If you’re reading this post, then it means that you are seeing the Hideyoursearch unknown site instead of your start page or when you open a new tab or perform an internet search you’re automatically rerouted to the undesired web page. All of these problems with your machine caused by browser hijacker, which is often installs on the system with some freeware. You probably want to know how to remove this hijacker infection and remove Hideyoursearch redirect as well as to revert back your web browser’s newtab page, startpage and search engine by default. In the step by step tutorial below we will tell you about how to solve your problems.
The hijacker infection, which set the Hideyoursearch as your home page may also set this annoying web page as your search provider. You will encounter the fact that the search in the browser has become uncomfortable to use, because the search results will consist of a large number of advertisements, links to ad and unwanted web sites and a small amount of regular links, which are obtained from a search in the major search providers. Therefore, look for something using Hideyoursearch site would be a waste of time or worse, it can lead to even more infected personal computer.
Table of contents
- What is Hideyoursearch
- How to remove Hideyoursearch from system
- Delete Hideyoursearch redirect without any utilities
- Uninstall suspicious and potentially unwanted applications using Windows Control Panel
- Fix infected web browsers shortcuts to remove Hideyoursearch redirect
- Delete Hideyoursearch from Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
- Remove Hideyoursearch from Internet Explorer
- Get rid of Hideyoursearch search from Chrome
- Hideyoursearch automatic removal
- Delete Hideyoursearch redirect without any utilities
- How to stop Hideyoursearch
- Method of Hideyoursearch browser hijacker infection intrusion into your personal computer
- To sum up
While redirecting, your web browser’s status bar may show the following messages: ‘Waiting for hideyoursearch.com’, ‘Transferring data from hideyoursearch.com’, ‘Looking up hideyoursearch.com’, ‘Read hideyoursearch.com’, ‘Connected to hideyoursearch.com’.
Most often, the Hideyoursearch hijacker infection affects most common web browsers such as Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. But such browser hijackers as well can infect other web-browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of web browser’s shortcut). So every time you open the web browser, it will open Hideyoursearch web-site. Even if you setup your home page again, the unwanted Hideyoursearch site will be the first thing that you see when you open the browser.
We recommend you to remove Hideyoursearch start page and free your system of hijacker infection as soon as possible, until the presence of the hijacker has not led to even worse consequences. You need to perform the step by step tutorial below that will assist you to completely get rid of Hideyoursearch , using only the built-in Windows features and a few of specialized free tools.
How to remove Hideyoursearch from system
There are a few solutions that can be used to remove Hideyoursearch. But, not all potentially unwanted applications like this hijacker infection can be completely deleted utilizing only manual methods. Most commonly you’re not able to remove any browser hijacker infection utilizing standard MS Windows options. In order to remove Hideyoursearch you need complete a few manual steps and run reliable removal utilities. Most IT security researchers states that Zemana Anti-malware, Malwarebytes or AdwCleaner tools are a right choice. These free programs are able to detect and remove Hideyoursearch from your machine and revert back your internet browser settings to defaults.
Delete Hideyoursearch redirect without any utilities
If you perform exactly the guide below you should be able to remove the Hideyoursearch search from the Google Chrome, IE, Firefox and Microsoft Edge web-browsers.
Uninstall suspicious and potentially unwanted applications using Windows Control Panel
The process of browser hijacker infection removal is generally the same across all versions of Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it is necessary to check the list of installed software on your PC system and remove all unused, unknown and suspicious software.
- If you are using Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 then press Windows button, next press 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 display the Windows Control Panel.
- Further, click “Uninstall a program” under Programs category.
- It will show a list of all applications installed on the machine.
- Scroll through the all list, and uninstall suspicious and unknown applications. To quickly find the latest installed software, we recommend sort programs by date.
See more details in the video instructions below.
Fix infected web browsers shortcuts to remove Hideyoursearch redirect
Once installed, this hijacker may add an argument such as “http://site.address” into the Target property of the desktop shortcut for the Firefox, Chrome, IE and MS Edge. Due to this, every time you run the web-browser, it will show the undesired home page.
Right click on the shortcut of infected browser as shown on the image below.
Select the “Properties” option and it will open a shortcut’s properties. Next, press the “Shortcut” tab and then delete the “http://site.address” string from Target field as shown below.
Then click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all browsers which are re-directed to the Hideyoursearch unwanted page.
Delete Hideyoursearch from Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
Resetting your Mozilla Firefox is basic troubleshooting step for any issues with your web browser program, including the reroute to Hideyoursearch site.
First, open the FF. Next, click the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Next, click the Help button ().
In the Help menu press the “Troubleshooting Information”. In the upper-right corner of the “Troubleshooting Information” page click on “Refresh Firefox” button as shown in the figure below.
Confirm your action, click the “Refresh Firefox”.
Remove Hideyoursearch from Internet Explorer
If you find that Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser settings such as startpage, new tab page and default search engine having been hijacked, then you may return your settings, via the reset browser process.
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, press Reset button. The IE 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 system for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of Hideyoursearch browser hijacker, disable malicious and ad-supported web-browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings such as startpage, new tab and default search engine to default state.
Get rid of Hideyoursearch search from Chrome
If your Chrome web-browser is redirected to intrusive Hideyoursearch web page, it may be necessary to completely reset your web browser program to its default settings.
- First run the Chrome and click Menu button (small button in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Chrome main menu. Select “Settings” option.
- You will see the Chrome’s settings page. Scroll down and press “Show advanced settings” link.
- Scroll down again and click the “Reset settings” button.
- The Google Chrome will display the reset profile settings page as on the image above.
- Next press the “Reset” button.
- Once this task is done, your internet browser’s newtab, start page and search engine by default will be restored to their original defaults.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Chrome settings to default.
Hideyoursearch automatic removal
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely get rid of browser hijacker infection from the infected personal computer. So, we suggest to scan your PC for any remaining malicious components with free browser hijacker removal applications below.
Use Zemana Anti-malware to remove browser hijacker infection
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware. You may download and install Zemana Anti-malware to detect and get rid of Hideyoursearch from your personal computer. When installed and updated, the malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the computer.
Download Zemana antimalware on your PC system from the link below. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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When downloading is done, close all software and windows on your PC system. Double-click the set up file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana anti-malware on your PC. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is finished successfully, Zemana anti malware will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the screen below.
Now click the “Scan” button . This will start scanning the whole personal computer to find out hijacker and web browser’s malicious extensions. While the tool is scanning, you can see count of objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
When it completes the scan, it will show a list of all threats found by this utility. Make sure all entries have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button. The Zemana antimalware will start removing Hideyoursearch browser hijacker and other security threats. Once disinfection is done, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
Use Malwarebytes to remove hijacker infection
Manual Hideyoursearch removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the browser hijacker can be not completely removed. We recommend that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your PC of hijacker infection. Moreover, the free program will allow you to remove malware, PUPs, ad-supported software and toolbars that your computer can be infected too.
Download Malwarebytes Free on your machine from the link below. Save it on your desktop.
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After downloading is finished, close all windows on your computer. Further, start the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” that will allow 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 below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button . This will begin scanning the whole PC system to find out hijacker and other malicious software and ad-supported software. This task may take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is scanning, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned.
When it completes the scan, you will be shown the list of all found threats on your PC system. When you are ready, click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will start removing Hideyoursearch hijacker infection and other security threats. Once disinfection is complete, you can be prompted to restart your PC. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the Malwarebytes to get rid of browser hijacker infection, adware and other malicious software.
Double-check for potentially unwanted programs with AdwCleaner
AdwCleaner is a free portable program that scans your personal computer for ‘ad supported’ software, PUPs and browser hijackers like Hideyoursearch and helps get rid of them easily. Moreover, it will also allow you get rid of any malicious web browser extensions and add-ons.
Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below.
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After the download is complete, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. When the utility is started, you will see a screen as shown in the figure below.
Further, click “Scan” button . This will begin scanning the whole PC to find out Hideyoursearch hijacker infection that cause a redirect to Hideyoursearch. This procedure can take quite a while, so please be patient. When it has finished scanning, it’ll open a screen which contains a list of malware that has been found as shown in the figure below.
In order to delete all threats, simply click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box as shown on the image below.
You need to press “OK”. When the clean up is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your personal computer. When your computer is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
How to stop Hideyoursearch
In order to increase your security and protect your computer against new intrusive ads and malicious sites, you need to run ad blocking program that stops an access to malicious advertisements and web-pages. Moreover, the application can block the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Installing the AdGuard ad blocker program is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the following link.
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After the download is finished, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as on the image 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 shown below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you run your system, AdGuard will start automatically and block ads, web pages such Hideyoursearch, as well as other harmful or misleading 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, that may be found on your desktop.
Method of Hideyoursearch browser hijacker infection intrusion into your personal computer
To sum up
Once you have finished the step-by-step instructions shown above, your personal computer should be clean from malware and browser hijackers. The Chrome, IE, FF and MS Edge will no longer display Hideyoursearch annoying home page on startup. Unfortunately, if the tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
- Download HijackThis from the link below and save it to your Desktop.
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- Double-click on the HijackThis icon. Next press “Do a system scan only” button.
- When it completes the scan, the scan button will read “Save log”, click it. Save this log to your desktop.
- Create a Myantispyware account here. Once you’ve registered, check your e-mail for a confirmation link, and confirm your account. After that, login.
- Copy and paste the contents of the HijackThis log into your post. If you are posting for the first time, 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 annoying Hideyoursearch redirect.