Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Medium
Search.us.com Toolbar - how to eliminate redirects to start.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.
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". Look for search.us.com related entries: "Search.us.com", select this entry and click Uninstall.
Windows XP users:
Click "Start", choose "Settings" and click "Control Panel". Locate and click "Add or Remove Programs". Locate "Programs and Features". Look for search.us.com related entries: "Search.us.com", select this entry and click 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 "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), 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 "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), 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.
Remove Search.us.com redirect from Google Chrome:
To change your homepage from start.search.us.com to your preferred domain, click on the wrench (bars) icon, 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 on the bars icon (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".
Remove Search.us.com redirect from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable add-ons and remove "Search.us.com Toolbar". To reset your homepage click "Tools", 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 left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.