If your start page, newtab page and default search engine keeps changing back to the undesired web page named ChromeSearch.info,then that’s a clear sign that your web browser has been infected with the nasty browser hijacker. It’s a type of undesired software. Scammers use malicious software to take control of your personal computer’s browser and alter how and what it displays when you’re surfing the Net. If you are already a victim of ChromeSearch.info browser hijacker, then the following step-by-step instructions may assist you clean the IE, Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Google Chrome from the hackers, boost browser security and return web browser settings.
The ChromeSearch.info browser hijacker may also alter the default search provider that will virtually block the possibility of finding information on the Net. The reason for this is that the ChromeSearch.info search results can display tons of ads, links to unwanted and ad pages. Only the remaining part is the result of your search request, loaded from the major search engines like Google, Yahoo or Bing.
Some browser hijackers also contain adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) that be able to open undesired advertisements or collect lots of user info that can be used for marketing purposes. These undesired advertisements can be displayed in the form of pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text ads, video ads, text links or banners or even massive full page ads. Most of the ‘ad supported’ software is developed to open advertisements, but some ‘ad supported’ software is form of spyware that often used to track users to collect lots of personal data.
A malicious software which can make changes to web-browsers settings on ChromeSearch.info usually affects only Internet Explorer, Chrome, FF and Edge. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The ChromeSearch.info browser hijacker can alter the Target property of internet browser’s shortcuts, so every time you start the browser, instead of your homepage, you’ll see a completely different web-page.
The tutorial below explaining steps to delete ChromeSearch.info problem. Feel free to use it for removal of the hijacker infection that may attack Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Edge and Firefox and other popular web-browsers. The few simple steps will help you return your settings of installed web-browsers that previously changed by hijacker.
Remove ChromeSearch.info (removal guidance)
In the step by step guide below, we will try to cover the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, FF and MS Edge and provide general help to delete ChromeSearch.info . You may find some minor differences in your Microsoft Windows install. No matter, you should be okay if you follow the steps outlined below: uninstall all suspicious and unknown apps, reset internet browsers settings, fix web-browsers shortcuts, use free malware removal tools. Certain of the steps below will require you to exit this page. So, please read the steps carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove ChromeSearch.info, execute the following steps:
- How to manually get rid of ChromeSearch.info
- Uninstalling the ChromeSearch.info, check the list of installed apps first
- Delete ChromeSearch.info redirect from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Remove ChromeSearch.info from Chrome
- Delete ChromeSearch.info from Firefox by resetting web browser settings
- Fix affected internet browsers shortcuts to remove ChromeSearch.info startpage
- Scan your system and remove ChromeSearch.info with free tools
- Block ChromeSearch.info redirect and other annoying web-sites
- Why is my browser redirected to ChromeSearch.info?
- Finish words
How to manually get rid of ChromeSearch.info
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the ChromeSearch.info from the Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox and Internet Explorer web browsers.
Uninstalling the ChromeSearch.info, check the list of installed apps first
First, you should try to identify and delete the program that causes the appearance of undesired advertisements or browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as shown in the figure below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category like below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as displayed in the figure below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista) as displayed in the figure below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed software and get rid of all dubious and unknown apps. We recommend to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. After you’ve found anything dubious that may be the browser hijacker infection responsible for redirecting user searches to ChromeSearch.info or other potentially unwanted application (PUA), then choose this program and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious application blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully delete it from your PC.
Delete ChromeSearch.info redirect from Microsoft Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer browser you restore your web browser settings to its default state. This is basic when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by hijacker such as ChromeSearch.info.
First, start the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove browser hijacker related to ChromeSearch.info redirect, disable malicious and ad-supported web browser’s extensions and restore the IE’s settings such as newtab page, default search engine and home page to default state.
Remove ChromeSearch.info from Chrome
In order to be sure that there is nothing left behind, we recommend you to reset Chrome web-browser. It will restore Chrome settings including newtab, default search provider and start page to defaults.
- First launch the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three dots).
- It will show the Google Chrome main menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You’ll see the list of installed extensions. If the list has the add-on labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, click 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 press the “Reset” button.
- Once this procedure is done, your web-browser’s default search engine, new tab page and startpage will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Delete ChromeSearch.info from Firefox by resetting web browser settings
Resetting your Firefox is first troubleshooting step for any issues with your web-browser application, including the redirect to ChromeSearch.info web page.
First, start the Firefox and press button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web-browser. Further, press 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 browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page like below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The FF will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the browser hijacker that redirects your web-browser to intrusive ChromeSearch.info web-page. Once, it’s done, click the “Finish” button.
Fix affected internet browsers shortcuts to remove ChromeSearch.info startpage
Now you need to clean up the internet browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut file referring to the right exe-file of the web-browser, and not on any unknown file.
Open the properties of the browser shortcut file. Right click on the shortcut of infected web browser and select the “Properties” option and it will show the properties of the shortcut. Next, choose the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field as displayed on the screen 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 causes browsers to open intrusive ChromeSearch.info web page, usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as shown in the figure below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks like …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address as shown in the figure below.
In order to fix the hijacked shortcut file, 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 shortcut files that have been modified by hijacker which developed to redirect your browser to the ChromeSearch.info web-page.
|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, press OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all browsers that are re-directed to the ChromeSearch.info unwanted site.
Scan your system and remove ChromeSearch.info with free tools
If you are unsure how to remove ChromeSearch.info hijacker easily, consider using automatic browser hijacker removal software that listed below. It will identify the browser hijacker which reroutes your internet browser to intrusive ChromeSearch.info web-site and remove it from your computer for free.
Automatically remove ChromeSearch.info startpage with Zemana Free
Zemana Free is a utility that can remove adware, potentially unwanted apps, hijackers and other malicious software from your personal 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 system resources.
Now you can install and run Zemana Free to delete ChromeSearch.info from your internet browser by following the steps below:
Visit the page linked below to download Zemana Anti Malware installer named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup on your system. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
Run the install package after it has been downloaded successfully and then follow the prompts to setup this tool on your PC.
During install you can change certain settings, but we suggest you don’t make any changes to default settings.
When install is done, this malicious software removal utility will automatically run and update itself. You will see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Now press the “Scan” button for checking your system for the browser hijacker infection that responsible for internet browser reroute to the undesired ChromeSearch.info web-site. While the Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) utility is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
When finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. Review the scan results and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will start to remove browser hijacker that cause ChromeSearch.info page to appear. Once the task is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your personal computer to make the change take effect.
Scan and free your machine of hijacker with HitmanPro
HitmanPro is a portable utility that detects and uninstalls undesired apps like hijackers, adware, toolbars, other web browser extensions and other malware. It scans your personal computer for browser hijacker infection which cause a reroute to ChromeSearch.info web site and produces a list of items marked for removal. HitmanPro will only erase those unwanted apps that you wish to be removed.
Visit the page linked below to download HitmanPro. Save it on your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: December 8, 2017
Download and run HitmanPro on your PC. Once started, click “Next” button . HitmanPro application will scan through the whole machine for the browser hijacker which cause ChromeSearch.info web-site to appear. This process can take some time, so please be patient. .
When finished, Hitman Pro will show a list of found items.
Next, you need to press Next button.
It will show a dialog box, click the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to remove all malware found.
Delete ChromeSearch.info with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You may download and install Malwarebytes to search for and remove ChromeSearch.info from your computer. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the PC.
Installing the MalwareBytes AntiMalware is simple. First you will need to download MalwareBytes Free on your Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
After the download is complete, close all apps and windows on your computer. Double-click the setup file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you setup MalwareBytes Free on your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, press Finish button. MalwareBytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown in the following example.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to begin scanning your PC for the browser hijacker responsible for changing your web-browser settings to ChromeSearch.info. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your PC system and the speed of your computer. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
When that process is complete, you can check all items detected on your personal computer. In order to get rid of all threats, simply press “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will begin to get rid of hijacker that causes web browsers to show intrusive ChromeSearch.info page. When that process is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the PC system.
We advise you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Anti Malware to remove ad-supported software, browser hijacker and other malware.
Block ChromeSearch.info redirect and other annoying web-sites
Use an adblocker utility such as AdGuard will protect you from malicious ads and content. Moreover, you can find that the AdGuard have an option to protect your privacy and stop phishing and spam web-pages. Additionally, ad blocker applications will help you to avoid intrusive popup advertisements and unverified links that also a good way to stay safe online.
- Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard on your computer from the following link.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
- When the downloading process is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or press “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 system, AdGuard will run automatically and stop popup ads, pages such as ChromeSearch.info, as well as other malicious 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 icon named AdGuard, that is located on your desktop.
Why is my browser redirected to ChromeSearch.info?
Now your PC should be free of the browser hijacker infection which redirects your web browser to undesired ChromeSearch.info web page. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop up ads and intrusive malicious pages) and Zemana (to periodically scan your PC for new hijackers and other malware). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to remove ChromeSearch.info home page from the Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.