Srchbar.com redirect removal instructions
What is srchbar.com?
Identical to srcbar.com, srchbar.com is a fake search engine that supposedly generates improved results, thereby enhancing the web browsing experience. Initially, this functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, developers promote this site using a browser-hijacking app called Search Manager. In addition, srchbar.com and Search Manager record information relating to browsing activity.
Following infiltration, Search Manager assigns the Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to srchbar.com. Although these changes may seem insignificant, users are unable to revert them. Research shows that Search Manager continually reassigns browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, unless Search Manager is uninstalled, returning browsers to their previous states is impossible and users are forced to visit srchbar.com when they search via the URL bar or simply open a new browser tab. This significantly diminishes the browsing experience. Once a search query is entered, srchbar.com redirects to search.yahoo.com and users end up searching via Yahoo (a legitimate web search engine). This makes srchbar.com useless. Furthermore, srchbar.com and Search Manager continually gather IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar data that typically includes personal details. This information is shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are advised to uninstall the Search Manager browser hijacker and never return to srchbar.com
|Name||Srchbar.com fake web search engine|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Search Manager|
|Domains Promoting Search Manager||srchmgrds[.]com, srchmgrk[.]com, apiprxy[.]com|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved web search results.|
|Serving IP Address (srchbar.com)||188.8.131.52|
|Detection Names (srchbar.com)||Fortinet (Malware), Avira (Suspicious), Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|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.|
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The Internet is full of fake web search engines that share similarities with srchbar.com. Websites such as feed.amazingtab.com, mysearches.co, and websearchlabs.com are just some examples from many. They offer improved results and other "useful features" (weather forecasts, shortcuts to popular websites, etc.), however, these claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. The only purpose of all fake search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, they cause unwanted redirects and gather sensitive data. Furthermore, some generate misleading results and intrusive ads leading to dubious websites. Therefore, using fake search engines risks various computer infections.
How did Search Manager install on my computer?
Research shows that Search Manager typically infiltrates systems without permission, since developers promote this PUP using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Intrusive ads redirect users to questionable sites websites (two known websites promoting Search Manager are srchmgrds[.]com and srchmgrk[.]com), as well as execute scripts that stealthily download and install PUPs or even malware. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party programs with regular software. Developers hide "bundled" applications within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download or installation processes. Furthermore, many users are likely to click various advertisements and skip download/installation steps - behavior that often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs such as Search Manager. Users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent this situation, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, however, they redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other untrustworthy websites. These ads are often delivered by adware-type PUPs. If you encounter dubious redirects, check the list of installed applications/browser plug-ins and remove any suspicious entries. In addition, select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze each window of the download/installation settings. Decline all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. You are also advised to avoid using third party download/installation tools, since developers monetize them by promoting ("bundling") PUPs. Applications should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. The key to computer safety is caution.
Search Manageer browser hijacker asking for permissions in Google Chrome web browser:
Screenshots of questionable websites (srchmanager[.]com, srchmgrds[.]com and srchmgrk[.]com) promoting Search Manager browser hijacker:
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- What is srchbar.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Search Manager application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove srchbar.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Search Manager browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove srchbar.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove srchbar.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Search Manager 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 (for example, "Search Manager"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the srchbar.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Search Manager browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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://srchbar.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 "srchbar".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search manager 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 "Search Manager" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
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.srchbar.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 "srchbar.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 search manager 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 on "Extensions" and remove "Search Manager", as well as all other 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://srchbar.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: "srchbar.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search manager 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 search manager 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 search manager browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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