Royal-search.com redirect - how to remove this browser hijacker?
What is royal-search.com?
Royal-search.com is a deceptive website promoted using the Royal-search toolbar. This Internet browser add-on installs together with free software downloaded from the Internet and modifies browser settings by assigning the default search engine and homepage fields to royal-search.com
Common sources of unwanted toolbars such as these are free software download websites, which employ 'download clients' to manage freeware downloads. Download clients are small programs, which offer (some in a deceptive way) installation of free browser add-ons (commonly, adware) together with the selected free software. Computer users should be attentive when downloading freeware, since reckless installation can result in browser redirects, unwanted ads, and privacy issues.
Royal-search.com presents users with a search bar for searching the Internet, however, the results returned by this search engine are crowded with sponsored listings. Clicking these can result in installation of additional adware or even malware, and therefore, it is not advisable to use royal-search.com for daily Internet searches. Technically, royal-search is not a virus or malware, however, it is categorized as adware, a potentially unwanted application, or browser hijacker. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to eliminate it from your Internet browser/s.
The Royal-search toolbar is developed using an API provided by Montiera Technologies. It is similar to Babylon, Delta Search, Triple-search, and other potentially unwanted applications, which infiltrate users' Internet browsers via a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling'. While none of these browser add-ons are categorized as malware, they cause browser redirects and present potential security risks to by generating deceptive ads and displaying sponsored search results (redirecting to dubious websites). The best way to avoid installation of the Royal-search toolbar (or any other adware) is to pay close attention to the download and installation steps of free software. If your download is managed by a download client, decline installation of any promoted free browser add-ons. When installing freeware, choose the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical'. This will allow you to opt-out of installation of any additional browser extensions. If you have already installed this toolbar and your Internet browser/s redirect you to royal-search.com, use the removal guide provided to eliminate these redirect issues.
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- What is royal-search.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Babylon and royal-search toolbar applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove royal-search.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove royal-search.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove royal-search.com homepage from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Royal-search.com browser hijacker removal:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "Babylon", and "royal-search toolbar", select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
At time of research Royal-search toolbar installed together with the following potentially unwanted applications: "Babylon" and "PC Performer". You are advised to uninstall these programs.
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the royal-search.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Royal-search.com redirect removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Remove Royal-search toolbar from Internet Explorer extensions:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "royal-search Toolbar" and "royal-search Helper Object", select these entries and click "Remove". Users should also remove "Babylon IE plugin".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.royal-search.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer. You can also enter about: blank to open a blank page when you start Internet Explorer.
Change your default search engine:
Click the "gear" 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 then remove "Royal Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the royal search toolbar, 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Remove Royal-search toolbar from Google Chrome extensions:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate: "Babylon Translator", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://www.royal-search.com and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
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" section click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "Royal Search" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the royal search toolbar, 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:
Remove Royal-search toolbar related Mozilla Firefox extensions:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and remove "Babylon Translation Activation" and "Royal-Search.net".
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 remove hxxp://www.royal-search.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: "royal"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with royal search toolbar 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 royal search toolbar, 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove royal search toolbar from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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