According to cyber security specialists, Obituary Search is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) from the group of browser hijacker infections. Once your browser has become the victim of this browser hijacker, it takes over your web browser like IE, Edge, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Obituary Search hijacker introduces some changes to your web browser’s settings, including start page, new tab page and default search engine, and installs undesired addons deep inside your PC system. This is the main reason why you need to delete it from your personal computer and restore your browser search provider and home page back to the default.
In order to force you to use Obituary Search as often as possible this browser hijacker can change your web browsers’ search provider. You may even find that your computer’s internet browser settings are hijacked without your knowledge and conscious permission. The creators of this browser hijacker infection do so in order to generate revenue via Google AdSense or another third-party ad network. Thus every your click on advertisements which placed on the Obituary Search generates money for them.
Moreover, an adware (also known as ‘ad-supported’ software) can be additionally installed on to your personal computer by this hijacker, that will open lots of ads, or even massive full page advertisements that blocks surfing the Net. Often such these ads can recommend to install other unknown and undesired applications or visit malicious webpages.
|Type||browser hijacker, search provider hijacker, start page hijacker, toolbar, unwanted new tab, redirect virus|
|Removal||Obituary Search removal guide|
We strongly suggest you to complete the few simple steps which follow below. We’ll show you how to remove browser hijacker infection and thus delete Obituary Search from your Firefox, IE, Google Chrome and MS Edge forever.
How to Remove Obituary Search from Windows 10 (8, 7, XP)
In order to delete Obituary Search startpage, start by closing any applications and pop ups that are open. If a popup won’t close, then close your web browser (Edge, Google Chrome, IE and Firefox). If a program won’t close then please restart your PC system. Next, follow the steps below.
To remove Obituary Search, use the steps below:
- How to get rid of Obituary Search manually
- How to remove Obituary Search with freeware
- Use AdBlocker to block Obituary Search and stay safe online
- How did you get infected with Obituary Search hijacker
- Finish words
How to get rid of Obituary Search manually
Manually uninstalling the Obituary Search homepage is also possible, although this approach takes time and technical prowess. You can sometimes locate browser hijacker in your computer’s list of installed programs and uninstall it as you would any other unwanted program.
Delete questionable programs using MS Windows Control Panel
It is of primary importance to first identify and delete all potentially unwanted applications, adware software and browser hijacker infections 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 Microsoft Windows logo, and then press Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as displayed in the figure below.
Once 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 select the ‘Control Panel’ at right like below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista) as shown in the following example.
Carefully browse through the list of installed programs and remove all questionable and unknown software. We suggest to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed applications by date. When you’ve found anything suspicious that may be the browser hijacker responsible for redirecting user searches to Obituary Search or other PUP (potentially unwanted program), then choose this application and click ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the suspicious program blocked from removal, then use Revo Uninstaller Freeware to fully delete it from your computer.
Delete Obituary Search from Microsoft Internet Explorer
By resetting Internet Explorer web browser you return your web-browser settings to its default state. This is good initial when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker infection like Obituary Search.
First, start the Internet Explorer, click ) button. Next, press “Internet Options” like below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will open the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect. It will get rid of hijacker infection that redirects your web-browser to unwanted Obituary Search website, disable malicious and ad-supported browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings like startpage, default search provider and newtab to default state.
Remove Obituary Search from Firefox by resetting internet browser settings
If Firefox homepage or search engine are hijacked by the Obituary Search, your internet browser displays intrusive popup ads, then ‘Reset Firefox’ could solve these problems. It’ll keep your personal information like browsing history, bookmarks, passwords and web form auto-fill data.
Launch the Firefox and press the menu button (it looks like three stacked lines) at the top right of the browser screen. Next, press 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 begin a procedure to fix your problems that caused by the Obituary Search browser hijacker. When, it is finished, click the “Finish” button.
Remove Obituary Search from Chrome
Reset Google Chrome settings to delete Obituary Search. If you are still experiencing issues with Obituary Search, you need to reset Google Chrome browser to its default values. This step needs to be performed only if browser hijacker infection has not been removed by the previous steps.
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will open 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 guidance: Remove Google 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 shown in the figure below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
How to remove Obituary Search with freeware
Using a malicious software removal tool to find and get rid of hijacker hiding on your computer is probably the easiest way to remove the Obituary Search redirect. We suggests the Zemana Anti Malware application for MS Windows PCs. Hitman Pro and MalwareBytes Free are other anti malware tools for MS Windows that offers a free malicious software removal.
Automatically remove Obituary Search with Zemana Free
You can download and use the Zemana Free for free. This anti-malware tool will scan all the registry keys and files in your personal computer along with the system settings and internet browser extensions. If it finds any malware, adware software or malicious add-on that is causing internet browsers to display intrusive Obituary Search webpage then the Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) will get rid of them from your computer completely.
- Visit the following page to download Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM). Save it to your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
- After the download is done, close all software and windows on your machine. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once install is finished, press the “Scan” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the browser hijacker infection responsible for Obituary Search . This process can take some time, so please be patient. When a threat is detected, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
- Once Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) completes the scan, you will be displayed the list of all found threats on your computer. Next, you need to press “Next”. Once that process is done, you may be prompted to reboot your personal computer.
Get rid of Obituary Search browser hijacker and malicious extensions with HitmanPro
HitmanPro is a free portable program that scans your computer for adware, potentially unwanted programs and hijacker infections like Obituary Search and allows remove them easily. Moreover, it will also allow you get rid of any malicious browser extensions and add-ons.
- Visit the following page to download the latest version of HitmanPro for MS Windows. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
- Once the downloading process is finished, start the HitmanPro, double-click the HitmanPro.exe file.
- If the “User Account Control” prompts, press Yes to continue.
- In the Hitman Pro window, click the “Next” to perform a system scan for the browser hijacker responsible for redirects to Obituary Search. This task may take quite a while, so please be patient. While the Hitman Pro is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified either as being malicious software.
- When the system scan is complete, the results are displayed in the scan report. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Next”. Now, click the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial to delete all malicious software found.
How to get rid of Obituary Search with MalwareBytes Anti Malware
We recommend using the MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM). You may download and install MalwareBytes to detect and remove Obituary Search redirect from your machine. When installed and updated, this free malicious software remover automatically finds and removes all threats exist on the machine.
First, visit the page linked below, then press the ‘Download’ button in order to download the latest version of MalwareBytes.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When the downloading process is done, close all applications and windows on your personal computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called mb3-setup such as the one below.
When the installation begins, you’ll see the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Malwarebytes on your computer.
Once setup is done, you will see window as displayed below.
Now press the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes application will scan through the whole computer for the hijacker responsible for Obituary Search redirect. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient. When a threat is found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly. Wait until the the scanning is complete.
After the system scan is finished, MalwareBytes Free will display a list of found items. Make sure all threats have ‘checkmark’ and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The Malwarebytes will now delete hijacker that made to redirect your web browser to the Obituary Search website and add items to the Quarantine. Once the procedure is complete, you may be prompted to reboot your machine.
The following video explains instructions on how to remove hijacker infection, adware software and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM).
Use AdBlocker to block Obituary Search and stay safe online
If you surf the World Wide Web, you cannot avoid malicious advertising. But you can protect your browser against it. Download and use an ad-blocking program. AdGuard is an ad-blocker which can filter out a lot of of the malicious advertising, blocking dynamic scripts from loading malicious content.
- Please go to the following link to download AdGuard. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- After downloading it, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- When the install is finished, click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you start your computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop undesired ads, block Obituary Search, 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 called AdGuard, that can be found on your desktop.
How did you get infected with Obituary Search hijacker
Now your computer should be free of the browser hijacker infection which made to redirect your internet browser to the Obituary Search website. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted pop ups and unwanted harmful web sites) and Zemana Free (to periodically scan your PC system for new browser hijackers and other malware). 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 Obituary Search startpage from the Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Edge and Google Chrome, then ask for help here here.