If you see Search.searchfstn3.com show up on your internet browser’s screen, then is a clear indication of the browser hijacker’s presence. The undesired software from the browser hijacker category modifies your startpage and search provider. When your system is affected with browser hijacker infection, the undesired Search.searchfstn3.com web site will appear when you open a newtab page, or surf the Net. Further into the post we will give you more information about this browser hijacker, but know that the best way to handle the Search.searchfstn3.com browser hijacker is to fully remove it from your PC system as quickly as possible.
The browser hijacker can also set up the Search.searchfstn3.com web site as the Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Edge default search provider that cause search redirects via the page. In this way, authors of the hijacker infection have an opportunity to show various ads together with the search results for your query. These intrusive advertisements will be summarized in the redirected website. This can bring tons of revenue for makers of the browser hijacker infection.
It’s probably that you might be worried with the browser hijacker that cause a redirect to Search.searchfstn3.com web-page. You should not disregard this undesired software. The browser hijacker might not only modify your homepage or search provider, but redirect your browser to misleading web-pages. What is more, the hijacker can analyze your browsing, and gain access to your privacy information and, subsequently, can transfer it to third parties. Thus, there are more than enough reasons to remove Search.searchfstn3.com from your browser.
We strongly advise you to complete the few simple steps which follow below. We will show you how to remove hijacker infection and thus delete Search.searchfstn3.com from your Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Internet Explorer forever.
Remove Search.searchfstn3.com from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
There are several steps to removing Search.searchfstn3.com homepage, because it installs itself so deeply into Microsoft Windows. You need to remove all suspicious and unknown applications, then get rid of harmful extensions from the Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge and Internet Explorer and other browsers you have installed. Finally, you need to reset your internet browser settings to get rid of any changes Search.searchfstn3.com browser hijacker infection has made, and then scan your machine with Zemana Anti Malware, MalwareBytes Anti Malware or HitmanPro to ensure the browser hijacker infection is fully removed. It will take a while.
To remove Search.searchfstn3.com, follow the steps below:
- How to remove Search.searchfstn3.com search without any software
- Search.searchfstn3.com search automatic removal
- Run AdBlocker to block Search.searchfstn3.com and stay safe online
- Do not know how your browser has been hijacked by Search.searchfstn3.com hijacker?
- To sum up
How to remove Search.searchfstn3.com search without any software
Most common hijackers may be uninstalled without any antivirus apps. The manual browser hijacker infection removal is guidance that will teach you how to get rid of the Search.searchfstn3.com search.
Uninstall potentially unwanted apps using Windows Control Panel
Check out the MS Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed software. We suggest to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of applications by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and dubious applications, they are the ones you need to delete.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Windows logo, and then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
When the ‘Control Panel’ opens, press the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as displayed on the screen below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as on the image below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista) as on the image below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed applications and remove all dubious and unknown applications. We suggest to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed apps by date. When you have found anything dubious that may be the hijacker infection related to Search.searchfstn3.com search or other potentially unwanted application (PUA), then select this application and press ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the dubious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to completely remove it from your computer.
Remove Search.searchfstn3.com from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a easy way to delete the browser hijacker infection, malicious and adware extensions, as well as to restore the browser’s search provider, newtab and start page that have been changed by browser hijacker.
First launch the Google Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal dots ().
It will show the Google Chrome menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions. Carefully browse through the list of installed plugins. If the list has the add-on signed with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guidance: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy.
Open the Google Chrome menu once again. Further, click the option called “Settings”.
The web-browser will display the settings screen. Another method to show the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset” section is visible, as on the image below and press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
The Google Chrome will open the confirmation prompt as shown in the figure below.
You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The internet browser will launch the process of cleaning. When it is finished, the web browser’s settings including search provider, start page and new tab page back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your system.
Remove Search.searchfstn3.com from Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox internet browser default search provider, newtab and start page are changed to Search.searchfstn3.com and you want to recover the settings back to their default values, then you should follow the steps below. It’ll save your personal information like saved passwords, bookmarks, auto-fill data and open tabs.
Run the Mozilla Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will open the slide-out menu.
Select the “Troubleshooting information”. If you are unable to access the Help menu, then type “about:support” in your address bar and press Enter. It bring up the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the following example.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Firefox will begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker infection responsible for changing your web-browser settings to Search.searchfstn3.com. After, it is done, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Search.searchfstn3.com from IE
If you find that Internet Explorer web-browser settings like search provider by default, newtab page and start page having been hijacked, then you may return your settings, via the reset web-browser process.
First, start the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will show the Reset Internet Explorer settings dialog box. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and press Reset button.
You will now need to restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of browser hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to Search.searchfstn3.com, disable malicious and ad-supported web browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings such as search engine by default, home page and newtab page to default state.
Search.searchfstn3.com search automatic removal
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove browser hijacker infection from the infected personal computer. So, we advise to check your system for any remaining malicious components with free browser hijacker removal software below.
How to delete Search.searchfstn3.com with Zemana Anti-Malware
We suggest you to use the Zemana that are completely clean your PC system. Moreover, the utility will help you to remove potentially unwanted software, malicious software, toolbars and ad supported software that your system can be infected too.
Download Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) on your PC from the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: February 14, 2019
Once downloading is complete, close all windows on your machine. Further, launch the install file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as displayed in the following example, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana on the PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, Zemana will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown in the figure below.
Next, click the “Scan” button to detect browser hijacker infection responsible for redirections to Search.searchfstn3.com. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. While the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) application is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
When the scanning is complete, Zemana AntiMalware will display a scan report. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware will get rid of browser hijacker that cause Search.searchfstn3.com website to appear and add items to the Quarantine. Once the process is done, you can be prompted to reboot your machine.
Scan your computer and get rid of Search.searchfstn3.com search with HitmanPro
All-in-all, Hitman Pro is a fantastic utility to clean your PC from any unwanted software such as hijacker infection related to Search.searchfstn3.com search. The HitmanPro is portable application that meaning, you don’t need to install it to run it. HitmanPro is compatible with all versions of MS Windows operating system from Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 10. Both 64-bit and 32-bit systems are supported.
- Hitman Pro can be downloaded from the following link. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
- When the downloading process is finished, double click the HitmanPro icon. Once this utility is started, press “Next” button . HitmanPro program will scan through the whole machine for the browser hijacker which made to redirect your browser to the Search.searchfstn3.com webpage. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your computer and the speed of your PC. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is done.
- Once Hitman Pro has finished scanning your system, Hitman Pro will prepare a list of unwanted and adware. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button. Now click the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to delete all malicious software found.
Scan and clean your PC of hijacker with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC of the hijacker infection. The free tool is an advanced malware removal program designed by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular anti-malware technology. It’s able to help you remove hijacker infections, PUPs, malicious software, adware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your computer for free.
- Click the link below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Free for MS Windows. Save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: February 5, 2019
- After the downloading process is done, close all apps and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is finished, click the “Scan Now” button to detect hijacker responsible for changing your web browser settings to Search.searchfstn3.com. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. While the MalwareBytes is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
- After that process is finished, MalwareBytes Free will display a list of found items. Next, you need to click “Quarantine Selected”. After the clean up is done, you may be prompted to reboot your PC.
The following video offers a step-by-step instructions on how to remove hijackers, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Free.
Run AdBlocker to block Search.searchfstn3.com and stay safe online
In order to increase your security and protect your personal computer against new intrusive advertisements and harmful sites, you need to use ad-blocker program that blocks an access to malicious advertisements and webpages. Moreover, the application can block the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of webpages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Please go to the following link to download AdGuard. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading it, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed in the following example.
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 below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or press “Get Started” to see an quick guide that will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your personal computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop popup advertisements, Search.searchfstn3.com redirect, as well as other harmful 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 AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
Do not know how your browser has been hijacked by Search.searchfstn3.com hijacker?
Most commonly, the Search.searchfstn3.com browser hijacker infection come bundled with the setup files from a free hosting and file sharing web sites. So, install a free applications is a a good chance that you will find a bundled hijacker infection. If you don’t know how to avoid it, then use a simple trick. During the installation, choose the Custom or Advanced installation mode. Next, click ‘Decline’ button and clear all checkboxes on offers that ask you to install additional software. Moreover, please carefully read Term of use and User agreement before installing any software or otherwise you may end up with another unwanted application on your computer like this browser hijacker infection.
To sum up
Once you’ve done the steps above, your machine should be clean from browser hijacker that cause Search.searchfstn3.com website to appear and other malware. The Mozilla Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome will no longer show intrusive Search.searchfstn3.com website on startup. Unfortunately, if the few simple steps does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker infection, and then the best way – ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.