What is ProSportSearch browser hijacker?
ProSportSearch is a potentially unwanted application (PUA) that hijacks a browser by changing some of its settings to prosportsearch.com - it promotes a fake search engine. Browser hijackers can collect information about their users. They are often promoted using questionable methods.
ProSportSearch browser hijacker in detail
ProSportSearch sets prosportsearch.com as the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL. Prosportsearch.com is a fake search engine that shows results generated by searchlee.com, Yahoo (search.yahoo.com), and possibly other search engines.
Fake search engines can be designed to promote download pages for PUAs, deceptive websites asking to provide personal information, and other untrustworthy sites. They also can show unwanted advertisements. Users can remove fake search engines from the settings of the affected browsers only when browser hijackers are no longer present.
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved web browsing experience|
|Serving IP Address (prosportsearch.com)||184.108.40.206|
|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.
More details about browser hijackers
Many browser hijackers collect information like IP addresses, visited pages, and other browsing-related data. Sometimes they can access personal information. Apps of this type are useless to their users and can cause various problems. More examples of browser hijackers are MovieSearchOnline, PDFConverterSearchZone, and SportSearchly.
How did ProSportSearch install on my computer?
Users download or install browser hijackers through downloaders or installers for other programs. Apps of this type get permission to be downloaded or installed when users do not change "Advanced", "Custom", "Manual" or other settings that downloaders or installers have.
Also, users cause unwanted downloads or installations by clicking on untrustworthy advertisements designed to run certain scripts or through fake installers. To trick users into downloading fake installers, their developers use deceptive websites.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Downloads from third-party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial websites, and so on should not be trusted. It is recommended to download software (or files) only from official pages and via direct links. Downloaders and installers that have any settings should be checked for optional downloads or installations.
Advertisements displayed on questionable pages (or by PUAs) should not be clicked. If your computer is already infected with ProSportSearch, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Prosportsearch.com redirects to searchlee.com (GIF):
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- What is ProSportSearch?
- STEP 1. Uninstall ProSportSearch application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove ProSportSearch browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove prosportsearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove prosportsearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
ProSportSearch 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, "ProSportSearch"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the prosportsearch.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
ProSportSearch 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 "ProSportSearch" 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 "ProSportSearch", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.prosportsearch.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 "prosportsearch.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 prosportsearch.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 "ProSportSearch", 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 "ProSportSearch", remove hxxp://prosportsearch.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 prosportsearch.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 prosportsearch.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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of forcing users visit prosportsearch.com website?
The higher number of users visit prosportsearch.com, the more revenue individuals behind it generate.
Is visiting prosportsearch.com a threat to my privacy?
To a certain extent, yes. It is common for pages like prosportsearch.com to be designed to gather various information about their visitors.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
Browser hijackers are often distributed using downloaders or installers for other programs, social engineering tactics, such as browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, etc.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove ProSportSearch browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and eliminate detected browser hijackers. Note that manual removal isn't always a perfect solution, since there are cases when multiple browser hijackers are installed and they re-install one another.
Also, some settings cannot be modified until a browser hijacker is eliminated. Thus, all browser hijackers have to be removed at once.