When you open your internet browser such as Google Chrome, FF, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, the page named EZSearch New Tab opens automatically instead of your start page? Or this annoying web page has been set as new tab page and web-browser’s search engine ? Then most probably unwanted software from the browser hijacker family get installed on your PC system. It usually get installed along with certain free applications. Do not be surprised, it happens, especially if you’re an active Internet user. But this does not mean that you should reconcile with these unwanted redirects. You need to free your system from malicious software like this browser hijacker ASAP. Because the annoying home page can be a way to infect your system with more dangerous malicious programs such as viruses and trojans. The steps which follow, I’ll show you how to get rid of browser hijacker and thereby remove EZSearch redirect from your web-browser forever.
A malware which alters certain settings of all your typical browsers on EZSearch usually affects only Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web-browsers will be affected too. The EZSearch browser hijacker infection may change the Target property of web browser’s shortcuts, so every time you run the web browser, instead of your home page, you will see a completely different site.
Table of contents
- What is EZSearch
- EZSearch redirect removal steps
- How to manually remove EZSearch
- How to automatically remove EZSearch browser hijacker infection
- How to stop EZSearch
- Where the EZSearch browser hijacker comes from
- Finish words
When your system is infected, every time you launch your browser you will see this web-page. Of course you can setup your startpage again, but next time you start a web browser you will see that EZSearch return. As mentioned above, the browser hijacker can alter the default search engine on this annoying web page too, so all your search queries will be redirected to EZSearch. Thus the authors of the hijacker infection can collect the search terms of your queries, and redirect you to malicious web-pages.
Also, adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software) may be installed on the PC together with EZSearch hijacker. It will insert a lot of advertisements directly to the web-sites that you view, creating a sense that ads has been added by the developers of the web-page. Moreover, legal advertisements may be replaced on fake ads which will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful software. Moreover, the EZSearch hijacker has the ability to collect a ton of personal information about you, which may be later sold to third parties.
Thus, it is clear that the presence of hijacker infection on your computer is not desirable, and you need to clean up your PC system as soon as possible. Follow the step by step guide below in order to remove EZSearch unwanted .
EZSearch redirect removal steps
In the guide below we will have a look at the hijacker and how to delete EZSearch from Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and IE web browsers for MS Windows OS, natively or by using a few free removal utilities and software.
How to manually get rid of EZSearch
If you perform exactly the few simple steps below you should be able to get rid of the EZSearch . Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your internet browser or reboot your machine.
Remove suspicious and potentially unwanted applications using MS Windows Control Panel
The process of hijacker removal is generally the same across all versions of Microsoft Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it is necessary to check the list of installed programs on your system and delete all unused, unknown and suspicious programs.
Press Windows button , then click Search . Type “Control panel”and press Enter. If you using Windows XP or Windows 7, then press “Start” and select “Control Panel”. It will open the Windows Control Panel as shown on the image below.
Further, press “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all software installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall any suspicious and unknown applications.
Fix infected browsers shortcuts to get rid of EZSearch
Once installed, this browser hijacker may add an argument like “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Google Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. Due to this, every time you start the web browser, it will show the unwanted start page.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, click Properties option. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target field. Click inside, you will see a vertical line – arrow pointer, move it (using -> arrow key on your keyboard) to the right as possible. You will see a text “http://site.address” that has been added here. Remove everything after .exe. An example, for Google Chrome you should remove everything after chrome.exe.
To save changes, press OK . You need to clean all web browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the FF, Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge.
Delete EZSearch search from Internet Explorer
The Microsoft Internet Explorer reset is great if your internet browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your web-browser, that installed by an malware.
First, run the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then press the “Internet Options” as shown on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The 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 as shown on the screen below.
When the process is done, click “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your machine for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your browser’s startpage, new tab page and default search engine to default state.
Delete EZSearch from Google Chrome
First run the Chrome. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will open the main menu. Further, click the option named “Settings”. Another way to open the Chrome’s settings – type chrome://settings in the web-browser adress bar and press Enter.
The web browser will display the settings screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Show advanced settings” link. Now scroll down until the “Reset settings” section is visible, as shown in the figure below and press the “Reset settings” button.
The Google Chrome will show the confirmation prompt. You need to confirm your action, click the “Reset” button. The web browser will start the procedure of cleaning. Once it is complete, the browser’s settings including new tab page, home page and search provider by default back to the values that have been when the Chrome was first installed on your PC.
Get rid of EZSearch from Firefox by resetting browser settings
Resetting your FF is first troubleshooting step for any issues with your web-browser program, including the redirect to EZSearch page.
Launch the 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 on the screen below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Mozilla Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the EZSearch browser hijacker. When, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
How to automatically remove EZSearch browser hijacker infection
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users may not completely delete browser hijacker from the infected machine. So, we recommend to check your PC for any remaining malicious components with free hijacker removal software below.
Scan and free your machine of hijacker with Malwarebytes
Manual EZSearch homepage removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the hijacker infection can be not completely removed. We suggest that run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your personal computer of browser hijacker infection. Moreover, the free program will allow you to remove malware, potentially unwanted software, ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) and toolbars that your personal computer can be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your personal computer by clicking on the link below. Save it on your desktop.
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Once the downloading process is done, close all windows on your PC. Further, start the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown on the screen below, press the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will assist you install Malwarebytes on the machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, click Finish button. Then Malwarebytes will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown on the screen below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the browser hijacker infection and other malware and adware. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. When a malware, adware or potentially unwanted applications are detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
As the scanning ends, it’ll show you the results. Review the report and then click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will begin removing EZSearch browser hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to reboot your computer. I recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the Malwarebytes to remove hijacker infection, ad supported software and other harmful software.
Scan your PC and remove EZSearch home page with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free removal utility that can be downloaded and run to remove browser hijackers, adware (sometimes called ‘ad-supported’ software), malware, potentially unwanted software, toolbars and other threats from your machine. You can run this utility to detect threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security application.
Download AdwCleaner tool by clicking on the link below. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
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When downloading is complete, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will start the AdwCleaner utility and you will see a screen as shown below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to show the program, click Yes button to continue.
Next, click “Scan” . This will start scanning the whole computer to find out EZSearch browser hijacker . A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. While the tool is checking, you may see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
Once the scan is complete is complete, it’ll display you the results like below.
Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box. Click “OK” to begin the cleaning process. When the cleaning process is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to reboot your machine. After restart, the AdwCleaner will show the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to stop EZSearch
By installing an adblocker program like AdbGuard, you’re able to stop EZSearch, autoplaying video ads and remove a large amount of distracting and annoying ads on web sites.
Download AdGuard program from the following link.
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Once the downloading process is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. When the installation is complete, you will see a window as shown in the figure below.
You can click “Skip” to close the installation application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” button to see an quick tutorial which will assist 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 personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-up ads, web-pages such EZSearch, as well as other malicious or misleading web-pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
Where the EZSearch browser hijacker comes from
Now your computer should be free of the EZSearch . Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep Malwarebytes (to periodically scan your personal computer for new malware, browser hijackers and ad-supported software) and AdGuard (to help you block annoying ads and malicious pages). Moreover, to prevent browser hijackers, please stay clear of unknown and third party programs, make sure that your antivirus application, turn on the option to detect PUPs (potentially unwanted programs).
If you need more help with EZSearch homepage related issues, go to our Spyware/Malware removal forum.