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About this contamination in short

Search-mate.com is thought to be a redirect virus, a rather low-level contamination that ought to not do direct damage to your machine. Browser intruders are generally accidentally installed by users, they might not even be aware of the contamination. The most frequent way browser hijackers spread is through a free program packages. A redirect virus is not categorized as dangerous and thus ought to not harm. Nevertheless, it may be able to bring about reroutes to advertisement websites. Browser intruders do not ensure the portals are secure so you can be redirected to one that would lead to a malware threat. We don’t suggest keeping it as it will provide no beneficial services. If you want to go back to usual browsing, you must remove Search-mate.com. Search-mate.com-_6.jpg
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How did the browser intruder invade my computer

Freeware frequently travel together with additional items. It may have adware, hijackers and various unwanted applications adjoined to it. Those added items may only be located in Advanced (Custom) mode so opt for those settings to avoid setting up all types of undesirable clutter. If something has been attached, just untick the boxes. If you pick Default settings, you give those offers permission to install automatically. You should uninstall Search-mate.com as it installed onto your machine without proper permission.

Why should I eliminate Search-mate.com?

When a redirect virus manages to infiltrate your computer, changes to your browser will be carried out. The browser hijacker’s performed alterations include setting its sponsored site as your home web page, and it will not need your authorization to do this. It will be able to affect most browsers you have set up, such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Reversing the changes might not be possible unless you make sure to uninstall Search-mate.com first. A search engine will be shown on your new home website but we don’t advise using it as it will expose you to loads of advertisement content, in order to redirect you. The browser hijacker wants to earn as much revenue as possible, which is why those redirects would happen. The reroutes will be very troublesome as you will end up on strange portals. While the reroute virus isn’t harmful itself, it can still bring about severe trouble. The reroutes might be able to lead you to a website where some dangerous software are waiting for you, and you could end up with serious malware on your system. You are recommended to remove Search-mate.com as soon as it makes itself known since only then will you be able to bypass a more serious contamination.

How to terminate Search-mate.com

In order to terminate Search-mate.com, you are recommended to use spyware uninstallation software. If you opt for by hand Search-mate.com uninstallation, you will need to identify all connected applications yourself. Nevertheless, guidelines on how to erase Search-mate.com will be provided below this report.Download Removal Toolto remove Search-mate.com

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Learn how to remove Search-mate.com from your computer

Step 1. Uninstall Search-mate.com

a) Windows 7/XP

  1. Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features. win7-start How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  2. Uninstall all suspicious programs win7-uninstall-program How to get rid of Search-mate.com

b) Windows 8/8.1

  1. Right-click on the start icon, located at the lower left corner. win8-start How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  2. Click Control Panel and then Programs and Features. win8-control-panel How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  3. Uninstall all suspicious programs. win8-remove-program How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  3. Pick Programs and Features. win10-control-panel How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  4. Uninstall all suspicious programs. win10-remove-program How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  4. Empty the Trash by right-clicking the icon on your dock, and selecting Empty Trash.

Step 2. Remove Search-mate.com from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer and access Tools (the gear icon). IE-gear How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  2. Manage Add-ons → Toolbars and Extensions. IE-add-ons How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  3. Delete the displayed URL and type in your preferred one. IE-settings2 How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  4. Press Apply.

b) Reset Internet Explorer

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

Step 3. Delete Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  3. Press Choose what to clear, and check all the boxes. Press Clear. edge-clear-data How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  4. Ctrl + Alt + Delete together → Task Manager.
  5. In the Processes tab, find Microsoft Edge process and right-click on it. task-manager How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  6. Press Enter.

Step 4. Remove Search-mate.com from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome and access the menu (top right corner).
  2. More tools → Extensions. chrome-menu-extensions How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.com

a) Change Google Chrome homepage

  1. Launch Google Chrome and access the menu (top right corner) chrome-menu How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  2. Settings → On startup.
  3. Press on Manage startup pages, and choose Open a specific page or set of pages. chrome-startup-page How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  4. Press on Reset, and press Reset again in the window that appears. chrome-reset How to get rid of Search-mate.com

Step 5. Remove Search-mate.com from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox and access the Menu (top right corner). mozilla-menu How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  2. Add-ons → Extensions. mozilla-extensions How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  3. Troubleshooting Information → Refresh Firefox.
  4. In the confirmation that appears, press Refresh Firefox again. mozilla-reset How to get rid of Search-mate.com

Step 6. Remove Search-mate.com from Safari (Mac)

  1. Launch Safari and press Safari at the top of your screen. safari-menu How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  2. Select Preferences, and choose the Extensions tab. safari-extensions How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.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 How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  3. Select the time frame from which you want the history to be erased, and select Clear History. safari-clear-history How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  4. Safari → Preferences. safari-menu How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  5. Advanced tab → Check the Show Develop menu box. safari-advanced How to get rid of Search-mate.com
  6. Develop → Empty Caches. safari-develop-menu How to get rid of Search-mate.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-mate.com removal.

  1. Click the button below to download WiperSoft Antimalware: Download Removal Toolto remove Search-mate.com

    * WiperSoft scanner, available at this website, only works as a tool for virus detection. More data on WiperSoft. To have WiperSoft in its full capacity, to use removal functionality, it is necessary to acquire its full version. In case you want to uninstall WiperSoft, click here.

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