Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is SearchGenius?
Developed by SuperWeb LLC, SearchGenius is a deceptive application identical to Search Know and Results Hub. By offering various useful features, SearchGenius often tricks users into believing that it is legitimate and useful, however, this application is categorized as a browser hijacker and a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
One of the main reasons for these negative associations is stealth installation without users' consent. Furthermore, SearchGenius tracks Internet browsing activity, generates intrusive online advertisements, and modifies web browser settings.
SearchGenius targets Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. After assigning the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL options to search.searchgeniusinfo.com, SearchGenius installs several browser plug-ins and extensions to prevent users from reverting these changes.
As well as redirecting users to search.searchgeniusinfo.com, SearchGenius also causes unwanted browser redirects to searchinterneat-a.akamaihd.net. Furthermore, this PUP generates intrusive online advertisements that conceal visited website content. This significantly diminishes the Internet browsing experience.
Note that some of these advertisements redirect to malicious sites, hence, clicking them may lead to high-risk adware or malware infections.
SearchGenius continually monitors users' Internet browsing activity and gathers various types of browsing-related data including IP addresses (to determine geo-location), search queries entered into search engines, websites visited, pages viewed, activity on those pages, unique identifier numbers and other similar data.
This information might contain personally identifiable details that SuperWeb LLC shares with cooperating third party companies who can misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, SearchGenius poses a direct threat to users' privacy. For these reasons, SearchGenius adware should be uninstalled immediately.
SuperWeb LLC has released several hundred identical potentially unwanted programs including, for example, Price Clip, Candle Jar, and Lucky Bright. Unlike SearchGenius, these applications do not cause unwanted browser redirects, however, they collect personally identifiable information and generate ads.
By falsely claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experience, apps developed by SuperWeb LLC attempt to trick users to install, however, none of the promoted applications provide the functionality promised. Their purpose is to generate revenue for the developers, record user/system information, and deliver advertisements. They provide no significant value for users.
How did SearchGenius install on my computer?
All apps designed by SuperWeb LLC are distributed using a deceptive software marketing method called 'bundling' (stealth installation of third party programs with regular software/apps) and, thus, most infiltrate the system without users’ permission.
The reason why bundling is so popular and effective is that many users do not pay enough attention when downloading and installing software. The developers know that they often skip most steps during these processes and, thus, intentionally conceal bogus programs within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings.
Therefore, users who rush the download and installation processes often install potentially unwanted software inadvertently, thereby exposing their systems to risk of further infection and putting their own privacy at risk.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The key to computer safety is caution. Never rush the download and installation processes. Use the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings and closely analyze each step. In addition, all bundled software should be cancelled, since third party apps are mostly rogue.
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- What is SearchGenius?
- STEP 1. Uninstall SearchGenius application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove SearchGenius adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove SearchGenius ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by SearchGenius' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove SearchGenius ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
SearchGenius 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 "SearchGenius", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes SearchGenius ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove SearchGenius adware from 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 extensions, 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://search.searchgeniusinfo.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 "searchgeniusinfo".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.searchgeniusinfo.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 "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious add-ons, select these entries 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://search.searchgeniusinfo.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 "searchgenius" and add or select your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the search.searchgeniusinfo.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 plug-ins 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 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://search.searchgeniusinfo.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: "searchgeniusinfo"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.
Computer users who have problems with search.searchgeniusinfo.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 search.searchgeniusinfo.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.
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