How to remove Power App from browsers

Also Known As: searchpowerapp.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Power App browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Power App?

Power App is a browser hijacker, identical to Genius App. This rogue application is advertised as a tool for enhancing web searches. It is supposedly capable of fast searches, providing accurate search results and etc. However, it operates by changing browser settings to promote the fake search engine - searchpowerapp.com. Power App also spies on users' browsing habits. It is additionally categorized as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application), due to users installing it onto devices inadvertently.

searchpowerapp.com browser hijacker

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other popular browsers are common targets of browser hijackers. These applications operate by assigning their fake search engine addresses as the browsers' homepages, default search engines and new tab/window URLs. Power App promotes searchpowerapp.com in this fashion. Therefore, every new tab/widow opened and every single web search via the URL bar - all redirect to searchpowerapp.com. Most fake web searching tools are unable to generate search results, therefore they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) a legitimate search engine. As searchpowerapp.com is likewise unable to provide said results, it lets users choose which genuine search engine it will redirect to (Google, Bing, Yahoo or other). This makes Power App and searchpowerapp.com utterly useless, as users can easily access legitimate search engines without the interference of third parties. While the changes that browser hijackers make may seem minor and relatively easy to undo, that is not the case. Access to browser settings can be limited or denied, and any permissible changes made - simply reset. Therefore, the hijacking application must be removed to recover the affected browser. As mentioned, Power App also tracks data. By monitoring browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.), it can gather users' personal information (IP address, geolocation and real-life personal details). This collected data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for financial gain. In summary, PUAs can not only cause browser and system invasions/infections, but also lead to serious privacy issues (even identity theft). To ensure device and user safety, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Power App
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) Power App
Supposed Functionality Enhanced web search experience.
Promoted URL searchpowerapp.com
Serving IP Address (searchpowerapp.com) 104.27.160.32
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.
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.
Removal

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Online News NowCurrent Weather AppGetFlightUpdatesMyImageConverter are a few examples of browser hijackers similar to Power App. Nearly all PUAs share certain traits. Most appear highly legitimate and offer various "useful" and "beneficial" features. However, the only purpose of all undesirable content is to generate revenue for its developers; therefore, all advertised features tend to be nonfunctional. Instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs hijack browsers, cause redirects to untrustworthy and malicious websites, run intrusive advertisement campaigns (pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons, etc.) and track vulnerable data.

How did Power App install on my computer?

Some PUAs have "official" websites, where they are often endorsed as "free" software. At the time Power App was researched, it was available to download from the official Chrome Web Store. However, unwanted applications can also be installed alongside other programs. This deceptive marketing tactic, of packing regular software with undesirable or malicious content, is called "bundling". By rushing through the download/installation processes (by ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) - users endanger devices with potential system invasions and infections. Intrusive advertisements are also known to proliferate PUAs. Once clicked, they can execute scripts designed to initiate downloads/installs of such apps.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Users should always research wanted content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing it. Only trustworthy and official sources should be used for downloading. Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders and similar channels are deemed to be dangerous, therefore they are advised against use. Download and installation processes should be approached with care. That means reading terms, exploring possible options, using "Custom/Advanced" settings and opting-out from downloading/installing various additions (e.g. apps, tools, features, etc.). Intrusive advertisements typically appear ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to suspicious websites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and similar). Should users experience ads/redirects of this type, they are strongly urged to inspect the device and remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Power App, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Power App browser hijacker asking for various permissions:

Power App asking for permissions

Power App browser hijacker on Chrome Web Store:

Power App browser hijacker in Google Chrome web store

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Quick menu:

Power App 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.

searchpowerapp.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Power App browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing searchpowerapp.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 searchpowerapp.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://searchpowerapp.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 searchpowerapp.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 "Power App".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchpowerapp.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.

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 searchpowerapp.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 "Power App" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing searchpowerapp.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 "Power App", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.searchpowerapp.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 searchpowerapp.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 "searchpowerapp.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 searchpowerapp.com redirect, 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 searchpowerapp.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 "Power App", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

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

Change your default search engine:

Removing searchpowerapp.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 searchpowerapp.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, 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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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

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