The appearance of Search.searchapp.website in your web-browser means that your system is affected by the nasty hijacker, which imposes changes to settings of installed web browsers by modifying the default search provider, start page and newtab page. So, if you find that when you launch your web-browser, it opens this intrusive page, then you do not need to wait . Follow the guidance below and remove Search.searchapp.website immediately.
The Search.searchapp.website browser hijacker infection will change your web-browser’s search provider so that all searches are sent via Search.searchapp.website, that redirects to Bing, Yahoo or Google Custom Search engine which shows the search results for your query. The authors of this hijacker are using legitimate search provider as they may make revenue from the advertisements which are displayed in the search results.
Some hijacker infections also contain adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) which can display unwanted ads or gather lots of confidential information about you which can be sold to third party companies. These undesired advertisements may be opened in the form of pop-unders, pop-ups, in-text advertisements, video ads, text links or banners or even massive full page ads. Most of the ad-supported software is made to show ads, but certain adware is form of spyware that often used to track users to collect privacy information.
A malicious software that makes some changes to settings of installed browsers on Search.searchapp.website mostly affects only Mozilla Firefox, Edge, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. However, possible situations, when any other browsers will be affected too. The Search.searchapp.website browser hijacker can modify the Target property of browser’s shortcuts, so every time you run the internet browser, instead of your home page, you’ll see a completely different page.
Thus, it’s clear that the presence of hijacker on your personal computer is not desirable, and you need to clean up your system sooner. Follow the steps below in order to remove Search.searchapp.website from Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge.
How to remove Search.searchapp.website
There are several steps to deleting Search.searchapp.website search, because it installs itself so deeply into Microsoft Windows. You need to uninstall all suspicious and unknown programs, then get rid of malicious add-ons from the Mozilla Firefox, Edge, IE and Chrome and other browsers you’ve installed. Finally, you need to reset your web-browser settings to delete any changes Search.searchapp.website hijacker has made, and then scan your computer with Zemana Anti-Malware, MalwareBytes AntiMalware or HitmanPro to ensure the hijacker infection is fully removed. It will take a while.
To remove Search.searchapp.website, complete the steps below:
- How to remove Search.searchapp.website without any software
- Remove Search.searchapp.website related apps through the Control Panel of your PC
- Fix hijacked web-browsers shortcuts to get rid of Search.searchapp.website search
- Remove Search.searchapp.website from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
- Remove Search.searchapp.website redirect from Internet Explorer
- Delete Search.searchapp.website startpage from Chrome
- How to delete Search.searchapp.website with free programs
- Use AdBlocker to block Search.searchapp.website and stay safe online
- Tips to prevent Search.searchapp.website and other unwanted software
- Finish words
How to remove Search.searchapp.website without any software
Read this section to know how to manually delete the Search.searchapp.website hijacker infection. Even if the guidance does not work for you, there are several free malware removers below that can easily handle such browser hijackers.
Remove Search.searchapp.website related apps through the Control Panel of your PC
Some PUPs, browser hijacking applications and ad supported software can be removed by uninstalling the free software they came with. If this way does not succeed, then looking them up in the list of installed apps in Microsoft Windows Control Panel. Use the “Uninstall” command in order to get rid of them.
Make sure you have closed all web browsers and other applications. Press CTRL, ALT, DEL keys together to open the MS Windows Task Manager.
Click on the “Processes” tab, look for something questionable that is the hijacker that cause Search.searchapp.website web-page to appear 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 is 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, uninstall any undesired and suspicious apps from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, click the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Select “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Look around the entire list of programs installed on your machine. Most probably, one of them is the hijacker infection responsible for Search.searchapp.website . Choose the questionable application 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, choose “Uninstall a program”.
Choose the dubious or any unknown applications, then click “Uninstall/Change” button to delete this undesired program from your PC system.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Select an unwanted program, then click “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Fix hijacked web-browsers shortcuts to get rid of Search.searchapp.website search
After the hijacker infection is started, it can also modify the web-browser’s shortcut files, adding an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you run the web-browser, it will open an undesired web-site.
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut file which you use to run your internet browser. Next, choose the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut for the web-browser which is redirected to the Search.searchapp.website or other annoying web-page.
Further, necessary to look at the text which is written in the “Target” field. The browser hijacker infection that made to reroute your web browser to the Search.searchapp.website page can change the contents of this field, which describes the file to be start when you open your web browser. Depending on the internet browser you’re using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you are seeing an unknown text like “http://site.addres” that has been added here, then you should remove it, as on the image below.
Next, click the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you run the internet browser from this desktop shortcut file, it does not occur automatically redirect on the Search.searchapp.website web-page or any other undesired webpages. Once the step is complete, we recommend to go to the next step.
Remove Search.searchapp.website from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
If the FF web-browser application is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring FF settings such as new tab page, default search provider and start page to its default state. It’ll save your personal information like saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
Press 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 below.
A small menu will appear, click the “Troubleshooting Information”. On this page, click “Refresh Firefox” button as displayed in the figure below.
Follow the onscreen procedure to revert back your FF web-browser settings to its original state.
Remove Search.searchapp.website redirect from Internet Explorer
If you find that Internet Explorer web-browser settings like search provider, homepage and new tab having been hijacked, then you may restore your settings, via the reset web browser procedure.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web browser, then press the “Internet Options” as displayed in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The IE will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, press the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button as displayed in the figure below.
When the procedure is done, click “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your internet browser’s startpage, search engine and newtab to default state.
Delete Search.searchapp.website startpage from Chrome
Run the Reset web-browser tool of the Google Chrome to reset all its settings like newtab page, homepage and search engine by default to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of web browser hijacks like Search.searchapp.website.
- First, run the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will open the Chrome main menu. Choose 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 steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
- Now open the Chrome menu once again, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, press “Advanced” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Google Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as on the image above.
- Confirm the internet browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
How to delete Search.searchapp.website with free programs
In order to completely remove Search.searchapp.website, you not only need to delete it from the browsers, but also delete all its components in your system including Windows registry entries. We advise to download and use free removal tools to automatically free your computer of Search.searchapp.website hijacker infection.
Use Zemana Free to remove hijacker infection
We recommend you to use the Zemana Anti-Malware that are completely clean your machine. Moreover, the utility will help you to remove potentially unwanted programs, malicious software, toolbars and ‘ad supported’ software that your machine may be infected too.
- Zemana can be downloaded from the following link. 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 apps and windows on your PC. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is complete, press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the hijacker that causes internet browsers to display annoying Search.searchapp.website web-page. While the utility is scanning, you can see count of objects and files has already scanned.
- As the scanning ends, you can check all threats detected on your machine. All detected threats will be marked. You can delete them all by simply press “Next”. Once that process is done, you can be prompted to restart your computer.
Delete Search.searchapp.website from browsers with Hitman Pro
Hitman Pro will help delete hijacker that created to reroute your web-browser to the Search.searchapp.website webpage that slow down your system. The hijackers, ad supported software and other PUPs slow your web browser down and try to mislead you into clicking on malicious advertisements and links. HitmanPro removes the hijacker infection and lets you enjoy your machine without Search.searchapp.website homepage.
- Visit the following page to download HitmanPro. Save it to your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: December 8, 2017
- Once the download is done, double click the HitmanPro icon. Once this utility is started, click “Next” button to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker responsible for redirecting your internet browser to Search.searchapp.website website. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is done.
- After the system scan is done, you can check all threats detected on your PC system. You may remove threats (move to Quarantine) by simply press “Next” button. Now press the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to delete all malware found.
Remove Search.searchapp.website with Malwarebytes
Manual Search.searchapp.website startpage removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the browser hijacker infection can be not completely removed. We suggest that run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your machine of browser hijacker. Moreover, the free application will allow you to get rid of malicious software, PUPs, ‘ad supported’ software and toolbars that your system may be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
Once downloading is finished, close all windows on your personal computer. Further, open the file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, press the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” that will allow you setup MalwareBytes Anti Malware on the computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is done successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes AntiMalware will automatically launch and you can see its main window as shown in the following example.
Next, press the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes Free utility will start scanning the whole system to find out hijacker responsible for modifying your internet browser settings to Search.searchapp.website. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes utility is checking, you can see count of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
After finished, you can check all items found on your PC. In order to delete all threats, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes will remove browser hijacker infection that cause Search.searchapp.website site to appear and add items to the Quarantine. After the process is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your machine. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) to delete hijackers, adware and other malicious software.
Use AdBlocker to block Search.searchapp.website and stay safe online
Run ad-blocking application like AdGuard in order to block ads, malvertisements, pop-ups and online trackers, avoid having to install malicious and adware browser plug-ins and add-ons that affect your computer performance and impact your computer security. Browse the World Wide Web anonymously and stay safe online!
AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
After downloading it, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed on the screen 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 tutorial as displayed on the screen below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick instructions which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop ads, Search.searchapp.website redirect, as well as other malicious or misleading pages. 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.
Tips to prevent Search.searchapp.website and other unwanted software
After completing the few simple steps shown above, your computer should be clean from this browser hijacker and other malware. The MS Edge, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and FF will no longer show undesired Search.searchapp.website web-site on startup. Unfortunately, if the few simple steps does not help you, then you have caught a new browser 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 intrusive Search.searchapp.website startpage.