Welcome to our Chromesearch.today removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC.
In the following article and the corresponding Removal Guide attached to it we are going to share some insight on how to successfully cope with Chromesearch.today. This program is a browser hijacker thus being capable of infiltrating and all the browser apps you use – Explorer, Firefox, Opera and/or Google Chrome. What may come as a result of this hijacker presence on your computer are the following irritations:
- Most of your searches could get redirected to different websites;
- Your homepage or default search engines might get substituted without your direct consent;
- The web pages you want to visit may be loading in a more sluggish way than expected;
- You could see new toolbars in your browser apps that you do not remember installing;
- Lots of various advertisements can be displayed on your screen.
What does the term “browser hijackers” stand for?
Normally, such programs affect the manner in which your browser apps appear and behave. Sadly, no browser might escape the effects of the majority of the hijackers. Nonetheless, they aren’t dangerous, so their activities may simply be considered annoying. More precisely, browser hijackers are a member of the advertising software categories. Indeed, they get created so as to fulfill strictly promotional purposes. That is why they attack your browser apps; it is believed that users everywhere in the world spend most time using their browsers rather than any other program on their computers. Therefore, altering your Chrome, Firefox and/or Explorer is believed to be aiding to enhance the advertising campaigns that take place. Perhaps to your surprise, we also have to say that Chromesearch.today and its hijacker family are legitimate and do not break any regulations or laws.
Is it likely that Chromesearch.today may have some, even slightly malicious, effects?
The answer here is a concrete NO. Such advertising software can’t cause virus infections or any form of serious damage. For sure, in the case of browser hijackers, any harm is really out of question. To show the noticeable differences between malware and browser hijackers, we are going to discuss the exact way a common Ransomware virus differs from a given hijacker – for instance, Chromesearch.today. Firstly, all viruses, whatever kind they are – Trojans or Ransomware, are typically programmed to infiltrate the victim user’s PC. On the other hand, hijackers can’t invade your system on their own: you and you only need to authorize their installation. Secondly, most viruses get created with dishonest purposes, such as spying, stealing and destroying files, whereas no browser hijacker could have such effects. Lastly, some forms of malware are awfully difficult to remove, whereas ad-generating programs are not that complicated to get rid of. Nevertheless, some experts consider hijackers ‘unwanted’ since they may have some really suspicious features such as their abilities to track your online searches, and thus set the pop-up campaign and redirecting process in accordance with your browsing preferences. Moreover, the manner in which developers may deceive you into unknowingly installing any hijacker could raise some concern.
What tricks could programmers use to spread browser hijackers?
Once more, we need to say that programmers aren’t doing anything against the authorities by creating and spreading hijackers. Still, they are likely to mix these ad-broadcasting programs with some free apps and games, so as to make it attractive to you to download and install this mix of software. Such combos are known as bundles and are the reason for the greatest number of hijacker and Adware infections that occur. In spite of that, it really depends on you whether you will let your PC get infected by Chromesearch.today coming from a bundle. In fact, it’s all about the installation process. If you complete this process in a sensible way, you will have the chance to use the free software without getting infected by the ad-broadcasting programs that could be hiding inside it.
Installing any piece of software or a bundle in the right way:
What you should do for the purpose of staying safe is to just choose the proper installation feature. The best installation option which is going to ensure a harmless installation process is called ADVANCED. Oftentimes this option may also be called Custom or Customized, but it’s important that you select it when the installation wizard opens.
Chromesearch.today “Virus” Removal
I – Safe mode and revealing hidden files
II – Uninstallation
- Use the Winkey+R keyboard combination, write Control Panel in the search field and hit enter.
- Go to Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Seek the unwanted software, select it and then click on Uninstall
If you are unable to spot Chromesearch.today, search for any unrecognized programs that you do not remember installing on your PC – the unwanted software might disguise itself by going under a different name.
III – Cleaning all your browsers
- Go to your browser’s icon, right-click on it and select Properties.
- Go to the Shortcut tab and in the Target make sure to delete anything written after “.exe”.
- Now, open your browser and follow the instructions below depending on whether you are using Chrome, Mozilla or IE.
- Chrome users:
- Go to your browser’s main menu located in the top-right corner of the screen and select Settings.
- Scroll down, click on Show Advanced Settings and then select Clear browsing data. Just to be sure, tick everything and clear the data.
- Now, in the left pane, go to Extensions and look through all extensions that are integrated within your browser. If you notice any suspicious add-on, disable it and then remove it.
- Firefox users:
- Similarly to Chrome, go to the main menu and select Add-ons and then Extensions.
- Remove any suspicious browser extensions that you may have even if they do not have the name Chromesearch.today on them.
- IE users:
- Go to Tools and select Manage add-ons.
- Click on all add-on types from the left pane and check if there is anything suspicious in the right panel. In case you find anything shade, make sure to remove it.
IV – Removing Shady processes
- Go to your start menu, type Task Manager in the search field and from the results open View running processes with Task Manager.
- Thoroughly look through all processes. The name Chromesearch.today might not be there, but if you notice any shady looking process that consumes high amounts of memory it might be ran by the unwanted program.
- If you spot the process ran by Chromesearch.today, right-click on it, open its file location and delete everything in there. Then go back to the Task Manager and end the process.
V – DNS check
- In the start menu search box write View Network Connections and open the first result.
- Right-click on the network connection you are using and go to Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
- If Obtain DNS server addresses automatically is not checked, check it.
- Go to Advanced and select the DNS If there is anything in the DNS server addresses field, remove it and click OK.
- Click OK on the rest of the opened windows.