How to eliminate browser redirects to search.chunckapp.com?
What is search.chunckapp.com?
Related to search.snapdo.com, search.chunckapp.com is another fake search engine that falsely claims to enhance the browsing experience by generating improved results. Be aware that developers promote this site using rogue downloaders/installers designed to modify browsers without users' direct permission. Research also shows that search.chunckapp.com continually records information relating to browsing activity.
Rogue set-ups usually target popular browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. Following successful infiltration, they assign the new tab URL, default search engine, and homepage options to search.chunckapp.com. This URL is also added to the target of each browser shortcut. Furthermore, set-ups install a number of third party applications and/or browser plug-ins. These so-called "helper objects" are used to reassign browser options when attempts are made to change them. Therefore, unless "helper objects" are uninstalled, returning browsers to their previous states is impossible and users are forced to visit search.chunckapp.com when they open a new browser tab or search via the URL bar. This significantly diminishes the browsing experience. In addition, search.chunckapp.com and "helper objects" record data relating to browsing activity. The list of collected data types usually includes (but is not limited to) IP addresses, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and keystrokes. This information often contains personal details that developers share with third parties. These people (potentially, cyber criminals) continue to misuse private information to generate revenue. Therefore, information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. If you experience redirects to search.chunckapp.com, remove all suspicious applications/browser plug-ins and never return to this site.
|Name||search.chunckapp.com browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)|
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search.chunckapp.com shares many similarities with dozens of other fake search engines, such as search.pa-cmf.com, additionalsearch.co.uk, and ultimatesearchweb.com. As with search.chunckapp.com, these sites also claim to enhance the browsing experience, however, these false claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. In fact, fake search engines such as search.chunckapp.com serve only one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. Most provide no real value for regular users, cause unwanted redirects, and record information. In this way, fake search engines diminish the browsing experience and pose a threat to your privacy. Some generate false results and intrusive advertisements leading to dubious websites. Therefore, using fake search engines risks system infection.
How did search.chunckapp.com install on my computer?
As mentioned, search.chunckapp.com is promoted using rogue downloaders/installers. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Developers know that many users rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, all information regarding modification of browser settings is hidden within "Custom/Advanced" options (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. By skipping download/installation steps, many users inadvertently grant set-ups permission to change browser options. In addition, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and put their privacy at risk.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Be aware that potentially unwanted applications are distributed using the "bundling" method and intrusive advertisements. Thus, to prevent unwanted infiltration by PUAs, be very cautious when downloading/installing software and browsing the internet. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings and carefully analyze all steps of the download/installation processes. We recommend that you avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since developers monetize them by promoting rogue applications. Be aware that developers invest many resources into intrusive ad design, thereby making them seem legitimate, but they redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, and so on). In most cases, these advertisements are displayed by adware-type apps. Thus, if you encounter them, remove all suspicious programs and browser extensions. The key to computer safety is caution. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate it.
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- What is search.chunckapp.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall potentially unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.chunckapp.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove search.chunckapp.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.chunckapp.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.chunckapp.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
search.chunckapp.com redirect 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 potentially unwanted applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application that causes browser redirects to the search.chunckapp.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
search.chunckapp.com homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Remove search.chunckapp.com-related Internet Explorer add-ons:
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 such entries and click "Remove".
Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and replace all text with the browser's location (e.g., "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe").
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://www.search.chunckapp.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open every time you launch 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, then remove "search.chunckapp.com".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.chunckapp.com 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:
Remove search.chunckapp.com-related Google Chrome extensions:
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.
Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:
This browser hijacker modifies the "Target" field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and replace all text with the browser's location (e.g., "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe").
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.search.chunckapp.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:
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 "search.chunckapp.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.chunckapp.com 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:
Remove search.chunckapp.com-related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:
This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and replace all text with the browser's location (e.g., "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe").
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://www.search.chunckapp.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change 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: "search.chunckapp.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.chunckapp.com 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.chunckapp.com 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.chunckapp.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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