How to uninstall SApp+ and other browser hijackers?

Also Known As: srchpx.xyz browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Srchpx.xyz redirect removal instructions

What is srchpx.xyz?

Srchpx.xyz is one of the many fake search engines on the Internet. Like most them, this search engine is being promoted through a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker. The name of the PUA which promotes srchpx.xyz is called SApp+. Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing certain browser's settings. Also, apps of this type usually are designed to gather browsing data (information related to user's browsing habits) as well.

srchpx.xyz browser hijacker

Research shows that this particular browser hijacker (SAp++) does not always change browser's settings to promote srchpx.xyz. When SAp++ does change any settings, then it detects when a user enters search query and opens srchpx.xyz through searchmes.xyz, address of another shady page. Browser hijackers that do change settings set address of a fake search engine as an address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. In other words, they are designed to force users to visit address of a fake search engine when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into URL bar. Typically, apps of this type do not allow users to undo, change those settings as long as they are installed. As a rule, it is possible to do that only after uninstallation of a browser hijacker. It is worth mentioning that fake search engines like srchpx.xyz tend to provide users with misleading search results. Quite often they display results that could lead to untrustworthy or even malicious pages. Moreover, apps like SApp+ not only promote fake search engines, but also collect various browsing-related information. For example, IP addresses, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, geolocations, and other data of this kind. However, some browser hijackers are designed to gather sensitive (personal information) as well. In one way or another, their developers usually use that data to generate revenue by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it in other ways. To sum up, people who have their browsers hijacked by apps like SApp+ are exposed to risk of identity theft, problems related to browsing safety, privacy, and other issues. Therefore, any installed browser hijacker should be removed from a browser and/or operating system as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name srchpx.xyz browser hijacker
Threat Type Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Browser Extension(s) SApp+
Supposed Functionality This app supposed to improve web browsing experience≥
Affected Browser Settings Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine
Detection Names Forcepoint ThreatSeeker (Suspicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Serving IP Address 104.27.184.114
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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Xscx.xyz, piolo.xyz, guj5.xyz are a couple of examples of other fake search engines that are promoted through browser hijackers. It is common that PUAs are advertised as useful, legitimate applications. However, most of them do not function as they supposed to. Most PUAs are designed only help their developers to generate revenue by gathering data and forcing users to visit addresses of fake search engines (and often other shady pages). Also, having a browser hijacked by an app of this type can be the reason behind various problems.

How did srchpx.xyz install on my computer?

There are many cases where PUAs are distributed by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". This method is being used to trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs together with other programs by including them in various download and/or installation setups. In most cases information about additional downloads (and/or installations) can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and similar settings of setups. People who download and install programs without checking (and changing) those settings unchanged often allow for unwanted apps to be downloaded and/or installed as well. Sometimes PUAs get downloaded and/or installed when people click deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The safest way download software is by using official websites and direct links. Various third party downloaders, installers, torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial websites and other download, installation tools can be (and often are) used to distribute various PUAs. Also, it is not recommended to download and install programs without checking "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings of their setups. Those settings often mention offers to download and/or install additional, potentially unwanted software. Intrusive ads that are displayed on untrustworthy websites often other websites of this type. Such ads should not be clicked. Besides, they might cause downloads, installations of unwanted apps. If there are any unwanted, unknown and/or suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons installed on a web browser, then they should be removed as soon as possible. The same should be done with software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate it.

Deceptive website offers to update Mozilla Firefox with a fake Firefox installer that installs SApp+:

srchpx.xyz encourages to download and use a fake mozilla firefox installer

SApp+ asks for a permission to access and store various data:

SApp+ asks for a permission to modify and read data

Hijacker browser opens srchpx.xyz through searchmes.xyz (GIF):

srchpx.xyz redirect appearance in gif image

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Quick menu:

srchpx.xyz redirect 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.

srchpx.xyz browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

srchpx.xyz redirect removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser redirects:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing srchpx.xyz 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 (like "SApp+"), select these entries and click "Remove".

Change your homepage:

Removing srchpx.xyz 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://srchpx.xyz 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 srchpx.xyz 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 "SApp+".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the srchpx.xyz browser hijacker, 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 srchpx.xyz 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 all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons (like "SApp+") and remove them.

Change your homepage:

Removing srchpx.xyz 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 "SApp+" (or other PUA), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.srchpx.xyz) 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 srchpx.xyz 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 "srchpx.xyz" 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 srchpx.xyz browser hijacker, 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 srchpx.xyz 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 all recently installed browser plug-ins (such as "SApp+", or any other PUA).

Change your homepage:

Removing srchpx.xyz 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 "SApp+" or other PUA, remove hxxp://srchpx.xyz and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change your default search engine:

Removing srchpx.xyz 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 srchpx.xyz browser hijacker 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 srchpx.xyz browser hijacker, 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.

Removal assistance:
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