If you find that your settings of all your typical web-browsers have been changed to Srchweb.com without your permission then it’s a sign that your web-browser is infected with malicious software from the browser hijacker family. Once started, it takes control of your machine including installed Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge and introduces certain changes to its settings such as newtab, homepage and search engine by default, without your knowledge.
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, certain hijackers such as Srchweb.com to also change all browsers shortcuts that located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every infected shortcut will try to redirect your web browser to undesired web sites, certain of which might be harmful. It can make the whole PC more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
As mentioned above, the Srchweb.com hijacker also modifies the web browser’s search provider. So, your web-browser, when searching something, will display a hodgepodge of advertisements, links to unwanted and ad web pages and search results from the big search engines such as Google or Bing. As a result, actual use of a browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. Moreover, it may also lead to slowing or even freeze your internet browser.
Although, Srchweb.com hijacker is not a virus, but it does bad things, and it alters settings of installed browsers. Moreover, an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) can be additionally installed on to your PC by this browser hijacker, which will display lots of ads, or even massive full page advertisements that blocks surfing the Web. Often such these advertisements can recommend to install other unknown and unwanted software or visit malicious pages.
We recommend you to clean your computer of browser hijacker as quickly as possible. Use the step by step guide below that will allow to remove Srchweb.com and malicious program, that may be installed onto your PC along with it.
Table of contents
- What is Srchweb.com
- How to remove Srchweb.com
- How to manually remove Srchweb.com
- Delete Srchweb.com associated software by using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
- Clean up the web-browsers shortcuts which have been hijacked by Srchweb.com
- Get rid of Srchweb.com redirect from Internet Explorer
- Delete Srchweb.com search from Chrome
- Remove Srchweb.com from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
- How to remove Srchweb.com home page with free programs
- How to manually remove Srchweb.com
- How to block Srchweb.com
- How can you prevent your computer from the attack of Srchweb.com browser hijacker
- To sum up
How to remove Srchweb.com
Without a doubt, the hijacker is harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely get rid of this malware. To get rid of this browser hijacker infection, you can use the manual removal instructions that are given below or free malware removal utility like Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal which will allow you to delete Srchweb.com search easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you’re well versed in machine or in the case where hijacker infection is not removed automatically. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to close your browser or reboot your PC.
How to manually delete Srchweb.com
The useful removal guide for the Srchweb.com start page. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to remove Srchweb.com let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Delete Srchweb.com associated software by using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
Some PUPs, browser hijacking applications and adware can be uninstalled by uninstalling the freeware they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed programs in MS Windows Control Panel. Use the “Uninstall” command in order to delete them.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown on the image below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category like below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown on the screen below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as on the image below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed software and remove all software which has the name similar to the web-site that has been set as your Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer home page, new tab and search provider by default. We recommend to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. uwhen you have found anything suspicious that may be the browser hijacker, adware or potentially unwanted applications, then select this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully get rid of it from your computer.
Clean up the web-browsers shortcuts which have been hijacked by Srchweb.com
A hijacker can hijack various Windows shortcuts on your desktop (most often, all web-browsers shortcuts), so in this step you need to check and clean them by removing the argument such as http://site.address/.
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://site.address” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, press OK . You need to clean all web browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Google Chrome, FF, MS Edge and Internet Explorer.
Get rid of Srchweb.com redirect from Internet Explorer
By resetting Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser you return your web-browser settings to its default state. This is first when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker like Srchweb.com.
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown on the image 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 prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect. It will delete Srchweb.com hijacker, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like homepage, newtab and default search engine to default state.
Delete Srchweb.com search from Chrome
Run the Reset internet browser utility of the Chrome to reset all its settings like homepage, newtab page and search engine by default to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of browser hijacks like Srchweb.com.
First open the Google Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the main menu. Further, press the option named “Settings”. Another way to display the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter.
The browser will open the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown in the figure below and press the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will show the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, press the “Reset” button. The browser will start the procedure of cleaning. Once it’s finished, the web browser’s settings including startpage, newtab page and default search provider back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Remove Srchweb.com from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
If the Firefox settings such as newtab, start page and search provider by default have been replaced by the hijacker infection, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, open the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown in the figure below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter. It will show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the Srchweb.com hijacker. Once, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
How to remove Srchweb.com start page with free programs
After completing the manually removal instructions above all unwanted programs and browser’s extensions that causes web browser redirects to the Srchweb.com web site should be removed. If the problem with Srchweb.com browser hijacker is still remained, then we recommend to scan your machine for any remaining malicious components. Use recommended free browser hijacker removal programs below.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to get rid of browser hijacker infection
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware. You can download and install Zemana Anti-malware to scan for and remove Srchweb.com home page from your PC system. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the PC system.
Download Zemana anti-malware on your system by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
When the download is complete, close all applications and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the set up file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana anti-malware on your machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is done successfully, Zemana antimalware will automatically start and you can see its main screen like below.
Now click the “Scan” button for scanning your computer for the hijacker . This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. When a malware, adware or potentially unwanted applications are detected, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is finished.
When the system scan is done, it’ll display a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been detected. In order to remove all items, simply click “Next” button. The Zemana anti malware will begin removing Srchweb.com hijacker infection and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
Get rid of Srchweb.com with Malwarebytes
Manual Srchweb.com removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the browser hijacker can be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your PC of browser hijacker. Moreover, the free program will help you to get rid of malware, PUPs, adware and toolbars that your machine can be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes on your computer by clicking on the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: May 12, 2017
After downloading is complete, close all programs and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the set up file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Malwarebytes on your machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, press Finish button. Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the hijacker which cause a redirect to Srchweb.com. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your system and the speed of your computer. While the utility is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
When the system scan is finished, it’ll open you the results. Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will begin removing Srchweb.com hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the PC.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes to remove browser hijacker infection and other malware.
Use AdwCleaner to remove Srchweb.com startpage
If MalwareBytes anti-malware or Zemana anti-malware cannot delete this browser hijacker, then we suggests to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal tool for hijackers, ‘ad supported’ software, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner utility by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Category: Security tools
Update: May 20, 2017
When the download is finished, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will run the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as shown below. If the User Account Control dialog box will ask you want to display the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” . This will start scanning the whole computer to find out Srchweb.com hijacker infection which reroutes your web browser to the Srchweb.com unwanted site. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your personal computer and the speed of your computer. While the tool is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
When it completes the scan is complete, it’ll open a list of found threats as shown below.
Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box. Click “OK” to begin the cleaning procedure. When the clean up is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer. After reboot, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to block Srchweb.com
Use an ad blocker utility like AdGuard will protect you from harmful advertisements and content. Moreover, you can find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and stop phishing and spam pages. Additionally, ad blocking applications will help you to avoid unwanted pop up advertisements and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
- Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: May 10, 2017
- When the download is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the install is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” 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 launch your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop ups, sites such Srchweb.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 icon named AdGuard, which may be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent your computer from the attack of Srchweb.com browser hijacker
To sum up
Now your personal computer should be clean of the Srchweb.com . Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up advertisements and unwanted malicious web-sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your system for new malware, browser hijackers and adware). 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, malicious software and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Srchweb.com from your web browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.