How to Remove SearchAwesome Virus (Chrome/Edge/Firefox) | Updated

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

The SearchAwesome utility is anything but awesome. It is an adware infection and you probably know that this type of pests is no good for your system. Luckily for you, this adware is removable. In fact, it is considered relatively easy to tackle IF you take immediate measures, of course. If you do nothing and let the parasite operate freely, your situation will worsen in no time. Do not make that mistake.

As soon as you spot the SearchAwesome threat, find its exact lurking spot and remove it. Do not waste time in debates. This adware will never be beneficial to you. It was created by crooks for the only purpose of serving them. Do not let it ruin your browsing experience while doing go. Take matters into your own hands and get rid of the intruder the first chance you get. The sooner it is gone from your system, the better.

This adware turns your previously normal online activities into a nightmare. Once in, it appends its pesky extension to all of your browsers and injects them with ads. You start seeing numerous commercials on daily basis. Every time you go online, your entire screen is completely covered with ads in all shapes and forms. Even the pages which used to be ad-free are now heavy on banners, coupons, offers, deals, hyperlinks, etc. and etc.

Remove SearchAwesome Virus
The SearchAwesome Virus

Why do you think you are being bombarded with adverts? It is not because the adware wants to help you with your online shopping. Of course, not. The pest uses the pay-per-click mechanism to help hackers get rich. For every ad you click on, they get paid. They get even better paid for every shady page you get redirected to. You are becoming their sponsor. What is even worse, though, is the fact that you are constantly exposed to malware.

Nothing the adware displays can be trusted. Most of the ads you see are sponsored and they deliver infections. Or, they redirect you to pages which deliver infections. Basically, a single wrong click and you download more pests on your already infected computer. Keep in mind that your PC is already struggling and suffering due to this single adware. Its speed is slow. It crashes all the time. It reboots for no reason. Your browsers are so overwhelmed with ads that they cannot display any content correctly. It is a nightmare. Add to that the malware risk you are constantly exposed to and you have no reason not to get rid of the nasty adware ASAP. Do that. Follow our removal guide at the end of this article and clean your PC once and for all. Trust us, your future self will be very grateful.

How did SearchAwesome manage to enter your machine without you realizing? This adware is not a full-fledged virus. It is a malicious program and it cannot get in without your approval. No permission, no admission. The program is bound to seek your consent but it does so in the sneakiest way possible. It turns to the old but gold means of infiltration like spam email messages, freeware bundles, corrupted links, malicious third-party ads, fake program or system updates, unverified torrents, etc.

Any of these methods will work if you are careless and don’t pay attention to what you are saying “yes” to. Be more vigilant if you want to keep your PC infection-free. Always read carefully the fine print and if you spot something out of the ordinary, do not press the “I Accept” button. Be on the alert. If you don’t take care of your computer, no one else will either.

SearchAwesome Virus 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 in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove SearchAwesome Virus 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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