How to remove the Power Search browser hijacker

Also Known As: srchpowerwindow.info redirect
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Power Search browser hijacker removal instructions

What is Power Search?

The Power Search app is categorized as a browser hijacker. There are two main reasons for this classification: it promotes a fake search engine by changing browser settings and gathers browsing data. Browser hijackers are termed 'potentially unwanted applications' (PUAs), since people often download and install them inadvertently.

srchpowerwindow.info redirects to bing.com

After installation, browser hijackers change settings such as address of the homepage, default search engine and new tab (they might also adjust other settings). Power Search assigns the addresses to srchpowerwindow.info, the URL of a fake search engine, which does not generate any unique results. Depending on their geolocations, srchpowerwindow.info redirects users to google.com or bing.com. I.e., it delivers search results that are generated by the Google or Bing search engines. It is possible that srchpowerwindow.info might deliver results generated by Yahoo (search.yahoo.com) as well. most browser hijackers prevent users from changing the aforementioned settings. Therefore, users are forced to visit the address of a fake search engine (in this case, srchpowerwindow.info) when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar. In most cases, it is impossible to remove the address of fake search engines from the settings without first having to uninstall the browser hijacker. Furthermore, apps such as Power Search promote addresses of fake search engines and also gather browsing data (or even more sensitive information). Typically, they target data such as users' IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened/visited sites, entered search queries, and so on. Developers use the data to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), who misuse it for the same purpose. In any case, it is not safe to use or have browser hijackers installed, since this might lead to identity theft, problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and so on.

Threat Summary:
Name Power Search
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.
Browser Extension(s) Power Search
Supposed Functionality This app supposedly improves the web browsing experience.
Promoted URL srchpowerwindow.info
Serving IP Address (srchpowerwindow.info) 34.237.110.206
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.
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Typically, browser hijackers are advertised as apps that are supposedly useful and deliver various features. In fact, they do not function as promoted. They are useless and designed only to help developers to generate revenue by gathering data and promoting fake search engines. Do not trust any browser hijackers and remove them from your system immediately. 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. If clicked, these run scripts designed to cause unwanted downloads and/or installations. This can also happen during download/installation of other software. I.e., when PUAs are included into the download and/or installation set-ups. This distribution method of PUAs is called "bundling". Frequently, information about apps that are additionally-included in set-ups is hidden in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", etc. People who fail to check these settings and leave them unchanged often allow PUAs to be downloaded and installed with regular software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download software from official and trustworthy websites and avoid using various third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks, dubious pages and other similar channels to download or install software. Install software properly: do not skip setup steps without checking "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. Opt-out of offers download or install any unwanted software, and only then finish the setup. Note that, if clicked, many intrusive ads redirect users to untrustworthy and/or potentially malicious websites. These ads are usually displayed on dubious web pages relating to gambling, adult dating, pornography etc. Ads of this type should not be trusted or clicked. If you encounter these ads or unwanted redirects regularly, check your browser for unwanted, dubious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons and remove them. The same applies to 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 Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.

Power Search browser hijacker asks permission to read and change data:

Power Search browser hijacker wants a permission to access and change various data 

Srchpowerwindow.info redirecting users to Google (GIF):

srchpowerwindow redirects users to google.com in gif 

Srchpowerwindow.info redirecting users to Yahoo (GIF):

srchpowerwindow.info redirecting users to search.yahoo.com

Website promoting Power Search browser hijacker:

Power Search browser hijacker promoting website

Another website used to promote Power Search browser hijacker:

Power Search browser hijacker-promoting website

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Quick menu:

Power Search 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.

srchpowerwindow.info browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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 that 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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing srchpowerwindow.info 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 srchpowerwindow.info 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://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:

Removing srchpowerwindow.info 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 Search".

Optional method:

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.

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 srchpowerwindow.info 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 Search" and other recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing srchpowerwindow.info 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 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:

Removing srchpowerwindow.info 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 "srchpowerwindow.info", and 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 srchpowerwindow.info 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing srchpowerwindow.info 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 Search", as well as all other recently installed browser plug-ins.

Change your homepage:

Removing srchpowerwindow.info 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 Search", remove hxxp://srchpowerwindow.info and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing srchpowerwindow.info 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: "extensionControlled"
Set both results to "false" by either double-clicking each entry or clicking the Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

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, 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the srchpowerwindow.info redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset 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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