Logic Search browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Logic Search?
Logic Search is a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker which supposed to improve browsing experience (provide users with accurate search results and some other features). However, it is designed to promote a fake search engine (feed.logic-search.com) by changing browser's settings and gather various information. Usually people download and install browser hijackers (and other apps that are categorized as PUAs) unintentionally.
After installation Logic Search sets feed.logic-search.com as an address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. It means that people who have Logic Search installed on a browser are forced to visit feed.logic-search.com when they enter search queries into URL bar, open a browser and new tab. If used, this fake search engine redirects users to search.yahoo.com. In other words, it does not generate any unique search results and displays results generated by Yahoo search engine. In most cases browser hijackers do not allow users to remove address of a fake search engine from the aforementioned settings unless they uninstall it. In this case feed.logic-search.com can be removed, changed to another address only after uninstalling Logic Search. However, it is not the only reason to uninstall any installed browser hijacker. In most cases apps of this type are designed collect various browsing-related and other data. For example, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited web pages, geolocations, etc. They may be designed to gather personal, sensitive details as well. Their developers usually sell collected data to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. To sum up, users of browsers that are hijacked by apps of this type may experience problems related to browsing safety, privacy, or even become victims of identity theft. Therefore, if there is some browser hijacker already installed on a browser and/or operating system, then it should be uninstalled as soon as possible.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Logic Search|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to improve web browsing experience.|
|Serving IP Address (feed.logic-search.com)||18.104.22.168|
|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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There are many various browser hijackers, most of them are advertised as useful, legitimate applications. However, most of them do not deliver any value and are designed only to help their developers to generate revenue. Besides, their users are exposed at risk of various problems. Examples of other PUAs that are classified as browser hijackers too are Directions Tab, Delicious Online Recipes and Access Gov Docs Tab.
How did Logic Search install on my computer?
In most cases people download and/or install browser hijackers and other PUAs through download and/or installation setups of other software. It is common that apps of this type are included in setups as additional offers and information about it can be found in their settings like "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual". Not all people check and change those settings when they download and install programs. By leaving them unchanged they allow for PUAs to be downloaded or installed alongside with wanted software. This distribution method of PUAs is called "bundling". It is worthwhile to mention that unwanted downloads and installations can be caused by clicking deceptive advertisements too. Those ads cause it by running certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended 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. Quite often they are used as tools to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious software. Third party installers should not be trusted too. Also, we recommend to always check "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings of any download and installation setup. If they include offers to download and/or install unwanted software, then they should be declined before completing download and/or installation. Intrusive ads that are displayed on shady pages, if clicked, often redirect people to other, potentially malicious websites. It is worth mentioning that such ads might appear on legitimate pages too. If unwanted ads appear on most web pages and/or a browser opens shady pages by itself, then we recommend to check if there are any unwanted apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) installed on it and remove them immediately. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be removed too. If your computer is already infected with Logic Search, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter 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 for a 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 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, "Logic Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which 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 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 "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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove feed.logic-search.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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