What is SwiftSearch?
The SwiftSearch application claims to simplify Internet searching by allowing users to highlight and immediately search on any word online. Although some users may find this functionality legitimate and useful, Swift Search is classed as adware.
This negative association is made due to a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party applications together with the chosen software) employed by the developers to distribute and install Swift Search on Internet browsers without users' consent.
After infiltration on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox, Swift Search displays intrusive online ads - behavior similar to regular adware.
Generated advertisements such as in-text transitional, in-text link, comparison shopping, and coupons are likely to redirect users to bogus websites containing infectious content, thereby causing further high-risk adware or malware infections.
Swift Search records various Internet browsing-related information including browser type and data (URLs visited, search queries entered, pages viewed, cookies, web beacons, etc.), Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and so on.
Some of the collected information may be personally identifiable, and therefore, the presence of this rogue application on your system could result in serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Be aware that SwiftSearch has similar or identical behavior to other regular adware.
None provide any of the features promised - in fact, they diminish system performance, display intrusive online ads, and share collected information with third parties to generate revenue. For these reasons, you are strongly advised to uninstall Swift Search from your system immediately.
Close examination of Swift Search reveals that it is mostly distributed via small programs called 'download managers' on freeware download websites such as download.com, soft32.com, and softonic.com.
Download managers (also called 'download managers' and 'installers') are employed to monetize these websites' free services and traffic by offering installation of third party applications together with the chosen software. In some cases, additional programs are simply hidden within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' installation options.
Although the developers claim that these advertised applications (including Swift Search) are legitimate, they are mostly adware or malware. To avoid such infections, pay close attention to each step of the free software download procedure and never accept offers to install third party applications or browser add-ons.
Furthermore, software downloaded from the Internet should be installed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' options - this will reveal any additional programs listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed Swift Search, the following guidelines will help you to remove this adware from your system.
Deceptive free software installers used in swiftsearch adware distribution:
SwiftSearch adware generating intrusive online ads (marked as 'Ads by SwiftSearch'):
SwiftSearch adware installer set-up:
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- What is Swift Search?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SwiftSearch application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SwiftSearch adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SwiftSearch ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by SwiftSearch' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove SwiftSearch ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
SwiftSearch adware 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 "Swift Search 188.8.131.52", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes Swift Search ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove SwiftSearch ads from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Swift Search did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, 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:
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 extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by swiftsearch, 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 "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by swiftsearch, 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", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with ads by swiftsearch 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, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
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 upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the ads by swiftsearch, 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.
Commonly, 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.
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