Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Search.us.com Toolbar - how to eliminate redirects to start.search.us.com?
What is search.us.com?
The search.us.com website presents users with a search bar and is promoted using the search.us.com toolbar. This website alone is not related to malware or virus infections, however, it is promoted using deceptive methods and Internet users commonly visit this site when being redirected to it. This redirect issue is a direct consequence of search.us.com toolbar installation - it changes users' Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox) homepage and default search engine settings to search.us.com If you feel that you have not willingly installed this toolbar and it appeared on your Internet browser without your consent, it is likely to have been bundled with freeware downloaded from the Internet.
Free software developers commonly bundle their programs with toolbars and other browser add-ons in order to monetize their free products. To avoid installation of unwanted toolbars such as this, users should closely inspect each installation step of freeware, disallowing any proposed changes to their Internet browser settings. The search.us.com toolbar is not malicious, however, it adds no real value to users' Internet browsing experience and is categorized as an unwanted application.
The search.us.com browser toolbar contains shortcuts to social networks, calculator, and weather forecast websites, however, it also causes redirect issues and is not recommended for installation. Note that browser toolbars diminish Internet browser performance, and in most cases, they are developed purely for monetization purposes. If you feel that this toolbar was installed without your consent, and you are annoyed by redirects to the search.us.com website, use the removal guide provided to eliminate these issues.
- What is Search.us.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Search.us.com applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Search.us.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Search.us.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Search.us.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
Search.us.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" in the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "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 "search.us.com", select this entry and click " Uninstall" or "Remove"
After uninstalling Search.us.com toolbar, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
Search.us.com redirect virus removal from browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Search.us.com redirect from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for search.us.com related entry (Search.us.com Toolbar) and disable it.
To change your homepage from search.us.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.us.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to this website, 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 on "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 on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click on the "gear" icon. Select "Internet Options". In the opened windows select "Advanced" tab and click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Search.us.com redirect from Google Chrome:
To change your homepage from start.search.us.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 Internet Search (start.search.us.com) and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change Google Chrome appearance settings:
Click the Chrome menu icon(at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "Appearance" section, click "change", in the opened window select "Use the New Tab page" instead of "Open this page: start.search.us.com".
If you continue having problems with the removal of search.us.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". In the opened menu select "Extensions" and click "Settings" (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click on the "Show advanced settings…." link. After scrolling to the bottom of the screen click on the "Reset browser settings" button. In the opened window click on the "Reset" button.
Remove Search.us.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 add-ons and remove "Search.us.com Toolbar".
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.us.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to this website, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window click on the Firefox menuin the opened menu click on the "Open Help Menu" icon then select "Troubleshooting Information", in the opened window click on "Reset Firefox" 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.us.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of Search.us.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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