What is Search App?
Search App is a rogue application that supposedly enhances the Internet browsing experience by allowing users to explore millions of websites. Judging on appearance alone, Search App may seem legitimate and useful, however, this software is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware.
There are four main reasons for these negative associations: 1) installation without consent; 2) display of intrusive advertisements; 3) causing unwanted browser redirects, and; 4) tracking of users' Internet browsing activity.
Following infiltration, Search App displays various pop-up advertisements, thereby significantly diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, these ads might lead to malicious websites and even accidental clicks can result in high-risk adware or malware infections.
Furthermore, Search App continually redirects to blpsearch.com or search.yahoo.com, also diminishing web browsing quality. Another downside is information tracking. Research shows that Search App continually monitors web browsing activity by gathering IP addresses, URLs visited, search queries, and other similar information that might contain personal details.
Search App's developers share this collected information with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse personal details to generate revenue. The presence of an information-tracking app such as Search App can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Therefore, we strongly advise you to uninstall this rogue software immediately.
By offering various 'useful features', adware-type applications attempt to trick users to install, however, their only purpose is to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no significant value. Adware-type applications deliver intrusive advertisements, collect various user-system information and, in this case, cause unwanted redirects.
How did Search App install on my computer?
Developers proliferate Search App via intrusive advertisements, and by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, it usually infiltrates systems without consent. Developers know that users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps.
Aware of this, developers hide bundled programs within the "Custom/Advanced" settings of these procedures. Skipping this section often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue applications such as Search App.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent this situation, be very cautious when downloading and installing software. Closely analyze each download/installation step using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. In addition, cancel all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. Never install bundled software.
Intrusive pop-up adverts promoting Search App adware
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- What is Search App?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Search App application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Search App adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Search App ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by Search App' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove Search App extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Search App adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "Search App", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Search App ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Search App adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 "Search App", select this entry and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search app ads, 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 "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Search App - Movies" and "Search App - Music", select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search app ads, 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", in the opened window, remove "Search App".
Computer users who have problems with search app ads 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search app ads, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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