SearchMe Toolbar Removal (Fix Guide)
SearchMe Toolbar is a dangerous program classified as a browser hijacker. Just like most of the applications of this type, SearchMe Toolbar is usually distributed bundled with freeware. Once the PC is infected with this browser hijacker some internet browser’s settings will be changed. First of all, search.conduit.com will be selected as your homepage. Secondly, the default search engine will be set to SearchMe Customized Web Search.
The promoted search engine is useless. The presented search results are filled with sponsored links, and the whole website is loaded with ads. Moreover, the domain has the capabilities to gather search terms from the search queries. SearchMe Toolbar was developed to boost advertising revenue, and to increase page rankings of certain websites in the search results.
SearchMe Toolbar and similar programs are called “PUP” by IT experts. The abbreviation means “Potentially unwanted program”. The “PUPs” formally are not viruses. Nevertheless, they possess some dangerous features. For example, they can act as a rootkit and infiltrate deeply into the system.
SearchMe Toolbar is usually distributed bundled with freeware such as download managers, video recording/streaming managers and PDF creators. These types of software are the most common source of the SearchMe Toolbar infection. Moreover, some software distributing domains, for example, CNET, Softonic or Brothersoft, include the SearchMe Toolbar into their custom installer. As a result, a lot of the software downloaded from the mentioned websites might be carrying the SearchMe Toolbar.
VAFPlayer is one of the programs that are associated with SearchMe Toolbar infection. This video player is often carrying the browser hijacker; as a result, internet browser’s settings might be affected after the installation of VAFPlayer and a new toolbar added to the browser’s interface. Unfortunately, once the VAFPlayer is uninstalled, none of the modified settings are restored to the original state, so the default browser settings can only be restored manually.
Fortunately, most of the times, users can avoid SearchMe Toolbar infection. In order to achieve that, you should remember these simple tips. Firstly, choose software provider and distributor wisely. If companies behind the software are unfamiliar for you, look for info about them on the internet. Secondly, always select the “Custom Installation” mode. Then you will be provided with a list of programs which are about to be installed together with the main software. Remove ticks next to unfamiliar names. This procedure should be done every time you are installing new software, no matter the software developer.
Automatic SearchMe Toolbar Removal
Step 1. In order to detect and remove SearchMe Toolbar, download SpyHunter anti-spyware software
Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
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Step 2. Click Run or Open and install the application by following the on-screen instructions (How to Install)
Step 3. SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect threats
Step 4. After scanning, click Fix Threats button
Note: download size is 0.7 MB. Trial version offers an unlimited number of scans and detections for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.
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Manual SearchMe Removal
Important Note: SearchMe can be removed manually, however any mistakes can lead your PC to permanent damage of the system. Therefore a manual removal process is highly recommended for IT experts and system administrators. For regular users, Virus-Experts.com team recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
1. Fix Google Chrome startup pages.
Click on 3-bars icon and choose Settings. In On startup click Set pages and remove SearchMe by clicking X symbol. After that, add your desired homepage.
2. Remove SearchMe from the homepage settings.
Click on 3-bars icon and choose Settings. In Appearance section click on Change. Remove the malicious homepage by clicking X symbol. Then you can add the desired homepage by entering its URL and hitting OK.
3. Remove SearchMe from the search engine list and set a one.
Click on 3-bars icon and choose Settings. In Search section click on Manage search engines.. button. Choose the legitimate default search engine as default by clicking Make default. Then remove the malicious search engine from the list.
4. Remove add-ons that are associated with malware
Click on 3-bars icon and choose Tools. Go to Extensions and delete all add-ons related to SearchMe from the list.
1. Remove SearchMe from homepage settings.
Click on Tools icon and choose Internet Options. In General tab replace the hijacked homepage with a desired URL like www.google.com. Then click Apply to complete the action.
2. Modify default search provider settings, also remove the malicious search provider.
Click on Tools icon and choose Manage Add-ons. In Search Providers section please choose to set a legitimate search provider as default by clicking Set as default button. Then remove the malicious search provider from the list.
1. Remove SearchMe from homepage settings.
Go to Options > General tab. Replace the malicious homepage with a preferred URL and click OK.
2. Perform “about:config” function to revert Firefox changed items.
Type about:config into the address bar and press Enter. Then accept the warning.
Search for SearchMe in the search field. Then right-click on each founded item and select Reset.
3. Remove SearchMe from the search engines list.
Click on the current search engine icon and choose Manage Search Engines.. Select the malicious URL and click Remove, then hit OK to complete the action.
Delete malicious apps and directories
Review your Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel (Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs). In the list search for apps related to SearchMe. Then choose ‘Uninstall’.
Search for and delete any folder related to “SearchMe” if found in the following directories: