select-search.com redirect removal instructions
What is select-search.com?
select-search.com is the address of a fake search engine. These bogus search engines are typically promoted by rogue software classified as a browser hijackers. They promote fake search engines by modifying browser settings. Additionally, browser hijackers and bogus search engines commonly monitor and collect browsing-related information. Browser hijackers are rarely installed intentionally, and are therefore also classified as Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs).
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and other popular browsers with large user bases are common targets of browser hijackers. This rogue software reassigns the homepage, default search engine and new tab/window URLs to the addresses of fake search engines. For example, with a browser hijacker promoting select-search.com installed, each new browser tab/window opened and each search query typed into the URL bar redirects to select-search.com. Rogue web searching tools are useless and generally cannot provide any unique results - or any results provided are inaccurate and/or promote untrusted/malicious websites. They tend to redirect to (or cause redirection chains leading to) genuine search engines. Note that select-search.com is unable to generate search results, and so it redirects to the Google search engine. Furthermore, recovering an affected browser without removing the browser hijacker is impossible, since any changes users attempt to make are automatically reset, if access to the browser settings is permitted at all. Furthermore, most browser hijackers have data tracking capabilities. They can monitor users' browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal data derived from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The gathered data is likely to contain personally identifiable information, which is typically shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) seeking to misuse it for profit. To summarize, the presence of data tracking software can lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss and even identity theft. To ensure browser and system integrity, and user safety, remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||Select-search.com browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Serving IP Address||126.96.36.199|
|Detection Names (rogue installer)||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), DrWeb (Trojan.DownLoad4.13619), Emsisoft (Application.Generic (A)), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.MSIL.KabanInst.gen), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|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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How did select-search.com install on my computer?
PUAs promoting select-search.com are proliferated using illegal activation ("cracking") tools, however, these apps are commonly downloaded/installed together with other products. This deceptive marketing method of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions is called "bundling". Rushing download and installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, using presets, skipping steps and sections, etc.) increases the risk of inadvertent installation of bundled content. Some PUAs have "official" promotional web pages from which they can be downloaded. Intrusive advertisements also proliferate these applications. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to research all products, before download/installation. All downloads should be performed from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy channels such as unofficial and free file-hosting sites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders can offer deceptive and/or bundled content. When downloading and installing, it is important to read the terms, study all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, functions and other additions. Intrusive ads may seem normal and harmless, however, they can redirect to dubious websites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). If you experience ads/redirects of this kind, inspect the system and immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate it.
Rogue installation setup (illegal activation "cracking" tool) promoting select-search.com:
Screenshots of pop-ups displayed by the rogue installer before the browser settings are modified:
Text presented within this pop-up:
This will close all your Google Chrome instances
Text presented within this pop-up:
This process will configure your Google Chrome Browser settings.
Appearance of select.search.com (GIF):
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- What is select-search.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove select-search.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove select-search.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove select-search.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove select-search.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
select-search.com redirect 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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the select-search.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
select-search.com redirect 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://select-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 "select-search.com".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the select-search.com browser hijacker, 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 all 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, look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.select-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 "select-search.com", and 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 select-search.com browser hijacker, 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 all 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 remove hxxp://select-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 select-search.com browser hijacker 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 select-search.com browser hijacker, 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 select-search.com browser hijacker from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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