The appearance of annoying Primosearch.com pop up advertisements in your browser means that your machine is infected with an ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware). It makes changes to the personal computer settings and configures itself so as to launch automatically each time the PC system is turned on. Immediately after startup, the adware begins to monitor the user’s actions and insert advertisements directly into the open windows of the Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and MS Edge. So, if you notice that your web browser has become display the unwanted primosearch.com site, then you do not need to wait , you need to follow the steps below and remove Primosearch.com pop up ads ASAP.
The ad supported software is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, changes web browser settings and blocks them from changing. Also the ‘ad supported’ software can install additional browser plugins and modules that will inject advertisements within the Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge’s screen. Moreover, the adware may install web browser hijacker that once started, will change the web browser’s start page and search engine. And finally, the ‘ad supported’ software can collect a wide variety of personal information such as what pages you are opening, what you are looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, may be transferred to third parties.
Most often, the ‘ad supported’ software affects the most common internet browsers like the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge. But such the malicious software as well may infect another web-browsers by changing its shortcuts (adding an argument such as ‘http://site.address’ into Target field of a internet browser’s shortcut). So every time you launch the internet browser, it will redirect to the unwanted Primosearch.com web site. Even if you setup a new homepage, an intrusive web-page will be the first thing you see when you start the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
Thus, it’s clear that the presence of ad supported software on your PC is not desirable, and you need to clean up your PC ASAP. Follow the steps below in order to remove Primosearch.com popup advertisements.
Remove Primosearch.com pop up ads
Fortunately, we’ve an effective method that will assist you manually or/and automatically get rid of Primosearch.com from your web-browser and bring your web browser settings, including new tab page, startpage and search provider by default, back to normal. Below you will find a removal steps with all the steps you may need to successfully remove ad supported software and its components. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web-browser or restart your system.
Get rid of Primosearch.com redirect without any tools
These steps to get rid of Primosearch.com popups without any programs are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step instructions completely to fully remove this ‘ad supported’ software which redirects your browser to annoying Primosearch.com page.
Delete suspicious software using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
Some of potentially unwanted software, adware and hijackers can be uninstalled using the Add/Remove programs tool which is located in the MS Windows Control Panel. So, if you’re using any version of Windows and you have noticed an unwanted program, then first try to get rid of it through Add/Remove programs.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown on the image below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as shown on the screen below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of applications installed on your machine. Most likely, one or more of them are responsible for the appearance of popup advertisements and web-browser redirect to the annoying Primosearch.com site. If you have many programs installed, you can help simplify the search of malicious programs by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it, after that press ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
After the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as displayed in the figure below.
You will see a list of software installed on your PC system. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the programs that were installed last. Most likely they responsibility for the appearance of pop up ads and internet browser redirect. If you are in doubt, you can always check the application by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. When the program which you need to delete is found, simply click on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ as displayed in the following example.
Delete Primosearch.com advertisements from Internet Explorer
The Internet Explorer reset is great if your web-browser is hijacked or you have unwanted addo-ons or toolbars on your browser, that installed by an malicious software.
First, start the Microsoft Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will open the Tools drop-down menu, press the “Internet Options” as displayed in the following example.
In the “Internet Options” window click on the Advanced tab, then press the Reset button. The IE will open the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” window as shown on the screen below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your personal computer for the changes to take effect.
Delete Primosearch.com pop up ads from Firefox
If the Firefox settings such as new tab page, startpage and search provider by default have been modified by the adware, then resetting it to the default state can help.
First, start the Firefox and click button. It will show the drop-down menu on the right-part of the web browser. Further, press the Help button () as displayed on the image 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 displayed on the image below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will open the confirmation dialog box. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a process to fix your problems that caused by the ad supported software that causes tons of unwanted Primosearch.com pop-up advertisements. When, it’s complete, press the “Finish” button.
Remove Primosearch.com advertisements from Chrome
If your Google Chrome browser is redirected to undesired Primosearch.com web-page, it may be necessary to completely reset your web-browser program to its default settings.
- First, launch the Chrome and click the Menu icon (icon in the form of three horizontal stripes).
- It will show the Chrome main menu, click the “Settings” menu.
- Next, click “Show advanced settings” link, which located at the bottom of the Settings page.
- On the bottom of the “Advanced settings” page, press the “Reset settings” button.
- The Chrome will open the reset settings dialog box as on the image above.
- Confirm the browser’s reset by clicking on the “Reset” button.
- To learn more, read the post How to reset Google Chrome settings to default.
Fix internet browser shortcuts, modified by ad supported software
When the adware is started, it can also modify the web-browser’s shortcuts, adding an argument similar to “http://site.address” into the Target field. Due to this, every time you start the web-browser, it will open an unwanted web site.
Open the properties of the browser shortcut. Right click on the shortcut of infected browser and select the “Properties” option and it will display the properties of the shortcut. Next, choose the “Shortcut” tab and have a look at the Target field as shown in the following example.
Normally, if the last word in the Target field is chrome.exe, iexplore.exe, firefox.exe. Be sure to pay attention to the extension, should be “exe”! All shortcuts which have been changed by adware such as Primosearch.com usually point to .bat, .cmd or .url files instead of .exe as displayed in the figure below
Another variant, an address has been added at the end of the line. In this case the Target field looks like …Application\chrome.exe” http://site.address as shown on the screen below.
In order to fix a shortcut, you need to insert right path to the Target field or remove an address (if it has been added at the end). You can use the following information to fix your shortcuts which have been altered by adware.
|Chrome||C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe|
|Firefox||C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe|
|Internet Explorer||C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe|
|Opera||C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe|
Once is complete, click OK to save changes. Repeat the step for all browsers that are rerouted to the Primosearch.com intrusive site.
Delete unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the ad supported software can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you start your computer, it will display Primosearch.com annoying web page. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all malicious tasks that have been created by unwanted software.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard at the same time. It will open a dialog box which titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be display just below automatically. Next, press the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. Found something like “explorer.exe http://site.address” or “chrome.exe http://site.address” or “firefox.exe http://site.address”, then you need get rid of this task. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it. If it’s a component of the unwanted applications, then this task also should be removed.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as displayed below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by malicious application. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
Primosearch.com pop-up advertisements automatic removal
The adware can hide its components which are difficult for you to find out and get rid of completely. This may lead to the fact that after some time, the adware once again infect your system and redirect your web browser to Primosearch.com web-page. Moreover, We want to note that it is not always safe to remove adware manually, if you do not have much experience in setting up and configuring the Windows operating system. The best solution to detect and delete adware is to use free malware removal software.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to remove Primosearch.com
We suggest using the Zemana Anti-malware that are completely clean your computer of the ad supported software. The tool is an advanced malicious software removal program made by (c) Zemana lab. It’s able to help you remove potentially unwanted software, browser hijackers, malicious software, toolbars, ransomware and adware that causes a large number of annoying Primosearch.com pop ups.
Download Zemana Free on your Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
Once the downloading process is complete, close all applications and windows on your personal computer. Double-click the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” that will help you setup Zemana Anti-Malware on your machine. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is finished successfully, Zemana Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen as shown on the screen below.
Now press the “Scan” button .Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) program will scan through the whole computer for the ‘ad supported’ software that causes undesired Primosearch.com pop-up advertisements. This task may take some time, so please be patient. When a threat is detected, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is complete.
Once that process is done, the results are displayed in the scan report. In order to remove all threats, simply click “Next” button. The Zemana AntiMalware will delete ad supported software that developed to reroute your internet browser to various ad pages such as Primosearch.com. When the clean up is complete, you may be prompted to reboot the computer.
Automatically remove Primosearch.com pop up advertisements with Malwarebytes
Remove Primosearch.com pop up advertisements manually is difficult and often the ad supported software is not completely removed. Therefore, we suggest you to use the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your PC. Moreover, the free application will help you to remove malware, PUPs, toolbars and hijackers that your computer may be infected too.
- Download MalwareBytes Free from the link below.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
- Once the downloading process is finished, close all software and windows on your computer. Open a file location. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, click Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is finished, press the “Scan Now” button to start checking your system for the ad supported software that causes multiple unwanted ads. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the MalwareBytes AntiMalware utility is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as being infected by malicious software.
- After MalwareBytes Free has finished scanning your computer, MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will show a screen which contains a list of malicious software that has been found. Review the report and then click “Quarantine Selected”. After that process is complete, you can be prompted to reboot your computer.
The following video offers a tutorial on how to delete browser hijackers, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM).
Run AdwCleaner to remove Primosearch.com popup advertisements
If MalwareBytes antimalware or Zemana Anti Malware cannot remove this ad-supported software, then we recommends to run the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for browser hijackers, PUPs, toolbars and adware that causes browsers to display intrusive Primosearch.com popup advertisements.
- Download AdwCleaner from the link below and save it to your Desktop.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: April 3, 2020
- Select the file location as Desktop, and then press Save.
- After downloading is finished, run the AdwCleaner, double-click the adwcleaner_xxx.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, press Yes to continue.
- In the AdwCleaner window, press the “Scan” for scanning your system for the adware which created to redirect your web-browser to various ad pages like Primosearch.com. This task may take quite a while, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
- Once AdwCleaner has finished scanning, you can check all threats found on your computer. Next, you need to click “Clean”. If the AdwCleaner will ask you to restart your system, click “OK”.
The guide shown in detail in the following video.
Block Primosearch.com redirect and other undesired web sites
Enabling an ad-blocker program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad blocker applications will also protect you from malicious ads and web sites, and, of course, stop redirection chain to Primosearch.com and similar web-pages.
Installing the AdGuard adblocker application is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard from the link below. Save it on your Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading is finished, double-click the downloaded file to run it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as shown 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 guidance as displayed in the following example.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guidance that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-ups, web-pages such Primosearch.com, 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 internet browser has been hijacked by Primosearch.com pop-up advertisements?
The majority of ‘ad supported’ software is bundled with freeware or even paid applications that Web users can easily download online. The installers of such software, most commonly, clearly show that they will install optional software. The option is given to users to stop the setup of any third-party applications. So, in order to avoid the setup of any ‘ad supported’ software: read all disclaimers and install screens very carefully, choose only Custom or Advanced installation method and uncheck all third-party software in which you are unsure.
To sum up
Once you have finished the guidance above, your PC should be clean from this ad-supported software and other malware. The Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and MS Edge will no longer open unwanted Primosearch.com web-page when you surf the Internet. Unfortunately, if the steps does not help you, then you have caught a new adware, 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 annoying Primosearch.com popup advertisements.