How to eliminate browser redirects to nowsearch.info?
What is nowsearch.info?
Developers present nowsearch.information as a "high-quality" Internet search engine. In addition, its appearance barely differs from Bing, Google, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, many users believe that nowsearch.information is legitimate and a good choice for searching the Internet. Be aware, however, that developers promote this website via browser-hijacking downloaders/installers that modify browser options without permission. Furthermore, nowsearch.information continually records various data (mostly relating to Internet browsing habits).
Research shows that rogue set-ups target Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Following infiltration, set-ups assign the new tab URL/homepage/default search engine options to nowsearch.information. They also append this URL to the target of each browser shortcut. Therefore, users continually encounter redirects to nowsearch.information. Rogue set-ups stealthily install several "helper objects" (potentially unwanted programs [PUPs] and/or browser plug-ins). These so-called "helper objects" reassign browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, users are unable to revert changes performed by rogue set-ups. By deceptively building nowsearch.information traffic, developers significantly diminish users' Internet browsing experience. Another downside is information tracking. Be aware that nowsearch.information and "helper objects" continually record various user-system information that often includes private details. Criminals sell this information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), thereby putting your privacy at risk. Furthermore, some "helper objects" misuse system resources to run various unnecessary background processes without users' consent. By mining cryptocurrency or running other irrelevant processes, rogue programs/extensions significantly reduce system performance. If you encounter redirects to nowsearch.information, immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Never return to this website.
|Name||nowsearch.info 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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The Internet is full of fake search engines virtually identical to nowsearch.info. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) somethat.com, search60.com, newtab.today, and many others. By offering various "useful features" (such as improved search results, quick access to popular websites, local weather forecasts, and so on), rogue websites attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, fake search engines are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. In most cases they deliver no real value for regular users. Websites such as nowsearch.information cause unwanted redirects and gather various information. Some also feed users with fake search results and "malvertising" ads (coupons, banners, etc.) These bogus ads and results typically lead to malicious websites. Furthermore, the ads might run scripts that download and install malware. For these reasons, fake search engines pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did nowsearch.info install on my computer?
As mentioned above, nowsearch.information is promoted via rogue download/installation set-ups. This marketing method is called "bundling". Developers hide all details of browser modifications within the "Custom/Advanced" options or other sections of the download/installation processes. They do not disclose this information properly. Furthermore, users often rush and skip procedure steps. In doing so, they inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify various options, expose their systems to risk of various infections, and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Potentially unwanted programs (e.g., "helper objects") are distributed using the "bundling" method, and using the aforementioned malicious ads. Therefore, pay close attention when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet. Analyze each step of the download/installation processes and cancel all additionally-included programs. Malicious ads typically appear legitimate, since criminals invest many resources into their design. In fact, you can distinguish these ads by their redirects - most lead to pornography, adult dating, gambling, and other dubious websites. Such ads are often displayed by potentially unwanted adware-type programs. If you are redirected to these websites, immediately eliminate all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins.
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- What is nowsearch.info?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove nowsearch.info redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove nowsearch.info browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove nowsearch.info homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove nowsearch.info redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
nowsearch.info 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 nowsearch.info website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
nowsearch.info 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 nowsearch.info-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 replace the whole text with browser's location (e.g., "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.nowsearch.info and enter your preferred domain, which will open every 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 "nowsearch".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the nowsearch.info 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 nowsearch.info-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 replace whole text with browser's location (e.g., "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.nowsearch.info) 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 "nowsearch.info", 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 nowsearch.info 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 nowsearch.info-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 replace whole text with browser's location (e.g., "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.nowsearch.info 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: "nowsearch.info"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with nowsearch.info 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 nowsearch.info 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 nowsearch.info browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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