Remove hidemysearches.com from browser settings

Also Known As: Hide My Searches browser hijacker
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

hidemysearches.com redirect removal instructions

What is hidemysearches.com?

hidemysearches.com is a fake search engine promoted through an application called Hide My Searches. This app is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker that supposedly protects users' privacy whilst browsing the web. It promotes the hidemysearches.com fake search engine by changing browser settings. Generally, these browser hijackers (and the search engines that they promote) also gather user-information. Most people do not download or install these PUAs intentionally. For example, Hide My Searches is bundled into the set-ups of many other apps. Hide My Searches is thus downloaded and installed through the set-ups of other browser hijackers.

hidemysearches.com browser hijacker

Browser hijackers can usually be installed on browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. After installation, they change the homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL. Hide My Searches assigns these settings to hidemysearches.com so that users are forced to visit this site when a hijacked browser/new tab is opened, or a search query is entered into the URL bar. Most browser hijackers prevent users from undoing the appointed settings - the only way to revert them is to uninstall the app that hijacked the browser (in this case, Hide My Searches). Furthermore, Hide My Searches and hidemysearches.com gather data relating to users' browsing activities such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited pages, entered search queries, and so on. In some cases, these apps (and associated search engines) also record personal details. Developer of these PUAs and fake search engines share the data with other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. These third parties might include cyber criminals. In any case, having apps of this type installed can lead to problems with browsing safety, online privacy, and even identity theft. For these reasons, we recommend that you uninstall Hide My Searches immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Hide My Searches browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Hide My Searches
Supposed Functionality This app supposedly protects users' privacy while browsing the web.
Promoted URL hidemysearches.com
Serving IP Address (hidemysearches.com) 54.210.171.136
Detection Names (hidemysearches.com) Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser 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

To eliminate Hide My Searches browser hijacker our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
▼ Download Spyhunter
Free scanner checks if your computer is infected. To remove malware, you have to purchase the full version of Spyhunter.

There are many fake search engines on the Internet. Typically, developers advertise them as legitimate and offer potential users an enhanced browsing experience, various features, and so on. Unfortunately, these search engines do not operate as advertised. They cause redirects to dubious pages and are used by their developers record user-information. Examples of other search engines of this type include freeonlinepdftools.com, smartpackagetracker.com, and mystreamingtab.com.

How did Hide My Searches install on my computer?

Hide My Searches is advertised on its download website, however, most PUAs are downloaded/installed with other (usually free) software. This happens when developers use a marketing method called "bundling". In these cases, unwanted apps are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options of the download or installation set-ups. Information relating to bundled (additionally-included) software is not presented correctly. Note, however, that they are only downloaded and installed when people leave settings available in the set-ups unchanged. Unwanted downloads and installations are also cause by clicking deceptive advertisements designed to run scripts that download and install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from trustworthy and official websites. Do not use third party software downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), or other such tools. Check "Advanced", "Custom", and other settings of the download or installation setup. Do not finish any setup without dismissing offers to install or download unwanted apps. If the default browser displays advertisements or causes redirects to dubious websites, it is possible that it has been infiltrated by an unwanted app. In these cases, check for any unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on the browser and remove them immediately. Also remove any unwanted programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Hide My Searches, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

IMPORTANT NOTE! The Hide My Searches browser hijacker is designed to detect when the user searches using various other search engines (e.g., Google) and to redirect them to hidemysearches.com once a search query is entered:

Hide My Searches browser hijacker redirecting users from other search engines

Website promoting Hide My Searches browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Hide My Searches browser hijacker

List of permissions requested by this page:

hidemysearches.com page asking for various permissions

Instant automatic removal of Hide My Searches browser hijacker: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Hide My Searches browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
▼ DOWNLOAD Spyhunter By downloading any software listed on this website you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Free scanner checks if your computer is infected. To remove malware, you have to purchase the full version of Spyhunter.

Quick menu:

Hide My Searches 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.

hidemysearches.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Hide My Searches browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing hidemysearches.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 hidemysearches.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://hidemysearches.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 hidemysearches.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 "Hide My Searches".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the hide my searches 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 hidemysearches.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 "Hide My Searches" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing hidemysearches.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, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.hidemysearches.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 hidemysearches.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 "hidemysearches.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 hide my searches 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 hidemysearches.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 "Hide My Searches" as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing hidemysearches.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 remove hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing hidemysearches.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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with hide my searches 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 hide my searches browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

Post a comment:
If you have additional information on hide my searches browser hijacker or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

hidemysearches.com redirect removal instructions

What is hidemysearches.com?

hidemysearches.com is a fake search engine promoted through an application called Hide My Searches. This app is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker that supposedly protects users' privacy whilst browsing the web. It promotes the hidemysearches.com fake search engine by changing browser settings. Generally, these browser hijackers (and the search engines that they promote) also gather user-information. Most people do not download and install these PUAs intentionally. For example, Hide My Searches is bundled into the set-ups of many other apps. Hide My Searches is thus downloaded and installed through the set-ups of other browser hijackers.


hidemysearches.com browser hijacker

Usually browser hijackers can be installed on browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. After installation, they change the homepage, default search engine, and new tab URL. Hide My Searches assigns them to hidemysearches.com so that users are forced to visit this site when a hijacked browser/new tab is opened, or a search query is entered into the URL bar. Most browser hijackers prevent users from undoing the appointed settings - the only way to revert them is to uninstall the app that hijacked the browser (in this case, Hide My Searches). Furthermore, Hide My Searches and hidemysearches.com gather data relating to users' browsing activities such as IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited pages, entered search queries, and so on. In some cases, these apps (and associated search engines) also record personal details. Developer of these PUAs and fake search engines share the data with other parties who misuse it to generate revenue. These third parties might include cyber criminals. In any case, having apps of this type installed can lead to problems with browsing safety, online privacy, and even identity theft. For these reasons, we recommend that you uninstall Hide My Searches immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Hide My Searches browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Hide My Searches
Supposed Functionality This app supposedly protects users' privacy while browsing the web.
Promoted URL hidemysearches.com
Serving IP Address (hidemysearches.com) 54.210.171.136
Detection Names (hidemysearches.com) Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Symptoms Manipulated Internet browser 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

To eliminate Hide My Searches browser hijacker our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
▼ Download Spyhunter
Free scanner checks if your computer is infected. To remove malware, you have to purchase the full version of Spyhunter.

There are many fake search engines on the Internet. Typically, developers advertise them as legitimate and offer potential users an enhanced browsing experience, various features, and so on. Unfortunately, these search engines do not operate as advertised. They cause redirects to dubious pages and are used by their developers record user-information. Examples of other search engines of this type include freeonlinepdftools.comsmartpackagetracker.com, and mystreamingtab.com.

How did Hide My Searches install on my computer?

Hide My Searches is advertised on its download website, however, most PUAs are downloaded/installed with other (usually free) software. This happens when developers use a marketing method called "bundling". In these cases, unwanted apps are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings/options of the download or installation set-ups. Information relating to bundled (additionally-included) software is not presented correctly. Note, however, that they are only downloaded and installed when people leave settings available in the set-ups unchanged. Unwanted downloads and installations are also cause by clicking deceptive advertisements designed to run scripts that download and install PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Download software from trustworthy and official websites. Do not use third party software downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), or other such tools. Check "Advanced", "Custom", and other settings of the download or installation setup. Do not finish any setup without dismissing offers to install or download unwanted apps. If the default browser displays advertisements or causes redirects to dubious websites, it is possible that it has been infiltrated by an unwanted app. In these cases, check for any unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on the browser and remove them immediately. Also remove any unwanted programs installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with Hide My Searches, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

IMPORTANT NOTE! The Hide My Searches browser hijacker is designed to detect when the user searches using various other search engines (e.g., Google) and to redirect them to hidemysearches.com once a search query is entered:

Hide My Searches browser hijacker redirecting users from other search engines

Website promoting Hide My Searches browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Hide My Searches browser hijacker

List of permissions requested by this page:

hidemysearches.com page asking for various permissions

Instant automatic removal of Hide My Searches browser hijacker: Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Hide My Searches browser hijacker. Download it by clicking the button below:
▼ DOWNLOAD Spyhunter By downloading any software listed on this website you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Free scanner checks if your computer is infected. To remove malware, you have to purchase the full version of Spyhunter.

Quick menu:

Hide My Searches 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.

hidemysearches.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Hide My Searches browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing hidemysearches.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 hidemysearches.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://hidemysearches.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 hidemysearches.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 "Hide My Searches".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the hide my searches 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 hidemysearches.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 "Hide My Searches" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing hidemysearches.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, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.hidemysearches.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 hidemysearches.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 "hidemysearches.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 hide my searches 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 hidemysearches.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 "Hide My Searches" as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing hidemysearches.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 remove hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing hidemysearches.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: "moz-extension"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with hide my searches 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 hide my searches browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.

Post a comment:
If you have additional information on hide my searches browser hijacker or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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