Search.searchm3w1.com Redirect

Also Known As: search.searchm3w.com
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.searchm3w1.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.searchm3w1.com?

Search.searchm3w1.com (also known as search.searchm3w.com) is just another fake search engine, like many others, it is promoted through an app that is categorized as a browser hijacker. In this case it is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) called Find Weather Now. Very often people install apps of this type unintentionally. Once installed, these apps start collecting various information (related to browsing activity and other data) and modify certain browser's settings.

search.searchm3w1.com browser hijacker

Find Weather Now is promoted as app that provides its users with weather forecasts. It can be installed on browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. However, once installed, it assigns search.searchm3w1.com as a homepage, default search engine and the URL of a new browser tab. It might seem like minor changes, however, it means that users who have Find Weather Now app (browser hijacker) installed are forced to constantly visit search.searchm3w1.com website: when a browser or a new tab is opened, or when a search query into the URL bar is entered. What's worse, it is impossible to undo any of these changes/appointed settings until this app is uninstalled. Find Weather Now is designed to prevent users from undoing any of these settings by reassigning them the moment an attempt to modify them is made. Apps of this type (and their fake search engines), when used, often gather various data. The data these apps target (collect) usually includes IP addresses, search queries, geo-locations, URLs of visited websites and so on. However, there is always a possibility that personal, sensitive data could be collected as well. The most important part is that developers of these unwanted apps share gathered information/data with various third parties (sometimes cyber criminals too) who misuse it to generate revenue. Simply said, having unwanted apps like Find Weather Now installed and using fake search engines such as search.searchm3w1.com might cause various problems like issues with online privacy, browsing safety and so on. Some people might even have their identities stolen.

People who develop apps such as Find Weather Now present them as legitimate, useful applications. However, their true intention is to simply trick people into downloading, installing and using them so that they could generate revenue. Very often apps of this type do not provide their users with any expected value. Besides, when used, these apps might cause various problems. That is why we recommend to uninstall any installed PUAs as soon as possible and avoid using fake search engines. Examples of other apps of this type (PUAs) are: Watch TV Now, BaySearch Video and StreamAll

How did Find Weather Now install on my computer?

There is a website that is being used to promote Find Weather Now app, it can be downloaded from there. However, it is more likely that most people install it inadvertently (without intention). Software developers often successfully trick users into that by using a deceptive method called "bundling". Simply said, developers hide (bundle) unwanted apps into installation/download set-ups of some other, usually desired software. They put these apps (information about them being included) in options such as "Custom", "Advanced" and other parts of the download/installation set-ups. However, unwanted installations usually happen only if people leave all the available options unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Avoid using third party software downloaders/installers and torrents. Download software using official and trustworthy sources only. Do not skip the installations steps without checking "Custom"/"Advanced" settings first. Opt-out all unwanted offers (potentially unwanted programs) and only then finish the installation. Be cautious when browsing the web - avoid clicking various untrustworthy ads, especially when visiting dubious websites. It is hard to tell if the ad is legitimate or not these days, since malicious ads developers are investing time in money in their design. However, if you happen to click on such ad and get redirected to some untrustworthy website (like gambling, pornography, adult dating etc.) - close that window or tab immediately and check your browser's extensions, plug-ins or add-ons to see if there are no suspicious entries. Same applies to programs on your computer. Always keep your antivirus enabled. If your computer is already infected with Find Weather Now, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Find Weather Now browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Find Weather Now browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Find Weather Now 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.searchm3w1.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.searchm3w1.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Find Weather Now browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.searchm3w1.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 search.searchm3w1.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.searchm3w1.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.searchm3w1.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 "Find Weather Now".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.searchm3w.com, 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.searchm3w1.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 "Find Weather Now" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.searchm3w1.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 "Find Weather Now", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.searchm3w1.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.searchm3w1.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.searchm3w1.com" 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.searchm3w.com, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing search.searchm3w1.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 "Find Weather Now" (or simply "Weather"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.searchm3w1.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 "Find Weather Now", remove hxxp://search.searchm3w1.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing search.searchm3w1.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: "search.searchm3w1.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.searchm3w.com 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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