Search.searchmood.com Redirect

Also Known As: SearchMood browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.searchmood.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.searchmood.com?

The search.searchmood.com application is developed by an Indian company called SearchMood. This app may seem legitimate and useful, however, it is likely to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a browser hijacker. These applications are often installed without users' consent and promote a fake search engine.

search.searchmood.com browser hijacker

In this case, SearchMood promotes the search.searchmood.com fake search engine. This is a browser hijacker that targets the most popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge. Once installed, it assigns the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL settings to search.searchmood.com When a search enquiry is made, it redirects users to i.search.searchmood.com, a website owned by the same company. The SearchMood application is installed as a form of extension or add-on, which is supposedly enhanced by Google and encourages you to access your email by providing graphical links to gmail.com, outlook.live.com, yahoo.com, aol.com, and plus.google.com, and links various social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. This may appear to be a useful search engine, however, it is likely to collect information about users and their online habits. Most browser hijackers perform these functions to generate revenue by sharing collected data with third parties. An installed browser hijacker could also lead to more serious privacy issues such as identity theft, and so on.

The number of browser hijackers developed by this company is unknown, however, there are dozens of similar hijackers promoting fake search engines such as SmartEasyMaps, HoroscopeBuddy and BabyNameReady. They might have different functionality, but their behaviour remains identical. All claim to offer various 'useful functions' to give the impression of legitimacy, but they are developed simply to generate revenue for the developers. Having this software installed will result in unwanted redirects to bogus websites, rather than benefiting from the functionality promised.

How did SearchMood install on my computer?

SearchMood can be downloaded from Chrome Web Store, Firefox Add-ons, or other supposedly legitimate sources, however, it can also be installed without permission when installing other software. This often happens due to the lack of knowledge or careless behaviour of many users. Many browser hijackers are installed when potentially unwanted software such as SearchMood is 'bundled' with the software you wish to install. Browser hijackers are often "hidden" in "Custom", "Advanced", and similar installation options. Many users rush through installation steps without reading what they are agreeing to - this is how browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs are installed.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

If you want to avoid unwanted software, install it carefully and pay attention to details when going through the installation steps. Check all available "Custom", "Advanced" (and other similar options) and study each step. If there are any checkboxes present, untick them if it states that you agree to install extra software and other similar features. Avoid using third party software downloaders or installation managers. If you are downloading software, ensure that you download it from official sources only. Do not click suspicious ads or "Download" buttons - in many cases they redirect to untrustworthy and dubious websites or download malicious software. If your computer is already infected with SearchMood, we recommend running a scan with Reimage Repair Tool for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting SearchMood browser hijacker:

Website used to promote SearchMood browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

SearchMood 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.

search.searchmood.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently installed suspicious applications (for example, "SearchMood version 1.0"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

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

SearchMood browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.searchmood.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 "SearchMood" and other recently installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing search.searchmood.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://search.searchmood.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 search.searchmood.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 "searchmood".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchmood 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 search.searchmood.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 "SearchMood" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.searchmood.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 "SearchMood", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.searchmood.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 search.searchmood.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 "search.searchmood.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 searchmood 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 search.searchmood.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 "SearchMood", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.searchmood.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, disable "SearchMood", remove hxxp://search.searchmood.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.searchmood.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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with searchmood 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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