What kind of application is Keep Fast Search?
Keep Fast Search is a browser hijacker that hijacks a web browser by changing its settings. The purpose of this application is to promote keepfastsearch.com - a fake search engine. Also, it can read browsing history. Users often download and install browser-hijacking apps inadvertently.
Keep Fast Search browser hijacker in detail
Keep Fast Search promotes keepfastsearch.com by making it the homepage, new tab page, and default search engine. Keepfastsearch.com shows results generated by Yahoo (it redirects to search.yahoo.com). It is worth mentioning that fake search engines can promote shady websites, show results generated by other questionable search engines.
|Name||Keep Fast Search|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Browser Extension(s)||Keep Fast Search|
|Supposed Functionality||Improved web browsing experience|
|Detection Names (keepfastsearch.com)||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|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 about browser hijackers
A big part of browser-hijacking apps (and fake search engines promoted by them) can collect browsing history and other information. That data may be misused for marketing purposes, sold to third parties, or monetized in other ways. More examples of browser hijackers are Best-Converter, GoAdblockSearch, TheSearchMaps.
How did Keep Fast Search install on my computer?
Lots of browser-hijacking apps are distributed via downloaders and installers for other programs (they are bundled with other programs). Users end up having browsers hijacked by installing programs without changing "Advanced", "Custom", or other settings available in installers.
Sometimes, browser hijackers are distributed via fake installers (most of these installers are promoted on deceptive pages), or deceptive advertisements by designing them to execute specific scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Applications and files should be downloaded only from official pages and direct links. It is not safe to use other sources like unofficial pages, Peer-to-Peer networks, third-party downloaders. Downloaders and installers with "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings should be checked for unwanted apps before downloading or installing programs.
Advertisements showing up on pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating, or other questionable pages should not be clicked. If your computer is already infected with Keep Fast Search, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this browser hijacker.
Keepfastsearch.com shows results generated by Yahoo (GIF):
Screenshot of a deceptive website promoting Keep Fast Search browser hijacker:
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- What is Keep Fast Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Keep Fast Search application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove Keep Fast Search browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove keepfastsearch.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove keepfastsearch.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Keep Fast Search 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, "Keep Fast Search"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the keepfastsearch.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Keep Fast Search browser hijacker removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove Keep Fast Search browser hijacker using Combo Cleaner:
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 "Keep Fast 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 "Keep Fast Search", look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.keepfastsearch.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 "keepfastsearch.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 keepfastsearch.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 "Keep Fast 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 "Keep Fast Search", remove hxxp://keepfastsearch.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 keepfastsearch.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 keepfastsearch.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 keepfastsearch.com website?
The revenue of page creators depends on the number of page visits. Therefore, they are interested in making keepfastsearch.com as much visitable as possible.
Is visiting keepfastsearch.com a threat to my privacy?
Keepfastsearch.com (and similar websites) and a browser hijacker can be designed to gather information about its visitor/user. The gathered information may be misused in various ways.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
It is common for browser hijackers to be distributed using social engineering tactics like browser notifications, intrusive advertisements, and downloaders/installers for other programs. Either way, most users end up having their browsers hijackers unintentionally.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Keep Fast Search browser hijacker?
Yes, Combo Cleaner will scan your computer and rid browser-hijacking applications. If multiple browser hijackers are present, they may be capable of reinstalling one another. Thus, it can be difficult to manually remove multiple apps of this type at once. Hover, it can be easily done using specialized software like Combo Cleaner.