Prevent Email Search Tools from hijacking your browser

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

Email Search Tools browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Email Search Tools?

Email Search Tools is a browser hijacker, endorsed as a tool for quick access to email accounts. It makes unauthorized changes to browsers in order to promote the search.emailsearchtools.com - fake search engine. Furthermore, this rogue app also possess data tracking abilities, which it uses to monitor and record browsing-relating information. Due to Email Search Tools dubious proliferation methods, it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).

search.emailsearchtools.com browser hijacker

The most common browser hijacker targets include Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other browsers with large user bases. After successful installation, they assign the addresses of their fake web searchers as browsers' homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs. With Email Search Tools infiltrated into the system, every new browser tab/window opened and every single search query typed into the URL bar - redirect to search.emailsearchtools.com. Few fake web searching tools can actually generate search results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) a legitimate search engine. Search.emailsearchtools.com is no different, it redirects to search.yahoo.com. While this may seem as a relatively minor alteration, which is easy to undo - that is not the case. Any changes users attempt to make may be automatically reset, if access to the settings is not limited or outright denied. Removing the hijacker application is necessary to recover the affected browser. As mentioned, Email Search Tools can track data as well. It monitors users' browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collects their personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life personal details). Therefore, presence of data-tracking content on devices can lead to severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To protect devices against various browser/system infiltrations and infections, as well as ensure safety - it is recommended to remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.

Threat Summary:
Name Email Search Tools
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Detection Names Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/WinWrapper.V Potentia), DrWeb (Adware.Spigot.155), Fortinet (Riskware/WinWrapper), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Browser Extension(s) Email Search Tools
Supposed Functionality Quick access to email accounts.
Promoted URL search.emailsearchtools.com
Serving IP Address (search.emailsearchtools.com) 34.194.245.177
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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Incognito SearchMapsMyWayFreeEasyPackageTracker are a few examples of other browser hijackers similar to Email Search Tools. In general, all PUAs share certain similarities. All unwanted content appears legitimate and lures users into downloading/installing it with offers of a wide variety of "useful" features. However, the only goal is to generate revenue for developers, feature functionality is not a priority. Therefore, all of the advertised features tend to be nonoperational, making such applications worthless to users. PUAs are designed to hijack browsers, cause redirects to compromised/malicious websites, deliver intrusive advertisements (pop-ups, banners, coupons, etc.) and to gather sensitive data.

How did Email Search Tools install on my computer?

Email Search Tools has an "official" promotional webpage, form which it can downloaded for free. However, this is not the most common way that PUAs spread. They are much more likely to be downloaded/installed together with other programs. This deceptive marketing tactic of pre-packing ordinary products with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, used pre-set options, skipped steps and sections, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled software to infiltrate the system. When intrusive advertisements are clicked, they can be triggered to execute scripts to download/install PUAs, without user permission.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Desired content should always be researched to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing it. Only trustworthy and verified download channels should be used. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders are deemed to be untrustworthy; therefore, are advised against use. When downloading and installing, users are urged to read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out form additional apps, tools, functions, etc. Intrusive adverts, while hosted by unreliable sites, typically look legitimate and innocuous. However, they redirect to dubious pages, such as gambling, pornography, adult-dating and so on. Should users experience ads/redirects of this type, it is strongly recommended to inspect the device and immediately remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with Email Search Tools, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Email Search Tools browser hijacker installer set-up:

Official Email Search Tools browser hijacker installation setup

Email Search Tools browser hijacker asking for various permissions:

Email Search Tools permissions

Website promoting Email Search Tools browser hijacker:

Website used to promote Email Search Tools browser hijacker

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Quick menu:

Email Search Tools 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.emailsearchtools.com browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Email Search Tools browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing search.emailsearchtools.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.emailsearchtools.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.emailsearchtools.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.emailsearchtools.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 "Email Search Tools".

Optional method:

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

Change your homepage:

Removing search.emailsearchtools.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.search.emailsearchtools.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.emailsearchtools.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.emailsearchtools.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 search.emailsearchtools.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 search.emailsearchtools.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 "Email Search Tools", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

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

Change your default search engine:

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

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with search.emailsearchtools.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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