The Torrent Search is a an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware). It is a type of harmful software that designed to display a lot of unwanted ads. Unlike viruses, the adware will not delete or infect your files, but its actions will cause some problems with your web browser. This is because, it will infect your system, get full access to your browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge and Internet Explorer and be able to change their settings. Of course, it did not ask you for permission and do it secretly as possible. Once your web browser settings will be replaced, you will be redirected to unwanted ads, some of which can lead to harmful or misleading pages. For this reason, we recommend that you begin the clean up of your machine as soon as possible and thereby get rid of Torrent Search ad supported software from your internet browser.
Technically, the Torrent Search adware is not a virus, but it does bad things, it generates tons of ads. It may download and install on to your PC other malicious and unwanted programs without your permission, force you to visit misleading or harmful sites. Moreover, the ‘ad supported’ software can install internet browser hijacker. Once installed, it’ll modify your browser setting such as startpage, newtab and search provider by default with an unwanted site.
The adware such as Torrent Search usually affects only the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge by changing the web browser’s settings or installing a malicious extensions. Moreover, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The ad supported software will perform a scan of the computer for internet browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the web browser shortcuts, it will add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you start the web browser, you will see an intrusive web page.
Instructions which is shown below, will allow you to clean your PC system from the Torrent Search adware as well as delete all intrusive pop-up advertisements from the Google Chrome, Firefox, IE and Microsoft Edge and other browsers.
Table of contents
- What is Torrent Search
- How to remove Torrent Search adware
- How to manually get rid of Torrent Search
- Uninstall Torrent Search associated software by using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
- Fix web-browser shortcuts, changed by adware
- Remove Torrent Search adware from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove Torrent Search adware from Chrome
- Remove Torrent Search from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
- How to automatically remove Torrent Search ad-supported software
- How to manually get rid of Torrent Search
- Use AdBlocker to stay safe online
- Method of Torrent Search ‘ad supported’ software intrusion into your computer
- Finish words
How to remove Torrent Search adware
There exist several free adware removal tools. Also it is possible to remove Torrent Search manually. But we suggest to combine all these ways below into the one removal algorithm. Follow the steps of the tutorial. Some of the steps will require you to reboot your computer or exit the site. So, read this tutorial carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to manually get rid of Torrent Search
If you perform exactly the guide below you should be able to delete the Torrent Search from computer and the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge web browsers.
Uninstall Torrent Search associated software by using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and delete the application that causes the appearance of undesired advertisements or web browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown on the image below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown in the figure below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right like below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) like below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed applications and get rid of all software which has the name similar to the Torrent Search. We recommend to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed programs by date. Once you have found anything suspicious that may be the browser hijacker infection, adware or potentially unwanted applications, then select this application 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.
Fix web-browser shortcuts, changed by adware
After the adware is started, it can also alter the browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you launch the internet browser, it will show an unwanted web-page.
To clear the web-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 like “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, click the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your web-browsers, as they may be infected too.
Remove Torrent Search adware from Mozilla Firefox
If the Firefox browser program is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Firefox settings like start page, newtab and default search provider to its default state. It will save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
First, run the Mozilla Firefox and press button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, press the Help button () like 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 in the figure below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the Torrent Search that causes lots of undesired ads. When, it’s done, press the “Finish” button.
Remove Torrent Search adware from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the browser hijackers, malicious and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to recover the internet browser’s startpage, new tab page and search provider by default that have been modified by Torrent Search that causes web-browsers to open unwanted pop-ups.
First open the Google Chrome. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to show the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter.
The internet browser will show the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown on the screen below and press the “Reset settings” button.
The Chrome will open the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web browser will run the process of cleaning. When it’s finished, the internet browser’s settings including home page, new tab and default search engine back to the values that have been when the Google Chrome was first installed on your PC system.
Remove Torrent Search from Microsoft Internet Explorer
In order to recover all internet browser home page, newtab page and default search engine you need to reset the IE to the state, which was when the Microsoft Windows was installed on your system.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will open the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then click the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, press the “Reset” button as on the image below.
Once the task is complete, click “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and reboot your personal computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s start page, new tab page and search provider by default to default state.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the adware can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you run your personal computer, it will display an unwanted site. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all malicious tasks which have been created by malicious program.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard simultaneously. It will show a prompt which titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown on the screen below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something such as “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need remove this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the unwanted software, then this task also should be removed.
Further press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown on the screen below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by unwanted programs. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to automatically remove Torrent Search ad-supported software
Run malicious software removal utilities to delete Torrent Search adware automatically. The free software tools specially designed for browser hijackers, ad-supported software and other potentially unwanted applications removal. These tools can remove most of adware from Chrome, IE, Firefox and Edge. Moreover, it can remove all components of ad supported software from Windows registry and system drives.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to get rid of Torrent Search
Zemana Anti-malware highly recommended, because it can scan for security threats such ‘ad supported’ software and adwares that most ‘classic’ antivirus applications fail to pick up on. Moreover, if you have any Torrent Search adware removal problems which cannot be fixed by this tool automatically, then Zemana Anti-malware provides 24X7 online assistance from the highly experienced support staff.
Now you can install and use Zemana Anti-Malware to delete Torrent Search ad-supported software from your browser by following the steps below:
Click the link below to download Zemana Anti-Malware setup file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your system.
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Run the setup file after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to set up this tool on your PC system.
During installation you can change certain settings, but we suggest you do not make any changes to default settings.
When installation is finished, this malicious software removal utility will automatically start and update itself. You will see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole PC to find out Torrent Search ‘ad supported’ software which cause annoying pop up ads to appear. This process can take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
When the scan is finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. In order to remove all threats, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will start to delete Torrent Search ad supported software that causes multiple undesired advertisements and pop-ups. After disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to restart your personal computer to make the change take effect.
Get rid of Torrent Search ‘ad supported’ software with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your personal computer of the ad supported software. The free utility is an advanced malicious software removal application created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular antimalware technology. It’s able to help you get rid of intrusive Torrent Search from your computer and all internet browsers, potentially unwanted programs, malware, browser hijacker infections, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your system for free.
Download Malwarebytes on your PC system from the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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After downloading is complete, close all programs and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the install file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the screen below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you setup Malwarebytes on your system. 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 on the image below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button . This will begin scanning the whole computer to find out Torrent Search adware which cause annoying popup ads to appear. This process can take some time, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is complete.
Once the scan is complete, it’ll open a screen that contains a list of malware that has been detected. Review the report and then press “Quarantine Selected” button. The Malwarebytes will delete Torrent Search ad supported software which reroutes your internet browser to unwanted ad web-sites. When the process is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to get rid of ad-supported software, hijacker infection and other malware.
Scan your personal computer and get rid of Torrent Search ad supported software with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that may be downloaded and use to get rid of Torrent Search adware that reroutes your web-browser to intrusive ad pages, browser hijackers, malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and other threats from your computer. You may run this tool to detect threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
Download AdwCleaner from the link below.
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After downloading is finished, open the folder 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 below.
Further, click “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the Torrent Search adware that causes lots of intrusive pop-up ads. This procedure may take quite a while, so please be patient. As the scanning ends, a list of all threats found is produced like below.
Review the results once the utility has done the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Clean” button. It will open a prompt as shown below.
You need to press “OK”. Once that process is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your computer. When your computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Use AdBlocker to stay safe online
By installing an ad blocking program like AdbGuard, you’re able to stop unwanted ads, autoplaying video ads and get rid of lots of distracting and unwanted ads on web pages.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocker program is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: May 10, 2017
Once downloading is done, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown on the screen 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 instructions as on the image 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 run your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up ads, 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 AdGuard icon, that may be found on your desktop.
Method of Torrent Search ‘ad supported’ software intrusion into your computer
After completing the guidance shown above, your computer should be clean from malware, browser hijacker infections and Torrent Search adware. The Google Chrome, FF, IE and Edge will no longer display unwanted ads when you surf the Net. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, and then the best way – ask for help.
- Download HijackThis by clicking on the link below and save it to your Desktop.
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon. Next press “Do a system scan only” button.
- As the scanning ends, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop.
- Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately.
- Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the intrusive Torrent Search adware.