Searchpagefix.com Redirect

Also Known As: Searchpagefix.com browser hijacker
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Searchpagefix.com removal instructions

What is searchpagefix.com?

Searchpagefix.com is a dubious search website that contains fake search results and intrusive ads. Users are continually redirected to this website by a rogue application called LookSafe, which claims to enhance Internet browsing protection by scanning websites and preventing access if any potential threat is detected. Although this may seem legitimate and useful functionality, be aware that LookSafe is considered to be adware or a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The developers (LookSafe LLC) employ a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' as a way to install LookSafe without users' permission. Following successful installation, LookSafe scans websites visited, and if  they are deemed 'dangerous', redirects users to searchpagefix.com.

searchpagefix.com adware

Searchpagefix.com is a rogue website full of intrusive online advertisements such as search, in-text, transitional, etc. Be aware that these displayed search results and generated advertisements may lead to high-risk adware or malware infections and can cause serious privacy issues. There are many rogue websites that behave in a similar way and cause similar problems. Examples include swellsearch.info, allsearches.info, and searchfix.info. Websites such as searchpagefix.com are developed to generate revenue by redirecting users to various websites, displaying intrusive ads, and collecting software and hardware information, which is subsequently shared with third parties. You are strongly advised not to use searchpagefix.com as your preferred search page and to eliminate the application that causes redirects to this site.

Today, most popular freeware download websites (for example: download.com, soft32.com, softonic.com, etc.) use small programs called 'download managers' to monetize their free services and traffic. Download managers offer installation of additional (according to the developers, '100% legitimate and virus-free') programs together with the chosen free software, however, careless download and installation of freeware risks computer infection with adware or malware. To prevent installation of adware-type applications, closely follow each step of the free software download procedure and click 'Decline' if installation of any additional programs is offered. Furthermore, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options, rather than 'Quick' or 'Typical' - this will reveal any hidden applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed LookSafe, and your browser continually redirects you to searchpagefix.com without your consent, read the removal instructions provided and eliminate this adware from your system.

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Quick menu:

Searchpagefix.com browser hijacker 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 10 and 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.

searchpagefix.com adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "LooksSafe Utility", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes searchpagefix.com redirects, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove searchpagefix.com browser hijacker from Internet browsers:

At time of research, LookSafe did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing searchpagefix.com ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing searchpagefix.com ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchpagefix.com browser hijacker, 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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing searchpagefix.com  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate: all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing searchpagefix.com ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchpagefix.com browser hijacker, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

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

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing searchpagefix.com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing searchpagefix.com ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with searchpagefix.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, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

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

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchpagefix.com browser hijacker, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

Removal assistance:
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About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

Increased attack rate of infections detected within the last 24 hours.

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