If your internet browser’s homepage or search provider are being redirected to the web page named Searchitnow.info, then you most likely have a hijacker installed on your PC system. The browser hijacker will alter your web browser’s new tab page, default search engine and start page so that they automatically open the Searchitnow.info web-site and use it for searches. If you would like to delete Searchitnow.info and are unable to do so, you can use the guide below to find out and remove this browser hijacker and any other malicious software for free.
As mentioned above, the Searchitnow.info hijacker also changes the web browser’s search engine. So, your web-browser, when searching something, will show a hodgepodge of advertisements, links to unwanted and ad web sites and search results from the big search engines such as Google or Bing. As a result, actual use of a browser’s search becomes uncomfortable. Moreover, it may also lead to slowing or even freeze your browser.
Some browser hijackers also contain adware (sometimes named ‘ad-supported’ software) which has the ability to display intrusive ads or collect your privacy information which can be transferred third party companies. These unwanted advertisements can be displayed 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 advertisements, but certain ad supported software is form of spyware that often used to track users to collect lots of personal info about you.
The Searchitnow.info hijacker infection usually affects only the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox and Chrome. However, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. The browser hijacker will perform a scan of the personal computer for browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the web browser shortcuts, it’ll add the argument like ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you launch the web browser, you will see the Searchitnow.info unwanted web page.
We strongly recommend you to complete the guide which follow below. We will show you how to remove browser hijacker infection and thereby delete Searchitnow.info from your Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge forever.
How to remove Searchitnow.info redirect
There are present several free hijacker infection removal tools. Also it is possible to delete Searchitnow.info homepage manually. But we suggest to combine all these solutions below into the one removal algorithm. Follow the steps of the tutorial. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to exit your internet browser or reboot your system.
To remove Searchitnow.info, complete the following steps:
- How to remove Searchitnow.info home page without any software
- Uninstall Searchitnow.info related programs through the Control Panel of your computer
- Get rid of Searchitnow.info home page from Google Chrome
- Delete Searchitnow.info start page from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Get rid of Searchitnow.info from Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
- Fix browser shortcuts, changed by Searchitnow.info hijacker
- How to automatically get rid of Searchitnow.info hijacker infection
- How to block Searchitnow.info redirect
- How to prevent Searchitnow.info hijacker from getting inside your PC system
- To sum up
How to remove Searchitnow.info home page without any software
If you perform exactly the step-by-step instructions below you should be able to delete the Searchitnow.info redirect from the Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge web browsers.
Uninstall Searchitnow.info related programs through the Control Panel of your computer
Some of PUPs, adware and hijacker infection can be removed using the Add/Remove programs tool that is located in the Windows Control Panel. So, if you’re running any version of Windows and you have noticed an unwanted application, then first try to remove it through Add/Remove programs.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all software installed on your PC system. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any dubious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort apps by date in the Control panel.
Get rid of Searchitnow.info home page from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a simple way to get rid of the browser hijacker, harmful and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to restore the internet browser’s newtab page, homepage and default search provider that have been changed by Searchitnow.info browser hijacker.
First launch the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will open the Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the plugin signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option named “Settings”.
The web browser will display the settings screen. Another method to show the Google Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as shown on the screen below and press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Chrome will show the confirmation prompt as shown below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The browser will start the task of cleaning. After it is finished, the internet browser’s settings including default search provider, startpage and newtab page back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your computer.
Delete Searchitnow.info start page from Microsoft Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer web browser you revert back your web browser settings to its default state. This is good initial when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker like Searchitnow.info.
First, run the Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as displayed on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
Get rid of Searchitnow.info from Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
If the Firefox settings like start page, search provider and new tab have been modified by the browser hijacker infection, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, launch the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, click the Help button () as displayed on the image below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the internet browser adress bar and press Enter. It will display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed in the following example. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker which cause Searchitnow.info page to appear. When, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Fix browser shortcuts, changed by Searchitnow.info hijacker
Now you need to clean up the browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web-browser, and not on any unknown file.
Open the properties of the web-browser shortcut. Right click on the shortcut file of affected web-browser and choose the “Properties” option and it will display the properties of the shortcut. Next, choose the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field as shown on the image 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 changed by browser hijacker that cause Searchitnow.info web site to appear, usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as displayed in the figure below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks such as …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address as shown on the image below.
In order to fix the hijacked 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 browser hijacker that reroutes your web browser to annoying Searchitnow.info web page.
|Google Chrome||C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe|
|Firefox||C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe|
|Microsoft 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 done, click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all web browsers that are re-directed to the Searchitnow.info unwanted web page.
How to automatically get rid of Searchitnow.info hijacker infection
There are not many good free anti-malware applications with high detection ratio. The effectiveness of malicious software removal tools depends on various factors, mostly on how often their virus/malware signatures DB are updated in order to effectively detect modern malicious software, ‘ad supported’ software, browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted apps. We advise to use several programs, not just one. These programs which listed below will help you delete all components of the hijacker from your disk and Windows registry and thereby remove Searchitnow.info .
Scan and clean your system of Searchitnow.info with Zemana Free
Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) is a free program for MS Windows operating system to find out and remove potentially unwanted applications, adware, harmful web browser plugins, browser toolbars, and other unwanted applications such as hijacker that designed to reroute your web browser to the Searchitnow.info site, installed on your PC system.
Visit the following page to download Zemana. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
After downloading is finished, close all software 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 on the image below.
When the install begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you setup Zemana Anti-Malware on your personal computer.
Once setup is finished, you will see window as shown below.
Now press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker infection responsible for redirections to Searchitnow.info. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. While the Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) program is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
As the scanning ends, you will be opened the list of all found items on your system. In order to get rid of all threats, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware will remove hijacker responsible for redirecting your web-browser to Searchitnow.info web-site.
Delete Searchitnow.info redirect with Malwarebytes
Remove Searchitnow.info browser hijacker manually is difficult and often the browser hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we advise you to run the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC system. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malware, potentially unwanted programs, toolbars and ad supported software that your PC can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes Free from the link below. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
When downloading is complete, close all applications and windows on your system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup as shown on the screen below.
When the install starts, you’ll see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your system.
Once setup is done, you will see window as shown on the image below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) utility will begin scanning the whole machine to find out hijacker infection which cause Searchitnow.info web-site to appear. While the tool is checking, you may see how many objects and files has already scanned.
When that process is finished, a list of all items detected is created. Review the scan results and then click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now remove browser hijacker which redirects your web browser to unwanted Searchitnow.info web site. Once finished, you may be prompted to restart your system.
The following video explains guidance on how to remove hijacker, ‘ad supported’ software and other malware with MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM).
Scan your personal computer and remove Searchitnow.info search with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner will help remove hijacker responsible for changing your web browser settings to Searchitnow.info that slow down your PC system. The browser hijackers, ‘ad supported’ software and other PUPs slow your browser down and try to trick you into clicking on malicious ads and links. AdwCleaner removes the hijacker and lets you enjoy your computer without Searchitnow.info search.
- Click the link below to download AdwCleaner. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: October 27, 2017
- After the download is finished, double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is opened, press “Scan” button to begin scanning your PC for the hijacker infection that redirects your web-browser to undesired Searchitnow.info web page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. While the AdwCleaner is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malware.
- Once the scan is finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. In order to remove all items, simply press “Clean” button. It will display a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to block Searchitnow.info redirect
We suggest to install an ad blocker program which can stop Searchitnow.info and other unwanted pages. The ad blocking utility like AdGuard is a application that basically removes advertising from the Net and stops access to malicious web-sites. Moreover, security experts says that using ad-blocking programs is necessary to stay safe when surfing the World Wide Web.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocker application is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard from the link below. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After the download is complete, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed 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 as on the image below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guide which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your machine, AdGuard will start automatically and block popups, web-sites like Searchitnow.info, as well as other harmful or misleading web-sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
How to prevent Searchitnow.info hijacker from getting inside your PC system
Many browser hijackers such as Searchitnow.info come from browser toolbars, web-browser extensions, BHOs (browser helper objects) and bundled applications. Most often, these items claim itself as applications that improve your experience on the World Wide Web by providing a fast and interactive homepage or a search engine that does not track you. Remember, how to avoid the unwanted apps. Be cautious, run only reputable apps which download from reputable sources. NEVER install an unknown and suspicious application.
To sum up
Now your system should be free of the hijacker that responsible for browser reroute to the intrusive Searchitnow.info web site. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop up ads and unwanted malicious web sites) and Zemana Free (to periodically scan your PC for new malware, browser hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new browser hijackers, harmful apps and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove Searchitnow.info from your web-browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.