Is your web-browser redirected to Search.searchfana.com web-page? This problem can be caused due to a browser hijacker. The hijacker is a type of potentially unwanted software that is designed to change your settings of all your typical web browsers. You may experience any of the following behaviors: your home page, new tab page and default search provider is replaced to Search.searchfana.com, web pages load slowly, you see multiple toolbars on the Google Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and MS Edge that you didn’t install, you get lots of pop up advertisements.
When you perform a search through Search.searchfana.com, in addition to search results from Yahoo, Bing or Google Custom Search which provide links to web pages, news articles, images or videos you will also be shown a large count of undesired ads. The developers of Search.searchfana.com doing this to generate advertising revenue from these ads.
Some browser hijackers also contain ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) which can be used to open intrusive advertisements and or collect lots of user data that can be transferred to third parties. These unwanted advertisements may be opened in the form of pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text advertisements, video advertisements, text links or banners or even massive full page advertisements. Most of the adware is developed to open ads, but certain ad supported software is form of spyware that often used to track users to gather your data.
A malware that introduces various changes to current settings of web browsers on Search.searchfana.com usually affects only Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The Search.searchfana.com hijacker can change the Target property of browser’s shortcuts, so every time you start the browser, instead of your homepage, you will see a completely different site.
The guide below explaining steps to remove Search.searchfana.com startpage problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the browser hijacker infection that may attack Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge and other popular internet browsers. The steps will help you restore your current settings of internet browsers which previously replaced by browser hijacker.
How to remove Search.searchfana.com from PC
The Search.searchfana.com is a browser hijacker that you might have difficulty in removing it from your system. Thankfully, you have found the effective removal guidance in this article. Both the manual removal method and the automatic removal way will be provided below and you can just select the one that best for you. If you’ve any questions or need help then type a comment below. Certain of the steps below will require you to exit this page. So, please read the step by step guidance carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
How to remove Search.searchfana.com search without any software
The useful removal tutorial for the Search.searchfana.com startpage. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to get rid of Search.searchfana.com startpage let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Uninstall suspicious applications using Windows Control Panel
The process of hijacker removal is generally the same across all versions of MS Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it is necessary to check the list of installed software on your computer and uninstall all unused, unknown and suspicious software.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown on the screen below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of applications installed on your PC system. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of popup ads and browser redirect to the undesired Search.searchfana.com site. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious software by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
When the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as on the image below.
You will see a list of programs installed on your machine. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the software that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of advertisements and browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. Once the program which you need to delete is found, simply press on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as displayed in the following example.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Search.searchfana.com startpage
Unfortunately, the browser hijacker infection can also hijack Windows shortcuts (mostly, your browsers shortcuts), so that the Search.searchfana.com home page will be displayed when you open the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge or another web browser.
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut which you use to open your web-browser. Next, select the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the internet browser that is rerouted to the Search.searchfana.com or other undesired site.
Further, necessary to look at the text that is written in the “Target” field. The browser hijacker can change the contents of this field, which describes the file to be launch when you run your web-browser. Depending on the web-browser you are using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you are seeing an unknown text such as “http://site.addres” which has been added here, then you should remove it, as displayed below.
Next, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you launch the web-browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the Search.searchfana.com web site or any other intrusive sites. Once the step is finished, we recommend to go to the next step.
Delete Search.searchfana.com from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
First, open the FF. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display the drop-down menu. Next, press the Help button ().
In the Help menu click the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as on the image below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Search.searchfana.com homepage from Internet Explorer
In order to recover all web browser homepage, newtab and default search provider you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your system.
First, open the Microsoft Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window like below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
Delete Search.searchfana.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 and search engine by default that have been modified by the Search.searchfana.com browser hijacker.
- First run the Chrome and press Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Google 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 show the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is finished, your browser’s new tab page, homepage and search provider by default will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Scan your machine and remove Search.searchfana.com with free utilities
The browser hijacker may hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and remove completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the browser hijacker infection again infect your system and alter web browsers settings to Search.searchfana.com. Moreover, I want to note that it is not always safe to remove hijacker manually, if you don’t have much experience in setting up and configuring the MS Windows operating system. The best solution to find and get rid of browser hijackers is to run free malicious software removal software.
Run Zemana AntiMalware to remove Search.searchfana.com search
Zemana is a utility which can delete adware, potentially unwanted programs, browser hijackers and other malicious software from your 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.
Now you can install and use Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) to remove Search.searchfana.com redirect from your internet browser by following the steps below:
Click the following link to download Zemana setup file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your PC system.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
Run the setup package after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this utility on your personal computer.
During setup you can change certain settings, but we suggest you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When installation is finished, this malware removal utility will automatically launch and update itself. You will see its main window as displayed in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan” button .Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) application will scan through the whole computer for the browser hijacker infection that reroutes your internet browser to undesired Search.searchfana.com web page. Depending on your system, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) tool is checking, you may see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malware.
After finished, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will open a list of found threats. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana will remove browser hijacker that made to reroute your browser to the Search.searchfana.com web-page and add threats to the Quarantine. After finished, you may be prompted to reboot your system to make the change take effect.
Scan and clean your computer of browser hijacker with Malwarebytes
We advise using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC of the hijacker infection. The free utility is an advanced malicious software removal program created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This program uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It is able to help you remove hijackers, potentially unwanted programs, malware, ‘ad supported’ software, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
Download MalwareBytes Free from the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
After downloading is finished, close all programs and windows on your machine. Double-click the install file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install MalwareBytes on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is done successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you can see its main screen like below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the browser hijacker which cause Search.searchfana.com page to appear. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC system and the speed of your PC system. While the MalwareBytes program is checking, you may see how many objects it has identified as threat.
When the scanning is finished, MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) will display you the results. Review the scan results and then click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will delete browser hijacker infection which designed to reroute your web-browser to the Search.searchfana.com web site and move items to the program’s quarantine. After disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot the system.
We advise you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes Anti Malware to remove adware, hijacker and other malware.
Use AdwCleaner to delete Search.searchfana.com startpage
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool which can check your system for a wide range of security threats such as ‘ad supported’ software, malicious software, potentially unwanted programs as well as hijacker infection which alters browser settings to replace your startpage, newtab and search provider by default with Search.searchfana.com web page. It will perform a deep scan of your system including hard drives and MS Windows registry. When a malware is found, it will help you to delete all detected threats from your computer by a simple click.
- Download AdwCleaner from the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: September 3, 2018
- Once the download is finished, double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is started, press “Scan” button . AdwCleaner utility will begin scanning the whole computer to find out hijacker which reroutes your internet browser to annoying Search.searchfana.com web-page. Depending on your machine, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the tool is scanning, you can see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- When that process is finished, a list of all items found is produced. You may move items to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Clean” button. It will open a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Block Search.searchfana.com homepage and other unwanted web-sites
Run an adblocker utility like AdGuard will protect you from malicious ads and content. Moreover, you may find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and block phishing and spam web-pages. Additionally, ad blocker programs will help you to avoid annoying pop-up advertisements and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocking program is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard from the link below. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: July 17, 2017
After the download is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as 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 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 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, sites such Search.searchfana.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, which may be found on your desktop.
Why is my browser redirected to Search.searchfana.com?
The majority of hijackers such as Search.searchfana.com spreads bundled with free software or even paid applications which Internet users can easily download online. The installers of such programs, in many cases, clearly display that they will install third-party software. The option is given to users to stop the installation of any additional software. So, in order to avoid the installation of any hijacker infections: read all disclaimers and install screens very carefully, select only Custom or Advanced setup method and uncheck all third-party programs in which you are unsure.
To sum up
Once you’ve finished the guide shown above, your computer should be clean from this hijacker infection and other malware. The FF, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge will no longer show undesired Search.searchfana.com startpage on startup. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
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 annoying Search.searchfana.com redirect.