see Search.searchcounn.com unwanted site every time launch the web-browser.
The Search.searchcounn.com hijacker may also alter the default search engine to http://query.searchcounn.com that will virtually block the possibility of finding information on the Net. The reason for this is that the Search.searchcounn.com search results can show a lot of ads, links to unwanted and ad web sites. Only the remaining part is the result of your search request, loaded from the major search engines such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Table of contents
- What is Search.searchcounn.com
- How to get rid of Search.searchcounn.com
- Manual searchcounn.com removal
- Uninstall Search.searchcounn.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Search.searchcounn.com home page
- Remove Search.searchcounn.com start page from Chrome
- Get rid of Search.searchcounn.com homepage from Internet Explorer
- Delete Search.searchcounn.com from FF
- Search.searchcounn.com automatic removal
- Manual searchcounn.com removal
- Run AdBlocker to stop searchcounn.com and stay safe online
- How does your PC get infected with Search.searchcounn.com hijacker
- Finish words
The Search.searchcounn.com hijacker infection is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, modifies settings of all your typical web-browsers, and blocks them from changing. Also this browser hijacker infection can install additional internet browser addons, extensions and modules that will display advertisements and popups. And finally, the Search.searchcounn.com hijacker can gather lots of personal information like what web-sites you are opening, what you’re looking for the Net and so on. This information, in the future, may be sold to third parties.
We strongly recommend that you perform the instructions below which will allow you to delete Search.searchcounn.com using the standard features of Windows and some proven free applications.
How to get rid of Search.searchcounn.com
Without a doubt, the browser hijacker is harmful to your PC. So you need to quickly and completely delete this malicious software. To get rid of this browser hijacker infection, you can use the manual removal which are given below or free malware removal utility such as Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal which will allow you to remove Search.searchcounn.com easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in computer or in the case where browser hijacker infection is not removed automatically.
Manual searchcounn.com removal
If you perform exactly the step-by-step instructions below you should be able to remove the Search.searchcounn.com home page. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web-browser or reboot your PC system.
Uninstall Search.searchcounn.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
First method for manual hijacker removal is to go into the Windows “Control Panel”, then “Uninstall a program” console. Take a look at the list of software on your computer and see if there are any suspicious and unknown applications. If you see any, you need to delete them. Of course, before doing so, you can do an World Wide Web search to find details on the application. If it is a potentially unwanted program, ad-supported software or malicious software, you will likely find information that says so.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows button, next click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will open the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will display a list of all applications installed on the machine.
- Scroll through the all list, and remove suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort programs by date.
See more details in the video few simple steps below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to get rid of Search.searchcounn.com homepage
When the browser hijacker is started, it can also change the browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the web-browser, it will display an unwanted web-site.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your internet 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 can rewrite it. If you are seeing something similar “…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 on the screen below.
Once is finished, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for internet browser shortcuts which redirects to an unwanted web sites. When you have completed, go to next step.
Remove Search.searchcounn.com startpage from Chrome
- First launch 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 Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and click 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 task is done, your web browser’s home page, newtab 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.
Get rid of Search.searchcounn.com start page from Internet Explorer
First, start the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your machine for the changes to take effect. It will remove Search.searchcounn.com hijacker infection, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the IE’s settings like start page, newtab page and default search engine to default state.
Delete Search.searchcounn.com from FF
First, run the Firefox and press button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown on the image below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the Search.searchcounn.com browser hijacker. When, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Search.searchcounn.com automatic removal
The browser hijacker can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the browser hijacker once again infect your system and modify settings of installed web-browsers to Search.searchcounn.com. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to remove browser hijacker manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the operating system. The best method to detect and remove browser hijackers is to run free malware removal applications.
Automatically remove searchcounn.com redirect with Malwarebytes
Remove Search.searchcounn.com browser hijacker infection 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, toolbars and adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) that your system may be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes by clicking on the link below.
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Once downloaded, close all applications 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 starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your system.
Once setup is finished, you will see window as shown below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker infection that cause a redirect to Search.searchcounn.com. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your machine and the speed of your PC system. When a malicious software, adware or potentially unwanted software are detected, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
When the scan is complete, the results are displayed in the scan report. Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will begin removing Search.searchcounn.com browser hijacker infection related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to reboot your PC.
The following video explains steps on how to remove browser hijacker with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Remove Search.searchcounn.com redirect from web browsers with AdwCleaner
If MalwareBytes anti malware cannot remove this hijacker infection, then we suggests to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for browser hijackers, ad-supported software, PUPs and toolbars.
- Download AdwCleaner from the following link.
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- Select the directory in which you saved it as Desktop, and then click Save.
- When downloading is finished, start the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, press Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, click the “Scan” to perform a system scan with this tool for the Search.searchcounn.com hijacker infection . This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. During the scan it’ll detect all threats present on your PC system.
- When it completes the scan, it will open you the results. Review the scan results and then press “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to restart your personal computer, click “OK”.
The tutorial shown in detail in the following video.
Run AdBlocker to stop searchcounn.com and stay safe online
It’s important to use ad blocking software such as AdGuard to protect your PC from harmful web-sites. Most security experts says that it’s okay to stop ads. You should do so just to stay safe! And, of course, the AdGuard can to stop Search.searchcounn.com and other annoying sites.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocker program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
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After downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide as shown below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your machine, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop up ads, web-sites such Search.searchcounn.com, as well as other harmful 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, that can be found on your desktop.
How does your PC get infected with Search.searchcounn.com hijacker
Now your computer should be free of the Search.searchcounn.com . Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your computer for new malware, browser hijackers and ad supported software) and AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and malicious web-sites). Moreover, to prevent browser hijackers, please stay clear of unknown and third party programs, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to find PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Search.searchcounn.com related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.