A browser hijacker called Search.searchjstg.com is now widely spread on the Internet. Many computer users have got infected with this hijacker and are struggling to remove it from their PCs. You may consider Search.searchjstg.com as a search engine that provides the search service as what Bing, Yahoo or Google. But in reality, the Search.searchjstg.com is web-browser hijacker that could harm your system if not removed without a wait. A mostly unwanted actions of the hijacker is to modify users’ web browser settings like the new tab page, default search engine and home page to its own without any permission.
After the hijack, common symptoms include:
- Replacing the Firefox, Edge, Chrome and IE built-in search box and search engine to Search.searchjstg.com;
- Replacing internet browser’s homepage to Search.searchjstg.com;
- Replacing the ‘newtab’ URL to launch an undesired web page.
While the Search.searchjstg.com hijacker is active, you won’t be able to return the Chrome, MS Edge, Mozilla Firefox and IE’ settings like start page, new tab and search engine. If you try to set your start page to be Google, Bing or Yahoo, those settings will be automatically modified to Search.searchjstg.com with the next PC restart. But this does not mean that you should just ignore it or get along with this fact. Because this is not the best option, due to the Search.searchjstg.com home page you can have problems with the Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Internet Explorer, annoying advertisements and even confidential info theft.
So, it is very important to free your PC system of hijacker infection as soon as possible. The step by step guide, which is shown below, will assist you to delete Search.searchjstg.com redirect from the Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, IE and Google Chrome and other web browsers.
When a hijacker such as the Search.searchjstg.com gets installed on your PC system without your knowledge, it’s not easy to remove. In most cases, there is no Uninstall program which simply delete the browser hijacker which cause Search.searchjstg.com web-page to appear from your computer. So, we advise using several well-proven free specialized tools such as Zemana AntiMalware, MalwareBytes Free or Hitman Pro. But the best method to remove Search.searchjstg.com search will be to perform several manual steps, after that additionally run antimalware tools.
To remove Search.searchjstg.com, follow the steps below:
- Manual Search.searchjstg.com search removal
- Use free malware removal tools to completely delete Search.searchjstg.com
- Stop Search.searchjstg.com redirect and other unwanted web pages
- Method of Search.searchjstg.com hijacker intrusion into your computer
- To sum up
Manual Search.searchjstg.com search removal
If you perform exactly the step by step instructions below you should be able to delete the Search.searchjstg.com search from the Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers.
Remove potentially unwanted programs through the MS Windows Control Panel
The best way to start the computer cleanup is to uninstall unknown and dubious software. Using the MS Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded software can clean up the Firefox, MS Edge, Chrome and IE from advertisements hijackers and so on.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then click Windows button, next click Search. Type “Control panel”and press Enter.
- If you are using Windows XP, Vista, 7, then click “Start” button and click “Control Panel”.
- It will open the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will show a list of all software installed on the computer.
- Scroll through the all list, and remove dubious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed apps, we recommend sort software by date.
See more details in the video guide below.
Delete Search.searchjstg.com from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox settings such as search engine by default, start page and newtab page have been replaced by the browser hijacker, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, start the Mozilla Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown 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 as shown in the figure below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker infection which cause Search.searchjstg.com webpage to appear. Once, it’s done, press the “Finish” button.
Remove Search.searchjstg.com startpage from Microsoft Internet Explorer
If you find that Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser settings such as default search engine, homepage and new tab page having been hijacked, then you may restore your settings, via the reset browser process.
First, run the IE, then press ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the web-browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then click the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” dialog box. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, click the “Reset” button like below.
Once the process is finished, click “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your system for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web browser’s search provider by default, startpage and newtab page to default state.
Delete Search.searchjstg.com from Chrome
If your Google Chrome browser is rerouted to unwanted Search.searchjstg.com web-page, it may be necessary to completely reset your browser program to its default settings.
- First, launch the Google Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three dots).
- It will display the Google Chrome main menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
- You will 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 guidance: 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, click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
- The Chrome will display 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 article How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Use free malware removal tools to completely delete Search.searchjstg.com
It is not enough to delete Search.searchjstg.com from your web browser by following the manual steps above to solve all problems. Some Search.searchjstg.com browser hijacker related files may remain on your personal computer and they will restore the hijacker even after you get rid of it. For that reason we suggest to run free antimalware utility such as Zemana Free, MalwareBytes Anti Malware and HitmanPro. Either of those applications should can scan for and delete Search.searchjstg.com hijacker and other web browser’s harmful extensions.
Run Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) to remove Search.searchjstg.com home page
We suggest using the Zemana. You can download and install Zemana to scan for and delete Search.searchjstg.com homepage from your machine. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the PC.
Installing the Zemana Free is simple. First you’ll need to download Zemana Anti-Malware on your MS Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
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When the download is finished, close all apps and windows on your PC. Double-click the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed in the following example, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana on your computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the hijacker responsible for Search.searchjstg.com search. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your PC and the speed of your computer. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
After Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) has completed scanning your computer, Zemana Free will display a list of all items found by the scan. You may get rid of items (move to Quarantine) by simply press “Next” button. The Zemana Anti-Malware will delete Search.searchjstg.com browser hijacker infection and other web-browser’s malicious extensions and add items to the Quarantine. After the process is finished, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
Use HitmanPro to delete Search.searchjstg.com from the computer
The Hitman Pro utility is free and easy to use. It may scan and get rid of hijacker infection which cause a reroute to Search.searchjstg.com website, malicious software, potentially unwanted applications and ad-supported software from system (Windows 10, 8, 7, XP) and thereby revert back browsers default settings (search engine, new tab page and homepage). Hitman Pro is powerful enough to find out and remove malicious registry entries and files that are hidden on the PC system.
Visit the page linked below to download the latest version of HitmanPro for Microsoft Windows. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
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Once the download is finished, open the folder in which you saved it and double-click the Hitman Pro icon. It will start the Hitman Pro utility. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to launch the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Next” to perform a system scan with this tool for the browser hijacker that cause Search.searchjstg.com webpage to appear. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. While the Hitman Pro utility is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as being affected by malicious software.
As the scanning ends, HitmanPro will show a scan report as shown below.
Next, you need to click “Next” button. It will show a prompt, click the “Activate free license” button. The HitmanPro will start to delete hijacker that responsible for browser reroute to the unwanted Search.searchjstg.com web-site. Once the cleaning process is complete, the tool may ask you to reboot your PC.
Delete Search.searchjstg.com redirect with Malwarebytes
Manual Search.searchjstg.com search removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the hijacker can be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your system of hijacker. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malware, PUPs, adware and toolbars that your computer can be infected too.
MalwareBytes Anti-Malware can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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Once the download is done, close all software and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the set up file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown in the following example, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) on your machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, click Finish button. MalwareBytes will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the image below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to start scanning your personal computer for the hijacker responsible for redirecting your web-browser to Search.searchjstg.com page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC system. While the MalwareBytes utility is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
After MalwareBytes has completed scanning, MalwareBytes will display a screen that contains a list of malicious software that has been found. Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Free will get rid of hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to Search.searchjstg.com and add threats to the Quarantine. When finished, you may be prompted to reboot the personal computer.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes Free to delete adware, browser hijacker and other malware.
Stop Search.searchjstg.com redirect and other unwanted web pages
Running an ad-blocker application such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad-blocker applications will also protect you from harmful ads and websites, and, of course, stop redirection chain to Search.searchjstg.com and similar pages.
- AdGuard can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
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- After the download is finished, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the setup is done, click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will allow 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 start your machine, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up advertisements, websites such as Search.searchjstg.com, as well as other harmful 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 icon named AdGuard, which is located on your desktop.
Method of Search.searchjstg.com hijacker intrusion into your computer
To sum up
Now your computer should be clean of the hijacker that causes web browsers to open unwanted Search.searchjstg.com web page. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop-up ads and undesired harmful web-sites) and Zemana Free (to periodically scan your computer for new malware, browser hijackers and ad supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for MS Windows operating system. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new hijacker infections, malicious apps and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Search.searchjstg.com search from your web browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.