Also Known As: Triple Search Virus or Triple Search Toolbar, Type: Browser Hijacker, Distribution: High
Damage level: Medium
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Triple-search.com redirect removal instructions
What is Triple-search.com?
The Triple-search.com browser hijacker was created by Montiera Technologies LTD. This potentially unwanted application installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Usually, the Triple search toolbar infiltrates users' Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) without their consent and modifies the Internet browser homepage and default search engine settings - assigning them to triple-search.com
While this browser hijacker may not appear to be a high-risk malware infection, users should be aware that using this website for daily Internet searches is not recommended - it tracks users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses and search queries entered. Furthermore, this website uses a deceptive Internet search engine that returns dubious search results.
Browser redirects to triple-search.com may lead to malware infections and identity theft, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate this adware from your Internet browser/s. This browser settings-changing adware is closely related to Babylon Ltd, a free software developer known for distributing Babylon toolbar and other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).
The Triple-search.com browser hijacker is identical to previous variants, which redirected Internet users to dalesearch.com, Delta-Search.com, BuenoSearch.com, and Searchgol.com Creators of these browser toolbars state that they enhance browsing by displaying quick links to popular websites, Internet radio, and providing a reliable Internet search engine, however, they are categorized as adware and it is not recommended to use browser plug-ins created by Montiera technologies Ltd. To avoid installation of these potentially unwanted applications, be attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client, decline installation of advertised browser extensions. When installing downloaded programs, use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options - this will reveal installation of bundled adware. Computer users who experience browser redirects to triple-search.com should use this removal guide to eliminate adware from their Internet browsers.
- What is Triple-search.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall triplesearch toolbar and BitGuard applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Triple-search.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Triple-search.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove Triple-search.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
Triple-search.com redirect removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click "Start" ("Windows Logo" at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose "Control Panel". Locate "Programs" and click "Uninstall a program".
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 lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose "Programs and Features".
In the uninstall programs window: look for "triplesearch toolbar" (publisher - Montiera technologies LTD) and "BitGuard" (publisher - MediaTechSoft Inc.), select each and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the triple-search.com website) scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.
Triple-search.com homepage and default search engine removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove Triple-search.com from Internet Explorer:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Babylon IE plugin", "triplesearch Toolbar", and "triplesearch Helper Object", select these entries and click "Remove".
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove triple-search.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
Change default search engine:
Click on the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". In the opened window select "Search Providers", set "Google", "Bing", or any other preferred search engine as your default and remove "Triple Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the triple-search.com redirect, 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 wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Triple-search.com from Google Chrome:
Change Google Chrome homepage from triple-search.com to you preferred domain - click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over Triple Search and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change default search engine:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings", in "Search" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "TripleSearch" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the triple-search.com redirect, 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 wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the "Reset" button.
Remove Triple-search.com from Mozilla Firefox:
Click on the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Babylon Translation Activation" and "TripleSearch".
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 triple-search.com and enter your preferred domain.
Change default search engine:
In the URL address bar, type about:config and press Enter.
Click "I'll be careful, I promise!".
In the search filter at the top, type: "triple-search.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with triple-search.com redirect removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
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 wish 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 Triple-search.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of Triple-search.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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