The Search.searchmpct.com is classified as the web browser hijacker (sometimes called hijackware). It’s a type of unwanted software that modifies your system’s browser settings such as homepage and search engine by default. Once started, this hijacker infection will modify the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge settings to Search.searchmpct.com start page. Please ignore this site and refrain from clicking to any links on it and going to any web-pages mentioned on it. I suggest you to free your machine and thereby back your home page ASAP . Use the instructions below. The detailed removal guide will assist you on how to remove the Search.searchmpct.com redirect and protect your PC system from more dangerous malware and trojans.
The Search.searchmpct.com hijacker can modify settings of the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge, but often that unwanted software like this can also infect all types of web browsers by changing their desktop shortcuts. Thus forcing the user to see Search.searchmpct.com unwanted web-site every time start the internet browser.
When your computer is infected, every time you start your web browser you will see this web page. Of course you can setup your home page again, but next time you open a internet browser you will see that Search.searchmpct.com search return. As mentioned above, the hijacker may modify the default search engine on this unwanted web-page too, so all your search queries will be redirected to Search.searchmpct.com. Thus the authors of the hijacker may collect the search terms of your queries, and redirect you to malicious sites.
The Search.searchmpct.com hijacker is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, alters internet browser settings, and blocks them from changing. Also this infection can install additional internet browser addons, extensions and modules that will show advertisements and popups. And finally, the Search.searchmpct.com hijacker can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what web sites you are opening, what you are looking for the World Wide Web and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
Therefore it is very important to free your system as quickly as possible. Follow the instructions below to delete Search.searchmpct.com redirect, as well as other malicious software and ‘ad supported’ software, which can be installed onto your PC system along with it.
How did Search.searchmpct.com hijacker infection get on your system
Most often, the free programs installer includes the optional potentially unwanted programs such as this hijacker. So, be very careful when you agree to install anything. The best way – is to choose a Custom, Advanced or Manual installation mode. Here disable (uncheck) all optional programs in which you are unsure or that causes even a slightest suspicion. The main thing you should remember, you do not need to install the optional applications which you don’t trust! The only thing I want to add. Once the free applications is installed, if you uninstall this software, the homepage and search engine by default of your favorite web browser will not be restored. This must be done by yourself. Just follow the few simple steps below.
How to manually remove Search.searchmpct.com
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to get rid of the Search.searchmpct.com . Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web browser or reboot your PC system.
- Remove Search.searchmpct.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Remove Search.searchmpct.com redirect from Mozilla Firefox
- Remove Search.searchmpct.com search from Chrome
- Get rid of Search.searchmpct.com homepage from Internet Explorer
- Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Search.searchmpct.com startpage
Remove Search.searchmpct.com associated software by using Windows Control Panel
First, you should try to identify and remove the program that causes the appearance of annoying ads or web-browser redirect, using the ‘Uninstall a program’ which is located in the ‘Control panel’.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Windows XP, Vista, 7
Remove Search.searchmpct.com redirect from Mozilla Firefox
If the Firefox settings like homepage, new tab and default search engine have been modified by the infection, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, launch the FF and press button. It will display the drop-down menu on the right-part of the browser. Further, press the Help button () as shown below
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the Search.searchmpct.com hijacker. When, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Search.searchmpct.com search from Chrome
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Get rid of Search.searchmpct.com homepage from Internet Explorer
First, run the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of Search.searchmpct.com browser hijacker, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Internet Explorer’s settings like homepage, new tab page and search engine by default to default state.
Disinfect the browser’s shortcuts to remove Search.searchmpct.com startpage
Right click on the shortcut of infected web-browser as shown on the image below.
Select the “Properties” option and it’ll show a shortcut’s properties. Next, press the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as shown on the screen below.
Then press OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all web browsers which are redirected to the Search.searchmpct.com annoying web-site.
Delete Search.searchmpct.com search with Malwarebytes
Delete Search.searchmpct.com manually is difficult and often the hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we recommend you to use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC system. Moreover, the free program will help you to delete malware, ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) and toolbars that your system may be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes from the link below.
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Once downloaded, close all applications and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mbam-setup as shown in the figure below.
When the install starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your system.
Once installation is finished, you will see window as shown below.
Now click the “Scan Now” button to begin scanning your system for the browser hijacker that cause a redirect to Search.searchmpct.com. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is finished, make sure all entries have “checkmark” and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will start removing Search.searchmpct.com browser hijacker related files, folders, registry keys. Once disinfection is finished, you may be prompted to reboot your PC system.
The following video explains instructions on how to delete browser hijacker with Malwarebytes Anti-malware.
Stop Search.searchmpct.com and other unwanted web sites
To increase your security and protect your computer against new unwanted advertisements and malicious web sites, you need to use an program that stops access to dangerous ads and web pages. Moreover, the application can block the show of intrusive advertising, which also leads to faster loading of web pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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After downloading is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as shown on the screen below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is finished, you will see a window as shown on the image below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button 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 run your PC system, AdGuard will launch automatically and block pop-ups, web-pages such Search.searchmpct.com, as well as other dangerous 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 is located on your desktop.
Get rid of Search.searchmpct.com hijacker and malicious extensions with AdwCleaner.
If MalwareBytes Anti-malware cannot delete this infection, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for browser hijackers, adware, potentially unwanted applications and toolbars.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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When the download is done, open the directory in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. Once the utility is started, you will see a screen as shown below.
Further, click “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the Search.searchmpct.com hijacker infection and internet browser’s malicious extensions. Once the checking is complete, it will display a scan report as shown in the figure below.
Review the report and then click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box as shown on the screen below.
You need to click “OK”. When the cleaning procedure is done, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your PC system. When your PC is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Now your system should be free of the Search.searchmpct.com search. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted popup ads and annoying harmful sites) and Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your machine for new browser hijackers, malware and adware). 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 Search.searchmpct.com from the FF, Chrome, IE and MS Edge, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.