The Adamant Search instead of your start page is a sign of appearance of undesired software from the browser hijacker category on your system. It may bring a security risk to your computer. So, do not ignore it! Of course, the Adamant Search is just a site, but the browser hijacker uses it to change your startpage, newtab and search engine by default, without your permission and desire to see it. The Adamant Search as your startpage can be just the beginning, because your machine is infected by a malicious software, that in the future may increase the amount of problems with the Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. Its appearance will prevent you normally browse the World Wide Web, and more, can lead to crash the web-browser.
When you perform a search via Adamant Search, in addition to search results from Yahoo, Bing or Google Custom Search that provide links to web pages, news articles, images or videos you will also be shown lots of unwanted ads. The devs behind Adamant Search doing this to earn advertising money from these advertisements.
Some hijackers also contain ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) which be able to show annoying advertisements or gather user data about you which can be sold to third parties. These unwanted ads can be shown as pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text advertisements, video ads, text links or banners or even massive full page advertisements. Most of the adware is created to display ads, but some ‘ad supported’ software is form of spyware that often used to track users to gather your privacy info.
A malicious software that alters settings of browsers on Adamant Search commonly affects only Chrome, IE, Firefox and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. The Adamant Search browser hijacker may change the Target property of web browser’s shortcuts, so every time you open the browser, instead of your homepage, you will see a completely different site.
The guidance below explaining steps to delete Adamant Search problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the hijacker that may attack Internet Explorer, FF, Edge and Chrome and other popular browsers. The instructions will help you restore your internet browsers settings that previously replaced by hijacker.
Remove Adamant Search from Windows 10 (8, 7, XP)
There are present several free hijacker removal utilities. Also it is possible to remove Adamant Search manually. But we recommend to combine all these ways below into the one removal algorithm. Follow the steps of the guide. Some of the steps below will require you to shut down this web-page. So, please read the few simple steps carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Adamant Search, complete the steps below:
- How to manually remove Adamant Search
- How to remove Adamant Search start page with free software
- Use AdBlocker to block Adamant Search and stay safe online
- How did Adamant Search hijacker infection get on your PC system
- To sum up
How to manually remove Adamant Search
Read this section to know how to manually get rid of the Adamant Search browser hijacker. Even if the steps does not work for you, there are several free malware removers below that can easily handle such browser hijackers.
Delete potentially unwanted applications using Windows Control Panel
In order to remove potentially unwanted programs such as this hijacker, open the Windows Control Panel and click on “Uninstall a program”. Check the list of installed applications. For the ones you do not know, run an Internet search to see if they are ad supported software, browser hijacker or PUPs. If yes, uninstall them off. Even if they are just a software which you do not use, then deleting them off will increase your machine start up time and speed dramatically.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category like below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown in the following example.
Very carefully look around the entire list of apps installed on your machine. Most likely, one of them is the browser hijacker that causes browsers to display unwanted Adamant Search site. If you’ve many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious programs by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a dubious, unwanted or unused program, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
After the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as shown on the image 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 apps that were installed last. Most probably, it is the hijacker responsible for Adamant Search. If you’re 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 click on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ as on the image below.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to delete Adamant Search
The Adamant Search browser hijacker infection and other browser’s harmful extensions, can hijack various Windows shortcut files on your desktop (most often, all web-browsers shortcuts), so in this step you need to check and clean them by removing the argument such as http://site.address/.
To clear the browser shortcut file, right-click to it and choose 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 such as “http://site.address” that has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcut files of all your web browsers, as they may be hijacked too.
Remove Adamant Search from Google Chrome
In order to be sure that there is nothing left behind, we recommend you to reset Google Chrome web browser. It’ll return Chrome settings including search provider, home page and new tab page to defaults.
- First run the Google Chrome and press Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will show the 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 guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and press the “Reset” button.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset profile settings page as shown on the image above.
- Next press the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is complete, your browser’s search provider by default, new tab and home page will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the blog post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Remove Adamant Search from Microsoft Internet Explorer
In order to restore all internet browser new tab, homepage and default search engine you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, that was when the MS Windows was installed on your PC.
First, open the Internet Explorer. Next, click the button in the form of gear (). It will display the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as shown in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then click the Reset button. The IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window like below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect.
Remove Adamant Search from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
Resetting your Firefox is basic troubleshooting step for any issues with your internet browser program, including the redirect to Adamant Search web page.
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 displayed on the image below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed on the screen below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to return your FF web browser settings to its original state.
How to remove Adamant Search start page with free software
The browser hijacker can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and delete completely. This can lead to the fact that after some time, the hijacker again infect your system and change current settings of browsers to Adamant Search. Moreover, I want to note that it’s not always safe to delete browser hijacker manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the Microsoft Windows operating system. The best way to detect and remove browser hijacker infections is to use free malware removal programs.
Use Zemana to remove Adamant Search startpage
Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) is a tool which can get rid of ‘ad supported’ software, PUPs, browser hijackers and other malware from your computer 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 computer resources.
Please go to the following link to download the latest version of Zemana for Microsoft Windows. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: March 3, 2018
When the download is complete, close all windows on your computer. Further, run the setup file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana Free on the computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will automatically launch and you can see its main window as displayed in the following example.
Next, click the “Scan” button . Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) tool will start scanning the whole machine to find out hijacker that alters browser settings to replace your newtab, search engine and startpage with Adamant Search site. While the Zemana Free program is scanning, you can see count of objects it has identified as threat.
As the scanning ends, a list of all items found is prepared. In order to remove all items, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will delete hijacker that alters web-browser settings to replace your new tab, homepage and search engine with Adamant Search web page and move items to the program’s quarantine. Once disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to restart your system.
Automatically delete Adamant Search homepage with Malwarebytes
Manual Adamant Search removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the hijacker infection may be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your PC system of browser hijacker infection. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malware, potentially unwanted applications, adware and toolbars that your PC system may be infected too.
- Download MalwareBytes Free by clicking on the following link. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: March 20, 2018
- Once downloading is finished, close all software and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is finished, click the “Scan Now” button to begin checking your computer for the Adamant Search browser hijacker and other browser’s malicious extensions. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. During the scan MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will detect threats present on your computer.
- Once MalwareBytes Anti-Malware has completed scanning your system, you will be opened the list of all found items on your personal computer. You may move threats to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply press “Quarantine Selected”. After the clean up is done, you can be prompted to reboot your personal computer.
The following video offers a few simple steps on how to remove browser hijackers, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM).
Remove Adamant Search from web-browsers with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can check your system for a wide range of security threats such as adware, malicious software, PUPs as well as browser hijacker that causes browsers to open undesired Adamant Search web-site. It will perform a deep scan of your PC system including hard drives and MS Windows registry. Once a malware is found, it will allow you to remove all detected threats from your computer with a simple click.
Please go to the link below to download the latest version of AdwCleaner for Windows. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: January 8, 2019
When downloading is complete, open the folder in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once the tool is launched, you will see a screen as on the image below.
Further, click “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the hijacker that changes internet browser settings to replace your new tab page, startpage and search provider by default with Adamant Search 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 personal computer. When the scanning is complete, AdwCleaner will display a scan report as displayed below.
All found threats will be marked. You can get rid of them all by simply click “Clean” button. It will display a dialog box as shown below.
You need to click “OK”. After the process is finished, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your system. 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 block Adamant Search and stay safe online
The AdGuard is a very good ad-blocking program for the Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, MS Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer, with active user support. It does a great job by removing certain types of undesired ads, popunders, pop-ups, undesired new tab pages, and even full page ads and web page overlay layers. Of course, the AdGuard can stop the Adamant Search automatically or by using a custom filter rule.
- Download AdGuard application from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- When the downloading process is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the install is finished, click “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your PC, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop-up advertisements, web sites like Adamant Search, as well as other harmful or misleading pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which can be found on your desktop.
How did Adamant Search hijacker infection get on your PC system
Many of the free software out there install undesired internet browser toolbars, ad-supported software and potentially unwanted apps like the browser hijacker related to Adamant Search start page along with them without your knowledge. One has to be attentive while installing free software in order to avoid accidentally installing optional software. It’s important that you pay attention to the EULA (End User License Agreements) and select the Custom, Manual or Advanced install method as it will typically disclose what optional apps will also be installed.
To sum up
Now your machine should be free of the hijacker infection that redirects your web browser to undesired Adamant Search web page. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted advertisements and undesired harmful web pages) and Zemana Free (to periodically scan your machine 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 hijacker infections, malicious programs and ad-supported software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Adamant Search start page from your web-browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.