What kind of site is travelsearchexpert.com?
Travelsearchexpert.com is an untrustworthy search engine that generates inaccurate search results and displays ads among them. We discovered travelsearchexpert.com while inspecting deceptive websites promoting browser hijackers. Typically, apps promoting search engines like travelsearchexpert.com manipulate the settings of web browsers.
How do browser hijackers promote search engines like travelsearchexpert.com?
Browser hijackers are unwanted applications designed to promote fake/untrustworthy search engines. Most of these apps manipulate the settings of web browsers - they change the default search engine, homepage, and new tab. As we mentioned in the introduction, travelsearchexpert.com is an untrustworthy search engine that generates inaccurate results.
Travelsearchexpert.com includes irrelevant websites in its results and various advertisements. Also, it can show deceptive notifications. Clicking on results and notifications shown by travelsearchexpert.com can open phishing websites, technical support scam sites, pages that promote potentially malicious apps, etc.
It is worth mentioning that fake search engines can show results generated by legitimate search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. However, it does not mean it is safe to use them or add browser hijackers to web browsers.
|Name||travelsearchexpert.com browser hijacker|
|Threat Type||Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab|
|Supposed Functionality||Accurate search resukts|
|Affected Browser Settings||Homepage, new tab URL, default search engine|
|Detection Names||N/A (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||126.96.36.199|
|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. Inaccurate search results with shady advertisements among them.|
|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 fake search engine and browser hijackers
Browser hijackers and fake search engines can gather browsing-related and even personal information. Data gathered by apps and websites that track users can be misused for malicious purposes. Thus, users may encounter problems related to online privacy, browsing safety, and other issues.
How did travelsearchexpert.com promoting software install on my computer?
In some cases, browser hijackers have "official" pages where they are described as useful and legitimate apps to trick users into downloading and adding them to browsers. However, there are many deceptive websites that use questionable methods to promote browser hijackers.
Also, browser hijackers can be distributed by designing deceptive ads to run certain scripts or bundling them with other programs. When browser hijackers are bundled with other apps, installers have "Advanced", "Custom", or similar settings. Browsers get hijacked after finishing installation processes without changing those settings.
How to avoid installation of browser hijackers?
Check downloaders and installers for "Manual", "Custom," "Advanced", or similar settings (or ticked checkboxes) before finishing downloads and installations. Those settings can be used to deselect unwanted apps. Also, download apps from official pages and stores. Do not use shady pages, P2P networks, torrent sites, etc., to download them.
Do not click on advertisements that appear on suspicious websites or agree to receive notifications from such pages. If your computer is already infected with browser hijackers, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Travelsearchexpert.com shows inaccurate results with dubious ads among them (GIF):
Notifications from travelsearchexpert.com:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is travelsearchexpert.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall unwanted applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove travelsearchexpert.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove travelsearchexpert.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove travelsearchexpert.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
travelsearchexpert.com redirect 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, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications (which cause browser redirects to the travelsearchexpert.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
travelsearchexpert.com redirect 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 all recently-installed suspicious extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, disable the malicious extension (if present), look for a browser hijacker URL (hxxp://www.travelsearchexpert.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 "travelsearchexpert.com", when located click the three vertical dots near this URL and select "Delete".
- If you continue to have problems with browser redirects and unwanted advertisements - Reset Google Chrome.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the travelsearchexpert.com browser hijacker, 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 and themes". Click "Extensions", in the opened window locate all recently-installed suspicious extensions, click on the three dots and then click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), then select "Settings", in the opened window disable malicious extension (if present), remove hxxp://travelsearchexpert.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 "Accept the Risk and Continue".
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 travelsearchexpert.com browser hijacker 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 travelsearchexpert.com browser hijacker, 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 travelsearchexpert.com website?
Travelsearchexpert.com is an untrustworthy search engine that shows inaccurate results and advertisements (also, it can show notifications). It promotes various websites (including untrustworthy ones). The more users use and visit travelsearchexpert.com, the more revenue its creators generate.
Is visiting travelsearchexpert.com a threat to my privacy?
Websites like travelsearchexpert.com can cause problems related to online privacy when they gather various information about their visitors.
How did a browser hijacker infiltrate my computer?
In most cases, browsers get hijacked via software bundles (after finishing installations without changing settings available in installers), shady advertisements, and notifications from untrustworthy websites.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove browser hijackers?
Combo Cleaner will run a system scan and remove all detected browser hijackers. Manual removal can be difficult, especially when multiple browser hijackers are present, since they can reinstall one another and must be removed at once.