Search.terraarcade.com Redirect

Also Known As: Terra Arcade browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search.terraarcade.com redirect removal instructions

What is search.terraarcade.com?

search.terraarcade.com is one of many search engines that is promoted through a potentially unwanted application (PUA) - in this case, a browser hijacker called Terra Arcade. Like most search engines of this type, search.terraarcade.com is promoted as 'useful' and capable of providing faster searches, more accurate results, and so on. This is the case with most browser hijackers, however, Terra Arcade changes browser settings and records data relating to users' browsing habits. Do not have these apps installed on your system or use search engines that are promoted by them.

search.terraarcade.com browser hijacker

Typically, apps such as Terra Arcade can be installed on browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. When installed, this PUA assigns browser settings such as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL to search.terraarcade.com. Therefore, people with browsers hijacked by Terra Arcade are forced to visit this page and, potentially, then use this fake search engine when they open their browsers, new browser tabs, or enter search queries into the URL bar. None of these settings can be reverted unless Terra Arcade is uninstalled. Note that search.terraarcade.com supposedly functions as a useful search engine, however, it provides no unique search results. In fact, once a search query is entered, it simply redirects to search.yahoo.com. Therefore, people who use search.terraarcade.com are presented with results generated by Yahoo, thus rendering this fake search engine useless. Furthermore, most browser hijackers gather data. They target information such as users' geolocations, IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, and other similar data, however, some PUAs of this type might also be designed to record personal details. Developers share collected data with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue.

Threat Summary:
Name Terra Arcade browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.
Promoted URL search.terraarcade.com (fake search engine).
Supposed Functionality Access to various online games.
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 fake 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 that are similar to search.terraarcade.com. Some examples are searchmedia.online, feed.ebooks-club.com, and feed.searchfrit.com. They are promoted as legitimate and useful tools to browse the web, however, people who use then often experience problems relating to online privacy, browsing safety, and so on. Therefore, uninstall all PUAs (browser hijackers) and to avoid fake, dubious search engines.

How did Terra Arcade install on my computer?

Unwanted apps are often proliferated using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling", developers use this to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs with other regular programs. They hide PUAs in "Custom", "Advanced", and other software setup settings. Developers avoid disclosing information about the inclusion of PUAs. Note, however, that bundling is only effective if users leave all available settings unchecked and unchanged. People also download and install PUAs unintentionally by clicking intrusive ads that - the ads then run scripts that cause unwanted downloads and installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To avoid installation of PUAs, download software from official, trustworthy websites and using direct links only. Do not use third party software downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks, torrent clients, eMule and so on. Check "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options or settings of software setups. Opt-out of offers to download and install additional software. Intrusive advertisements cannot be trusted and should not be clicked. They are displayed mostly on pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc. If clicked, they redirect users to untrustworthy websites. If you encounter such advertisements or redirects, check the list of installed extensions (or add-ons and plug-ins) on your browser and uninstall all unknown, suspicious, or unwanted entries immediately. The same applies to programs of this type that are installed on your computer/operating system. If your computer is already infected with Terra Arcade, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Website promoting Terra Arcade browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Terra Arcade browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Terra Arcade 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.terraarcade.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Terra Arcade browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.terraarcade.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.terraarcade.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.terraarcade.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.terraarcade.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 "hxxp://search.terraarcade.com".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the terra arcade 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.terraarcade.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 "Terra Arcade" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing search.terraarcade.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 "Terra Arcade", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.search.terraarcade.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.terraarcade.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.terraarcade.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 terra arcade 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.terraarcade.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 "Terra Arcade", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

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

Change your default search engine:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with terra arcade 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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