Power Search browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Power Search?
Power Search is the name of an app that is categorized as a browser hijacker. There are two main reasons for that: it promotes a fake search engine by changing browser's settings and gathers browsing data. Browser hijackers are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), it is because people often download and install them unknowingly.
After installation browser hijackers change settings such as address of a homepage, default search engine and new tab, they could be designed to adjust some other settings too. Power Search changes those addresses to srchpowerwindow.info, an address of a fake search engine that does not generate any unique results. Depending on geolocation of its users srchpowerwindow.info redirects them to google.com or bing.com. In other words, it delivers search results that are generated by Google or Bing search engines. It is possible that srchpowerwindow.info might deliver results generated by Yahoo (search.yahoo.com) as well. It is worth mentioning that most browser hijackers prevent their users from changing the aforementioned settings. It means that their users are forces to visit address of a fake search engine (in this case srchpowerwindow.info) when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into URL bar. In most cases it is impossible to remove address of one or another fake search engine from those settings without having to uninstall the installed browser hijacker first. Furthermore, apps like Power Search not only promote addresses of fake search engines but also gather various browsing data (or even more sensitive information). Typically, they target data such as user's IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened/visited sites, entered search queries, and so on. Their developers use that data to generate revenue by selling it to other people (potentially cyber criminals) who may misuse it for the same purpose. Either way, it is not safe to use or have a browser hijacker installed, it might lead to identity theft, problems related to browsing safety, privacy, and so on.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Power Search|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to improve web browsing experience.|
|Serving IP Address (srchpowerwindow.info)||188.8.131.52|
|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.|
To eliminate srchpowerwindow.info redirect our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Typically, browser hijackers are advertised as apps that supposed to be useful, deliver some features. Unfortunately, very often they do not function as they were advertised. In other words, they are useless and designed only to help their developers to generate revenue by gathering data, and promoting fake search engines. It is not recommended to trust any browser hijacker, if there is one on a browser and/or system installed, then it should be removed as soon as possible. Examples of other browser hijackers are My Login Hub, Newfinder APP and ConvertMyFile Search.
How did Power Search install on my computer?
In some cases PUAs can be downloaded and/or installed through deceptive ads that, if clicked, run scripts designed to cause unwanted downloads and/or installations. However, it usually happens during downloads and/or installations of other software. To be more precise, when PUAs are included download and/or installation setups. This distribution method of PUAs is called "bundling". Most of the times information about apps that are additionally included in setups is hidden in their settings like "Custom", "Advanced", etc. Quite often people do not check those settings and leave them unchanged, that is how various PUAs are being allowed to be downloaded and/or installed together with some wanted software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
We recommend to download software from official and trustworthy websites and to avoid using various third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks, questionable pages and other similar channels to download or install any software. One more important thing is to install software properly: do not skip any setup's steps without checking "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. Opt-out offers to download or install any unwanted software and only then finish the setup. Note, there are many intrusive ads that, if clicked, redirect users to untrustworthy and/or potentially malicious websites. These ads usually are displayed on shady pages related to gambling, adult dating, pornography etc. Ads of this type should not be trusted and clicked. If you encounter such ads or unwanted redirects regularly, then check your browser for any unwanted, dubious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons and remove them. Same goes for programs of this kind installed on the computer (operating system). If your computer is already infected with Power Search, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Power Search browser hijacker asks for a permission to read and change data:
Srchpowerwindow.info provides results by Google (GIF):
Website promoting Power Search browser hijacker:
Instant automatic removal of srchpowerwindow.info 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 srchpowerwindow.info redirect. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Power Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Power Search application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove srchpowerwindow.info redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Power Search browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove srchpowerwindow.info homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove srchpowerwindow.info redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Power 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, "Power Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the srchpowerwindow.info website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Power 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://srchpowerwindow.info 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 "Power Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the srchpowerwindow.info 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 "Power Search" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, 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 "Power Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.srchpowerwindow.info) 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 "srchpowerwindow.info", 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 srchpowerwindow.info 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 "Power Search", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.
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 "Power Search", remove hxxp://srchpowerwindow.info 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the button.
Computer users who have problems with srchpowerwindow.info 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.
Change your homepage and new tab settings:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section look for the name of the browser hijacker and click "Disable".
Change your default Internet search engine:
To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Privacy and services", scroll to bottom of the page and select "Address bar". In the "Search engines used in address bar" section look for the name of the unwanted Internet search engine, when located click the "Disable" button near it. Alternatively you can click on "Manage search engines", in the opened menu look for unwanted Internet search engine. Click on the puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the srchpowerwindow.info redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove srchpowerwindow.info redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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