Is your browser rerouted to Search-for-it.com page? This problem can be caused due to a hijacker. The hijacker is a type of malicious software that is made to alter your current settings of internet browsers. You may experience any of the following behaviors: your homepage, newtab page or search provider is changed to Search-for-it.com, web sites load slowly, you see multiple toolbars on the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge that you didn’t install, you get a large amount of popup ads.
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, certain browser hijackers like Search-for-it.com to also change all internet browsers shortcuts which located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every infected shortcut will try to redirect your internet browser to intrusive sites, some of which might be harmful. It can make the whole personal computer more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
Table of contents
- What is Search-for-it.com
- How to remove Search-for-it.com start page
- Manual Search-for-it.com homepage removal
- Delete all adware and other potentially unwanted programs through the MS Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Search-for-it.com
- Remove Search-for-it.com home page from Chrome
- Remove Search-for-it.com search from Internet Explorer
- Delete Search-for-it.com from FF by resetting web browser settings
- How to automatically delete Search-for-it.com browser hijacker infection
- Manual Search-for-it.com homepage removal
- Block Search-for-it.com startpage and other undesired web-pages
- Where the Search-for-it.com hijacker infection comes from
- To sum up
Besides the fact that Search-for-it.com hijacker infection rewrites your start page, this annoying web site can set yourself as your search provider. But, obviously, it does not give you a good search results, as they will consist of a ton of advertisements, links to unwanted and ad pages and only the remaining part is search results for your query from the major search providers. Of course, the very fact that you encounter with the inability to properly search the Net, is an unpleasant moment. Moreover, the Search-for-it.com browser hijacker infection may collect user data, and in the future to transfer it to third parties. What creates the risk of theft of your personal data.
Some browser hijackers also contain ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) that can be used to display intrusive advertisements and or gather a wide variety of personal data that may be sold to third parties. These unwanted advertisements can be opened as pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text advertisements, video ads, text links or banners or even massive full page ads. Most of the ad supported software is created to show advertisements, but some ad supported software is form of spyware that often used to track users to collect a wide variety of user info.
It is important, do not use Search-for-it.com web page and do not click on advertisements placed on it, as they can lead you to a more harmful or misleading sites. The best option is to use the tutorial posted below to free your PC system of hijacker, get rid of the Search-for-it.com search, and thereby restore your favorite home page and search engine.
How to remove Search-for-it.com homepage
Without a doubt, the browser hijacker is harmful to your system. So you need to quickly and completely remove this malware. To get rid of this browser hijacker infection, you may use the manual removal guidance that are given below or free malicious software removal utility like Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner (both are free). I note that we recommend that you use automatic removal that will help you to delete Search-for-it.com easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you’re well versed in PC or in the case where hijacker is not deleted automatically. Certain of the steps will require you to reboot your personal computer or exit the site. So, read this instructions carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
Manual Search-for-it.com search removal
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually remove Search-for-it.com start page from the Chrome, FF, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
Delete all adware and other potentially unwanted applications through the MS Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and uninstall the application that causes the appearance of annoying advertisements or internet browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next press 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 display the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will show a list of all software installed on the system.
- Scroll through the all list, and delete suspicious and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort programs by date.
See more details in the video guide below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Search-for-it.com
Now you need to clean up the web-browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web browser, and not on any unknown file.
To clear the browser shortcut, right-click to it and select Properties. 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 similar “http://site.address” that has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove Search-for-it.com startpage from Chrome
If your Google Chrome browser is redirected to annoying Search-for-it.com web page, it may be necessary to completely reset your internet browser application to its default settings.
- First, launch the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, that located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will show the reset settings dialog box as shown on the image above.
- Confirm the web-browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove Search-for-it.com search from Internet Explorer
First, open the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, press the “Reset” button as shown on the image below.
Once the task is finished, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your browser’s home page, new tab page and search engine by default to default state.
Delete Search-for-it.com from FF by resetting web browser settings
If your Firefox web-browser startpage has replaced to Search-for-it.com without your permission or a an unknown search engine opens results for your search, then it may be time to perform the web 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, press 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 shown below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the Search-for-it.com hijacker. When, it is finished, press the “Finish” button.
How to automatically delete Search-for-it.com browser hijacker infection
Many antivirus companies have created applications that allow detect and remove hijacker infection, and thereby restore installed web browsers settings. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to use. You machine can have tons of PUPs, ‘ad supported’ software and browser hijackers installed at the same time, so we recommend, if any unwanted or malicious program returns after restarting the machine, then boot your personal computer into Safe Mode and use the anti malware tool again.
Delete Search-for-it.com with Zemana Anti-malware
You can remove Search-for-it.com redirect automatically with a help of Zemana Anti-malware. We suggest this malicious software removal utility because it may easily get rid of hijackers, PUPs, adware and toolbars with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
Download Zemana antimalware by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
When the download is done, close all software and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup like below.
When the install starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana anti-malware on your PC system.
Once installation is finished, you will see window as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan” button for scanning your computer for the browser hijacker and other malware and adware. While the program is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
Once the scanning is finished, it’ll open a screen that contains a list of malware that has been found. Next, you need to click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-malware will begin removing Search-for-it.com hijacker related files, folders and registry keys.
Run Malwarebytes to remove browser hijacker infection
Remove Search-for-it.com browser hijacker manually is difficult and often the browser hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we suggest you to run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your system. Moreover, the free application will allow you to get rid of malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and adware that your personal computer can be infected too.
- Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
- At the download page, click on the Download button. Your web-browser will open the “Save as” prompt. Please save it onto your Windows desktop.
- When the download is finished, please close all software and open windows on your machine. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- This will start the “Setup wizard” of Malwarebytes onto your machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
- When the Setup wizard has finished installing, the Malwarebytes will start and display the main window.
- Further, click the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your machine for the browser hijacker that redirects your browser to the Search-for-it.com intrusive web page. Depending on your PC, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour.
- Once the scan is finished, it’ll open a list of all items detected by this tool.
- Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click the “Quarantine Selected” button to begin cleaning your system. Once the procedure is finished, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
- Close the Anti-Malware and continue with the next step.
Video instruction, which reveals in detail the steps above.
Use AdwCleaner to remove Search-for-it.com from the computer
If MalwareBytes anti-malware or Zemana antimalware cannot remove this browser hijacker, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for browser hijackers, ad-supported software, PUPs and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: September 24, 2018
After the download is done, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once the utility is started, you will see a screen as shown on the screen below.
Further, press “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the Search-for-it.com hijacker . When the system scan is complete, it’ll show a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been found as shown below.
Review the scan results and then click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box as shown on the image below.
You need to click “OK”. Once the cleaning procedure is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your personal computer. When your machine is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Block Search-for-it.com homepage and other undesired web-pages
By installing an ad-blocker program such as AdbGuard, you are able to block Search-for-it.com, autoplaying video ads and remove tons of distracting and annoying ads on web-sites.
Installing the AdGuard adblocker program is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
Once downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown on the image 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 guidance as shown below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick instructions that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your system, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop pop up advertisements, web pages such Search-for-it.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 AdGuard icon, that can be found on your desktop.
Where the Search-for-it.com hijacker infection comes from
To sum up
Now your computer should be free of the Search-for-it.com homepage. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC system for new malware, browser hijackers and adware) and AdGuard (to help you stop undesired advertisements and harmful pages). Moreover, to prevent browser hijackers, please stay clear of unknown and third party software, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to detect PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Search-for-it.com home page related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.