Search.selected-search.co is a browser hijacker. It modifies the home page, new tab and search provider by default of your installed internet browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. When this hijacker infection is installed, it’ll alter the web browser’s settings so that they automatically being redirected to the Search.selected-search.co as your startpage and use it for World Wide Web searches. So, every time, when your web-browser opens, it’ll open Search.selected-search.co web page. Furthermore, when you try to search via affected browser, it’ll reroute your queries first to Search.selected-search.co, and then on to Bing or Yahoo or Google Custom Search.
Being infected by Search.selected-search.co hijacker you will be forced to use its own search engine. It could seem not to be dangerous, but you still should be very careful, since it may display unwanted and malicious ads created to mislead you into buying certain questionable programs or products, provide search results that may redirect your internet browser to some deceptive, misleading or malicious web pages. We suggest that you use only the reliable search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.
The Search.selected-search.co hijacker infection is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, alters some settings of installed web-browsers, and blocks them from changing. Also this browser hijacker can install additional internet browser plugins and modules that will display ads and popups. And finally, the Search.selected-search.co hijacker be able to collect lots of your privacy data like what pages you’re opening, what you are looking for the World Wide Web and so on. This information, in the future, can be used for marketing purposes.
The Search.selected-search.co hijacker mostly affects only the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. However, possible situations, when any other web browsers will be affected too. A browser hijacker infection will perform a scan of the computer for web browser shortcuts and change 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 launch the web browser, you will see an undesired page.
We strongly suggest that you perform the steps below that will help you to get rid of Search.selected-search.co using the standard features of Windows and some proven freeware.
How to remove Search.selected-search.co from personal computer
There are present several free hijacker removal utilities. Also it is possible to remove Search.selected-search.co manually. But we suggest to combine all these solutions below into the one removal algorithm. Follow the steps of the guide. Read it once, after doing so, please print this page as you may need to close your web browser or restart your PC.
To remove Search.selected-search.co, perform the steps below:
- Get rid of Search.selected-search.co without any tools
- How to remove Search.selected-search.co startpage with free applications
- How to stop Search.selected-search.co
- Don’t know how your web-browser has been hijacked by Search.selected-search.co browser hijacker?
- To sum up
Get rid of Search.selected-search.co without any tools
Read this section to know how to manually delete the Search.selected-search.co hijacker. Even if the instructions does not work for you, there are several free malware removers below which can easily handle such browser hijacker infections.
Remove suspicious programs using Windows Control Panel
Check out the Windows Control Panel (Programs and Features section) to see all installed software. We suggest to click on the “Date Installed” in order to sort the list of programs by the date you installed them. If you see any unknown and suspicious programs, they are the ones you need to uninstall.
Press CTRL, ALT, DEL keys together to open the Microsoft Windows Task Manager.
Click on the “Processes” tab, look for something like Search.selected-search.co then right-click it and select “End Task” or “End Process” option.
Next, delete any unknown and suspicious programs from your Control panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Now, click the Windows button, type “Control panel” in search and press Enter. Select “Programs and Features”, then “Uninstall a program”.
Choose the program which has the name similar to “Search.selected-search.co”, delete it.
Windows Vista, 7
Close all open web browsers including the Google Chrome, FF, Internet Explorer and Edge. From the “Start” menu in Windows, select “Control Panel”. Under the “Programs” icon, choose “Uninstall a program”.
Choose the programs with the names such as Search.selected-search.co, then press “Uninstall/Change” button to uninstall this unwanted program from your machine.
Click the “Start” button, select “Control Panel” option. Click on “Add/Remove Programs”.
Select the program named like Search.selected-search.co, the press “Change/Remove” button. Follow the prompts.
Remove Search.selected-search.co search from Internet Explorer
In order to restore all browser homepage, new tab page and default search provider you need to reset the Internet Explorer to the state, that was when the MS Windows was installed on your PC.
First, start the IE, then click ‘gear’ icon . It will open the Tools drop-down menu on the right part of the browser, then click the “Internet Options” as displayed in the figure below.
In the “Internet Options” screen, select the “Advanced” tab, then press the “Reset” button. The Internet Explorer will show the “Reset Internet Explorer settings” prompt. Further, click the “Delete personal settings” check box to select it. Next, press the “Reset” button like below.
Once the process is finished, click “Close” button. Close the IE and restart your personal computer 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 Search.selected-search.co from FF by resetting web browser settings
If the FF browser program is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Mozilla Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Mozilla Firefox settings like start page, newtab page and default search engine to its default state. It will save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
First, start the Mozilla Firefox and click 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 show the “Troubleshooting Information” page as displayed on the screen below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, press the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will show the confirmation prompt. Further, press the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Firefox will begin a process to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker that cause Search.selected-search.co web-site to appear. When, it is complete, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Search.selected-search.co from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to get rid of the browser hijacker infection, malicious and ‘ad-supported’ extensions, as well as to recover the internet browser’s home page, newtab page and search engine by default that have been replaced by Search.selected-search.co hijacker.
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 displayed on the screen below and click the “Reset settings” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
How to remove Search.selected-search.co startpage with free applications
If you’re not expert at PC technology, then we suggest to run free removal utilities listed below to get rid of Search.selected-search.co for good. The automatic way is highly recommended. It has less steps and easier to implement than the manual method. Moreover, it lower risk of system damage. So, the automatic Search.selected-search.co removal is a better option.
Automatically delete Search.selected-search.co with Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM)
Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) highly recommended, because it can find security threats such ad supported software and hijackers which most ‘classic’ antivirus programs fail to pick up on. Moreover, if you have any Search.selected-search.co hijacker removal problems which cannot be fixed by this utility automatically, then Zemana Anti Malware provides 24X7 online assistance from the highly experienced support staff.
Download Zemana Free from the following link. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
After downloading is finished, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the Zemana Free will try to update itself and when this process is done, click the “Scan” button to start checking your computer for the hijacker that cause Search.selected-search.co web-site to appear.
A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your personal computer and the speed of your machine. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the checking is complete. Review the scan results and then press “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will remove hijacker which developed to reroute your browser to the Search.selected-search.co site and add items to the Quarantine.
Run Malwarebytes to delete Search.selected-search.co
Manual Search.selected-search.co removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the browser hijacker infection can be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your computer of browser hijacker. Moreover, the free program will help you to get rid of malware, PUPs, adware and toolbars that your computer may be infected too.
Download MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) by clicking on the link below. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
After downloading is done, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes Anti Malware will try to update itself and when this process is finished, press the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the browser hijacker that reroutes your web browser to intrusive Search.selected-search.co web-site. This task can take some time, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Review the results once the tool has done the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes Free is a free program that you can use to remove all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malware removal tool, we recommend you to read and follow the instructions or the video guide below.
Remove Search.selected-search.co from web-browsers with AdwCleaner
If MalwareBytes anti-malware or Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) cannot delete this hijacker, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for malware, adware, PUPs, toolbars as well as hijacker which modifies internet browser settings to replace your newtab page, home page and search engine by default with Search.selected-search.co web-page.
Download AdwCleaner tool on your MS Windows Desktop from the link below.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: March 22, 2021
When the downloading process is complete, open the file location and double-click the AdwCleaner icon. It will launch the AdwCleaner tool and you will see a screen as on the image below. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to launch the program, press Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Scan” to perform a system scan with this utility for the browser hijacker which redirects your browser to unwanted Search.selected-search.co page. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a malware, ad-supported software or PUPs are detected, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is finished.
After the system scan is complete, AdwCleaner will show a list of all threats detected by the scan as displayed on the image below.
All detected threats will be marked. You can remove them all by simply click “Clean” button. It will show a dialog box. Click “OK” button. The AdwCleaner will start to remove browser hijacker infection that causes internet browsers to open unwanted Search.selected-search.co web-page. When the procedure is complete, the tool may ask you to restart your system. After restart, the AdwCleaner will display the log file.
All the above steps are shown in detail in the following video instructions.
How to stop Search.selected-search.co
If you surf the Internet, you cannot avoid malvertising. But you can protect your web-browser against it. Download and use an ad blocker application. AdGuard is an ad blocking which can filter out a large number of of the malicious advertising, blocking dynamic scripts from loading harmful content.
- Download AdGuard program by clicking on the following link and save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- After downloading is finished, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the setup is finished, click “Skip” to close the install application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will help 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 PC, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop popup advertisements, pages such Search.selected-search.co, as well as other harmful 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 icon named AdGuard, which may be found on your desktop.
Don’t know how your web-browser has been hijacked by Search.selected-search.co browser hijacker?
To sum up
Now your personal computer should be clean of the browser hijacker that causes web browsers to show unwanted Search.selected-search.co web site. Delete AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popups and annoying malicious web sites) and Zemana AntiMalware (to periodically scan your PC system for new malware, browser hijackers and ad supported software). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new hijackers, harmful applications and adware are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Search.selected-search.co from your browser, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.