Uninstall Master redirect removal instructions
What is Uninstall Master?
Created by Polypower Technology Inc, Uninstall Master is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that modifies Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox) settings by assigning the default search engine and homepage fields to searches.uninstallmaster.com. The developers of this rogue application employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' to install Uninstall Master on Internet browsers without users' permission. Bundling is a way to stealthily distribute applications together with other software, and therefore, most users inadvertently install Uninstall Master during download of free software from freeware download websites. Research shows that, in most cases, users install this browser hijacker together with fake downloads (fake browser updates, rogue Java, or Flash Player downloads). This adware is especially rogue, since it installs a browser 'helper object', which prevents the user from reverting any of the changes made.
In order to avoid installation of potentially unwanted programs such as Uninstall Master, download program updates only from developers' websites and never trust pop-up ads stating that installed programs (Flash Player, Java, etc.) are out-of-date. Be aware that most popular freeware download websites, including download.com, softonic.com, and soft32.com, employ small download programs to monetize their free services and traffic by offering installation of advertised (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') browser extensions and applications together with the chosen free software. Thus, careless download and installation of freeware is likely to result in various adware or malware infections. Although the searches.uninstallmaster.com website claims to improve the internet browsing experience by displaying advanced search results, it provides no real value for the user. In addition, cyber criminals responsible for the creation of this application are able to redirect users to other malicious websites, which may cause further high-risk malware infections. For these reasons, Uninstall Master should not be used as your default search engine and you are strongly advised to uninstall it from your system.
There are many applications identical to Uninstall Master. For example: Vi-view, Delta-Homes, and Sweet-Page. Redirects to these websites are likely to cause high-risk malware infections (when clicking dubious sponsored search results) and identity theft (these websites are known to track users' Internet browsing activity). Installation of Uninstall Master, or other similar PUPs, can be avoided by closely observing each step of the free software download procedure and clicking 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered. Furthermore, select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options when installing downloaded software - this will reveal any bundled applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If your Internet browsers redirect you to the searches.uninstallmaster.com website, read the removal instructions provided and uninstall this rogue application from your system.
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- What is Uninstall Master?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Uninstall Master application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove searches.uninstallmaster.com redirect from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove searches.uninstallmaster.com browser hijacker from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove searches.uninstallmaster.com homepage and default search engine from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove searches.uninstallmaster.com redirect from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Searches.uninstallmaster.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 “Uninstall Master” and other recently-installed suspicious software, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs (which cause browser redirects to the searches.uninstallmaster.com website), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Searches.uninstallmaster.com browser hijacker 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 any recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, 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://searches.uninstallmaster.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 "UninstallMaster".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searches.uninstallmaster.com redirect, 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 corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate "Search App By Uninstallmaster", 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://searches.uninstallmaster.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 "UninstallMaster" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the searches.uninstallmaster.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 "Extensions" and remove all recently-installed suspicious 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, remove hxxp://searches.uninstallmaster.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: "uninstallmaster"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with searches.uninstallmaster.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 searches.uninstallmaster.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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove searches.uninstallmaster.com redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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