Remove Desktop Search Virus | Updated


I wrote this article to help you remove Desktop Search. This Desktop Search removal guide works for all Windows versions.

Desktop Search is another untrusted PUP which is capable of entering your virtual machine without your permission. This is the main reason why the program is considered as an adware application which is compatible with the major web browsers – Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.

Desktop Search promises users quick access to various websites. Besides, the program is meant to be easy to use and to enable users to browse the web safely. However, it turns out that Desktop Search works in a rather different way.

As soon as the adware infiltrates your virtual machine, it starts causing you lots of problems, thus the program should not be kept on the system. The most obvious change made by the application is the installation of the toolbar on your desktop so that you can search for a particular website, or place a search query much easier. However, what is more interesting, is the fact that you cannot remember installing the program on the system and this will certainly bother you.

Remove Desktop Search
The Desktop Search Virus

Actually, Desktop Search does not need any approval to enter your computer. This program is so smart that it could make you install it yourself without even realizing it. Usually, Desktop Search enters your PC bundled with other freeware, because it provides possibly the easiest entry point for it. For that reason, every time when you install new software on your virtual machine, you should read all the terms and conditions provided by the setup wizard. In another case, you will experience security-related issues.

Desktop Search can also infiltrate your computer by posing as a bogus system or program update. For instance, while you’re thinking that you’re updating a particular program on your PC, you’re actually letting a dangerous infection in the system. Besides, the adware can also use spam email attachments, corrupted links, or websites as other means of invasion. Thus, having a program like Desktop Search on your PC most often depends on your attention.

Once installed on your computer, Desktop Search starts flooding your monitor with numerous commercial advertisements and links. The problem here is that it is not very easy to recognize those links, so you might click on them by chance, and get transferred to some corrupted websites with malicious content.

However, the provided adverts are not the thing you should worry about most. In fact, the greatest issue related to Desktop Search is the ability of the program to access your personal data. As soon as the hijacker infects your PC, it starts monitoring your virtual activities and records your browsing history. Once the program has collected enough information about your preferences, Desktop Search shares the data with the third parties hidden behind it and they could use it for malicious purposes. This is the reason why you should remove Desktop Search right away and make sure that your computer is well-protected against malware.

Desktop Search Removal

STEP-1 Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.


Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.


Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.


Go to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still cannot remove Desktop Search from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.


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