AllMusicSearches browser hijacker removal instructions
What is AllMusicSearches?
Typically, browser Hijackers make alterations in browser settings to promote a specific address (usually a fake search engine). Also, most of them collect information relating to Internet browsing activity. The AllMusicSearches changes browser's settings to allmusicsearches.com. It is important to mention that it is not common for apps like AllMusicSearches to be downloaded and installed by users knowingly. Therefore, such apps are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
In most cases, browser hijackers make sure that users would visit a certain address when they open a browser, new tab or enter search queries into URL bar by changing browser's settings such as the address of a homepage, new tab, and default search engine. AllMusicSearches changes those settings (addresses) to allmusicsearches.com. It is called a fake search engine mostly because it redirects users to search.yahoo.com (shows results generated by Yahoo) or searchlee.com - it depends on the geolocation of its visitors. It is noteworthy that some of the search engines that browser hijackers promote (e.g., search engines like searchlee.com) can generate misleading results, display dubious ads. Either way, neither allmusicsearches.com nor other search engines like it should be used/are trustworthy. Usually, to stop a browser from opening the address of a fake search engine, it is necessary to uninstall a browser hijacker from it first. In this case, to remove allmusicsearches.com/change it to another address, it is required to uninstall AllMusicSearches.
As mentioned in the first paragraph, browser hijackers often are designed to collect browsing data, such as addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, Internet Protocol addresses, geolocations, and other details relating to user's Internet browsing activities. It is possible for some browser hijackers to be capable of accessing personal information (e.g., passwords, telephone numbers, credit card details, names, addresses). Developers design browser hijackers to collect information so they could use that data for marketing purposes or monetize in it other ways, for example, sell it to third parties (potentially cyber criminals). In one way or another, a browser hijacker is a type of app that should never be installed on a browser or the operating system.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (allmusicsearches.com)||188.8.131.52|
|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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More examples of browser hijackers are DigitalIncognitoSearch, IncognitoSearchTech and My Smartlink. It is common for them to be advertised as useful apps that provide a quick access to various websites, generate accurate search results, etc. Although, browser hijackers are not the apps that improve browsing experience, on the contrary, they can slow down browsers, display ads, generate misleading search results and cause other problems.
How did AllMusicSearches install on my computer?
In many cases, browser hijackers and other PUAs come bundled together with other (usually free) programs. In other words, they are distributed by including them downloaders, installers for other software. Usually, those downloaders, installers have some options (like "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual") or checkboxes that can be used to opt out unwanted offers. When users finish downloads, installations without making any changes, they agree to anything that is offered for download or installation. In some cases, users cause undesired downloads, installations through deceptive advertisements: by clicking ads that are designed to run certain scripts. It is noteworthy that such ads usually appear on unreliable pages.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Files, programs should not be downloaded via third-party downloaders, eMule, torrent clients (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), from unofficial pages, etc., or installed via third-party installers. It is advisable to download files and programs from official websites and via direct links only. Any downloaders, installers that have "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings, or some checkboxes should be checked for an option to dismiss unwanted offers. It should be done before finishing download or installation processes. Ads on shady pages should not be trusted/clicked as well: it is common for those ads to be used to promote dubious pages, unwanted apps. Additionally, a browser should not have any suspicious, unknown, or unwanted extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on it, and the operating system should not have any programs of this kind installed on it too. If your computer is already infected with AllMusicSearches, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Allmusicsearches.com redirects to search.yahoo.com (GIF):
Allmusicsearches.com redirects to searchlee.com (GIF):
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- What is AllMusicSearches?
- STEP 1. Uninstall AllMusicSearches application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove AllMusicSearches browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove allmusicsearches.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove allmusicsearches.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove allmusicsearches.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
AllMusicSearches 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, "AllMusicSearches"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the allmusicsearches.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
AllMusicSearches browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
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 "AllMusicSearches" 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 "AllMusicSearches", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.allmusicsearches.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 "allmusicsearches.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 allmusicsearches.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 "AllMusicSearches", 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 "AllMusicSearches", remove hxxp://allmusicsearches.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 allmusicsearches.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 allmusicsearches.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.
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://allmusicsearches.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 "AllMusicSearches".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the allmusicsearches.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.
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 allmusicsearches.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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