How to Remove Search.gg Virus (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

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I wrote this article to help you remove Search.gg. This Search.gg removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Search.gg is a site that must not be trusted. Its appearance on your screen means one thing – that a nasty browser hijacker lurks somewhere on your device. Hijackers are known to be capable of taking full control over every existing browser on the computer they have invaded. They replace the new tab pages, as well as the homepage with a custom one. They even change your preferred search engine with another one. In this particular case, the custom site that is being displayed everywhere by the parasite is Search.gg. What’s more, hijackers have the power to do whatever modifications they want, regarding the browser settings.

It’s also possible for them to install other shady apps, extensions or toolbars, without seeking your permission first. But the most annoying thing about this type of malware is, that it generates a large number of intrusive adverts. Such content will be specifically targeted to appear more attractive to the user. That’s all thanks to the hijacker’s ability to obtain whatever web data it needs from the user, like browsing history and search queries. The main goal is to create income for each click that the victim makes on the sponsored content.

Browser hijackers use mass-distribution methods, in order to invade as many computers as possible. They are seen lurking behind spam emails and attachments, software bundles and torrent files. They can also spread via infected links and ads, as well as fake update messages. What happens is, that users are being negligent and hasty, resulting in the unintentional installation of malicious software.

Often, people opt for the easy way out. By selecting a Quick installation, you’ll bring yourself only trouble. Developers are known to bundle dangerous software along with other programs and apps. Of course, the existence of the parasite will not be properly disclosed, so the user will be unable to see it’s there unless a Custom or Advanced type of installation is selected. You need to understand that browser hijackers cannot hack your computer on their own. They need your help in order to invade. It’s simple, really. If you do not install them on your device, they will not cause any harm.

Malware such as the browser hijacker is not to be taken lightly. Don’t go thinking that the ads being displayed on your screen are harmless. The parasite cares only about their quantity. It is not programmed to verify them. So if you’re not being careful and click on one of them, there is a possibility where you can get redirected to suspicious and even dangerous third-party website that seeks to infect your PC and steal your personal information.

The longer you allow the hijacker to stay on your computer, the more the number of advertisements will grow. This will inevitably lead to your web browser getting severely damaged, due to the heavy ad attacks. At first, it will start with lagging, slow internet speed, until the app starts to crash and freeze on a daily basis. Sooner or later, your web browser won’t be able to work at all. If you do not act against this dangerous threat, you risk exposing your financial and private data. That’s an opportunity that crooks will not miss. The only way to secure your online presence and keep your personal information private is to remove the Search.gg browser hijacker as soon as you detect its presence.

Search.gg Uninstall

STEP-1 Before starting the real removal process, you must reboot in Safe Mode. If you are familiar with this task, skip the instructions below and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, here is how to reboot in Safe mode:

For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Reboot your computer. When the first screen of information appears, start repeatedly pressing F8 key. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking from the options.
Safe Mode with Networking
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.‌
Windows 8 Safe Mode with Network
Check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart when asked.
For Windows 10
Open the Start menu and click or tap on the Power button.
win10 safemode 1
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
win10 safemode 2

STEP-2Here are the steps you must follow to permanently remove from the browser:

Remove From Mozilla Firefox:

Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
firefox extensions
Look for suspicious or unknown extensions, remove them all.

Remove From Chrome:

Open Chrome, click chrome menu icon at the top-right corner —>More Tools —> Extensions. There, identify the malware and select chrome-trash-icon(Remove).
chrome extensions

Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
ie gear
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.

STEP-3

Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.

ff shortcut

STEP-4

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

appwiz

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

STEP-5

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.

STEP-6

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

msconfig

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

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

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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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