Searchdimension.com redirect removal instructions
What is searchdimension.com?
Developers present searchdimension.com as an Internet search engine that enhances the Internet browsing experience by generating improved search results. Therefore, many users believe that searchdimension.com is legitimate and useful, however, developers promote this website by employing rogue download/installation set-ups designed to hijack web browser settings and modify options without consent. Furthermore, searchdimension.com continually records various information relating to Internet browsing activity.
Research shows that rogue set-ups target Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Following infiltration, set-ups assign the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to searchdimension.com. They then stealthily install a number of "helper objects" (third party applications and/or browser plug-ins) to automatically reassign browser settings when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible and users are forced to visit searchdimension.com when they open a new browser tab or attempt to search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. Helper objects and searchdimension.com continually track Internet browsing activity by collecting various information that might contain personal details including Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. This data is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Information tracking can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter unwanted redirects to searchdimension.com, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Never return to this site.
The Internet is full of fake search engines similar to searchdimension.com including, for example, searchesspace.com, http-search.com, and chromesearch1.info. All offer improved search results, however, bear in mind that fake search engines are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and are useless for regular users. In fact, they cause unwanted redirects and continually track users' Internet browsing activity. Some also generate results leading to malicious websites. Therefore, using a fake search engine can lead high-risk adware or malware infections.
How did searchdimension.com install on my computer?
To promote searchdimension.com, developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling", since they know that users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, information regarding modification of web browser settings is hidden within the "Custom/Advanced" options of these processes. By skipping this section, users grant set-ups permission to modify options, expose their systems to risk of various infections, and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Potentially unwanted programs are distributed using the "bundling" method. Therefore, never rush the download or installation processes. Select the "Custom/Advanced" settings, closely analyze each step, and decline offers to download/install additional apps. In addition, never allow set-ups to modify settings irrelevant to the installation.
Deceptive pop-up ads promoting searchdimension.com fake search engine:
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- What is searchdimension.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall searchdimension.com application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove searchdimension.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove searchdimension.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove searchdimension.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove searchdimension.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
searchdimension.com browser hijacker 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 10 and 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.
Mac OSX users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the searchdimension.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
searchdimension.com browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
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Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://searchdimension.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click 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 then remove "searchdimension".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchdimension.com browser hijacker, 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 malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Search Control" and other recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
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 hxxp://searchdimension.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
Change your default search engine:
To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in the "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Search Control" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchdimension.com browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove all recently-installed browser plug-ins.
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://searchdimension.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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: "searchdimension.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with searchdimension.com browser hijacker 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 Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...
In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.
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.
In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchdimension.com browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove searchdimension.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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