Searchinspired.com Redirect

Also Known As: Search Inspired browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Searchinspired.com redirect removal instructions

What is searchinspired.com?

searchinspired.com is a fake web search engine that, according to developers, enhances the browsing experience by generating improved results and providing quick access to various popular websites (such as Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, and others). Initially, this site may seem legitimate and useful, however, developers promote searchinspired.com using a browser-hijacking application called Search Inspired, which is likely to infiltrate systems without consent. Furthermore, searchinspired.com and Search Inspired record information relating to browsing activity.

searchinspired.com browser hijacker

Following infiltration, Search Inspired hijacks Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, stealthily assigning the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to searchinspired.com These changes may seem significant, and yet users are unable to revert them - Search Inspired reassigns browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, as long as Search Inspired is installed, returning browsers to their previous states is impossible and users are encouraged to visit searchinspired.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the browsing experience. Another important issue is information tracking. Research shows that searchinspired.com and Search Inspired record information that usually includes personal details such as IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc. This information is sold to third parties who generate revenue by misusing private information. Therefore, information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you encounter redirects to searchinspired.com, immediately eliminate the Search Inspired browser hijacker. Never return to this website.

The Internet is full of fake search engines that have similar characteristics to searchinspired.com including, for example, qip.ru, fluxsearch.com, nav-goo.com, z-results.com, hfastestsearch.com, and many others. All claim to generate improved results and, in some cases, provide other "useful features" (weather forecasts, currency exchange rates, latest news, shortcuts to popular websites, etc.), however, these false promises are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. The only purpose of all fake search engines is to generate revenue for the developers. They deliver no real value for regular users, cause unwanted redirects, and gather sensitive information. Some are also designed to feed users with misleading results and intrusive advertisements. Using them can lead to various computer infections.

How did Search Inspired install on my computer?

Search Inspired has an official download website. In most cases, however, this browser hijacker infiltrates the system without permission. The reasons for this are the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users. Developers proliferate this PUP using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of PUPs together with regular programs) together with intrusive advertisements. Developers hide "bundled" programs within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes - they are not honest enough to disclose such information properly. Intrusive advertisements redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that stealthily download and install PUPs. Therefore, rushing download/installation processes and skipping steps often leads to inadvertent installation of PUPs such as Search Inspired.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent this situation, be very careful when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet in general - the key to computer safety is caution. Carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. Furthermore, you are strongly advised to avoid using third party download/installation set-ups, since developers monetize them by promoting PUPs (the "bundling" method). Download your programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Intrusive advertisements typically seem legitimate, but once clicked, redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious websites. If you experience these redirects, immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser plug-ins (intrusive ads are typically delivered by adware-type PUPs).

Website promoting Search Inspired browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Search Inspired browser hijacker

IMPORTANT NOTE! Search Inspired installs its Google Chrome extension as Administrator (read more here), thereby preventing removal. Therefore, before taking any further removal steps, perform these actions:

1) Open the Command Prompt by clicking the start menu button and typing "command prompt". Right click the "Command Prompt" result and select "Run as Administrator":

Search Inspired Run Command Prompt

2) Execute the following commands:

  • rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
  • rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
  • gpupdate /force

Search Inspired Command Prompt commands

After performing these actions, you can proceed with further removal steps for this browser hijacker.

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Quick menu:

Search Inspired browser hijacker 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.

searchinspired.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed suspicious applications (for example, "Search Inspired"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs that cause browser redirects to the searchinspired.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Search Inspired browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing searchinspired.com related Internet Explorer extensions

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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing searchinspired.com from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://searchinspired.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:

Removing searchinspired.com from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 "search inspired".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search inspired 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.

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 searchinspired.com related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Search Inspired" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing searchinspired.com from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.searchinspired.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:

Removing searchinspired.com from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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 "searchinspired.com", and when located, click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Remove from list".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search inspired browser hijacker, 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 searchinspired.com related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions" and remove "Search Inspired", as well as all other recently-installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing searchinspired.com from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://searchinspired.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing searchinspired.com from Mozilla Firefox 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: "searchinspired.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search inspired 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, 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 browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

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

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

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

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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.

Removal assistance:
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