How to uninstall SearchAnything unwanted app?

Also Known As: searchanything.co redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

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).

searchanything browser hijacker redirects to searchanything.co

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 Summary:
Name SearchAnything
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
Promoted URL searchanything.co
Serving IP Address (searchanything.co) 104.24.106.194
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:

searchanything download page on chrome

Notification saying that SearchAnything can read and change certain data:

searchanything asks for a permission to be installed on chrome

SearchAnything download page opened with Firefox

searchanything download page on firefox

Notification saying that SearchAnything can access various data:

searchanything asks for a permission to be installed on firefox

Website which gets opened after installation of SearchAnything browser hijacker:

website displayed after installation of the searchanything extension

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Quick menu:

SearchAnything browser hijacker removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

searchanything.co browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

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:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing searchanything.co related Internet Explorer extensions

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing searchanything.co from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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:

Removing searchanything.co from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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").

Optional method:

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing searchanything.co related Google Chrome extensions

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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:

Removing searchanything.co from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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:

Removing searchanything.co from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchanything.co redirect, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing searchanything.co related Mozilla Firefox extensions

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing searchanything.co from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (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:

Removing searchanything.co from Mozilla Firefox 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 Mozilla Firefox switch about:config entry button button.

Optional method:

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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchanything.co redirect, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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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