What is Logic Search?
Logic Search is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker supposedly designed to improve the browsing experience (provide accurate search results and other features). In fact, it promotes a fake search engine (feed.logic-search.com) by changing browser settings and gathering various information.
People usually download and install browser hijackers (and other apps categorized as PUAs) unintentionally.
After installation, Logic Search sets feed.logic-search.com as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Therefore, people who have Logic Search installed on their browsers are forced to visit feed.logic-search.com when they enter search queries into the URL bar, open a browser and new tab.
If used, this fake search engine simply redirects to search.yahoo.com - it generates no unique results and displays those generated by the Yahoo search engine. In most cases, browser hijackers prevent users from removing the address of a fake search engine from the aforementioned settings, unless they uninstall the rogue software.
In this case, feed.logic-search.com can be removed and the setting assigned to another address only after uninstalling Logic Search. This, however, it is not the only reason to uninstall installed browser hijackers. In most cases, apps of this type collect browsing-related, and other, data.
For example, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited web pages, geolocations, etc. They might also be designed to gather personal, sensitive details. Developers sell the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue in other ways.
In summary, users of browsers that are hijacked by these apps might experience problems relating to browsing safety/privacy or even become victims of identity theft. Therefore, remove all browser hijackers that are already installed on the browser or operating system immediately.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||Logic Search|
|Supposed Functionality||Improves web browsing experience.|
|Serving IP Address (feed.logic-search.com)||126.96.36.199|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Browser hijackers are advertised as useful, legitimate applications, however, most deliver no value and simply help the developers to generate revenue. Furthermore, users are exposed to risk of various problems. Examples of other PUAs that are classified as browser hijackers include Directions Tab, Delicious Online Recipes and Access Gov Docs Tab.
How did Logic Search install on my computer?
In most cases, people download and install browser hijackers, and other PUAs, through the download/installation set-ups of other software. These apps are often included into the set-ups as "additional offers" and related information can be found in settings such as "Custom", "Advanced", and "Manual".
Many people fail to check and change these settings when they download and install programs, thereby allowing PUAs to be downloaded and installed together with regular software. This PUA distribution method is called "bundling". Note that unwanted downloads and installations can be also caused by clicking deceptive advertisements that run certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to download software and files from official websites and via direct links. Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites and other similar channels should not be used - they are used to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious software.
Third party installers should not be trusted. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of all download and installation setups. Dismiss any offers to download or install unwanted software before completing the process. Do not click intrusive ads that are displayed on dubious web pages, since they can redirect to other, potentially malicious websites.
These ads might also appear on legitimate sites. If unwanted ads appear on most/all web pages or the browser opens dubious pages automatically, check for installed unwanted apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) and remove them immediately. Also remove software of this kind that is installed on the operating system.
If your computer is already infected with Logic Search, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Logic Search browser hijacker redirects to search.yahoo.com through feed.logic-search.com (GIF):
Logic Search asks permission to access and modify data:
Websites promoting Logic Search browser hijacker:
IMPORTANT NOTE! These deceptive sites ask to enable web browser notifications.
Therefore, before commencing, perform these steps:
Google Chrome (PC):
- Click the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Settings", scroll down to the bottom and click "Advanced"
- Scroll down to the "Privacy and security" section, select "Content settings" and then "Notifications"
- Click three dots on the right hand side of each suspicious URL and click "Block" or "Remove" (if you click "Remove" and visit the malicious site once more, it will ask to enable notifications again)
Google Chrome (Android):
- Click on the Menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the screen and click "Settings"
- Scroll down, click on "Site settings" and then "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs and click on them one-by-one
- Select "Notifications" in the "Permissions" section and set the toggle button to "OFF"
- Click the Menu button (three bars) on the right upper corner of the screen
- Select "Options" and click on "Privacy & Security" in the toolbar on the left hand side of the screen
- Scroll down to the "Permissions" section and click the "Settings" button next to "Notifications"
- In the opened window, locate all suspicious URLs, click the drop-down menu and select "Block"
- Click the Gear button on the right upper corner of the IE window
- Select "Internet options"
- Select the "Privacy" tab and click "Settings" under "Pop-up Blocker" section
- Select suspicious URLs under and remove them one by one by clicking the "Remove" button
- Click the menu button (three dots) on the right upper corner of the Edge window
- Scroll down, find and click "Settings"
- Scroll down again and click "View advanced settings"
- Click "Manage" under "Website permissions"
- Click the switch under each suspicious website
- Click "Safari" button on the left upper corner of the screen and select "Preferences..."
- Select the "Websites" tab and then select "Notifications" section on the left pane
- Check for suspicious URLs and apply the "Deny" option for each
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- What is Logic Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Logic Search application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove feed.logic-search.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Logic Search browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove feed.logic-search.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove feed.logic-search.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Logic Search browser hijacker removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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, "Logic Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the feed.logic-search.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Logic 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://feed.logic-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:
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 "Logic Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the feed.logic-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.
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 "Logic 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 "Logic Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.feed.logic-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:
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 "feed.logic-search.com", 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 feed.logic-search.com 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Logic 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 "Logic Search", remove hxxp://feed.logic-search.com 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 feed.logic-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, 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 feed.logic-search.com 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.
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