What is a browser hijacker

Search.search-el.com is a hijacker that possibly entered your machine when you were installing a free software. The threat was probably added to a free software as an additional item, and because you didn’t deselect it, it was allowed to install. If you want to prevent these kinds of irritating threats, be careful about what type of applications you install. While hijackers aren’t high-level threats but their activity is quite suspicious. You’ll find that instead of the usual home web page and new tabs, your browser will now load a different page. Your search engine will also be modified into one that might inject advertisement links into results. If you press on one of those result, you’ll be led to weird websites, whose owners get revenue from increased traffic. Not all of those reroutes will lead to secure pages, so be cautious of malware. Malware is a much more serious threat and it could cause more dire consequences. In order for people to see them as useful, redirect viruses pretend to have helpful features but the reality is, they are replaceable with legitimate plug-ins which would not reroute you. Something else you should be aware of is that some redirect viruses would be able to monitor user activity and collect certain data to know what type of content you’re likely to click on. Unrelated third-parties might also be provided access to that data. And that is why you ought to terminate Search.search-el.com as quickly as possible. Search.search-el_.com-_6.jpg
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What does it do

It’s a known fact that hijackers come together free program packages. It’s not likely that you obtained it in any other way, as no one would install them knowing what they are. This method is effective because users are negligent, don’t read the info given and are normally careless when installing programs. Those items will be hidden when you install programs, and if you do not pay attention, you will miss them, which means they’ll be permitted to install. Opt out of using Default mode because they will permit unfamiliar installations. Choose Advanced or Custom settings when you are installing something, and you’ll see the attached offers. Unchecking all the offers is encouraged so as to stop unnecessary application installations. Only continue with the application installation after you have deselected everything. Dealing with these infections could be troublesome so you would save yourself a lot of time and effort if you initially blocked them. In addition, you need to be more cautious about where you get your applications from as questionable sources can bring a lot of trouble.

You will be aware rather quickly if you unintentionally infected your operating system with a browser hijacker. Your homepage, new tabs and search engine would be set to a strange page without your explicit authorization, and that’s very hard to miss. All leading browsers will likely be affected, such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The page will load every time your browser is launched, and this will go on until you delete Search.search-el.com from your OS. The browser hijacker will keep nullifying the changes back so don’t waste time trying to modify anything. It’s also likely changes would also be made to your default search engine, which would mean that whenever you use the browser’s address bar to search for something, results would come not from the search engine you set but from the hijacker’s promoted one. Because the threat’s main intention is to reroute you, be careful of sponsored links in the results. These kinds of infections intend to boost traffic for certain websites so that owners can make profit from adverts. When more users engage with advertisements, owners can make more revenue. You will know when you enter such sites right away because they obviously will be unconnected to what you were actually looking for. In certain cases, they could seem legitimate, so for example if you were to search ‘computer’, results leading to dubious pages could come up but you wouldn’t notice in the beginning. It should be noted that hijackers could also lead to malware-ridden sites, where you can encounter a severe infection. Hijackers are also keen on learning your browsing habits, so it’s probable it is overseeing your browsing. Read the Privacy Policy to find out if the obtained info would be sold to third-parties, who could use it to personalize ads. The information may also be used by the browser hijacker for the purposes of making sponsored content which you’d be more interested in. We strongly encourage you terminate Search.search-el.com, for reasons we mentioned above. After you successfully get rid of it, you should be able to change the browser’s settings back to usual.

Search.search-el.com elimination

It’s best if you get rid of the contamination as soon as you notice it, so delete Search.search-el.com. You may choose from two options, manual and automatic, for eliminating of the browser hijacker. If you have experience with erasing software, you may go with the former, as you’ll have to find the infection yourself. If you’re unsure of how to proceed, scroll down to the instructions. By following the instructions, you should not encounter problems when attempting to get rid of it. It shouldn’t be the first option for those who do not have much experience with computers, however. Acquiring anti-spyware software to take care of the threat could best in that case. Spyware removal software should be able to spot the threat and deal with it without problems. You have successfully gotten rid of the infection if you are able to change your browser’s settings without the hijacker meddling. If the web page continues to load every time you launch your browser, even after you’ve altered your homepage, you didn’t fully erase the infection. If you actually pay attention when you install programs, you ought to be able to avoid these types of threats in the future. If you develop good computer habits now, you will be thankful later.Download Removal Toolto remove Search.search-el.com

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Learn how to remove Search.search-el.com from your computer

Step 1. Uninstall Search.search-el.com

a) Windows 7/XP

  1. Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features. win7-start How to get rid of Search.search-el.com
  2. Uninstall all suspicious programs win7-uninstall-program How to get rid of Search.search-el.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.search-el.com
  2. Click Control Panel and then Programs and Features. win8-control-panel How to get rid of Search.search-el.com
  3. Uninstall all suspicious programs. win8-remove-program How to get rid of Search.search-el.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.search-el.com
  3. Pick Programs and Features. win10-control-panel How to get rid of Search.search-el.com
  4. Uninstall all suspicious programs. win10-remove-program How to get rid of Search.search-el.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.search-el.com
  4. Empty the Trash by right-clicking the icon on your dock, and selecting Empty Trash.

Step 2. Remove Search.search-el.com from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer and access Tools (the gear icon). IE-gear How to get rid of Search.search-el.com
  2. Manage Add-ons → Toolbars and Extensions. IE-add-ons How to get rid of Search.search-el.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.search-el.com
  3. Delete the displayed URL and type in your preferred one. IE-settings2 How to get rid of Search.search-el.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.search-el.com
  2. Choose Internet Options, and then the Advanced tab. ie-settings-advanced How to get rid of Search.search-el.com
  3. Click Reset and check Delete personal settings in the new window. IE-reset How to get rid of Search.search-el.com
  4. Click Reset again.

Step 3. Delete Search.search-el.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.search-el.com
  3. Press Choose what to clear, and check all the boxes. Press Clear. edge-clear-data How to get rid of Search.search-el.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.search-el.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.search-el.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.search-el.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.search-el.com
  6. Press Enter.

Step 4. Remove Search.search-el.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.search-el.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.search-el.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.search-el.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.search-el.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.search-el.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.search-el.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.search-el.com
  4. Press on Reset, and press Reset again in the window that appears. chrome-reset How to get rid of Search.search-el.com

Step 5. Remove Search.search-el.com from Mozilla Firefox

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

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

  1. Launch Safari and press Safari at the top of your screen. safari-menu How to get rid of Search.search-el.com
  2. Select Preferences, and choose the Extensions tab. safari-extensions How to get rid of Search.search-el.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.search-el.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.search-el.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.search-el.com
  4. Safari → Preferences. safari-menu How to get rid of Search.search-el.com
  5. Advanced tab → Check the Show Develop menu box. safari-advanced How to get rid of Search.search-el.com
  6. Develop → Empty Caches. safari-develop-menu How to get rid of Search.search-el.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.search-el.com removal.

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  2. Run WiperSoft installer to install the software: wipersoft-install How to get rid of Search.search-el.com
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