What is searchred01.xyz?
searchred01.xyz is promoted through a potentially unwanted application (PUA), a browser hijacker called Suxs APP. This address might also be promoted by other apps of this type. Typically, browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing certain browser settings.
Most gather browsing-related information as well. Browser hijackers are categorized as PUAs, since users often download and install them inadvertently.
Typically, browser hijackers modify settings such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. Their main purpose is to ensure that users visit a specific address when they open a browser, new tab, or enter search queries into the URL bar.
When used to search, searchred01.xyz displays results generated by a dubious search engine (s3arch.page). Note that s3arch.page is opened through searchmes.xyz (another dubious address). Commonly, these bogus search engines display misleading results (i.e., they include other dubious web pages in the results).
Therefore, do not use searchred01.xyz, s3arch.page or other search engines of this type. Typically, browser hijackers prevent users from undoing the changes that were made to the settings. Therefore, to remove searchred01.xyz from the aforementioned browser settings, it is necessary to uninstall Suxs APP and other PUAs that promote this address.
Furthermore, browser hijackers often gather browsing data such as IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, and geolocations.
They might also record sensitive, personal details. The developers sell the information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. These actions can lead to problems relating to online privacy, browsing safety, and some people might even become victims of identity theft.
|Name||searchred01.xyz browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab.|
|Browser Extension(s)||Suxs APP, LOX APP, XMS APP (potentially other apps as well).|
|Supposed Functionality||In most cases, browser hijackers are advertised as apps that improve the browsing experience|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine.|
|Serving IP Address (searchred01.xyz)||22.214.171.124|
|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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There are many dubious, fake search engines on the internet (e.g., pdfmagicsearch.com, protectionapps.live, smashapps.net). Typically, their URLS appear in browser settings after installation of browser hijackers. These apps are useless to regular users and can cause serious problems. Therefore, browser hijackers should never be downloaded or installed.
How did searchred01.xyz install on my computer?
In most cases, browser hijackers and other PUAs are distributed by including them into the set-ups of other programs. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Developers use it to trick people into downloading and/or installing PUAs together with their required software.
PUAs are included into set-ups as 'additional offers', which can be found in settings such as "Custom" or "Advanced". Many users leave them unchecked and unchanged, thereby agreeing by default with offers to download and install unwanted apps. Clicking deceptive advertisements can also allow PUAs to infiltrate, when the ads execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
You are advised to download files and programs only from official websites and via direct links. Other sources and tools such as third party downloaders (and installers) Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., eMule, torrent clients), unofficial websites are often used to distribute PUAs, and even malicious programs.
Check all settings such as "Custom" and "Advanced" and decline offers to download or install potentially unwanted apps. Do not click advertisements that appear on dubious, untrusted pages, since they can open other dubious web pages or cause unwanted downloads and installations.
Remove all unwanted, unknown extensions, add-ons and plug-ins that are installed the browser, and programs of this kind that are 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.
Screenshots of bogus websites promoting a browser hijacker (Suxs APP), which is designed to change browser settings to searchred01.xyz:
Notification stating that Suxs APP can read and change certain data:
Update 1 June 2020 - We have recently discovered another rogue browser extension designed to promote the searchred01.xyz website (LOX APP):
Screenshot of a website promoting LOX APP extension:
Update 4 June 2020 - Yet another browser-hijacking extension designed to promote searchred01.xyz has been discovered. The extension is called XMS APP:
Screenshot of a website promoting XMS APP:
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- What is searchred01.xyz?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove searchred01.xyz redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove searchred01.xyz browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove searchred01.xyz homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove searchred01.xyz redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
searchred01.xyz 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 (e.g., "Suxs APP"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications that cause browser redirects to the searchred01.xyz website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
searchred01.xyz 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 (e.g., "Suxs APP"), 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://searchred01.xyz 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 "Suxs APP" or any other browser hijacker.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchred01.xyz 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 (e.g., "Suxs APP") 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 "Suxs APP", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.searchred01.xyz) 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 "searchred01.xyz", 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 searchred01.xyz 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 (e.g., "Suxs APP").
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 "Suxs APP" or other browser hijacker, remove hxxp://searchred01.xyz 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 searchred01.xyz 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 searchred01.xyz 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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