How to eliminate browser redirects to search60.com?
What is search60.com?
Developers present search60.com as a high-end Internet search engine that generates improved results and, therefore, enhances the browsing experience. On initial inspection, search60.com may seem legitimate and useful, since its appearance barely differs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. In fact, this site gathers sensitive data. Furthermore, developers promote it using deceptive download/installation set-ups that modify Internet browser options without permission.
Rogue set-ups target Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Following infiltration, set-ups assign the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine settings to search60.com, and also add this URL to the target of each browser shortcut. Henceforth, users are automatically redirected to search60.com when they search via the URL bar or simply open a browser/new browser tab. These redirects significantly diminish the browsing experience. As well as modifying settings, set-ups stealthily install a number of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and/or browser plug-ins (so-called "helper objects"). These installed apps/add-ons continue to reassign browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, users are unable to revert changes performed by rogue set-ups. With the help of search60.com and "helper objects", developers gather various information (keystrokes, URLs visited, search queries, Internet Protocol [IP] addresses, etc.) that often includes private details. Criminals sell this information to third parties, thereby putting your privacy at risk. Some "helper objects" mine cryptocurrency or run other unwanted processes in the background. By misusing system resources without permission, "helper objects" significantly diminish overall computer performance. If you encounter redirects to search60.com, uninstall all dubious applications/browser plug-ins and never visit this site again.
|Name||search60.com browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Symptoms||Manipulated Internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default Internet search engine, new tab settings). User's are forced to visit hijacker's website and search the Internet using their search engines.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Internet browsing tracking (potential privacy issues), displaying of unwanted ads, redirects to shady websites.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
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search60.com is virtually identical to newtab.today, fidonav.com, redisearch.com, and dozens of other fake search engines. As with search60.com, these websites also claim to enhance users' Internet browsing experience. In fact, most deliver no real value for regular users. These websites are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. All claims to provide useful features are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. These websites merely cause unwanted redirects and collect sensitive information. Note that some also feed users with fake search results and malicious ads such as coupons, banners, and so on. These results and ads usually lead to malicious websites. In addition, some ads run scripts that download and install malware/PUPs. Therefore, use of fake search engines can result in high-risk computer infections.
How did search60.com install on my computer?
search60.com is promoted using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Developers are aware that users are likely to skip most download/installation steps - they conceal all details of browser modifications within various sections (e.g., "Custom/Advanced" options) of the download or installation processes. By rushing these processes and skipping steps, users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify various options and expose their systems to risk of various infections.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. Potentially unwanted programs are distributed using the aforementioned "bundling" method and malicious ads. The key to computer safety is caution. When downloading/installing software, select the "Custom/Advanced" settings, decline offers to download/install additional programs, and opt-out of those already included. Be aware that third party download/installation tools are monetized using the "bundling" method (they promote malicious apps). Therefore, we strongly advise you to avoid using them. Furthermore, many malicious ads appear genuine, however, once clicked, they redirect to survey, gambling, adult dating, and other dubious websites. If you encounter such ads, immediately remove all suspicious apps and browser extensions.
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- What is search60.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search60.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove search60.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search60.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search60.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
search60.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 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 potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes browser redirects to the search60.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
search60.com homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Remove search60.com-related Internet Explorer add-ons:
Click the "gear" 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:
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.search60.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://www.search60.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch 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, then remove "search60".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search60.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:
Remove search60.com-related Google Chrome extensions:
Click the 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.
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
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.search60.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search60.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.
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 engine" section, click "Manage search engines...", in the opened list, look for "search60.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search60.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:
Remove search60.com-related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:
Click the Firefox menu (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:
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.search60.com/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
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://www.search60.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
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: "search60.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search60.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 search60.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 search60.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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