Primosearch.com Redirect

Also Known As: primosearch.com pop-up
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Primosearch.com redirect removal instructions

What is primosearch.com?

Identical to deloton.com, trackingclick.com, rosetheet.com, and many others, primosearch.com is a rogue website designed to redirect to a number of other suspicious sites. Research shows that users are redirected to primosearch.com by potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). These rogue programs usually infiltrate systems without permission, or trick users to install by falsely claiming to provide "useful features". Following infiltration, PUPs cause unwanted redirects, diminish system performance, deliver malicious ads, and collect user-system information.

primosearch.com adware

Potentially unwanted programs randomly open new browser tabs/windows and redirect to primosearch.com, which, in turn, causes several (usually 2 or 3) successive redirects to suspicious sites. There is a high probability that these sites will contain malicious content. Therefore, redirects to primosearch.com can result in high-risk computer infections. In addition, PUPs deliver 'malvertising' ads (such as coupons, pop-ups, banners, etc.) To achieve this, developers employ various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal visited website content, significantly diminishing the browsing experience. When clicked, these ads can lead to malicious websites and/or execute scripts that download and install malware. Clicking them can also result in various computer infections. Be aware that some PUPs run various background processes (such as mining cryptocurrency). By stealthily misusing system resources, potentially unwanted programs significantly diminish overall computer performance. Most potentially unwanted programs continually record user-system information that might be personally identifiable. Developers sell this information to third parties (mostly for marketing purposes). Thus, potentially unwanted programs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety. We strongly recommend that you eliminate all PUPs immediately.

There are hundreds of potentially unwanted programs, all of which are virtually identical. Most offer various "useful features" (for example, anti-virus, download tools, audio/video players, etc.), however, these claims are merely attempts to trick users to install. The only purpose of potentially unwanted programs is to generate revenue for the developers. In fact, only a small percentage of PUPs enable the functionality promised - most are useless. Rather than providing any value for regular users, they promote malicious websites (including fake search engines), deliver malvertising ads, stealthily run unwanted processes, and collect user-system information.

How did adware install on my computer?

Research shows that some PUPs have official download websites, however, most are distributed using the aforementioned malicious ads, together with a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, PUPs often infiltrate systems without permission, or users install them inadvertently without their consent. Bundling is stealth installation of third party software together with regular (mostly free) software. Developers hide bundled programs within various sections of the download/installation processes - they do not properly disclose this information. Many users rush these processes, skip steps, click ads, thus exposing their systems to risk of various infections and compromising their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Poor knowledge and careless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections. The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, be cautious when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet in general. Download your software from official sources only and (if possible) using a direct download link. Third party download/installation tools are monetized using the bundling method (they promote other software). Therefore, using these tools is very risky. When downloading/installing, carefully analyze each step (especially the "Custom/Advanced" options) and cancel all additionally-included programs. Note that malicious ads usually appear genuine (criminals invest a great deal of resources into ad design). Therefore, it is difficult to determine if they originate from the visited (legitimate) website. These ads are distinguishable by their redirects - they usually lead to gambling, pornography, adult dating, survey, and other suspicious websites. If you encounter such ads, uninstall all suspicious programs and browser extensions.

Quick menu:

Adware 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.

primosearch.com adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any potentially unwanted programs, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes primosearch.com redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing primosearch.com ads from Internet Explorer step 1

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 these entries and click "Remove".

Removing primosearch.com ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the primosearch.com pop-up, 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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing primosearch.com  ads from Google Chrome step 1

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

Removing primosearch.com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the primosearch.com pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing primosearch.com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

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 all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing primosearch.com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with primosearch.com pop-up 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 Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

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

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

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Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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