Search-www.info redirect removal instructions
What is search-www.info?
Virtually identical (or very similar) to trafficmarket.pro, trkredir.com, g.results.supply, and many more, search-www.info is a rogue website designed to redirect visitors to other potentially malicious/untrustworthy sites. In most cases, users arrive at this website inadvertently - potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) trigger redirects to it. Typically, PUAs are installed without users' consent, cause redirects, deliver intrusive ads, and collect information.
Once installed, PUAs affect browsers by continually opening new tabs/windows and redirecting users to search-www.information. As a result, users are forced to visit even more (about 2-3) untrustworthy websites that might be malicious. This often leads to various high-risk computer infections. Another negative aspect of PUAs is the intrusive ads they deliver. Coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other similar ads are displayed using tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and conceal underlying content, thereby diminishing the browsing experience. When clicked, these ads usually cause redirects to untrustworthy websites and run scripts that download/install PUAs or malicious software. Furthermore, potentially unwanted applications tend to gather data (including IP addresses, geo-locations, keystrokes, search queries, URLs of visited websites, etc.). They also record personal/sensitive details that PUA developers misuse to generate revenue - they sharing gathered data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). These actions can lead to privacy issues, browsing safety problems, or even identity theft. We strongly recommend that you uninstall all PUAs immediately.
|Threat Type||Adware, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus|
|Symptoms||Seeing advertisements not originating from the sites you are browsing. Intrusive pop-up ads. Decreased Internet browsing speed.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
There are hundreds of similar/identical PUAs available. Their purpose is to give the impression of legitimacy by offering 'useful features' and trick users into downloading them so that developers can generate revenue. Research shows that many PUAs do not provide the functionality promised. On the contrary, they are more likely to cause problems by delivering unwanted redirects and intrusive ads, and recording information.
How did adware install on my computer?
Most potentially unwanted applications have official sites where they can be downloaded, however, they are often installed inadvertently. To be more precise, users install PUAs through intrusive ads or the "bundling" method (often used by PUAs developers). Bundling is stealth installation of third party applications with regular, usually free, software. Software developers often do not disclose information about installation of these rogue programs and hide them in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings of the software installation dialogs. Clicking ads and skipping installation steps usually leads to inadvertent installation of PUAs and leads to privacy issues.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To prevent installation of potentially unwanted applications, download/install software and browse the web carefully. Download software (especially free software) using official/trustworthy sources and direct links. Avoid using third party software downloaders, torrents and other sources of this kind. Do not skip installation dialog steps, and check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options. The same applies to checkboxes ticked by default. If you find any "special offers", tools, or other additional software while installing software, deselect it if you suspect that it is a potentially unwanted application. If you encounter intrusive ads that lead you to suspicious websites (such as gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on), check for unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on your browser. Remove unwanted/suspicious entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
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- What is search-www.info?
- STEP 1. Uninstall adware applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove adware-type extensions from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove malicious extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
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 potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes search-www.info redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove adware from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
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 browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search-www.info pop-up, 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search-www.info pop-up, 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", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with search-www.info pop-up 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search-www.info pop-up, 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.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search-www.info pop-up from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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