Search-for-it.com removal instruction
What is Search-for-it.com?
Also Known As: Search-for-it.com virus
Search-for-it.com is a web page where you can enter a search word and find information associated with it. Even though it looks like a good web page, we cannot call it like that because it usually acts as a browser hijacker. In other words, it simply appears in the place of a user’s homepage and search engine without permission. If this has already happened to you, we highly recommend that you remove Search-for-it.com from browsers. The reason why you should do that is simple – this search engine might cause harm to the system really quickly. In addition, you might experience privacy-related issues during the time. Luckily, it is possible to prevent this from happening. Of course, you need to delete Search-for-it.com from your browsers. You will find out how to do that if you carefully read the article.
First of all, Search-for-it.com will replace your regular homepage and search engine. Secondly, it has been observed that it will provide users with various untrustworthy links and advertisements. Of course, this will not happen if you do not use the search engine. Actually, specialists do not recommend using Search-for-it.com because these ads and links might redirect to bad web pages if a user clicks on any of them. Not all of these modified search results are bad; however, it is impossible to say which of them are untrustworthy. What is more, we believe that the Search-for-it.com removal would be the best decision because this search engine might also record all kinds of details about users, focusing on their browsing history and search queries. There is a small possibility that it will also gather personal information and then will share it with third parties. We are sure that you do not want to risk causing harm to your security and privacy, so we have decided to help you with the Search-for-it.com removal process.
There is no doubt that you have not set Search-for-it.com yourself. In our opinion, this browser hijacker has slithered onto your computer together with other programs from third-party web pages. These programs might be completely legitimate, e.g. download clients, PDF creators, and video converters. In order not to encounter browser hijackers in the future, you need to stay away from torrents and file-sharing websites. In addition, security specialists highly recommend that you install a security tool on your computer and always keep it there.
STEP 1. Search-for-it.com removal guide
In this step we will use a removal tool that can locate and remove all kinds of threats from infected computers. Either its malicious programs, registry key, browser add-ons and extension, GridinSoft Anti-Malware can effectivly detect and remove this badware:
Download GridinSoft Anti-Malware removal tool from the link below:
If you need help in removing Search-for-it.com infection,
Open the installation file and click “Yes” in the User access control window to continue:
The installation is very simple, click “Install” button and GridinSoft Anti-Malware will install itself in a default folder. You can choose custom folder and check the creation of desktop icon:
Open GridinSoft Anti-malware from the icon on the desktop by double-clicking it or “Start” menu:
Scan computer for Search-for-it.com related files
Go to the “Scan” tab and choose “Quick scan” or “Full scan“. It is advised to make full scan, but due to possible performance issues you can first run quick, to save some time. During the scan you will see what items GridinSoft Anti-malware located inside of your computer:
When the scan is over, GridinSoft Anti-Malware will show you the results with all detected items in the list. You can browse through it to choose what to do with particular item or choose the “Apply to all” function. Click the “Fix Now” button to apply action to detected items:
(OPTIONAL)To remove traces of some adware\malware\browser hijackers it is advised to Reset your browser settings. GridinSoft Anti-Malware allows you to do that with flexible options.
STEP 2. Using GridinSoft Anti-Malware to fix your browser
GridinSoft Anti-Malware has an effective utility called “Reset browser settings“. It is able to reset some of your browser option to its original state. Therefore, if some malicious program, adware or browser hijacker changes your browser settings, this tool can fix this in no time:
Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Tools” tab – press “Reset browser settings“
Check the options that you need in the “Reset browser settings” window. In the first column you need to choose your infected browser. (Supports all popular browsers). As for “Process” column we advise you to choose Start Page, Shortcuts, Search engines, Cache, Cookies (look for screen below). These settings will be changed to default and save most of the information you need in your browser:
Some malware and adware program may be installed very deep in your browser. In this case, we advise choose more efficient set of options. Check the following options in the “Process” column: “Start Page“, “Shortcuts“, “Search engines“, “Cache“, “Cookies” + “Addons” and “Policies” (screen below):
STEP 3. Protect your computer from Search-for-it.com reinfection
Removing viruses and malicious programs is one thing. The best practice in protection is to not get infected in the first place. To achieve that you must use reliable protection tool and follow simple rules or recommended advices to avoid infections completely. Here is the list of these tips:
Watch out for spam emails and attachments. A lot of cyber criminals and malware spreaders are using email spam messaging. Most of these messages have attachment files that can be dangerous to open. We advice to skip suspicious files, don’t even download them on your computer.
Adverts and redirect page. Some websites showing ads and pop-up on their pages. Along with this adware programs may generate various adverts on your computer. Clicking on them is very dangerous and leads to unexpected consequences.
Don’t open suspicious links and websites. Hackers and scammer are often creating websites of their own where they can do whatever they want. You can download only malware and unwanted programs from such pages.
Pay attention to what you install. If you have downloaded any program from suspicious website or anywhere else – always read all instruction and don’t click “Next” all the time.
Use protection tools. No matter how hard you try, some sneaky malware may break through all your defences. In this case you should always keep an anti-malware protection online on your computer. GridinSoft Anti-Malware has On-Run Protection feature. It is designed to keep this kind of malware from your computer. To activate this feature go to “Protect” tab and press “Start” button to the right. The label will show you “ON“, which means that On-Run protection is online.
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