What is a browser hijacker

Search.searchpcst.com will alter your browser’s settings which is why it is considered to be a hijacker. The threat was most likely added to a freeware as an extra item, and since you didn’t deselect it, it installed. If you want to prevent these kinds of annoying infections, be careful about what you install. Hijackers are not exactly malicious but their behavior does raise a few questions. Your browser’s home website and new tabs will be altered, and a different website will load instead of your usual site. Your search engine will also be modified, and it may insert advertisement links among the real results. You are rerouted because the hijacker aims to boost traffic for some web pages, and in turn, make profit for owners. Some of those reroutes could reroute to insecure web pages, so be careful of malicious software. If you contaminated your operating system with malicious software, the situation would be much more dire. So that people see them as useful, redirect viruses pretend to have useful features but the reality is, they’re replaceable with legitimate add-ons which aren’t actively attempting to reroute you. Some hijackers are also known to collect certain type of data, like pages visited, so that more personalized adverts could be displayed. It would not be unusual if that info was shared with third-parties too. And that is why you should erase Search.searchpcst.com the moment you encounter it. Search.searchpcst_.com-_6.jpg
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What do I need to know about these threats

This may come as surprise but redirect viruses are usually added to free applications. Since they’re pretty invasive and annoying infections, we highly doubt you got it knowing what it is. Because people rarely pay attention to how they install programs, redirect viruses and similar threats can spread. The items are hiding and if you rush, you have no chance of seeing them, and you not noticing them means their installation will be permitted. Do not choose Default settings as they will not display anything. Choose Advanced (Custom) mode during installation, and you’ll see the attached offers. Make sure you deselect all the items. Just unmark the boxes that become visible, and you may then continue freeware installation. Having to deal with these infections could be aggravating so you would do yourself a great favor by initially preventing them. We also suggest not downloading from unreliable sources as you could easily get malicious software this way.

Whether you are a computer-savvy person or not, you will notice a browser redirect infection soon after infection. Your browser’s settings will be modified, the hijacker setting a weird site as your home web page, new tabs and search engine, and it’ll do that even if you do not agree with the changes. Popular browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox will likely be altered. And until you erase Search.searchpcst.com from the OS, you’ll have to deal with the website loading every time you launch your browser. Don’t waste time trying to alter the settings back because the hijacker will simply overrule your changes. There is also a possibility that your search engine will be changed, which would mean that every time you use the browser’s address bar to search for something, results would created not from your set search engine but from the one the redirect virus is advertising. Don’t press on the sponsored links which you’ll see among the results as you could be redirected. Owners of certain websites intend to boost traffic to make more income, and they use redirect viruses to redirect you to them. When more people engage with adverts, owners can make more profit. Generally those sites have little to do with what you are were actually searching for. There will be cases, however, where they may appear legitimate at first, if you were to search ‘virus’, sites advertising fake anti-malware could come up, and they could look to be legitimate initially. Browser hijackers don’t analyze those pages for malware, therefore you could be redirected to a web page that could initiate a malicious software download onto your system. Hijackers are also interested in information about your Internet usage, so it might be monitoring your browsing. The collected data could be used to make more relevant ads, if third-parties gain access to it. If not, the reroute virus may use it to make the sponsored content more personalized. While it’s not exactly the most severe infection, we still highly encourage you delete Search.searchpcst.com. After you successfully get rid of it, you ought to be authorized to change the browser’s settings back to usual.

How to delete Search.searchpcst.com

While the contamination isn’t as severe as some others, we still recommend that you remove Search.searchpcst.com sooner rather than later. While you have two options when it comes to disposing of the hijacker, by hand and automatic, pick the one based on your experience with computers. If you have experience with terminating software, you may go with the former, as you’ll have to locate the infection’s location yourself. If you are unsure of how to proceed, make use of the instructions we have put below this article. If you follow them properly, you ought to not come across issues. However, if you are less computer-savvy, the other option may work better. Downloading anti-spyware software to take care of the infection could best if that is the case. This kind of software is created to eliminate threats such as this, so there should be no problems. You may check if the infection was removed by altering your browser’s settings in some way, if the settings are as you’ve set them, you were successful. If the web page still loads every time you launch your browser, even after you’ve modified your home website, the hijacker was not fully eliminated and was able to recover. If you don’t wish for this to happen again, install software attentively. If you create decent computer habits now, you will be thankful later.Download Removal Toolto remove Search.searchpcst.com

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Learn how to remove Search.searchpcst.com from your computer

Step 1. Uninstall Search.searchpcst.com

a) Windows 7/XP

  1. Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features. win7-start Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  2. Uninstall all suspicious programs win7-uninstall-program Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com

b) Windows 8/8.1

  1. Right-click on the start icon, located at the lower left corner. win8-start Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  2. Click Control Panel and then Programs and Features. win8-control-panel Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Uninstall all suspicious programs. win8-remove-program Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
 

c) Windows 10

  1. Search 'Control Panel'. The search option can be found in the Start menu, next to the Shutdown button.
  2. Select Control Panel in the results. win10-start Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Pick Programs and Features. win10-control-panel Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  4. Uninstall all suspicious programs. win10-remove-program Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
 

d) Mac OS X

  1. Open Finder and click Applications (left side of the window)
  2. Find the programs you want gone, right-click on them.
  3. Pick Move to Trash.mac-os-app-remove Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  4. Empty the Trash by right-clicking the icon on your dock, and selecting Empty Trash.

Step 2. Remove Search.searchpcst.com from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer and access Tools (the gear icon). IE-gear Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  2. Manage Add-ons → Toolbars and Extensions. IE-add-ons Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Select on all questionable extensions from the list and press Disable.

a) Change Internet Explorer Homepage

  1. Open Internet Explorer and access Tools (the gear icon).
  2. Choose Internet Options. ie-settings Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Delete the displayed URL and type in your preferred one. IE-settings2 Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  4. Press Apply.

b) Reset Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer and access Tools (the gear icon). ie-settings Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  2. Choose Internet Options, and then the Advanced tab. ie-settings-advanced Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Click Reset and check Delete personal settings in the new window. IE-reset Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  4. Click Reset again.

Step 3. Delete Search.searchpcst.com from Microsoft Edge

a) Reset Microsoft Edge (Method 1)

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge.
  2. Press the three dots located on the top right, and press Settings. edge-settings Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Press Choose what to clear, and check all the boxes. Press Clear. edge-clear-data Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  4. Ctrl + Alt + Delete together → Task Manager.
  5. In the Processes tab, find Microsoft Edge process and right-click on it. task-manager Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  6. Choose Go to details. If that is not an option, choose More details.
  7. Right mouse click on all Microsoft Edge processes, and choose End Task.

b) (Method 2)

Before you proceed, make copies of your data.
  1. Find C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Delete all the folders you see. edge-folder Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Press Start, find the search option and type in Windows PowerShell.
  4. When it comes up in the results, right-click on it, choose Run as administrator. edge-powershell Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  5. In the Administrator: Windows PowerShell window that appears, type inGet-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose} under PS C:\WINDOWS\system32>. edge-powershell-script Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  6. Press Enter.

Step 4. Remove Search.searchpcst.com from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome and access the menu (top right corner).
  2. More tools → Extensions. chrome-menu-extensions Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Press the trash icon of all unwanted extensions. (You can also disable them if you are unsure about which should be removed). chrome-extensions-delete Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com

a) Change Google Chrome homepage

  1. Launch Google Chrome and access the menu (top right corner) chrome-menu Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  2. Settings → On startup.
  3. Press on Manage startup pages, and choose Open a specific page or set of pages. chrome-startup-page Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  4. Click Add a new page and enter your preferred homepage.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Go back to Settings, and choose Search engine. chrome-search-engines Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  7. Click Manage search engines.
  8. Click the three dots next to the default search engine, and press Edit.
  9. Delete the malicious search engine, and type in your preferred one.
  10. Click Save.

b) Reset Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome and access the menu (top right corner). chrome-menu Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  2. Press Settings and scroll down to the bottom.
  3. Press Advanced, and scroll down to the very end where you will see a Reset option. chrome-settings Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  4. Press on Reset, and press Reset again in the window that appears. chrome-reset Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com

Step 5. Remove Search.searchpcst.com from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox and access the Menu (top right corner). mozilla-menu Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  2. Add-ons → Extensions. mozilla-extensions Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Press Remove for all extensions you want gone. (You can also disable them until you decide whether you want to permanently delete them).

a) Change Mozilla Firefox homepage

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox and access the Menu (top right corner). mozilla-menu Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  2. Press Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the unwanted link in the home page field, and type in your preferred one. mozilla-options Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com

b) Reset Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox and access the Menu (top right corner).
  2. Open the Help menu (question mark at the bottom). mozilla-troubleshooting Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Troubleshooting Information → Refresh Firefox.
  4. In the confirmation that appears, press Refresh Firefox again. mozilla-reset Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com

Step 6. Remove Search.searchpcst.com from Safari (Mac)

  1. Launch Safari and press Safari at the top of your screen. safari-menu Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  2. Select Preferences, and choose the Extensions tab. safari-extensions Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Delete all strange extensions. (You can also disable them until you decide whether you want to permanently delete them).

a) Change Safari homepage

  1. Safari → Preferences → General. safari-menu Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  2. Delete the unwanted homepage, and put in the one you prefer.

b) Reset Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Safari → Clear History. safari-history Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Select the time frame from which you want the history to be erased, and select Clear History. safari-clear-history Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  4. Safari → Preferences. safari-menu Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  5. Advanced tab → Check the Show Develop menu box. safari-advanced Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  6. Develop → Empty Caches. safari-develop-menu Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
If that did not solve the problem you are having, it is advised that you obtain anti-spyware software and allow it to perform a scan on your computer.

Step 7. Scan your computer with anti-malware software for Search.searchpcst.com removal.

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  2. Run WiperSoft installer to install the software: wipersoft-install Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  3. Click SCAN NOW! to detect all the risks and computer infections: Wipersoft-scan Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com
  4. Click REMOVE THREATS to remove Search.searchpcst.com and all the virus and malware from your computer: wipersoft-results Get rid of Search.searchpcst.com