Feed.searchfrit.com Redirect

Also Known As: Search Genie browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Feed.searchfrit.com redirect removal instructions

What is feed.searchfrit.com?

feed.searchfrit.com is one of many dubious, fake search engines on the internet. This site supposedly provides users with faster searches, improved results, and various other features, however, it is promoted using a potentially unwanted application (PUA) called Search Genie. This dubious app is a browser hijacker that modifies browser settings and collects data relating to users' browsing habits.

feed.searchfrit.com browser hijacker

Most browser hijacking apps can be installed on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. When installed, Search Genie assigns feed.searchfrit.com as the default search engine, homepage, and new browser tab URL. These changes force users (who have this app installed on their systems) to visit feed.searchfrit.com when they open the hijacked browser or a new tab, or they search by entering search queries into the URL bar. These modifications cannot be undone unless Search Genie is uninstalled. Furthermore, feed.searchfrit.com is a useless search engine, since it provides results generated by Yahoo (it provides no unique results and simply redirects to search.yahoo.com). Note that this app and its fake search engine are categorized as data tracking tools - they gather browsing related information such as geolocations, URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, IP addresses, and other data of this kind. Personal data might also be recorded. Furthermore, PUAs developers usually share the information with other parties, potentially, cyber criminals. In this way, the data is misused to generate revenue by various parties. If Search Genie is installed on your browser or computer, remove it immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Search Genie browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.
Browser Extension(s) Search Genie.
Supposed Functionality Improved search results, enhanced web browsing experience.
Promoted Domain(s) feed.searchfrit.com
Serving IP Address 52.234.130.150
Detection Names Malwarebytes hpHosts (Malware), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Related Domains stream24hour.com, streamit-online.com, live-streaming.online, mysporttab.com, cryptoverto.com, notify-service.com, quick-converter.com, funkystreams.com, pdf-maker.com, incognitosearches.com
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.
Symptoms Manipulated internet browser(s) settings (homepage, default internet search engine, new tab settings). Users 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 browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.
Removal

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There are many fake search engines on the internet. Some examples are mapsnow.co, yatab.net, and feed.convertowiz.com. They are usually promoted through PUAs and presented as legitimate search engines. In fact, they cause problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and other issues. Only the developers benefit from these apps.

How did Search Genie install on my computer?

Search Genie is available on Google Store, however, most people download and install browser hijackers and other PUAs inadvertently/unintentionally. They usually download and install PUAs by clicking intrusive ads displayed on dubious sites or when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Bundling is used to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs with other, regular software. Generally, they do not disclose information about the inclusion of unwanted apps in download or installation set-ups - they hide them in "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual", or other similar sections. Therefore, inadvertent installations usually happen when users skip download or installation steps and leave settings unchecked.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from official and trustworthy sources/websites, especially if it is free. Avoid using third party downloaders (or installers), torrents, eMule, other Peer-to-Peer networks, and other similar channels. Furthermore, install software with care. Study each download or installation setup, check "Advanced", "Custom", and other similar settings/options. Opt-out of unwanted offers and only then finish downloading or installing software. Note that various intrusive ads redirect to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on) when clicked. If you experience these ads and redirects, check your browser for unwanted entries (extensions, plug-ins, add-ons, etc.) and remove them immediately. The same applies to programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Search Genie, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Search Genie installation website asking to show notifications:

feedsearchfritcom promoting pop up

Search Genie extension in Chrome Web Store:

chrome store promoting Search Genie

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Quick menu:

Search Genie 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.

feed.searchfrit.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Search Genie browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing feed.searchfrit.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 feed.searchfrit.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://feed.searchfrit.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 feed.searchfrit.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 "feed.searchfrit.com".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the search genie 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 feed.searchfrit.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 "Search Genie" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing feed.searchfrit.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 "Search Genie", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.feed.searchfrit.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 feed.searchfrit.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 "feed.searchfrit.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 search genie 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 feed.searchfrit.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 "Search Genie", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing feed.searchfrit.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 "Search Genie",  remove hxxp://feed.searchfrit.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search genie 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:
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove search genie browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

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