Searchhub.info Redirect

Also Known As: searchhub.info browser hijacker
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

How to eliminate browser redirects to searchhub.info?

What is searchhub.info?

Searchhub.information is a dubious website that claims to be a legitimate Internet search engine. On initial inspection, it may seem identical to Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other legitimate search engines. Thus, users often believe that searchhub.information is legitimate. In fact, this website is designed to track users' Internet browsing activity. Furthermore, developers promote it via rogue software 'installers' that modify browser settings without users' consent.

searchhub.info browser hijacker

Rogue installer set-ups usually target the most popular Internet browsers - Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. After assigning the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL browser settings to searchhub.information, deceptive installers add the same URL as an extension to the target of each existing browser shortcut. This leads to continual unwanted browser redirects to searchhub.information. Furthermore, users are unable to revert these changes, since third party apps and/or browser extensions automatically reassign them to searchhub.information. In addition, searchhub.information gathers various data relating to Internet browsing activity including IP addresses, search queries, URLs visited, and other similar browsing-related data. This information might be personally identifiable - developers of searchhub.information share this data with third parties who use it to generate revenue. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Therefore, if you are continually redirected to searchhub.information without your consent, uninstall all recently-installed, suspicious apps and never visit this site again.

There are many other fake Internet search engines virtually identical to searchhub.information including, for example, socialmedianewtabsearch.com, blpsearch.com, and safesearch.net. All claim to enhance the Internet search experience, however, none provide users with any real value. Fake search engines are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. They merely track users' web browsing activity and cause unwanted browser redirects. In addition, some generate malicious search results. Thus, searching the Internet via fake search engine can lead to further high-risk computer infections.

How did searchhub.info install on my computer?

Searchhub.information is promoted using dubious installer set-ups that are developed to modify Internet browser settings without users' permission. Developers hide all details within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings of the download or installation procedures. This deceptive marketing method is called 'bundling'. Many users skip this section, thereby inadvertently granting installers permission to modify the aforementioned settings. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections and put their privacy at risk.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Never rush the download or installation processes. Use the 'Custom/Advanced' settings and closely observe each step. Furthermore, opt-out of all additionally-included programs and do not allow set-ups to make settings modifications that seem irrelevant to the installation.

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Quick menu:

Searchhub.info redirect 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.

searchhub.info browser hijacker uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window: look for any recently-installed potentially unwanted applications (for example, "Go My Media"), select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes browser redirects to the searchhub.info website, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Searchhub.info homepage and default Internet search engine removal from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove browser hijackers:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Remove searchhub.info related Internet Explorer add-ons:

Removing searchhub.info related Internet Explorer extensions

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 such entries and click "Remove".

Fix Internet Explorer shortcut target:

Removing searchhub.info from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Internet Explorer shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate text (hxxp://www.searchhub.info/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".

Removing searchhub.info from Internet Explorer shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing searchhub.info from Internet Explorer homepage

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://www.searchhub.info and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.

Change your default search engine:

Removing searchhub.info from Internet Explorer default search engine

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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, then remove "searchhub".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchhub.info 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:

Remove searchhub.info related Google Chrome extensions:

Removing searchhub.info related Google Chrome extensions

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

Fix Google Chrome shortcut target:

Removing searchhub.info from Google Chrome shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker modifies the "Target" field of the Google Chrome shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.searchhub.info/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Removing searchhub.info from Google Chrome shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing searchhub.info from Google Chrome homepage

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings". In the "On startup" section, click "set pages", hover your mouse over hxxp://www.searchhub.info and click the x symbol. Now, you can add your preferred website as your homepage.

Change your default search engine:

Removing searchhub.info from Google Chrome default search engine

To change your default search engine in Google Chrome: Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Settings", in "Search" section, click "Manage Search Engines...", remove "searchhub" and add or select your preferred Internet search engine.

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchhub.info 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Remove searchhub.info related Mozilla Firefox add-ons:

Removing searchhub.info related Mozilla Firefox extensions

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 any recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Fix Mozilla Firefox shortcut target:

Removing searchhub.info from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 1

This browser hijacker changes the "Target" field of the Mozilla Firefox shortcut. To fix this, locate the shortcut on your Desktop and click the right mouse button over it. In the opened menu, choose "Properties". In the opened window, locate the Target field and eliminate all text (hxxp://www.searchhub.info/...), which is entered after "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Removing searchhub.info from Mozilla Firefox shortcut target step 2

Change your homepage:

Removing searchhub.info from Mozilla Firefox homepage

To reset your homepage, click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window) then select "Options", in the opened window, remove hxxp://www.searchhub.info and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you start Mozilla Firefox.

Change default search engine:

Removing searchhub.info from Mozilla Firefox 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: "searchhub"
Right-click on the found preferences and select "Reset" to restore default values.

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with searchhub.info 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 browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

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.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

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 browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 3

To change your default search engine in Microsoft Edge: Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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 Microsoft Edge (Chromium) puzzle icon near it and select "Disable".

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the searchhub.info 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 browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA 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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