How to remove Search Selector from a browser?

Also Known As: selected-search.com redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Search Selector browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Search Selector?

Search Selector is an app that helps users to search the web by providing search results through the selected-search.com search engine. Typically, apps that promote search engines by changing browser's settings are categorized as browser hijackers. Also, they are known as potentially unwanted applications because users usually download and install them unintentionally. It is possible that Search Selector is one of those apps. Besides, most apps of this type are designed to collect various browsing-related information.

selected-search.com browser hijacker

As a rule, browser hijackers are compatible with more than one browser, they can be installed on browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. After installation they change settings such as default address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. It is known that Search Selector changes these addresses to selected-search.com. Typically, users cannot modify those settings unless they uninstall the app that appointed them. In other words, they are forced to visit one or another address (typically, address of some fake search engine) when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into URL bar. It is worth mentioning that selected-search.com, once a search query is entered, redirects its users to search.yahoo.com (a legitimate search engine designed by Yahoo). It means that selected-search.com does not provide unique results and simply displays results generated by another search engine. Also, it is possible that Search Selector might be designed to gather IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited web pages and other data of this kind. Its developers might be sharing collected information with third parties who could misuse it to generate revenue. Since there is a possibility that Search Selector is a browser hijacker, we do not recommend to use it. Besides, there is no point in using search engines (like selected-search.com) that provide results generated by other, usually legitimate search engines.

Threat Summary:
Name Search Selector
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) Search Selector
Supposed Functionality This app is advertised as a tool that helps users to search the web.
Promoted URL selected-search.com
Serving IP Address (selected-search.com) 50.19.220.167
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 the 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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Examples of apps that are cateogorized as browser hijackers are Get Breaking News, Better Converter Pro and Live Radio Pro Tab. It is not recommended to use apps of this type because most of them are designed to perform actions that help their developers to generate revenue in ways that might cause users problems related to privacy, browsing safety, etc. Besides, apps of this type often do not operate as they supposed to, to be more precise, they do not to provide any features or other value.

How did Search Selector install on my computer?

In most cases various unwanted apps are being downloaded and/or installed via intrusive ads (that are capable of executing scripts) and when software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They use it trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs together with some other, regular software. They achieve it by hiding those apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the download or installation setups. Nevertheless, PUAs get downloaded and/or installed only when people leave the aforementioned settings unchanged.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

We recommend to avoid using third party software downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial websites and other sources as tools to download (or install) software. The best way to do that is by using official websites and direct links. Also, we advise to always check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings/options of any download or installation setup and deselect offers to install (or download) unwanted software. Further more, various intrusive ads (especially if displayed in shady pages), once clicked, lead people to various untrustworthy, potentially malicious websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. One more important thing is not to keep unwanted, suspicious or unknown apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) installed on a browser or programs on a computer. Software of this kind should be removed as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with Search Selector, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Search Selector asks for a permission to change search settings to selected-search.com:

SearchSelector asks for a permission to be installed

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Quick menu:

Search Selector 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.

selected-search.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Search Selector browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing selected-search.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 selected-search.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://selected-search.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 selected-search.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 "Search Selector".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the selected-search.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 selected-search.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 Selector" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing selected-search.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 Selector", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.selected-search.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 selected-search.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 disable "Search Selector", look for "selected-search.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 selected-search.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 selected-search.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 Selector", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

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

Change your default search engine:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with selected-search.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.

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