Also Known As: Autocompletepro Virus, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium
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Search.autocompletepro.com - how to eliminate browser redirects to this website?
What is Search.autocompletepro.com?
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).
- What is Search.autocompletepro.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Autocompletepro applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Search.autocompletepro.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Search.autocompletepro.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Search.autocompletepro.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
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".
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs".
WIndows 8 users:
Right-click in the screen’s bottom-left corner, select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Uninstall a Program".
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Autocompletepro", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
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.
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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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 on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) 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.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to hxxp://Search.autocompletepro.com, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl" In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click the "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options".
In the opened window, select the "Advanced" tab.
Click the "Reset" button.
Confirm that you want to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Search.autocompletepro.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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 the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) 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.
If you continue having problems with the removal of Search.autocompletepro.com browser hijacker, you can reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select "Tools". From the opened menu, select "Extensions". In the opened window, select "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Show advanced settings…" link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click the "Reset browser settings" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Search.autocompletepro.com redirect from FireFox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main 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 on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.autocompletepro.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to hxxp://Search.autocompletepro.com, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click the Firefox menu,in the opened menu, click the "Open Help Menu" icon,
Select "Troubleshooting Information".
In the opened window click the "Reset Firefox" button.
In the opened window confirm that you want to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
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.
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