How to remove the RollingSearch browser hijacker
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is RollingSearch?
RollingSearch (also known as Rolling Search) is software categorized as a browser hijacker. Typically, these hijackers are promoted as improving the browsing experience by providing accurate search results and quick access to various services or content.
RollingSearch operates by modifying browsers to promote rollingsearch.com (a fake search engine). Additionally, most browser hijackers have data tracking capabilities, which are employed to gather information relating to users' browsing habits. Since few users install RollingSearch intentionally, it is also classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other popular browsers are common targets of browser hijackers. They reassign the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs to the addresses of bogus search engines. RollingSearch promotes rollingsearch.com in this fashion.
Therefore, with RollingSearch installed, each search made via the URL bar and each new browser tab/window opened redirects to rollingsearch.com. These seemingly minor changes diminish the browsing experience.
Furthermore, fake search engines (including rollingsearch.com) are usually unable to provide unique results, so they redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) legitimate sites. In the case of rollingsearch.com, it redirects to search.yahoo.com.
Furthermore, these modifications are not easy to undo, since any changes users attempt to make to their browsers are automatically reset (if access to the settings is permitted at all). Therefore, it is necessary to remove the browser hijacker to recover the affected browser.
Software within this category commonly has data tracking capabilities and it is highly likely that RollingSearch does as well. Browser hijackers can monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and gather personal information derived from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details).
The collected data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) seeking to misuse it for profit. This sensitive information typically contains personally identifiable information. Therefore, the presence of data tracking content on systems can lead to financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft.
To ensure device and user safety, remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||RollingSearch, Rolling Search|
|Serving IP Address (rollingsearch.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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Radio Hub Online, Quick Photo Editor, Maps Assist and Twisted Search are some examples of other browser hijackers. They often seem legitimate and tempt users into download/installation with offers of "useful" functions, however, these features rarely work as promised and, in most cases, are nonoperational.
This applies to most PUAs. The only purpose of these unwanted apps is to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no value and might experience serious issues. PUAs hijack browsers, force-open untrusted and malicious sites, deliver intrusive advertisements (pop-ups, banners, surveys, etc.) and track private data.
How did RollingSearch install on my computer?
PUAs proliferate via the download/installation set-ups of other software. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing tactic of pre-packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious additions.
Rushing download and installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertent installation of bundled content. Some PUAs have "official" promotional web pages, from which they can be downloaded.
Intrusive ads spread these applications as well. Once clicked, they can execute scripts designed to download/install PUAs without users' permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are strongly advised to research all products, prior to download/installation or purchase. Additionally, use only official and verified download channels. Unofficial and free file-hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive or bundled content.
When downloading/installing, read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of additional apps, tools, features and so on. Intrusive advertisements usually seem normal and harmless, however, they can redirect to dubious sites (e.g. gambling, adult-dating, pornography and others).
If you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect the system and immediately remove all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with RollingSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
rollingsearch.com redirecting users to search.yahoo.com once a search query is entered:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is RollingSearch?
- STEP 1. Uninstall RollingSearch application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rollingsearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove RollingSearch browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove rollingsearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rollingsearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
RollingSearch 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, "RollingSearch"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the rollingsearch.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
RollingSearch 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://rollingsearch.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 "RollingSearch".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the rollingsearch.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 "RollingSearch" 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 "RollingSearch", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.rollingsearch.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 "rollingsearch.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 rollingsearch.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 "RollingSearch", 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 "RollingSearch", remove hxxp://rollingsearch.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 rollingsearch.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 rollingsearch.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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