Nation Search Virus

Also Known As: Search.nation.com Redirect
Distribution: Low
Damage level: <strong>Medium</strong>

Nation Search virus removal instructions

What is Nation Search?

The Nation Search (search.nation.com or avg.nation.com) browser hijacker installs together with free software and modifies users' Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox) settings by changing the homepage and default search engine. This browser toolbar is developed by InfoSpace and promoted using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. Many computer users refer to Nation toolbar as a virus or malware. These negative associations are made since many Internet users feel that this browser add-on was installed on their computers without their consent. Technically, Nation toolbar is not a virus or malware, however, it is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application.

Nation search redirect page

Recent research shows that this toolbar is bundled with AVG Free Antivirus 2014 (a legitimate antivirus program). Computer users who do not pay close enough attention to the installation steps of this free software, inadvertently install Nation toolbar, thus causing unwanted browser redirects to avg.nation.com Note that the search.nation.com and avg.nation.com websites use an Internet search engine, which can be used to find information on the Internet; although these websites appear to return legitimate search results, the results pages are crowded with dubious sponsored results. Clicking on these can lead to installation of additional adware or even malware.

Nation Search toolbar is similar to other potentially unwanted browser add-ons distributed using free software downloads (via download clients and installers). Examples include Babylon toolbar, Delta Search Toolbar, SearchGol toolbar, and many others. This toolbar is known to cause browser redirects to search.nation.com, avg.nation.com, and isearch.nation.com The best way to avoid installation of such potentially unwanted browser plugins (which add no significant functionality and cause redirect issues), is to pay close attention when downloading and installing free software. Internet users should be aware that, today, the majority of free software download websites use download clients and installers to monetize their free services. Download clients offer (some in a very deceptive way) installation of additional (promoted) free browser add-ons together with the chosen freeware. If your download is managed by a download client, decline any offers to install additional browser extensions. When installing freeware, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options. This will reveal any hidden options that you may decline. To remove Nation toolbar from your system, use removal instructions provided.

Quick menu: Quick solution to remove Search.nation.com

Nation search virus removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Nation search uninstall

In the uninstall programs window: look for "Nation toolbar" (AVG Nation toolbar) select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the search.nation.com or avg.nation.com websites), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software. Remove all entries that this program detects to ensure your PC is clean from any possible spyware and malware infections.

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Search.nation.com homepage and default search engine removal from browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Nation search removal from Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Nation toolbar" (AVG Nation toolbar), select these entries and click "Remove".

Change homepage:

Nation search homepage in Internet Explorer

To change your homepage from search.nation.com (or avg.nation.com) to your preferred domain, click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove search.nation.com (or avg.nation.com) and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change default search engine:

Nation search default search engine in Internet Explorer

Click on the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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 remove "Nation Search" (AVG Nation Search).

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the nation search virus, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Nation search removal from Google Chrome

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Tools" and click on "Extensions".  Locate "Nation.com - Advanced Search", select it and click on the trash can icon.

Change homepage:

Nation search homepage in Google Chrome

Change Google Chrome homepage from search.nation.com to you preferred domain - Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over search.nation.com and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the nation search virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.

Resetting Google Chrome setting to default - accessing settings

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - advanced settings

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Google Chrome settings to default - confirm that you want to reset Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Nation search removal from Mozilla Firefox

Click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Nation toolbar".

Change homepage:

Nation search homepage in Mozilla Firefox

To reset your homepage, click on the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window remove search.nation.com and enter your preferred domain.

Change 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: "nation"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with nation search virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon, firefox help menu

Resettings Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing settings window

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - accessing

In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - clicking the

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Mozilla Firefox settings to default - confirming settings reset

Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Safari

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Summary:
declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 1A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.

A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacydeclining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sample 2 and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. To avoid installation of search.nation.com be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.

If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine. Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.

Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker: your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed, appearance of new toolbars, slow performance of Internet browsers, new Bookmarks or Favorites added, you can't change your homepage or default search engine, you see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website, you get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.

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