SpicySEARCH Search is a program that falls under the category of malicious software from web browser hijackers family. It modifies the search provider by default, home page and newtab page of installed web-browsers such as the Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge. When this hijacker is installed, it’ll modify the browsers settings so that they automatically being redirected to the SpicySEARCH Search as your start page or use it for Internet searches. So, every time, when your web-browser opens, it’ll open SpicySEARCH Search web-site. Furthermore, when you try to search via affected web-browser, it’ll redirect your queries first to SpicySEARCH Search, and then on to Bing or Yahoo or Google Custom Search.
The hijacker infection, which set the SpicySEARCH Search as your home page can also set this intrusive web-site as your search engine. You will encounter the fact that the search in the web browser has become uncomfortable to use, because the search results will consist of a huge number of advertisements, links to ad and undesired web pages and a small amount of regular links, which are obtained from a search in the major search providers. Therefore, look for something using SpicySEARCH Search site would be a waste of time or worse, it may lead to even more infected computer.
Often, the computer which has been affected with SpicySEARCH Search browser hijacker, will be also infected by ‘ad-supported’ software (also known as adware) that opens lots of various ads. It can be pop-ups, text links in the web pages, banners where they never had. What is more, the ad-supported software may replace the legitimate ads with malicious ads that will offer to download and install malicious software and unwanted applications or visit the various dangerous and misleading web pages.
In addition to that, as was mentioned earlier, some browser hijackers such as SpicySEARCH Search to also alter all internet browsers shortcuts that located on your Desktop or Start menu. So, every affected shortcut will try to redirect your web-browser to undesired web sites, certain of which might be harmful. It can make the whole PC more vulnerable to hacker attacks.
We strongly advise you to complete the instructions which follow below. We will show you how to get rid of hijacker and thereby delete SpicySEARCH Search redirect from your Microsoft Internet Explorer, MS Edge, FF and Chrome forever.
Remove SpicySEARCH Search
In the few simple steps below we will have a look at the hijacker and how to remove SpicySEARCH Search from FF, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer and Chrome browsers for Windows OS, natively or by using a few free removal tools. Certain of the steps below will require you to exit this site. So, please read the few simple steps carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove SpicySEARCH Search, perform the following steps:
- How to delete SpicySEARCH Search without any software
- Remove SpicySEARCH Search associated software by using Windows Control Panel
- Disinfect the web-browser’s shortcuts to remove SpicySEARCH Search redirect
- Delete SpicySEARCH Search from Google Chrome
- Delete SpicySEARCH Search redirect from Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Remove SpicySEARCH Search from Mozilla Firefox by resetting browser settings
- Scan your personal computer and remove SpicySEARCH Search with free utilities
- Block SpicySEARCH Search and other undesired web-pages
- How can you prevent the SpicySEARCH Search hijacker
- Finish words
How to delete SpicySEARCH Search without any software
The following instructions is a step-by-step guide, which will help you manually delete SpicySEARCH Search from the Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and MS Edge.
Remove SpicySEARCH Search associated software by using Windows Control Panel
It is of primary importance to first identify and get rid of all potentially unwanted software, ‘ad supported’ software programs and browser hijackers through ‘Add/Remove Programs’ (Windows XP) or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 10, 8, 7) section of your Microsoft Windows Control Panel.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the MS Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter like below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and choose the ‘Control Panel’ at right as displayed below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Windows 7 or Vista) as displayed in the figure below.
Carefully browse through the list of installed programs and remove all suspicious and unknown apps. We recommend to press ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed apps by date. Once you have found anything dubious that may be the hijacker infection responsible for redirects to SpicySEARCH Search or other potentially unwanted application (PUA), then select this application and press ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully get rid of it from your computer.
Disinfect the web-browser’s shortcuts to remove SpicySEARCH Search redirect
Important to know, most antimalware applications that are able to get rid of browser hijacker which designed to reroute your web browser to the SpicySEARCH Search web-page, but unable to detect and recover changed shortcut files. So, you need to fix the desktop shortcut files for your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers manually.
Click the right mouse button to a desktop shortcut that you use to run your browser. Next, choose the “Properties” option. Important: necessary to click on the desktop shortcut file for the browser which is redirected to the SpicySEARCH Search or other unwanted web-site.
Further, necessary to look at the text that is written in the “Target” field. The browser hijacker that redirects your web browser to annoying SpicySEARCH Search site can replace the contents of this field, which describes the file to be start when you run your browser. Depending on the web-browser you are using, there should be:
- Google Chrome: chrome.exe
- Opera: opera.exe
- Firefox: firefox.exe
- Internet Explorer: iexplore.exe
If you’re seeing an unknown text like “http://site.addres” which has been added here, then you should remove it, as shown on the image below.
Next, press the “OK” button to save the changes. Now, when you launch the web browser from this desktop shortcut, it does not occur automatically redirect on the SpicySEARCH Search page or any other undesired web pages. Once the step is finished, we recommend to go to the next step.
Delete SpicySEARCH Search from Google Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings is a simple way to delete the browser hijacker, malicious and adware extensions, as well as to recover the web-browser’s newtab, start page and default search provider that have been replaced by hijacker infection.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Select More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed add-ons. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following steps: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Google Chrome main menu again, click to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown below and press the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Delete SpicySEARCH Search redirect from Microsoft Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer internet browser you restore your web browser settings to its default state. This is good initial when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by hijacker like SpicySEARCH Search.
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer. Next, press the button in the form of gear (). It will show the Tools drop-down menu, click the “Internet Options” as displayed on the screen below.
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 on the image below. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box, then click “Reset” button.
You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect.
Remove SpicySEARCH Search from Mozilla Firefox by resetting browser settings
If the Firefox internet browser application is hijacked, then resetting its settings can help. The Reset feature is available on all modern version of Firefox. A reset can fix many issues by restoring Firefox settings such as search provider by default, startpage and new tab page to its default state. It’ll save your personal information such as saved passwords, bookmarks, and open tabs.
Launch the Firefox and click the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the web browser screen. Next, press 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’re 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 in the following example.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation dialog box. The Firefox will begin a task to fix your problems that caused by the hijacker infection which cause SpicySEARCH Search web page to appear. Once, it is done, click the “Finish” button.
Scan your personal computer and remove SpicySEARCH Search with free utilities
If your PC is still infected with the SpicySEARCH Search hijacker infection, then the best solution of detection and removal is to run an antimalware scan on the PC system. Download free malicious software removal utilities below and start a full system scan. It will help you remove all components of the browser hijacker from hardisk and Windows registry.
Automatically get rid of SpicySEARCH Search redirect with Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM)
We suggest using the Zemana which are completely clean your system of the browser hijacker infection. The utility is an advanced malware removal program made by (c) Zemana lab. It is able to help you delete potentially unwanted apps, hijackers, adware, malware, toolbars, ransomware and other security threats from your personal computer for free.
Visit the following page to download Zemana Anti Malware. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
After the downloading process is finished, close all applications and windows on your system. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup as shown below.
When the install starts, you will see the “Setup wizard” that will allow you install Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) on your PC.
Once installation is complete, you will see window as shown in the figure below.
Now click the “Scan” button for scanning your computer for the browser hijacker related to SpicySEARCH Search. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your PC system and the speed of your PC. While the Zemana utility is scanning, you can see number of objects it has identified as being affected by malicious software.
Once Zemana has finished scanning your personal computer, Zemana AntiMalware will display a scan report. All found items will be marked. You can remove them all by simply press “Next” button.
The Zemana Anti Malware will get rid of browser hijacker that changes internet browser settings to replace your startpage, search engine by default and newtab with SpicySEARCH Search page.
How to automatically remove SpicySEARCH Search with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free. You may download and install Malwarebytes to find and remove SpicySEARCH Search redirect from your PC. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the computer.
Visit the page linked below to download MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM). Save it to your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: July 25, 2019
When the downloading process is complete, close all windows on your machine. Further, open the file called mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as shown on the screen below, press the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” that will allow you install MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) on the personal computer. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is finished successfully, click Finish button. Then MalwareBytes will automatically run and you may see its main window as on the image below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button to detect browser hijacker that cause a redirect to SpicySEARCH Search web-site. This task can take quite a while, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes AntiMalware utility is checking, you may see count of objects it has identified as being affected by malicious software.
Once the scanning is complete, MalwareBytes AntiMalware will open a scan report. In order to remove all items, simply click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes will remove browser hijacker that causes web-browsers to display unwanted SpicySEARCH Search page and add items to the Quarantine. Once the clean-up is finished, you may be prompted to restart your computer. We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes to remove browser hijackers, adware and other malicious software.
Double-check for potentially unwanted applications with AdwCleaner
If MalwareBytes antimalware or Zemana Anti Malware cannot get rid of this hijacker infection, then we suggests to use the AdwCleaner. AdwCleaner is a free removal utility for malware, ad supported software, PUPs, toolbars as well as hijacker infection that cause SpicySEARCH Search web site to appear.
Download AdwCleaner from the following link.
Author: Xplode, MalwareBytes
Category: Security tools
Update: March 2, 2020
When the downloading process is finished, open the file location. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the AdwCleaner desktop icon. After the tool is opened, you will see a screen as displayed on the screen below.
Further, click “Scan” button . AdwCleaner tool will begin scanning the whole PC system to find out hijacker infection that cause SpicySEARCH Search web-site to appear. A scan may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your computer and the speed of your PC. Once that process is complete, AdwCleaner will display you the results as displayed on the screen below.
All detected threats will be marked. You can remove them all by simply click “Clean” button. It will open a dialog box as shown below.
You need to press “OK”. When disinfection is complete, the AdwCleaner may ask you to restart your computer. When your machine is started, you will see an AdwCleaner log.
These steps are shown in detail in the following video guide.
Block SpicySEARCH Search and other undesired web-pages
We recommend to install an ad blocker program which may stop SpicySEARCH Search and other unwanted web sites. The ad-blocking utility like AdGuard is a application which basically removes advertising from the World Wide Web and stops access to malicious sites. Moreover, security experts says that using adblocker applications is necessary to stay safe when surfing the Net.
Installing the AdGuard is simple. First you will need to download AdGuard on your MS Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
Once the download 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 on the image below.
Press “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up advertisements, SpicySEARCH Search redirect, as well as other malicious or misleading 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, that can be found on your desktop.
How can you prevent the SpicySEARCH Search hijacker
Now your system should be clean of the browser hijacker which redirects your browser to annoying SpicySEARCH Search page. Remove AdwCleaner. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popups and undesired harmful sites) and Zemana (to periodically scan your PC for new hijackers and other malicious software). Probably you are running an older version of Java or Adobe Flash Player. This can be a security risk, so download and install the latest version right now.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of SpicySEARCH Search from the Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.