What is GetMusicSearch browser hijacker?
GetMusicSearch is called a browser hijacker because it promotes a fake search engine (getmusicsearch.com) by changing the web browser's settings. Usually, users download and install browser hijackers inadvertently because they are promoted/distributed using questionable methods.
GetMusicSearch browser hijacker in detail
GetMusicSearch replaces the address of a default search engine, homepage, and new tab with getmusicsearch.com. This fake search engine can show results generated by Yahoo (search.yahoo.com), searchlee.com, and possibly some other untrustworthy or legitimate search engines.
Searchlee.com can generate results containing links to potentially malicious pages. Thus, searchlee.com and search engines (in this case getmusicsearch.com) designed to show its results cannot be trusted. In order to remove getmusicsearch.com from settings, it is necessary to uninstall GetMusicSearch first.
GetMusicSearch may function as a data collector targeting IP addresses, entered search queries, addresses of visited pages (and other browsing data). It may be targeting sensitive information like credit card details, passwords, autofill data, and other information as well.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved browsing experience|
|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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
GetMusicSearch and other browser hijackers in general
GetMusicSearch hijacks browsers by changing their settings and does not allow to undo its changes unless users uninstall it. Other hijackers operate very similarly. The main difference between browser hijackers are the addresses they promote. More examples of browser hijackers are TigerVideoSearches, TopGameSearch, and MovieSearchHome.
How did GetMusicSearch install on my computer?
Most users download and install browser hijackers together with free programs. Downloaders and installers for free programs often have "Manual", "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings. Those settings need to be changed to avoid unwanted downloads or installations. Not all users do that.
In other cases, users download or install apps of this kind by clicking on advertisements designed to execute certain scripts or through fake installers. Fake installers are disguised as installers for legitimate programs or their updates. They can be used to distribute malware.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Files and programs should be downloaded from official pages. Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), unofficial pages, third-party downloaders, installers, and so on, can be used to distribute browser hijackers or even malicious applications.
Downloaders and installers for free programs should be checked for unwanted offers. Those offers have to be declined before finishing downloads and installations. Advertisements that untrustworthy websites or applications display should not be clicked. If your computer is already infected with GetMusicSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Getmusicsearch.com redirects to searchlee.com (GIF):
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- What is GetMusicSearch?
- STEP 1. Uninstall GetMusicSearch application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove GetMusicSearch browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove getmusicsearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove getmusicsearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
GetMusicSearch browser hijacker 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 (for example, "GetMusicSearch"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the getmusicsearch.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
GetMusicSearch 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 "GetMusicSearch" 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 "GetMusicSearch", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.getmusicsearch.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 "getmusicsearch.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 getmusicsearch.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 "GetMusicSearch", 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 "GetMusicSearch", remove hxxp://getmusicsearch.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 getmusicsearch.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 getmusicsearch.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.
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