Have you started the web browser and found a previously unseen site called Search.searchfaa.com? Then it could mean that your web browser is affected by potentially unwanted program (PUP) from the browser hijacker family. It’s a type of unwanted software which alters the computer’s internet browser settings so that you’re redirected to an unwanted site.
Use the step-by-step instructions below as quickly as possible to remove Search.searchfaa.com redirect and protect your computer from more harmful viruses and trojans on your PC.
When you’re performing searches using the web browser that has been affected with Search.searchfaa.com, the search results will be returned from Bing, Yahoo or Google Custom Search. The devs behind Search.searchfaa.com hijacker infection are most likely doing this to generate advertisement money from the ads shown in the search results.
While redirecting, your browser’s status bar may show the following messages: ‘Waiting for Search.searchfaa.com’, ‘Transferring data from Search.searchfaa.com’, ‘Looking up Search.searchfaa.com’, ‘Read Search.searchfaa.com’, ‘Connected to Search.searchfaa.com’.
So, it is very important to free your PC of browser hijacker infection as soon as possible. The tutorial, which is shown below, will help you to get rid of Search.searchfaa.com search from the Google Chrome, IE, FF and Microsoft Edge and other web-browsers.
Remove Search.searchfaa.com redirect
There are several steps to uninstalling Search.searchfaa.com home page, because it installs itself so deeply into Windows. You need to remove all suspicious and unknown programs, then get rid of harmful addons from the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Edge and other web browsers you have installed. Finally, you need to reset your web-browser settings to delete any changes Search.searchfaa.com hijacker has made, and then check your personal computer with Zemana AntiMalware, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner to ensure the browser hijacker is fully removed. It will take a while.
How to manually delete Search.searchfaa.com
Most common hijackers may be uninstalled without any antivirus programs. The manual hijacker removal is step-by-step instructions that will teach you how to remove the Search.searchfaa.com redirect.
Delete PUPs through the MS Windows Control Panel
The process of hijacker infection removal is generally the same across all versions of MS Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it’s necessary to check the list of installed programs on your PC system and uninstall all unused, unknown and suspicious programs.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all applications installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and remove any suspicious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Delete Search.searchfaa.com from Mozilla Firefox
Click the Menu button (looks like three horizontal lines), and click the blue Help icon located at the bottom of the drop down menu as shown in the figure below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button like below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to restore your Mozilla Firefox web-browser settings to its original state.
Remove Search.searchfaa.com from Google Chrome
If your Chrome browser is redirected to intrusive Search.searchfaa.com web-page, it may be necessary to completely reset your web browser program to its default settings.
- First, start the Google Chrome and press the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will open the Google Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press “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 Google Chrome will show the reset settings prompt as shown on the screen above.
- Confirm the web browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove Search.searchfaa.com search from Internet Explorer
First, launch the Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as displayed in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove Search.searchfaa.com hijacker and other web browser’s malicious extensions, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings such as start page, newtab and default search provider to default state.
How to delete Search.searchfaa.com with free applications
In order to completely remove Search.searchfaa.com, you not only need to delete it from the web browsers, but also get rid of all its components in your machine including Windows registry entries. We suggest to download and run free removal tools to automatically clean your PC system of Search.searchfaa.com browser hijacker infection.
Run Zemana Free to remove browser hijacker infection
Zemana Anti Malware is a tool that can delete ‘ad supported’ software, PUPs, browser hijacker infections and other malware from your system easily and for free. Zemana is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of PC resources.
Download Zemana by clicking on the following link and save it to your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
When downloading is complete, close all programs and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as displayed on the screen below.
When the setup starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) on your PC.
Once installation is finished, you will see window as displayed below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker that causes web-browsers to show intrusive Search.searchfaa.com web-page. 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 PC. While the Zemana Free tool is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
After the checking is finished, Zemana will show a scan report. Next, you need to press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware will remove browser hijacker infection that cause Search.searchfaa.com web-page to appear and add threats to the Quarantine.
How to remove Search.searchfaa.com with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to find and remove Search.searchfaa.com from your PC system. When installed and updated, the free malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the machine.
Download MalwareBytes Free by clicking on the link below and save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
When the downloading process is complete, close all programs and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup like below.
When the setup starts, you’ll see the “Setup wizard” which will help you set up Malwarebytes on your PC.
Once install is done, you will see window as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the hijacker infection that causes web browsers to display intrusive Search.searchfaa.com web-page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer.
Once MalwareBytes Anti Malware has finished scanning your PC system, you can check all items found on your computer. Review the results once the tool has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now delete hijacker that cause a redirect to Search.searchfaa.com web-page and move threats to the program’s quarantine. Once that process is finished, you may be prompted to restart your system.
The following video explains step by step guidance on how to remove browser hijacker infection, adware and other malware with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM).
If the problem with Search.searchfaa.com search is still remained
The AdwCleaner tool is free and easy to use. It may scan and remove browser hijacker infection that developed to redirect your web-browser to the Search.searchfaa.com web-site, malicious software, potentially unwanted software and ad-supported software from machine (Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7, XP) and thereby revert back web browsers default settings (new tab, home page and search engine by default). AdwCleaner is powerful enough to find and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC.
- Download AdwCleaner on your PC system by clicking on the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
- Select the directory in which you saved it as Desktop, and then press Save.
- After the download is complete, start the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, click Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, click the “Scan” to perform a system scan with this tool for the browser hijacker which modifies browser settings to replace your homepage, new tab and search provider by default with Search.searchfaa.com web-site. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC. While the tool is checking, you may see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- As the scanning ends, AdwCleaner will open a list of detected items. Review the scan results and then click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to reboot your machine, click “OK”.
The step-by-step guide shown in detail in the following video.
Use AdBlocker to stop Search.searchfaa.com and stay safe online
It is also critical to protect your web-browsers from harmful web-pages and ads by using an ad-blocking program such as AdGuard. Security experts says that it will greatly reduce the risk of malware, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard can also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
Installing the AdGuard adblocker program is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the link below and save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
When the download is finished, double-click the downloaded file to run 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 guide like below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your PC, AdGuard will start automatically and stop advertisements, sites such Search.searchfaa.com, as well as other harmful or misleading web 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 is located on your desktop.
How can you prevent the Search.searchfaa.com hijacker
Now your system should be clean of the hijacker infection that cause Search.searchfaa.com web-page to appear. Uninstall AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Zemana AntiMalware (to periodically scan your computer for new hijacker infections and other malicious software) and AdGuard (to help you block intrusive pop up advertisements and harmful sites). Moreover, to prevent hijackers, please stay clear of unknown and third party applications, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to detect PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with Search.searchfaa.com related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.