The appearance Search50.co instead of your homepage or search provider is a classic sign of unwanted software from the browser hijacker category which installed on your computer. Moreover, the browser hijacker can lead to weird browser behavior (freezing/crash), delays when starting a new web-browser window or delays when searching for anything on the Internet. We think you definitely want to solve this problem. For this purpose, necessity to perform cleanup of your PC. Complete the few simple steps below that will help you to remove Search50.co home page and free your internet browser from the browser hijacker using the standard features of Microsoft Windows and some proven free programs.
Being infected by Search50.co hijacker infection you will be forced to use its own search engine. It could seem not to be dangerous, but you still should be very careful, since it may display intrusive and harmful ads created to mislead you into buying certain questionable applications or products, provide search results which may reroute your internet browser to some deceptive, misleading or harmful web-sites. We recommend that you use only the reliable search provider such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Some browser hijackers also contain ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) that can be used to open undesired advertisements or collect lots of confidential data that can be sold to third party companies. These undesired ads may be displayed as pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text advertisements, video advertisements, text links or banners or even massive full page advertisements. Most of the adware is made to show advertisements, but some ad supported software is form of spyware that often used to track users to collect lots of your user information.
The Search50.co hijacker commonly affects only the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The hijacker will perform a scan of the machine for internet browser shortcuts and change them without your permission. When it infects the internet browser shortcuts, it will add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you run the web browser, you will see the Search50.co intrusive site.
In order to get rid of hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to Search50.co from your computer, clean the infected internet browsers and revert back the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and MS Edge settings to its default state, please use the Search50.co removal guide below.
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The following step-by-step instructions will help you to delete Search50.co redirect from the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Moreover, the step by step guide below will help you to get rid of malicious software like PUPs, ad-supported software and toolbars that your computer may be infected. Please do the guide step by step. If you need assist or have any questions, then ask for our assistance or type a comment below. Some of the steps below will require you to exit this page. So, please read the few simple steps carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Search50.co, use the following steps:
- Remove Search50.co without any tools
- How to remove Search50.co with free programs
- How to block Search50.co
- How to Search50.co browser hijacker get installed onto personal computer
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Remove Search50.co without any tools
If you perform exactly the guide below you should be able to delete the Search50.co startpage from the Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge internet browsers.
Removing the Search50.co, check the list of installed programs first
Check out the Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed programs. We advise to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of programs by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and dubious applications, they are the ones you need to delete.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown on the screen 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 personal computer. Most likely, one of them is the hijacker infection that causes internet browsers to open undesired Search50.co web site. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious apps by sort the list by date of installation. Once you’ve found a dubious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Once the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown below.
You will see a list of software installed on your computer. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the applications that were installed last. Most probably, it’s the hijacker responsible for redirecting your internet browser to Search50.co web site. If you’re in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. After the application which you need to remove is found, simply click on its name, and then click ‘Uninstall’ as displayed on the screen below.
Get rid of Search50.co redirect from Mozilla Firefox
If your Mozilla Firefox browser homepage has replaced to Search50.co without your permission or an unknown search engine shows results for your search, then it may be time to perform the web-browser reset.
Launch the Mozilla Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the browser screen. Next, click 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 are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Mozilla Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the browser hijacker related to Search50.co home page. When, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Search50.co start page from IE
By resetting IE web-browser you return your web browser settings to its default state. This is basic when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by hijacker like Search50.co.
First, launch the Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” as shown in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your personal computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove hijacker which reroutes your web-browser to intrusive Search50.co site, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the IE’s settings like homepage, new tab and search provider by default to default state.
Remove Search50.co home page from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a simple way to remove the browser hijacker infection, harmful and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the web-browser’s startpage, newtab page and search engine by default that have been replaced by Search50.co hijacker.
- First start the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, press the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset” button.
- The Google Chrome will show the reset profile settings page as shown on the screen above.
- Next click the “Reset” button.
- Once this process is complete, your web-browser’s new tab page, startpage and search provider by default will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Clean up the web-browsers shortcuts which have been hijacked by Search50.co
Unfortunately, the browser hijacker responsible for Search50.co , can also hijack Windows shortcut files (mostly, your web browsers shortcut files), so that the Search50.co start page will be displayed when you launch the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and MS Edge or another browser.
Right click to a desktop shortcut file for your hijacked web browser. Select the “Properties” option. It’ll show the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The browser hijacker which reroutes your browser to unwanted Search50.co web page can change it. If you are seeing something such as “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the web browser you are using:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
Look at the example as shown on the screen below.
Once is finished, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for internet browser shortcuts that redirects to an annoying web-sites. When you have finished, go to next step.
How to remove Search50.co with free programs
If you’re not expert at PC system technology, then we advise to use free removal utilities listed below to remove Search50.co start page for good. The automatic method is highly recommended. It has less steps and easier to implement than the manual solution. Moreover, it lower risk of system damage. So, the automatic Search50.co removal is a better option.
How to delete Search50.co with Zemana Free
Zemana Anti-Malware is a utility which can get rid of adware, potentially unwanted applications, browser hijacker infections 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.
Please go to the link below to download the latest version of Zemana Anti Malware for MS Windows. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
When the downloading process is complete, close all applications and windows on your PC system. Double-click the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown in the following example, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you setup Zemana Free on your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is done successfully, Zemana will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan” button . Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) tool will begin scanning the whole computer to find out hijacker infection responsible for Search50.co home page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. During the scan Zemana Free will find threats present on your machine.
After the scan is finished, Zemana will prepare a list of undesired and adware applications. In order to remove all items, simply press “Next” button. The Zemana Anti Malware will begin to remove hijacker responsible for changing your browser settings to Search50.co. Once that process is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the system.
Scan and free your personal computer of hijacker infection with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your personal computer of the browser hijacker. The free tool is an advanced malicious software removal program developed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It’s able to help you get rid of hijackers, PUPs, malicious software, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your PC system for free.
Download MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) by clicking on the following link. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
After the downloading process is done, close all applications and windows on your PC. Double-click the install file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install MalwareBytes Free on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen like below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes utility will begin scanning the whole computer to find out browser hijacker infection that redirects your internet browser to intrusive Search50.co web page. Depending on your personal computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour.
Once the scan get finished, MalwareBytes AntiMalware will prepare a list of unwanted and adware programs. All found threats will be marked. You can get rid of them all by simply press “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes will remove browser hijacker infection which changes internet browser settings to replace your start page, new tab and default search provider with Search50.co site. After finished, you may be prompted to restart the personal computer.
We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) to get rid of ad supported software, hijacker and other malware.
Remove Search50.co startpage from web browsers with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free program that developed to remove malware, potentially unwanted programs, ad-supported software and hijackers from your system running MS Windows 10, 8, 7, XP (32-bit and 64-bit). It’ll help to detect and delete browser hijacker related to Search50.co search, including its files, folders and registry keys.
- Click the link below to download the latest version of AdwCleaner for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
- When downloading is finished, double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this utility is opened, press “Scan” button . AdwCleaner tool will start scanning the whole personal computer to find out hijacker that responsible for browser redirect to the unwanted Search50.co web-site. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your system and the speed of your computer. When a malware, ad-supported software or potentially unwanted software are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
- Once AdwCleaner has finished scanning your PC system, a list of all items found is created. Next, you need to click “Clean” button. It will show a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to block Search50.co
If you surf the World Wide Web, you cannot avoid malvertising. But you can protect your browser against it. Download and run an adblocker program. AdGuard is an ad-blocking which can filter out a large number of of the malvertising, stoping dynamic scripts from loading harmful content.
Download AdGuard program from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After downloading is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is complete, you will see a window like below.
You can press “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-ups, web pages such Search50.co, as well as other malicious 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 can be found on your desktop.
How to Search50.co browser hijacker get installed onto personal computer
After completing the tutorial above, your personal computer should be clean from this hijacker infection and other malicious software. The Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Edge will no longer open undesired Search50.co 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 undesired Search50.co start page.