Epicsearches.com Redirect

Also Known As: Epic Searches browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Epicsearches.com redirect removal instructions

What is epicsearches.com?

Epicsearches.com or Epic Searches is one of many search engines that seems very similar to popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing etc. It is offered by epic-company.com as an alternative for fast and accurate searches. Epic Searches claims to be a top-rated search engine as recommended by privacy experts worldwide.

epicsearches.com browser hijacker

Epic Searches can be installed on your browser as an extension, or you can use it through their epicsearches.com website. If it is added as an extension, it changes the default search engine to Epic Searches (epicsearches.com). The homepage is also set to epicsearches.com and if you open a new tab, you are redirected to epicsearches.com The site may appear legitimate, since it does not contain extra buttons, icons, and other features that link to other known or unknown websites. It has a minimalist design with only a search bar, EPIC logo, and "Web Search" button. You can find Epic Searches extension in Chrome Web Store. It is not officially available anywhere else and can be added as an extension to Google Chrome only. Once added, it can (and most probably will) read and change all data on the websites that you visit, replace the page that you see when opening a new tab, and change your search settings to epicsearches.com According to Epic Searches, they will not build any profile based on your searches or collect personal data such as geographical location, social security number, and so on. The only data are collected is your IP address and search terms. They state that collected information is used only to serve relevant and improved results, and that it is safe - encrypted and stored on secure networks. They also notify you, however, that collected data may be accessible to third parties such as the Epic Searches website hosting partners or other parties who assist them in operating their website. In their privacy statement they also mentioned that they may share, rent, or sell collected information (and other non-personally identifiable information) to third parties so they can develop and deliver search results and advertising. They also mention that you may be offered various third-party products and services on epicsearches.com

There are hundreds search engines similar to Epic Searches offering to add/install an extension or an add-on to browsers, or to simply use their search engine by visiting a particular website. This supposedly enables users to search faster, get more accurate results, and so on. They may appear similar or identical, but the impact on your web browser might be different. As mentioned earlier, these search engines might be collecting data to generate revenue, especially if you are being redirected to various websites filled with suspicious ads, buttons, and links, or if the search results are misleading and you end up visiting websites that are not related to your search enquiry.

How did Epic Searches install on my computer?

As a rule, most browser hijackers are installed through various add-supporting programs, shareware, freeware, and so on. These unwanted programs are often bundled with software you are downloading from the Internet. There are also cases whereby browser hijackers are installed through clicked pop-up ads, "Download" buttons, emails, torrents, or software download managers. If, however, Epic Searches appears not to be a browser hijacker, it was probably obtained from the epicsearches.com website or Chrome Web Store.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not click suspicious links, buttons, etc., especially if you are not sure whether you are on a trustworthy website. Do not open emails from unknown/suspicious senders and certainly do not download files attached to those emails or click links in them. Do not jump through software installation steps, especially if the software is free. Check the "Custom" or "Advanced" installation settings before proceeding and ensure that there are no checkboxes ticked when it states that extra software will be downloaded. Keep your browser software up-to-date and apply this to the entire operating system. Have your antivirus real-time protection enabled at all times and ensure that it is updated. If your computer is already infected with Epic Searches, we recommend running a scan with Reimage Repair Tool for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

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Quick menu:

Epic Searches 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.

epicsearches.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Epic Searches browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing epicsearches.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 epicsearches.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://epicsearches.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 epicsearches.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 "epicsearches".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the epic searches 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 epicsearches.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 "Epic Searches" (or simply "EPIC") and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing epicsearches.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, disable "Epic Searches" (or simply "EPIC"), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.epicsearches.com) below the “Open a specific or set of pages” option. If present, click on the three vertical dots icon and select “Remove”.

Change your default search engine:

Removing epicsearches.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 "epicsearches.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 epic searches 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 epicsearches.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 on "Extensions" and remove "Epic Searches", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing epicsearches.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://epicsearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing epicsearches.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: "epicsearches.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with epic searches 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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