Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Search.autocompletepro.com - how to eliminate browser redirects to this website?
Search.autocompletepro.com is a website promoted via the AutoComplete Pro browser plug-in. When installed, this browser add-on suggests relevant phrases when the user types within the search boxes of various websites and search engines. Computer users can download this browser add-on from its homepage or it may be bundled with free software downloadable from the Internet. Unlike other unwanted toolbars and browser add-ons, AutoComplete Pro does not change the user's default homepage, however, when using search boxes on various websites, this plug-in redirects the user to search.autocomplete.com
The search engine presented within this website is a customized Google search engine - users receive legitimate organic search results, however, the sponsored results may be unrelated to search queries. Clicking on these results may lead to installation of additional unwanted software, toolbars, or even malware. Using search.autocomplete.com for your daily Internet searches does not hold any benefit and may lead to malware infiltration or pose a risk to your privacy.
AutoComplete Pro is not technically a virus or malware, it is simply another Internet browser extension using dubious tactics to install on users' systems. If you have willingly installed this plug-in and are aware that using search.autocompletepro.com may lead to potentially serious PC security issues, you need take no further action. If, however, you feel that your Internet browsers are redirecting without your consent, use the removal guide provided to eliminate it from your browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome).
Search.autocompletepro.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate and click "Programs and Features". Look for "AutocompletePro" select it and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Look for "AutocompletePro" select it and click Remove.
Search.autocompletepro.com redirect removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Search.autocompletepro.com redirect from Internet Explorer:
Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for AutocompletePro related entries (AutocompletePro) and disable it. To change your homepage from search.autocompletepro.com to your preferred domain: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.autocompletepro.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Remove Search.autocompletepro.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "AutocompletePro plugin for chrome", select it and click on the trash can icon. To change your homepage from search.autocompletepro.com to your preferred domain - click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over the search.autocompletepro.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Remove Search.autocompletepro.com redirect from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable "AutocompletePro - Speed up your search with your personal search suggestions tool". To reset your homepage click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.autocompletepro.com and enter your preferred domain.
After removing AutoComplete Pro plugin from your Internet browsers, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in Search.autocompletepro.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of Search.autocompletepro.com Redirect be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove Search.autocompletepro.com Redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.