CrypSearch browser hijacker removal instructions
What is the CrypSearch browser hijacker?
CrypSearch is a browser hijacker, which is promoted as a tool supposedly capable of improving web searches. It operates by modifying browsers, restricting/denying access to settings to promote crypsearch.com, a fake search engine. Furthermore, it has data tracking capabilities, which are employed to gather information relating to users' browsing activities. Since many people install CrypSearch unintentionally, it is also classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).
Common targets of browser hijackers are popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. This rogue software assigns the addresses of its bogus search engines as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab/window URLs. Therefore, each new browser tab/window opened and each search query typed into the URL bar redirects to the fake search engine. CrypSearch promotes crypsearch.com in this manner. Rogue search engines are usually unable to provide unique results, and so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains leading to) Google, Yahoo, Bing and other genuine search engines. In rare cases, they can generate results, but these tend to be inaccurate and promote untrusted/malicious websites. Note that crypsearch.com can provide search results, yet they are highly suspect. The browser modifications are not easy to reset, as any changes users try to make to their browsers are automatically undone, if access to the settings is permitted at all. Therefore, removing the browser hijacker is necessary to recover the affected browser. Browser hijackers (including CrypSearch) can track data. They record users' browsing habits (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and gather personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The data is often shared with third parties seeking to misuse it for financial gain - potentially, by putting it to criminal use. In summary, the presence of data tracking software on browsers/systems can result in serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, you are strongly advised to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins without delay.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved web searches.|
|Serving IP Address (crypsearch.com)||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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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AnonymoSearch, PDFEasyTool, Multy App, and My 2020 Fitness are some examples of other browser hijackers. They tempt users into download/installation with offers of various "useful" capabilities. It is easy to become tricked into allowing PUAs onto the system, as they usually seem legitimate, however, browser hijackers rarely operate as promised. In most cases, they do not work at all - this applies to many PUAs. These unwanted applications have just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers at users' expense. PUAs hijack browsers, force-open untrusted and malicious sites, deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns and track vulnerable data.
How did CrypSearch install on my computer?
PUAs proliferate via the download/installation set-ups of other programs. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular products with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling". By rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, etc.), many users risk inadvertently downloading/installing bundled content. Some PUAs have "official" promotional pages, from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive ads proliferate these apps as well. When clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to research all products to verify their legitimacy, prior to download/installation. All downloads should be performed only from official sources. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.) and other third party downloaders are untrusted and can offer likewise suspicious content. Treat download and installation processes with caution. Read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, functions and so on. Intrusive ads typically seem normal and harmless, however, they can redirect to dubious web pages (e.g. adult-dating, pornography, gambling, etc.). If you encounter with these ads/redirects, check the system and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with CrypSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
CrypSearch browser hijacker asking for permissions on Google Chrome:
CrypSearch browser hijacker asking for permissions on Mozilla Firefox:
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- What is CrypSearch?
- STEP 1. Uninstall CrypSearch application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove crypsearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove CrypSearch browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove crypsearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove crypsearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
CrypSearch 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, "CrypSearch"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the crypsearch.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
CrypSearch 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://crypsearch.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 "CrypSearch".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the crypsearch.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 "CrypSearch" 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 "CrypSearch", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.crypsearch.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 "crypsearch.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 crypsearch.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 "CrypSearch", 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 "CrypSearch", remove hxxp://crypsearch.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 crypsearch.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 crypsearch.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 crypsearch.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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