I wrote this article to help you remove Search.searchmycl.com. This Search.searchmycl.com removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Do you constantly get redirected to the Search.searchmylc.com website? Have your homepage, new tab pages and search provider been replaced by the same page without your knowledge or consent? We hate to be bringers of bad news, but it looks like you have a browser hijacker on your hands. Such malicious software is known for its ability to generate a great amount of intrusive content in the form of ads and pop-ups that are often in the form of exclusive deals and offers, special sales and coupons, blinking messages, fake update alerts, etc.
Users will find the advertisements very attractive. This is thanks to another ability of this hijacker – the power to obtain victim’s browsing data, history, search queries and habits, in order to generate a specific kind of averts that the user is most likely to click on. The main goal is to create revenue by the pay-per-click or pay-per-view method.
Browser hijackers often get distributed through spam email messages, email attachments and executable files, fake update requests, bundled software, torrent files, dubious links and ads, etc. We advise our readers to always get their updates from licensed and reliable sources only. Also, we strongly recommend opting for an Advanced or Custom installation when downloading software from the internet. This way you can have full control over the content that you are trying to install.
You will be able to easily deselect any undesired programs or applications that you deem suspicious. That’s how you will spot hidden malware in such free bundles – they won’t be properly disclosed in them and can be seen only when you choose the Advanced mode in the Setup Wizard. Don’t fall into this malicious trap!
True, browser hijackers are not considered to be as dangerous as other malicious software like Trojan Horses, worms or ransomware, but that does not mean that they are harmless. Hijackers are capable of installing suspicious and even dangerous extensions, add-ons and toolbars on your browser, without your permission. Such software will be advertised as useful, but it would be anything but that. Browser hijackers are not real viruses, because they do not affect your computer system. They work with your browsers only. Here’s where it gets interesting.
While ads can’t cause damages alone, they are more than capable of rerouting the victim to shady and potentially infected third-party websites that can do real harm to your private data. You may be one click away from giving hackers access to private information that they can easily obtain and share with other people for profit. If you don’t want that to happen to you as well, you need to proceed with the removal of this Search.searchmycl.com hijacker before it is too late.
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.
For Windows 8/8.1
Click the Start button, next click Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
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.
While keeping the Shift key pressed, click or tap on Restart.
Here are the steps you must perform to remove the hijacker from the browser:
Remove From Mozilla Firefox:
Open Firefox, click on top-right corner , click Add-ons, hit Extensions next.
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).
Remove From Internet Explorer:
Open IE, then click IE gear icon on the top-right corner —> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malicious add-on. Remove it by pressing Disable.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut, then click Properties. Remove everything after the .exe” in the Target box.
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.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start 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 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 Search.searchmycl.com from your browser? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.