Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is browse-search.com?
The Browse-search.com browser hijacker infiltrates Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox) via free software downloads. Browser redirects to the browse-search.com website are caused by 'Muvic', a potentially unwanted application created by Pinwid Ltd.
Internet users often install Muvic adware inadvertently without their consent when downloading and installing freeware. At time of research, this browser plug-in was distributed using deceptive freeware 'download clients' and fake downloads. For example, fake Java updates or fake Internet browser updates.
After successful infiltration, Muvic modifies users' Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default search engine fields to browse-search.com
Developers of this add-on claim that it enhances users' Internet browsing experience by enabling convenient Facebook photo zooming, PDF conversions, and listening to local radio stations. While such functionality may seem legitimate, computer users should be aware that Muvic is categorized as adware or a potentially unwanted application.
This browser settings-changing adware is also known to track users' Internet browsing activity by recording IP addresses, web pages visited, browsing history, and other information.
This monitoring can lead to privacy issues and identity theft. Browse-search.com is not technically a virus or malware, however, it is browser settings-changing adware, and therefore, you are advised to eliminate it from your Internet browser/s.
The browse-search.com browser hijacker is similar to other browser settings-changing adware, which infiltrates Internet browsers through free software downloads.
Examples include searchsun.info, Tika-search.com, Enhanced-search.com, and rocket-find.com The Internet search engine used by this browser hijacker returns dubious results - clicking these can lead to installation of additional adware or even malware infections.
To avoid installation of browser settings-changing plug-ins such as these, express caution when downloading and installing free software.
Today, most free software download websites employ 'download clients' offering installation of advertised browser plug-ins together with the chosen free software, and therefore, it is important to inspect each download step and opt out of adware installation by clicking the 'decline' button.
When installing freeware, choose the 'Advanced' or 'Custom' installation options - this will reveal any bundled adware listed for installation. Computer users who experience browser redirects to browse-search.com should use this removal guide to eliminate this browser hijacker from their Internet browser/s.
Deceptive free software installers used in browse-search.com (Muvic SmartBar) browser hijacker distribution:
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- What is browse-search.com?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Muvic Smartbar application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove browse-search.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove browse-search.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove browse-search.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove browse-search.com extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Browse-search.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 "Muvic Smartbar", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove". Note that the browse-search.com browser hijacker is known to hide under other names such as , for example, "Snap.do", "SavePass", or "BeeCoupons". When in the "uninstall or change program" window, search for any recently-installed applications, which appear suspicious or out of place, and uninstall them.
After uninstalling potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the browse-search.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Browse-search.com redirect removal from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove browser redirects:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for "Muvic Smartbar" and "Muvic Smartbar Engine", select these entries and click "Remove".
Change your homepage:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer) select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://browse-search.com/?st=hp$q= 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 "Web Search".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the muvic smartbar 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.
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:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Muvic", select this entry and click the trash can icon.
Change your homepage:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://www.browse-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 "Web" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the muvic smartbar virus, 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 "Muvic".
Change your homepage:
To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu, then select "Options", in the opened window remove hxxp://www.browse-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: "browse-search.com"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with muvic smartbar virus 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 muvic smartbar virus, 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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