If the web browser keep redirecting to the 1.searchiincognito.com, every time when you launch your internet browser, then it could mean that your internet browser has become the victim of potentially unwanted program from the browser hijacker family. Once started, it will modify some Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and MS Edge’s settings such as start page, newtab page and default search engine. So, while your machine is infected, you will see this undesired web-site instead of your homepage. We strongly recommend you to free your machine of browser hijacker and remove 1.searchiincognito.com as soon as possible . Use the few simple steps below. The removal guide will help you remove browser hijacker and protect your computer from more harmful software and trojans.
The 1.searchiincognito.com hijacker will change your internet browser’s search provider so that all searches are sent through 1.searchiincognito.com, that redirects to Bing, Yahoo or Google Custom Search engine that displays the search results for your query. The developers of this browser hijacker infection are utilizing legitimate search engine as they may generate revenue from the ads which are shown in the search results.
Table of contents
- What is 1.searchiincognito.com
- How to remove 1.searchiincognito.com from PC
- How to manually get rid of 1.searchiincognito.com
- Remove suspicious and potentially unwanted programs using MS Windows Control Panel
- Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts which have been hijacked by 1.searchiincognito.com
- Remove 1.searchiincognito.com search from FF
- Remove 1.searchiincognito.com start page from Google Chrome
- Get rid of 1.searchiincognito.com home page from Internet Explorer
- Use free malware removal utilities to completely delete 1.searchiincognito.com home page
- How to manually get rid of 1.searchiincognito.com
- How to stop 1.searchiincognito.com
- Why is my browser redirected to 1.searchiincognito.com?
- To sum up
Although, 1.searchiincognito.com browser hijacker is not a virus, but it does bad things, and it alters browsers settings. Moreover, an adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) can be additionally installed on to your computer with this browser hijacker, that will open a huge number of advertisements, or even massive full page ads that blocks surfing the Net. Often such these advertisements can recommend to install other unknown and unwanted software or visit malicious web-sites.
The browser hijacker such as 1.searchiincognito.com often change all internet browser shortcuts which located on your Desktop to force you visit various undesired web sites and display annoying popups. As a result, your web-browser can still reroute you to an intrusive site despite your browser is actually free of browser hijacker.
We strongly suggest that you perform the guide below that will help you to remove 1.searchiincognito.com home page using the standard features of Windows and some proven free applications.
How to remove 1.searchiincognito.com from PC
Without a doubt, the browser hijacker infection is harmful to your system. So you need to quickly and completely remove this malware. To remove this hijacker infection, you may use the manual removal tutorial which are given below or free malware removal tool like Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner (all are free). We suggest you use automatic removal solution which will help you to remove 1.searchiincognito.com search easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in PC system or in the case where hijacker is not removed automatically. Some of the steps will require you to restart your computer or exit the web-page. So, read this instructions carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to manually get rid of 1.searchiincognito.com
If you perform exactly the step-by-step guide below you should be able to remove the 1.searchiincognito.com homepage from the Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers.
Remove suspicious and potentially unwanted programs using MS Windows Control Panel
The process of browser hijacker infection removal is generally the same across all versions of Microsoft Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it is necessary to check the list of installed software on your system and uninstall all unused, unknown and suspicious programs.
Press Windows button , then press Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then press “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will display the Windows Control Panel like below.
Further, press “Uninstall a program”
It will open a list of all software installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown software.
Clean up the internet browsers shortcuts which have been hijacked by 1.searchiincognito.com
Unfortunately, the hijacker infection can also hijack Windows shortcuts (mostly, your web browsers shortcuts), so that the 1.searchiincognito.com start page will be shown when you launch the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Edge or another web browser.
Open the properties of the web browser shortcut. Right click on the shortcut of infected internet browser and choose the “Properties” option and it will show the properties of the shortcut. Next, choose the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field like below.
Normally, if the last word in the Target field is chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, firefox.exe. Be sure to pay attention to the extension, should be “exe”! All shortcuts that have been modified by hijacker like 1.searchiincognito.com usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as shown in the figure below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks like …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address as on the image below.
In order to fix a shortcut, you need to insert right path to the Target field or remove an address (if it has been added at the end). You can use the following information to fix your shortcuts which have been altered by hijacker.
|Google Chrome||C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe|
|FF||C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe|
|Internet Explorer||C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|Opera||C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe|
Once is finished, click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all browsers that are re-directed to the 1.searchiincognito.com unwanted site.
Remove 1.searchiincognito.com search from FF
Resetting your Firefox is basic troubleshooting step for any issues with your web-browser application, including the redirect to 1.searchiincognito.com site.
Press the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu like below.
A small menu will appear, press the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as shown on the screen below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your FF web-browser settings to its original state.
Remove 1.searchiincognito.com startpage from Google Chrome
Like other modern web-browsers, the Chrome has the ability to reset the settings to their default values and thereby restore the web browser home page, newtab page and search engine by default that have been modified by the 1.searchiincognito.com hijacker infection.
- First launch the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “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 screen above.
- Next press the “Reset” button.
- Once this procedure is complete, your web browser’s homepage, new tab and default search provider will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Get rid of 1.searchiincognito.com start page from Internet Explorer
If you find that IE web-browser settings such as newtab page, start page and search provider by default having been hijacked, then you may return your settings, via the reset web-browser process.
First, open the IE, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will display the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then press the “Internet Options” like 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, click the “Reset” button as shown on the screen below.
Once the procedure is complete, press “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and reboot your system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s homepage, new tab page and default search provider to default state.
Use free malware removal utilities to completely delete 1.searchiincognito.com home page
The hijacker infection may hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the browser hijacker once again infect your computer and alter current settings of installed web browsers to 1.searchiincognito.com. Moreover, I want to note that it’s not always safe to remove browser hijacker manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the Microsoft Windows operating system. The best solution to find and remove browser hijacker infections is to use free malicious software removal applications.
Get rid of 1.searchiincognito.com startpage with Zemana Anti-malware
Zemana Anti-malware is a tool which can delete ad-supported software, potentially unwanted software, hijacker infections and other malware from your personal computer easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of computer resources.
Download Zemana anti-malware from the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
Once the download is finished, start it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Zemana anti-malware will try to update itself and when this procedure is finished, click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the 1.searchiincognito.com hijacker and web-browser’s malicious add ons.
Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is done. Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana anti-malware will begin removing all detected folders, files, services and registry entries.
Automatically delete 1.searchiincognito.com start page with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to detect and delete 1.searchiincognito.com start page from your machine. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the PC.
Download Malwarebytes Free from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
Once downloading is complete, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Malwarebytes will try to update itself and when this process is done, click the “Scan Now” button . This will begin scanning the whole computer to find out 1.searchiincognito.com browser hijacker infection and internet browser’s malicious extensions. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your personal computer and the speed of your PC. During the scan it’ll detect all threats exist on your machine. Review the report and then click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes is a free application that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malware removal tool, we recommend you to read and follow the guide or the video guide below.
If the problem with 1.searchiincognito.com is still remained
The AdwCleaner utility is free and easy to use. It can scan and remove hijacker such as 1.searchiincognito.com, malicious software, PUPs and adware in Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge internet browsers and thereby restore their default settings (home page, newtab page and search provider by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and delete malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the computer.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: December 21, 2017
- Once the download is finished, double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is started, click “Scan” button . This will start scanning the whole PC to find out 1.searchiincognito.com browser hijacker infection and other malware and adware. This task can take some time, so please be patient. During the scan it will detect all threats exist on your machine.
- Once the scan is finished, it’ll open a list of all items detected by this utility. When you are ready, click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, press “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to stop 1.searchiincognito.com
By installing an ad-blocking program such as AdbGuard, you are able to block 1.searchiincognito.com, autoplaying video ads and get rid of lots of distracting and unwanted ads on web pages.
- Download AdGuard program from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
- Once the downloading process is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the setup is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop ads, web pages such 1.searchiincognito.com, as well as other malicious 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 is located on your desktop.
Why is my browser redirected to 1.searchiincognito.com?
To sum up
Now your machine should be free of the 1.searchiincognito.com . Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop-ups and annoying malicious web-pages) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your PC system for new browser hijackers, malware and ad-supported software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove 1.searchiincognito.com redirect from the Google Chrome, IE, FF and Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.