What is club-search.com?
club-search.com is one of many fake search engines that display results generated by other, legitimate search engines. Typically, these URLs are promoted through browser hijackers. Apps of this type promote fake search engines by changing browser settings and often track information.
Browser hijackers are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), since most users download and install them unintentionally.
Most browser hijackers promote fake search engines by modifying settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. In this case, the browser hijacker sets them to club-search.com so that users are forced to visit this site when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into the URL bar.
This fake search engine does not generate unique results and simply displays results generated by Yahoo (by redirecting to search.yahoo.com). That is the main reason why these search engines are classified as fake. To stop browsers from opening club-search.com, the browser hijacker that originally changed the settings must be uninstalled.
Typically, browser hijackers prevent undoing or modifying the settings as long as they are installed. Browser hijackers also access and recording browsing data. They usually target details such as IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened/visited pages, entered search queries, and so on.
In some cases, they record personal, confidential information. The cyber criminals behind these apps sell the data to third parties who also misuse it to generate revenue.
By having apps of this type installed, users risk becoming victims of identity theft, experiencing problems relating to online privacy, browsing safety, and other issues. Therefore, remove any installed browser hijackers (including Protect My Search Daily) immediately and avoid them in future.
|Name||club-search.com browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Supposed Functionality||This search engine supposed to generate individual, accurate search results.|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Serving IP Address||220.127.116.11|
|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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Typically, developers advertise fake search engines and PUAs as useful and legitimate, however, they deliver no value and are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. More examples of fake search engines are go-movix.com, pdfsearchhouse.com and ossearch.online.
How did club-search.com install on my computer?
Typically, users download and install browser hijackers (and other PUAs) through the set-ups of other software. I.e., when they are included into download/installation set-ups as 'additional offers'. Usually, offers to download or install these rogue apps are mentioned in settings such as "Custom", "Manual", "Advanced", etc.
Many users download and install their software without checking and changing these settings. By leaving the default settings unchanged, they allow additionally-included apps (browser hijackers and other PUAs) to also be downloaded and installed. Sometimes unintentional downloads/installations occur when users click deceptive ads that execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to download files programs only from official, trustworthy websites and via direct links. Tools and channels such as third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, free file hosting websites, etc., should not be used.
Commonly, these channels are monetized by distributing unwanted (sometimes, even malicious) software. Check all "Advanced", "Custom" and other options/settings of the download/installation setup and decline offers to download or install unwanted apps before finishing the process.
Do not click ads displayed on dubious web pages, since they can open untrusted websites and also cause unwanted downloads/installations. Remove any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins installed on the browser, and software of this kind installed on the operating system.
If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate it.
club-search.com displays results generated by Yahoo (GIF):
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- What is club-search.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove club-search.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove club-search.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove club-search.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove club-search.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
club-search.com redirect 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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the club-search.com website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
club-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://club-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 "club-search.com".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the club-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.club-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 "club-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 club-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://club-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 club-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 club-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.
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