Obituary Search browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Obituary Search?
Obituary Search is a browser hijacker, advertised as a tool for accessing various ancestry related content. It is allegedly capable of providing access to ancestry sites and obituary databases. Obituary Search is also considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application), as most users install it inadvertently. This rogue application operates by altering browser settings to promote its fake search engine (search.obituarysearchtab.com), and it also tracks user data. It records browsing activity and gathers personal information.
Browser hijackers are designed to overtake Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and other popular browsers. These apps change browsers' homepages, default search engines and new tab/window URLs to their fake search engine tool addresses. Obituary Search promoters search.obituarysearchtab.com in this manner. To elaborate how these alterations affect browsers, then every new tab/window opened and every search query typed into the URL bar - all redirect to search.obituarysearchtab.com. While these changes may appear minor and easy to undo, without removing the browser hijacker, it is impossible. Any user changes made can be reset and/or access to the settings can be limited/denied. Most fake search engines are unable to provide search results, hence they redirect to legitimate search engines. This is the case with search.obituarysearchtab.com, it redirects to search.yahoo.com. Users should note that Obituary Search is often distributed together with the Hide My Searches unwanted application. As mentioned, Obituary Search has data tracking abilities. By monitoring users' browsing habits (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.), it can collect their personal information (IP address, geolocation and personal details). This sensitive data is then sold to third parties, who may misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, presence of data tracking content on devices can lead to serious privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To protect browsers and systems from various invasions/infections, and ensure user safety - all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.145), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.Win32.WebSearch.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Obituary Search, Ancestry|
|Supposed Functionality||Access to mortuary's records.|
|Serving IP Address (search.obituarysearchtab.com)||220.127.116.11|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|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.|
|Additional Information||Obituary Search is distributed alongside with another browser hijacker called Hide My Searches.|
|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.|
To eliminate search.obituarysearchtab.com redirect our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Browser hijacker share many similarities in-between, ones released by the same developers tend to be identical. Analogous applications to Obituary Search are Local Classifieds Hub, Online Manuals App, Download Forms Now and dozens of others. In general, PUAs look legitimate and offer "handy" features. However, they rarely posses the abilities they advertise. The only goal these unwanted apps have - is to generate profit for their designers; to users they have no true value. PUAs operate by hijacking browsers, redirecting to untrustworthy and malicious websites, running intrusive advertisement campaigns (pop-ups, coupons, banners, etc.) and by tracking data.
How did Obituary Search install on my computer?
Obituary Search has an "official" download website. However, PUAs can also be unintentionally installed together with wanted content. This marketing method of pre-packing regular software with unwanted applications is called "bundling". By rushing through the download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options, etc.) - users can install undesirable or malicious content onto devices. Intrusive advertisements also spread PUAs. Once clicked, they can execute scripts, designed to make rogue downloads/installs of PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is highly recommended to research desired content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing it. Only official and verified channels should be used for downloading; as opposed to Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders and similar sources. Untrustworthy download channels are more likely to offer deceptive or bundled software. Download and installation processes should be treated with care. Therefore, it is advised to read terms, explore possible options, use "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from downloading/installing additional apps and features. Intrusive adverts typically look ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to various questionable websites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). If such advertisements/redirects are encountered, users should inspect the device and immediately remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Obituary Search, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Obituary Search browser hijacker installer set-up:
Website promoting Obituary Search browser hijacker;
IMPORTANT NOTE! This deceptive site asks to enable web browser notifications:
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
Instant automatic removal of search.obituarysearchtab.com redirect:
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 search.obituarysearchtab.com redirect. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Obituary Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Obituary Search application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove search.obituarysearchtab.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Obituary Search browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove search.obituarysearchtab.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove search.obituarysearchtab.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Obituary Search browser hijacker 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 suspicious applications (for example, "Obituary Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the search.obituarysearchtab.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Obituary Search browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://search.obituarysearchtab.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:
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 and then remove "Obituary Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.obituarysearchtab.com redirect, 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:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate "Obituary Search" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (e.g., "Hide My Searches"), and remove them.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable "Obituary Search" or "Hide My Searches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://search.obituarysearchtab.com or hxxps://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:
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 "hxxp://search.obituarysearchtab.com" and "hxxp://hidemysearches.com, 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.obituarysearchtab.com redirect, 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 plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Obituary Search" (or simply "Ancestry"), as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins (e.g., "Hide My Searches").
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 disable "Obituary Search" (or simply "Ancestry") or "Hide My Searches", remove hxxp://search.obituarysearchtab.com or hxxp://hidemysearches.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.
Change your 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.
Computer users who have problems with search.obituarysearchtab.com redirect 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Change your homepage:
Click the three horizontal dots 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:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" 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.
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