If the internet browser keep redirecting to the FoxSearch.me, every time when you start your browser, then it is a sign that your web browser has become the victim of the hijacker infection. Once started, it’ll alter certain FF, Microsoft Internet Explorer, MS Edge and Google Chrome’s settings such as home page, new tab page and search provider by default. So, while your PC is affected, you will see the FoxSearch.me annoying web page instead of your startpage. We strongly recommend you to free your PC system of hijacker and get rid of FoxSearch.me startpage as quickly as possible . Use the steps below. The removal instructions will allow you remove browser hijacker infection and protect your computer from more malicious software and trojans.
The FoxSearch.me browser hijacker infection takes over your web browser’s default search provider and controls what will be displayed to you whenever you do a searching. Other than the search results, it also provides a large count of intrusive ads on the search page. Some of these advertisements made to mislead you into buying certain questionable products and applications. Moreover, sometimes, those advertisements could redirect you to misleading or harmful web pages.
It is not a good idea to have an undesired program such as FoxSearch.me hijacker on your machine. The reason for this is simple, it doing things you don’t know about. The browser hijacker infection has the ability to collect a wide variety of your privacy data which can be later sold to third parties. You do not know if your home address, account names and passwords are safe. And of course you completely do not know what will happen when you click on any advertisements on the FoxSearch.me web page.
A malware that changes browsers settings on FoxSearch.me commonly affects only Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome and MS Edge. However, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. The FoxSearch.me hijacker infection can change the Target property of web-browser’s shortcuts, so every time you run the browser, instead of your startpage, you’ll see a completely different web site.
It is important, do not use FoxSearch.me page and do not click on advertisements placed on it, as they may lead you to a more malicious or misleading sites. The best option is to use the step-by-step guide posted below to free your system of hijacker, remove the FoxSearch.me search, and thereby return your favorite startpage and search engine.
Remove FoxSearch.me search
There are exist several free browser hijacker infection removal tools. Also it’s possible to delete FoxSearch.me home page manually. But we recommend to combine all these methods below into the one removal algorithm. Follow the steps of the tutorial. Read this manual carefully, bookmark or print it, because you may need to shut down your internet browser or reboot your system.
To remove FoxSearch.me, execute the steps below:
- Remove FoxSearch.me without any utilities
- Delete FoxSearch.me related applications through the Control Panel of your system
- Get rid of FoxSearch.me start page from Google Chrome
- Delete FoxSearch.me search from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Remove FoxSearch.me from Mozilla Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
- Fix affected browsers shortcuts to delete FoxSearch.me search
- Scan your computer and delete FoxSearch.me with free utilities
- How to stop FoxSearch.me redirect
- How can you prevent the FoxSearch.me browser hijacker
- Finish words
Remove FoxSearch.me without any utilities
Steps to remove FoxSearch.me browser hijacker without any applications are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step instructions completely to fully get rid of this unwanted FoxSearch.me .
Delete FoxSearch.me related applications through the Control Panel of your system
Check out the MS Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed apps. We advise to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of apps by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and suspicious programs, they are the ones you need to delete.
Make sure you have closed all internet browsers and other apps. Press CTRL, ALT, DEL keys together to open the Microsoft Windows Task Manager.
Click on the “Processes” tab, look for something dubious that is the hijacker infection responsible for redirecting your browser to FoxSearch.me web-page then right-click it and select “End Task” or “End Process” option. In most cases, malware masks itself to avoid detection by imitating legitimate Microsoft Windows processes. A process is particularly suspicious: it’s taking up a lot of memory (despite the fact that you closed all of your programs), its name is not familiar to you (if you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for its name in Google, Yahoo or Bing).
Next, remove any undesired and suspicious software from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, click the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Choose “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of applications installed on your computer. Most likely, one of them is the browser hijacker responsible for modifying your web browser settings to FoxSearch.me. Choose the dubious program or the application that name is not familiar to you and uninstall it.
Windows Vista, 7
From the “Start” menu in Windows, select “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, select “Uninstall a program”.
Choose the dubious or any unknown programs, then click “Uninstall/Change” button to delete this unwanted program from your PC.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Select an unwanted application, then click “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Get rid of FoxSearch.me start page from Google Chrome
Reset Chrome settings is a easy way to remove the browser hijacker, malicious and adware extensions, as well as to recover the internet browser’s search provider by default, startpage and new tab page that have been changed by hijacker.
- First start the Google Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will show the Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You will see the list of installed plugins. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Google Chrome menu once again, press the “Settings” menu.
- You will see the Google Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and click “Advanced” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset” button.
- The Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as shown on the image above.
- Next press the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is done, your web browser’s start page, default search engine and new tab page will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete FoxSearch.me search from Microsoft Internet Explorer
First, launch the IE, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The IE will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button like below.
Once the process is done, click “Close” button. Close the Microsoft Internet Explorer and reboot your PC for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s newtab, startpage and search engine by default to default state.
Remove FoxSearch.me from Mozilla Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
Resetting your FF is basic troubleshooting step for any issues with your internet browser program, including the reroute to FoxSearch.me site.
First, run the Firefox. Next, press the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click 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 displayed in the following example.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Fix affected browsers shortcuts to delete FoxSearch.me search
Once the browser hijacker is started, it can also change the internet browser’s shortcut files, adding an argument similar to “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the web browser, it will show an undesired web page.
Right click to a desktop shortcut for your hijacked web browser. Choose the “Properties” option. It’ll show the Properties window. Select the “Shortcut” tab here, after that, look at the “Target” field. The browser hijacker infection that cause FoxSearch.me web-page to appear can replace it. If you are seeing something similar to “…exe http://site.address” then you need to remove “http…” and leave only, depending on the 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 done, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Please repeat this step for web-browser shortcuts which reroutes to an unwanted web-sites. When you have completed, go to next step.
Scan your computer and delete FoxSearch.me with free utilities
Use malware removal utilities to remove FoxSearch.me automatically. The freeware utilities specially created for browser hijacker, ad supported software and other potentially unwanted applications removal. These tools may delete most of browser hijacker from Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox and Edge. Moreover, it can remove all components of FoxSearch.me from Windows registry and system drives.
Scan and free your computer of FoxSearch.me with Zemana Anti Malware
We suggest using the Zemana. You may download and install Zemana Anti Malware to detect and delete FoxSearch.me from your computer. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the machine.
Now you can setup and use Zemana Free to get rid of FoxSearch.me home page from your internet browser by following the steps below:
Visit the following page to download Zemana setup file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your personal computer. Save it on your Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
Launch the installation package after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to install this tool on your PC system.
During installation you can change some settings, but we recommend you do not make any changes to default settings.
When installation is finished, this malicious software removal tool will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window as displayed in the following example.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the browser hijacker related to FoxSearch.me . During the scan Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will find out threats exist on your computer.
When Zemana has finished scanning, you’ll be displayed the list of all detected items on your computer. Review the scan results and then click “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will delete hijacker responsible for redirecting your web-browser to FoxSearch.me page and move threats to the program’s quarantine. When finished, you may be prompted to restart your system to make the change take effect.
Use Malwarebytes to delete FoxSearch.me
Delete FoxSearch.me hijacker manually is difficult and often the browser hijacker infection is not completely removed. Therefore, we suggest you to use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer. Moreover, the free program will allow you to delete malicious software, PUPs, toolbars and adware that your computer can be infected too.
Click the link below to download MalwareBytes Free. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
Once the download is finished, close all apps and windows on your machine. Double-click the install file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes on your system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is complete successfully, press Finish button. MalwareBytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the following example.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan for the hijacker that responsible for web-browser redirect to the annoying FoxSearch.me web site. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your computer and the speed of your PC. While the MalwareBytes tool is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
Once that process is finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. Review the results once the utility has complete the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Free will remove hijacker which cause FoxSearch.me site to appear and move threats to the program’s quarantine. When finished, you may be prompted to restart the personal computer.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes to remove ad-supported software, hijacker and other malware.
Double-check for potentially unwanted apps with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free tool that can identify browser hijacker infection that cause FoxSearch.me web-site to appear. It’s not always easy to locate all the junk apps that your system might have picked up on the Internet. AdwCleaner will find the ad supported software, browser hijackers and other malware you need to erase.
- Installing the AdwCleaner is simple. First you will need to download AdwCleaner on your MS Windows Desktop from the following link.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: February 8, 2018
- Select the directory in which you saved it as Desktop, and then click Save.
- After the downloading process is finished, 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” . AdwCleaner application will scan through the whole computer for the browser hijacker infection responsible for redirects to FoxSearch.me. This task may take quite a while, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
- When the scan get completed, AdwCleaner will produce a list of undesired and adware programs. You may move items to Quarantine (all selected by default) by simply click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to reboot your system, press “OK”.
The step-by-step instructions shown in detail in the following video.
How to stop FoxSearch.me redirect
Enabling an ad-blocker application such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, adblocker applications will also protect you from harmful ads and web-pages, and, of course, stop redirection chain to FoxSearch.me and similar pages.
Visit the following page to download the latest version of AdGuard for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
When downloading is finished, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown in the figure below.
Follow the prompts. Once the installation is done, you will see a window as on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will help 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 run your machine, AdGuard will run automatically and block advertisements, web pages such as FoxSearch.me, as well as other malicious 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 can be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent the FoxSearch.me browser hijacker
Most often, the free programs setup file includes the optional adware or potentially unwanted software such as this hijacker infection. So, be very careful when you agree to install anything. The best way – is to choose a Custom, Advanced or Manual installation mode. Here uncheck all additional programs in which you are unsure or that causes even a slightest suspicion. The main thing you should remember, you don’t need to install the third-party apps which you do not trust! The only thing I want to add. Once the free applications is installed, if you uninstall this software, the newtab, search engine by default and homepage of your favorite browser will not be restored. This must be done by yourself. Just follow the step-by-step tutorial above.
After completing the step-by-step tutorial outlined above, your system should be clean from this hijacker and other malware. The Firefox, Edge, Chrome and Internet Explorer will no longer display unwanted FoxSearch.me web-page on startup. Unfortunately, if the tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker infection, 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 intrusive FoxSearch.me .