Search.pandaviewer.com Redirect

Also Known As: PandaViewer browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

Description Removal Prevention

Search.pandaviewer.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.pandaviewer.com?

Developers present PandaViewer as a light and fast image viewer, which can be used free of charge. On initial inspection, PandaViewer may seem legitimate and useful, however, this software is categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program. There are three main reasons for these negative associations: 1) installation without users' consent; 2) stealth modification of web browser settings, and; 3) tracking of users' Internet browsing activity.

search.pandaviewer.com browser hijacker

Following successful infiltration, PandaViewer assigns the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.pandaviewer.com. It then appends this URL to the target of each browser shortcut. Therefore, users are automatically redirected to search.pandaviewer.com when they search via the URL bar or when opening a browser/new browser tab. These redirects significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, PandaViewer automatically reassigns browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible. PandaViewer continually records IP addresses, search queries, URLs visited, pages viewed, and other similar information that might contain personal details. PandaViewer's developers share these details with third parties who misuse personal information to generate revenue. Thus, the presence of an information-tracking program on your system can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to remove the PandaViewer browser hijacker immediately.

PandaViewer shares many similarities with OZIP, Fastcompress, SOSO DESK, and dozens of other browser-hijacking applications. All claim to provide 'useful functionality', however, apps such as PandaViewer are designed only to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no significant value. Browser hijackers cause unwanted redirects and continually gather personally identifiable information - they provide none of the features promised.

How did search.pandaviewer.com install on my computer?

Research shows that, although PandaViewer has an official download website, many users install this PUP inadvertently, without their consent. This is due to a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - stealth installation of third party applications with regular software/apps. Developers hide all bundled programs within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download or installation processes. Rushing these procedures and skipping steps exposes systems to risk of various infections and compromises users' privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

There are two simple steps you should take to prevent this situation. Firstly, never rush when downloading and installing software. Closely analyze each step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Secondly, decline offers to download/install additional applications and cancel those already included. The key to computer safety is caution.

PandaViewer browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official PandaViewer browser hijacker installation setup

Website promoting PandaViewer browser hijacker:

Website used to promote PandaViewer browser hijacker

Screenshot of PandaViewer application:

PandaViewer browser hijacker

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove PandaViewer

PandaViewer browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

search.pandaviewer.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications (for example, "PandaViewer"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the search.pandaviewer.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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PandaViewer browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Remove search.pandaviewer.com-related Internet Explorer add-ons:

Removing search.pandaviewer.com related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select such entries and click "Remove".

Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:

Removing search.pandaviewer.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.search.pandaviewer.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".

Removing search.pandaviewer.com from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing search.pandaviewer.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://www.search.pandaviewer.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.pandaviewer.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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, then remove "pandaviewer".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.pandaviewer.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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Remove search.pandaviewer.com-related Google Chrome extensions:

Removing search.pandaviewer.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:

Removing search.pandaviewer.com from Google Chrome shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker modifies the "Target" field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.search.pandaviewer.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Removing search.pandaviewer.com from Google Chrome shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing search.pandaviewer.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over Panda Image Viewer and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.pandaviewer.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "search.pandaviewer.com" and add or select your preferred Internet search engine.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.pandaviewer.com , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options 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.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove search.pandaviewer.com-related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

Removing search.pandaviewer.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:

Removing search.pandaviewer.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.search.pandaviewer.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Removing search.pandaviewer.com from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing search.pandaviewer.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://www.search.pandaviewer.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change default search engine:

Removing search.pandaviewer.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "search.pandaviewer.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.pandaviewer.com removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 1A 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 privacydeclining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 2 and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of pandaviewer 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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