If unwanted web-site named Search Turbo keeps showing up as your home page or search engine then most probably that the hijacker get installed on your PC. It is able to hijack your web-browser like Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome and MS Edge to its web-site. You’ll notice that the web-browser newtab page, start page and default search engine have altered without your permission to Search Turbo. Whenever you search for anything in Google (Bing or Yahoo) you will get redirected to other search engines that are 100% commercial. Please read this article below for more troubleshooting info. Here’s the complete tutorial that would help remove Search Turbo from your browser.
When you’re performing searches using the internet browser that has been affected with Search Turbo, the search results will be returned from Bing, Yahoo or Google Custom Search. The devs behind Search Turbo browser hijacker infection are most probably doing this to make advertisement money from the advertisements opened in the search results.
The Search Turbo browser hijacker is not a virus, but the virus behaves similarly. As a rootkit hides in the system, imposes changes to current settings of installed web browsers, and blocks them from modifying. Also this browser hijacker infection may install additional internet browser extensions and modules that will open ads and pop ups.
And finally, the Search Turbo hijacker can be used to collect a wide variety of privacy information about you such as what webpages you are opening, what you’re looking for the Internet and so on. This information, in the future, can be transferred third party companies.
We suggest you to clean your computer of browser hijacker as quickly as possible. Use the steps below which will assist to remove Search Turbo and malicious software, that can be installed onto your system along with it.
How to remove Search Turbo from Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge
As with removing adware, malicious software or PUPs, there are few steps you can do. We advise trying them all. If you do only one part of the guide, then it should be use malware removal utility, because it should remove hijacker and stop any further infection. But to completely get rid of the Search Turbo you will have to at least reset your browser settings like newtab page, default search provider and home page to default state, disinfect web-browsers shortcuts, remove all unwanted and suspicious software, and delete browser hijacker infection by malware removal utilities. Certain of the steps will require you to restart your PC or exit this webpage. So, read this guidance carefully, then bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Search Turbo, use the following steps:
- How to remove Search Turbo home page without any software
- Run free malware removal tools to completely delete Search Turbo
- How to stop Search Turbo redirect
- How to Search Turbo hijacker get installed onto PC
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How to remove Search Turbo home page without any software
Steps to get rid of Search Turbo hijacker infection without any applications are presented below. Be sure to carry out the step-by-step instructions completely to fully remove this unwanted Search Turbo home page.
Deleting the Search Turbo, check the list of installed programs first
We suggest that you start the computer cleaning process by checking the list of installed software and remove all unknown or dubious programs. This is a very important step, as mentioned above, very often the malicious programs such as adware and browser hijackers may be bundled with free applications. Remove the unwanted programs can delete the undesired advertisements or web browser redirect.
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Next, press “Uninstall a program”
It will display a list of all software installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and remove any dubious and unknown software. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort apps by date in the Control panel.
Fix web browser shortcuts, altered by Search Turbo hijacker
Important to know, most anti-malware apps that are able to remove hijacker related to Search Turbo redirect, but unable to find and recover modified shortcuts. So, you need to fix the desktop shortcuts for your Google Chrome, IE, Firefox and Edge web-browsers manually.
To clear the web browser shortcut, right-click to it and choose Properties. 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 similar to “http://site.address” which has been added here. You need to delete it.
When the text is removed, press the OK button. You need to clean all shortcuts of all your browsers, as they may be affected too.
Remove Search Turbo from Chrome
In this step we are going to show you how to reset Google Chrome settings. PUPs such as the Search Turbo can make changes to your web browser settings including home page, search provider by default and newtab page, add toolbars and undesired extensions. By resetting Google Chrome settings you will remove Search Turbo and reset unwanted changes caused by hijacker. Essential information like bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
Open the Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following guide: Remove Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the 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 on the image below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, press the “Reset” button.
Get rid of Search Turbo from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox web-browser program 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 like new tab, start page and default search engine to their original settings. It’ll keep your personal information like browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
Start the Firefox and press the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the internet browser screen. Next, click the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu. It will show 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 figure below.
Click the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the Troubleshooting Information page. Select “Refresh Firefox” in the confirmation prompt. The Mozilla Firefox will start a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the browser hijacker that redirects your browser to undesired Search Turbo web page. After, it’s finished, click the “Finish” button.
Delete Search Turbo redirect from Internet Explorer
If you find that IE internet browser settings like newtab page, search engine and homepage had been hijacked, then you may return your settings, via the reset web-browser process.
First, run the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” as displayed on the screen below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Microsoft Internet Explorer will display the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your system for the changes to take effect. It will delete hijacker that cause Search Turbo web page to appear, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings such as newtab, start page and search engine to default state.
Run free malware removal tools to completely delete Search Turbo
Many antivirus companies have designed software that help detect and delete hijacker infection, and thereby return all your typical browsers settings. Below is a a few of the free programs you may want to run. Your PC system can have a ton of potentially unwanted apps, adware and browser hijacker infections installed at the same time, so we recommend, if any unwanted or harmful application returns after rebooting the computer, then launch your machine into Safe Mode and use the anti malware tool again.
Use Zemana Free to remove Search Turbo
We recommend using the Zemana Free. You may download and install Zemana to scan for and remove Search Turbo from your machine. When installed and updated, the malware remover will automatically scan and detect all threats present on the PC system.
Installing the Zemana Anti-Malware is simple. First you’ll need to download Zemana on your system by clicking on the link below.
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Once the downloading process is complete, close all windows on your PC. Further, open the install file named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” dialog box pops up as displayed on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” that will help you install Zemana Free on the machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once setup is complete successfully, Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will automatically run and you can see its main window as displayed in the figure below.
Next, click the “Scan” button to start checking your computer for the hijacker which made to reroute your internet browser to the Search Turbo web page. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your PC system. While the utility is scanning, you can see count of objects and files has already scanned.
When finished, the results are displayed in the scan report. Next, you need to press “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will start to delete hijacker responsible for redirecting your web browser to Search Turbo site. When the procedure is finished, you may be prompted to restart your PC.
Use HitmanPro to delete Search Turbo from the system
If Zemana Free cannot get rid of this hijacker, then we advises to run the HitmanPro. The HitmanPro is a free powerful, professional removal tool for malware, ad-supported software, PUPs, toolbars as well as hijacker which alters internet browser settings to replace your start page, search engine by default and newtab with Search Turbo web site. It completely removes all traces and remnants of the infection.
Please go to the following link to download the latest version of Hitman Pro for Windows. Save it on your MS Windows desktop or in any other place.
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When downloading is complete, open the folder in which you saved it. You will see an icon like below.
Double click the HitmanPro desktop icon. After the tool is opened, you will see a screen as displayed below.
Further, click “Next” button for checking your PC system for the browser hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to Search Turbo. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your PC and the speed of your computer. When the scan get finished, HitmanPro will show you the results as on the image below.
Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next” button. It will open a prompt, click the “Activate free license” button.
Run Malwarebytes to remove Search Turbo
Remove Search Turbo browser hijacker manually is difficult and often the hijacker is not completely removed. Therefore, we suggest you to run the Malwarebytes Free that are completely clean your system. Moreover, the free program will help you to remove malicious software, potentially unwanted apps, toolbars and adware that your PC system can be infected too.
- Visit the page linked below to download MalwareBytes Anti Malware. Save it on your Windows desktop or in any other place.
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- After downloading is finished, close all apps and windows on your system. Open a folder in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is finished, click the “Scan Now” button to begin checking your PC for the hijacker which cause a reroute to Search Turbo web page. Depending on your computer, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete.
- After the system scan is done, a list of all threats detected is produced. Next, you need to click “Quarantine Selected”. Once the process is finished, you can be prompted to restart your computer.
The following video offers a guide on how to delete browser hijacker infections, adware and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM).
How to stop Search Turbo redirect
Running an ad blocking program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad blocker apps will also protect you from malicious ads and web-sites, and, of course, stop redirection chain to Search Turbo and similar sites.
- Please go to the link below to download the latest version of AdGuard for MS Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
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- After downloading it, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the installation is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation 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 run your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop pop-up advertisements, Search Turbo redirect, as well as other malicious or misleading webpages. 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, which is located on your desktop.
How to Search Turbo hijacker get installed onto PC
Now your computer should be free of the browser hijacker responsible for modifying your web-browser settings to Search Turbo. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you block unwanted pop ups and annoying harmful web sites) and Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your computer 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 delete Search Turbo from the Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, MS Edge and Mozilla Firefox, then ask for help here here.