Ampxsearch.com redirect removal instructions
What is ampxsearch.com?
According to the developers, ampxsearch.com (iresults.ampxsearch.com) is a high-end Internet search engine that significantly enhances users' browsing experience by generating improved results. The appearance of ampxsearch.com barely differs from Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. Therefore, many users believe that ampxsearch.com is also legitimate and useful. In fact, this website is promoted using rogue download/installation set-ups that hijack web browsers and modify various settings without permission. Furthermore, this website continually gathers sensitive data.
Rogue set-ups target Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Following infiltration, they stealthily assign the new tab URL, homepage, and default search engine settings to ampxsearch.com (or iresults.ampxsearch.com). Set-ups then stealthily install a number of "helper objects" - potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and/or rogue browser plug-ins (e.g., Keytar Search). Therefore, users are unable to revert the aforementioned changes. "Helper objects" reassign browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, returning browsers to their previous states becomes impossible. Furthermore, "helper objects" might assign settings to different URLs (such as keytar.com), however, these addresses then redirect to ampxsearch.com. Therefore, users are forced to visit ampxsearch.com when they search via the URL bar or simply open a new browser tab. This significantly diminishes the web browsing experience. Furthermore, ampxsearch.com and "helper objects" continually record data that is likely to include personal details. Once recorded, IP addresses, website URLs visited, search queries, keystrokes, and other collected information is sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Thus, data tracking can result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. This behavior is very common to browser-hijacking programs. In some cases, browser hijackers mine cryptocurrency or run other unwanted processes in the background, thus significantly diminishing system performance. If you encounter redirects to ampxsearch.com, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Never return to this website.
|Name||ampxsearch.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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ampxsearch.com is virtually identical to search.searchquicks.com, nowsearch.info, somethat.com, and dozens of other fake search engines. As with ampxsearch.com, this website also offers improved search results and, potentially, other "useful features" (quick access to popular websites, weather forecasts, etc.), however, fake search engines are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Thus, claims to provide useful features are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Most fake search engines deliver no real value for regular users - they cause unwanted redirects and gather information. Some feed users with false results and intrusive advertisements (banners, coupons, so on). These ads and results typically lead to malicious websites. Furthermore, some ads execute scripts that download/install malware or other PUPs. Therefore, using a fake search engine is very risky.
How did ampxsearch.com install on my computer?
As mentioned above, developers employ browser-hijacking dowloaders and installers to promote ampxsearch.com. This marketing method is called "bundling". Developers know that users often rush the download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, details of browser modifications are hidden within various sections (typically the "Custom/Advanced" options) of these processes. By rushing and skipping steps, many users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to modify browser 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, and via the aforementioned intrusive advertisements. Therefore, to prevent system infiltration by PUPs, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and, especially, when downloading/installing software. Criminals invest considerable resources into intrusive ad design. In most cases, these ads appear genuine, and determining if they originate from the visited (legitimate) website is difficult. They are, however, distinguishable for their redirects - most lead to dubious websites, such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc. As well as fake search engines, these ads are displayed by various potentially unwanted adware-type programs. Therefore, if you encounter intrusive ads, immediately eliminate all suspicious apps and browser plug-ins. In addition, carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes and cancel all additionally-included programs. The key to computer safety is caution.
Deceptive pop-up ad promoting the ampxsearch.com fake search engine:
The appearance of redirects to ampxsearch.com caused by other URLs (GIF):
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- What is ampxsearch.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall ampxsearch.com application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove ampxsearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove ampxsearch.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove ampxsearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove ampxsearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
ampxsearch.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 ampxsearch.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
ampxsearch.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://ampxsearch.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 "ampxsearch.com".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ampxsearch.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 "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate Keytar Search and other recently-installed suspicious browser 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, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.ampxsearch.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 "Keytar", 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 ampxsearch.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://ampxsearch.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: "ampxsearch.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with ampxsearch.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 ampxsearch.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 ampxsearch.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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