SearchAnything browser hijacker removal instructions
What is SearchAnything?
SearchAnything (also known as Search Anything) is an application which supposed to customize a browser and improve web browsing experience. Although, SearchAnything is a browser hijacker which is designed to promote searchanything.co address (fake search engine) by changing hijacked browser's settings. Also, it can access (collect) information about its users, typically, apps of this type target browsing data. In most cases users download and install apps like SearchAnything (browser hijackers) unknowingly, unintentionally. Therefore, they are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
After installation SearchAnything changes address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab to searchanything.co. Like most apps of this type, it is designed to makes sure that its users would visit address of a particular fake search engine when they open a browser, new tab and/or enter search queries into URL bar. It is common that such search engines provide results generated by some other, often legitimate search engine or display misleading results. Searchanything.co redirects users to search.yahoo.com, it means that it provides results generated by Yahoo. Search engines that do not generate any unique results are worthless. It is worthwhile to mention that users can stop a hijacked browser from opening address of a fake search engine on certain occasions only by uninstalling a browser hijacker (in this case SearchAnything). Furthermore, browser hijackers can be and often are designed to collect information related user's browsing habits. To be more precise, they target details such as IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, and other browsing data. What is worse, installed browser hijacker may be designed to record sensitive information as well. As if it were not enough, people behind such apps tend to misuse gathered data by selling it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it other ways. Installed browser hijacker may can be the reason behind problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, and other problems. Also, their users are exposed at risk of becoming victims of identity theft. These are the main reasons why browser hijackers like SearchAnything should not be trusted (installed).
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||SearchAnything, Search Anything|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to improve browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (searchanything.co)||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.|
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Shield My Searches, SearchStreams and Online Forms Hub are the names of other browser hijackers. As a rule, such apps are designed to promote address of some fake search engine and gather various information. Also, most of them are advertised as useful, legitimate apps that supposed to improve browsing experience, deliver various features, etc. Nevertheless, it is common that browser hijackers are useless (do not deliver any value) and cause various problems. Therefore, if Shield My Searches or any other app of this type is installed on a browser and/or operating system, then it should be uninstalled from it immediately.
How did SearchAnything install on my computer?
It is common that developers include browser hijackers or other PUAs of other types in download and/or installation setups of other, usually free programs. These apps are presented as additional offers, in most cases they are mentioned in setup's "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings. However, not all users check and and change those settings. By leaving default settings unchanged users allow for various PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with other, intentionally downloaded and/or installed programs. This distribution method of software is known as "bundling". Also, PUAs can get downloaded and/or installed through deceptive advertisements that are designed to execute certain scripts. However, it happens only when users click those ads.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Third party downloaders, installers, unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks like torrent clients, eMule, and other similar channels can be used as tools to distribute various PUAs. Moreover, they may be used to spread malicious programs too. Either way, all programs should be downloaded from official websites and via direct download links. Also, it is not recommended to complete downloads and installations without checking "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" or other settings of a setups. Such settings often mention offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Intrusive advertisements on questionable, unofficial websites can open various potentially malicious websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. That is why it is not safe to click such ads. Such ads can appear on legitimate pages too. If there are any suspicious, unwanted, unknown extensions, plug-ins and/or add-ons installed on a browser or programs of this kind installed on the operating system, then they should be removed right away. If your computer is already infected with SearchAnything, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
SearchAnything download page opened with Chrome:
Notification saying that SearchAnything can read and change certain data:
SearchAnything download page opened with Firefox
Notification saying that SearchAnything can access various data:
Website which gets opened after installation of SearchAnything browser hijacker:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is SearchAnything?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SearchAnything application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove searchanything.co redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SearchAnything browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove searchanything.co homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove searchanything.co redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
SearchAnything 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, "SearchAnything" or "Search Anything"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the searchanything.co website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
SearchAnything 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://searchanything.co 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 "SearchAnything" (or "Search Anything").
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchanything.co 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 "SearchAnything" (or "Search Anything") 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 "SearchAnything" (or "Search Anything"), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.searchanything.co) 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 "searchanything.co", 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 searchanything.co 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 "SearchAnything" (or "Search Anything"), 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 "SearchAnything" (or "Search Anything"), remove hxxp://searchanything.co 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 searchanything.co 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 searchanything.co 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 searchanything.co redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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