The Pwr-search.com site appeared on your PC without any notice? After that, you are faced with the fact that your web-browser is now redirected to this annoying web sites every time when you press browser’s home button, create a new tab or perform an World Wide Web search. The cause of all your problems with your machine is Pwr-search hijacker that has been installed on many personal computers around the world without users permission, so you are one of many. Most probably, you do not even know how and where this browser hijacker has got into your system. In the tutorial below, we will explain all the general features of the hijacker and it’s typical behavior on the personal computer, as well as effective methods for manually removing Pwr-search.com from your web browsers.
Besides the fact that Pwr-search.com browser hijacker replaces your homepage, this annoying web site can set yourself as your search engine. But, obviously, it does not give you a good search results, as they will consist of tons of ads, links to unwanted and ad web pages and only the remaining part is search results for your query from the major search providers. Of course, the very fact that you encounter with the inability to properly search the Net, is an unpleasant moment. Moreover, the Pwr-search.com hijacker infection may collect lots of personal information about you, and in the future to transfer it to third parties. What creates the risk of theft of your personal data.
Also, adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) may be installed on the personal computer together with Pwr-search.com browser hijacker. It will insert a ton of advertisements directly to the web-pages that you view, creating a sense that ads has been added by the authors of the web-page. Moreover, legal advertisements can be replaced on fake ads which will offer to download and install various unnecessary and harmful software. Moreover, the Pwr-search.com hijacker infection has the ability to collect your data that can be later sold to third parties.
The Pwr-search.com browser hijacker infection usually affects only the Mozilla Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. However, possible situations, when any other internet browsers will be affected too. The browser hijacker will perform a scan of the computer for web browser shortcuts and modify them without your permission. When it infects the web-browser shortcuts, it will add the argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target property. So, each time you open the internet browser, you will see the Pwr-search.com undesired web-site.
Thus, it’s clear that the presence of hijacker on your computer is not desirable, and you need to clean up your machine as quickly as possible. Follow the few simple steps below in order to delete Pwr-search.com from Google Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
The answer is right here on this page. We have put together simplicity and efficiency. It will help you easily to free your computer of browser hijacker infection. Moreover, you can choose manual or automatic removal method. If you’re familiar with the system then use manual removal, otherwise use the free anti-malware tool designed specifically to remove browser hijacker like Pwr-search.com. Of course, you can combine both methods. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to exit your internet browser or restart your machine.
How to manually get rid of Pwr-search.com
Read this section to know how to manually remove the Pwr-search.com browser hijacker infection. Even if the instructions does not work for you, there are several free malware removers below which can easily handle such hijackers.
Remove Pwr-search.com related programs through the Control Panel of your computer
First of all, check the list of installed applications on your personal computer and delete all unknown and recently installed applications. If you see an unknown program with incorrect spelling or varying capital letters, it have most likely been installed by malicious software and you should clean it off first with malicious software removal utility such as Zemana Anti-malware.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Microsoft Windows logo, and then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as displayed below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category like below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right as displayed in the following example.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as shown in the following example.
Carefully browse through the list of installed applications and remove all applications that has the name similar to “Pwr-search.com”. We suggest to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. When you have found anything suspicious that may be the hijacker infection, adware or PUPs, then choose this application and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious application blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully get rid of it from your system.
Fix infected internet browsers shortcuts to delete Pwr-search.com
Now you need to clean up the browser shortcuts. Check that the shortcut referring to the right exe-file of the web-browser, and not on any unknown file.
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 browser’s shortcuts. So, repeat this step for the Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Edge.
Remove Pwr-search.com start page from Microsoft Internet Explorer
In order to restore all browser newtab, homepage and search engine by default you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, which was when the Windows was installed on your machine.
First, run the Internet Explorer, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will show the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the internet browser, then press the “Internet Options” as on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will open 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 in the figure below.
Once the process is finished, press “Close” button. Close the Internet Explorer and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This step will help you to restore your web-browser’s startpage, newtab and search engine by default to default state.
Remove Pwr-search.com from Firefox by resetting browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox settings like start page, newtab and default search engine have been changed by the hijacker, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, start the FF and press button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, click the Help button () as shown on the screen 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 display the “Troubleshooting Information” page as on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation prompt. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the browser hijacker that causes web browsers to show unwanted Pwr-search.com page. After, it’s finished, press the “Finish” button.
Remove Pwr-search.com redirect from Google Chrome
Use the Reset web browser utility of the Chrome to reset all its settings like homepage, new tab and search provider by default to original defaults. This is a very useful tool to use, in the case of web browser hijacks like Pwr-search.com.
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal stripes (). It will display 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 on the screen below and press the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
How to delete Pwr-search.com redirect with free software
After completing the manual removal tutorial above all unwanted applications and browser’s add-ons which causes web browser redirects to the Pwr-search.com web page should be uninstalled. If the problem with Pwr-search.com hijacker is still remained, then we advise to scan your system for any remaining malicious components. Use recommended free browser hijacker infection removal applications below.
Run Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) to remove hijacker
We recommend using the Zemana Anti-Malware. You can download and install Zemana to find and remove Pwr-search.com redirect from your computer. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the computer.
Download Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) by clicking on the following link and save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
When the download is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Zemana will try to update itself and when this process is finished, click the “Scan” button . Zemana AntiMalware tool will begin scanning the whole computer to find out browser hijacker that redirects your web browser to annoying Pwr-search.com site.
This procedure may take some time, so please be patient. While the tool is scanning, you can see number of objects and files has already scanned. Next, you need to click “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti-Malware will begin to remove hijacker that redirects your internet browser to undesired Pwr-search.com web-site.
Run Malwarebytes to get rid of Pwr-search.com
Manual Pwr-search.com startpage removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the hijacker can be not completely removed. We advise that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer of browser hijacker. Moreover, the free application will help you to delete malicious software, PUPs, ‘ad supported’ software and toolbars that your personal computer can be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes by clicking on the following link and save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When the download is finished, close all applications and windows on your computer. Double-click the set up file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed in the figure below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you install MalwareBytes Free on your computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, press Finish button. MalwareBytes AntiMalware will automatically start and you can see its main screen like below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the browser hijacker which cause Pwr-search.com page to appear. This task can take some time, so please be patient.
Once MalwareBytes Free has completed scanning your personal computer, MalwareBytes Anti Malware will display a screen which contains a list of malicious software that has been found. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Quarantine Selected” button. The MalwareBytes Free will begin to get rid of hijacker infection that made to redirect your internet browser to the Pwr-search.com web-page. Once disinfection is done, you may be prompted to reboot the personal computer.
We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the process of using the MalwareBytes Free to delete adware, browser hijacker infection and other malicious software.
Run AdwCleaner to get rid of Pwr-search.com home page
AdwCleaner is a free removal tool that can be downloaded and use to remove browser hijackers, adware, malware, potentially unwanted software, toolbars and other threats from your machine. You may run this tool to find threats even if you have an antivirus or any other security program.
- Download AdwCleaner by clicking on the link below and save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: January 20, 2021
- After the downloading process is complete, double click the AdwCleaner icon. Once this tool is started, click “Scan” button to begin scanning your PC for the browser hijacker which cause Pwr-search.com site to appear. Depending on your PC system, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the utility is scanning, you may see count of objects and files has already scanned.
- Once the scanning is done, AdwCleaner will display a list of detected items. Review the scan results and then click “Clean” button. It will display a prompt, click “OK”.
These few simple steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Stop Pwr-search.com and other intrusive web-sites
It is also critical to protect your web-browsers from malicious web-pages and advertisements by using an ad blocking program such as AdGuard. Security experts says that it’ll greatly reduce the risk of malware, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard may also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
- Download AdGuard application by clicking on the link below and save it directly to your Microsoft Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- After downloading is done, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the setup is finished, click “Skip” to close the setup program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you start your system, AdGuard will launch automatically and block ads, web-pages such Pwr-search.com, as well as other harmful or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, that is located on your desktop.
How to prevent Pwr-search.com browser hijacker from getting inside your computer
To sum up
Once you’ve complete the steps above, your machine should be clean from this browser hijacker and other malicious software. The Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge will no longer open undesired Pwr-search.com home page on startup. Unfortunately, if the few simple steps does not help you, then you have caught a new browser hijacker, and then the best way – ask for help.
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 unwanted Pwr-search.com .