Mazy Search browser hijacker removal instructions
What is Mazy Search?
Mazy Search is the name of a browser hijacker which is designed to certain browser's settings to browser.mazysearch.com. Although, this app is designed not only to promote an address of a fake search engine but also adds the "Managed by your organization" feature to Google Chrome browsers. Also, most browser hijackers operate as information tracking tools, they gather data related to user's browsing habits. It is common that users download and install apps of this type unknowingly, therefore, they are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). This particular app is distributed through a deceptive installer, an unofficial activation ('cracking') program.
Mazy Search promotes browser.mazysearch.com by making it as an address of a default search engine, homepage and new tab. The main purpose of this is to ensure that users would visit this address when they open a browser, new tab and enter search queries into URL bar. When used to search the web, browser.mazysearch.com displays results generated by Google, it redirects users to google.com. It does not generate individual, unique results which makes it completely useless. Also, most browser hijackers are designed to prevent users from removing address of a fake search engine from the aforementioned settings as long as they are installed. It means that browser.mazysearch.com can be removed from settings only when Mazy Search is no longer installed. One more reason to uninstall Mazy Search or any other app of this type is that they often are designed to record browsing data. For instance, IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages, geolocations, etc. In some cases they are capable of gathering sensitive details as well. What is worse, collected information may be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways. Having an app like Mazy Search installed on a browser and/or computer could be the reason behind problems related to privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft. Therefore, browser hijackers should never be downloaded and installed.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Detection Names (deceptive installer)||Avast (Win32:AdwareSig [Adw]), BitDefender (Adware.GenericKD.43245734), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/Adware.TekhNetvork.A), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:HEUR:AdWare.MSIL.KabanInst.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Browser Extension(s)||Mazy Search;|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to improve browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (browser.mazysearch.com)||22.214.171.124|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Mazy Search is virtually identical to CapitaSearch and shares similarities with many other apps of this type (e.g., Easy Email Checker, Track Net Speed, Stream Radio Live. What most browser hijackers have in common is that they are designed to promote some fake search engine by changing browser's settings. Also, quite often they are designed to collect browsing data as well. It is recommended not to trust such apps and remove any already installed ones right away.
How did Mazy Search install on my computer?
Typically, users download and install apps like Mazy Search and other potentially unwanted applications unknowingly. It is common that apps of this type are distributed through setups of other programs. To be more precise, by including them in setups as additional offers. In most cases such offers are mentioned in their settings like "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual". When users download and install programs without checking and changing default settings, they often allow for included PUAs to be downloaded or/and installed too. This distribution method of PUAs is known as "bundling". Sometimes unwanted downloads, installations can be caused by clicking deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts. Research shows that Mazy Search is distributed through an unofficial activation ('cracking') tool which supposed to illegally activate Adobe Photoshop. It is worthwhile to mention that such tools are not only illegal but also can be designed to install some malware (e.g., some ransomware, Trojan).
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is strongly recommended to download files and programs only from official websites and use direct links for that. Other channels can be and often are used to distribute unwanted, potentially malicious applications. Examples of unreliable download (and installation) channels are third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, free file hosting pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (e.g., torrent clients, eMule). Also, it is recommended to check download and/or installation setups for offers to download and/or install additionally included apps and decline them before completing download and/or installation processes. Additionally, it is recommended not to trust intrusive ads that appear on questionable websites. Those ads can be designed to open other pages of this kind or even execute scripts that would download (or even install) unwanted applications. If there are any unwanted, suspicious apps (extensions, add-ons, plug-ins) installed on a browser and/or programs of this kind installed on the operating system, then should be uninstalled immediately. If your computer is already infected with Mazy Search, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Browser.mazysearch.com redirects to google.com (GIF):
Deceptive installer (unofficial Adobe Photoshop activation tool) used to distribute Mazy Search:
Notification saying that Mazy Search can read and change certain data:
Mazy Search browser hijacker managing Google Chrome:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Mazy Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Mazy Search application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove browser.mazysearch.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove Mazy Search browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove browser.mazysearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove browser.mazysearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Mazy Search 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, "Mazy Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the browser.mazysearch.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Mazy Search 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://browser.mazysearch.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 "Mazy Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browser.mazysearch.com 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 "Mazy Search" 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 "Mazy Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.browser.mazysearch.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 "browser.mazysearch.com", 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 browser.mazysearch.com 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 "Mazy Search", 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 "Mazy Search", remove hxxp://browser.mazysearch.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 browser.mazysearch.com 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 browser.mazysearch.com 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 browser.mazysearch.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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