Welcome to our Chromesearch.win removal guide. The following instructions will aid you in removing the unwanted software from your PC.
Has a program called Chromesearch.win ended up altering your browser settings and causing you extreme irritation? It probably changed the homepage and maybe even the default search engine of your Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera or other browser. Most popular browsers, in fact, can be affected by software of this type if present on the computer. Other changes include a rather dramatic increase in the online ads you see on your screen and the times you spontaneously get redirected to seemingly random web locations. You have likely also tried to delete Chromesearch.win yourself, only to find that the second you restart your browser, all the annoying changes are back in place. That is because the program you are dealing with likes to burrow deeper into your system than regular software. In addition, it doesn’t have a traditional uninstallation option. But that doesn’t mean that you’re doomed to suffer endless advertising and constant interfering with your web browsing. In fact, we have a very effective solution waiting for you just below this article – a professional removal guide, put together by our experts. With its help you can have the annoying program removed within minutes and you can go back to enjoying a peaceful and unhindered browsing experience.
What is Chromesearch.win, though? Is it a virus?
No, thankfull, Chromesearch.win is not a virus. It is what’s better known as a browser hijacker and by now you can tell why that it exactly what it’s called. Browser hijackers don’t qualify as malicious programs, but they aren’t quite the useful and helpful type of software either. Instead, security specialists put them in the PUP or potentially unwanted programs category due to a number of reasons. For one, hijackers don’t offer users anything in return for using their PC’s resources and making their browsing experiences miserable. There’s no useful functionality that they can provide. The only ones this software category serves are their own developers. And they do this precisely by having so many popups, banners and other ads on constant display. This earns the developers revenue based on Pay Per Click and Pay Per View models that just so happen to be very popular remuneration models in the world of online marketing.
But besides that, a program like Chromesearch.win isn’t considered particularly welcome on anybody’s computer also because it can prove potentially harmful. We did say that this isn’t a virus, but its effects on your system could end up exposing you to malware and could also compromise your PC’s productivity. All those page redirects that you need to endure and are caused by this hijacker send you to numerous locations on the web. How many of them are safe? How many may have been compromised by malware the likes of ransomware, Trojans, spyware, etc.? The thing is that there is no way of knowing and it is, unfortunately, possible to be redirected to a compromised web location.
Furthermore, browser hijackers also happen to make certain modifications to your computer’s system registry. This could further make it more vulnerable to external threats, in combination with the many ads and frequent page redirects. Aside from that, there’s also the fact to consider that browser hijackers often significantly impact the productivity of your computer, making it less so. The background processes can make it run slower, lead to browser and even system crashes, etc. So, all in all, as you can see there’s little reason to want to have Chromesearch.win stay in your system. Not to mention all the traffic data collection that goes on likely without your knowing approval.
Another reason hijackers are seen as potentially unwanted is the means they rely on to be distributed. Most of the time they use trick techniques like program bundles, meaning they are grouped together in the installer of some other program. So, if you install that other program using the Default settings, that will also install the added components, or in other words the browser hijackers. So, if you would like to avoid this type of situations in the future, we would recommend paying better attention to your download sources. And in addition to that, be sure to always customize the setup of new programs yourself. That way you will be given the option to opt out of any added content.
How to Remove Chromesearch.win
I – Safe mode and revealing hidden files
II – Uninstallation
- Use the Winkey+R keyboard combination, write Control Panel in the search field and hit enter.
- Go to Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Seek the unwanted software, select it and then click on Uninstall
If you are unable to spot Chromesearch.win, search for any unrecognized programs that you do not remember installing on your PC – the unwanted software might disguise itself by going under a different name.
III – Cleaning all your browsers
- Go to your browser’s icon, right-click on it and select Properties.
- Go to the Shortcut tab and in the Target make sure to delete anything written after “.exe”.
- Now, open your browser and follow the instructions below depending on whether you are using Chrome, Mozilla or IE.
- Chrome users:
- Go to your browser’s main menu located in the top-right corner of the screen and select Settings.
- Scroll down, click on Show Advanced Settings and then select Clear browsing data. Just to be sure, tick everything and clear the data.
- Now, in the left pane, go to Extensions and look through all extensions that are integrated within your browser. If you notice any suspicious add-on, disable it and then remove it.
- Firefox users:
- Similarly to Chrome, go to the main menu and select Add-ons and then Extensions.
- Remove any suspicious browser extensions that you may have even if they do not have the name Chromesearch.win on them.
- IE users:
- Go to Tools and select Manage add-ons.
- Click on all add-on types from the left pane and check if there is anything suspicious in the right panel. In case you find anything shade, make sure to remove it.
IV – Removing Shady processes
- Go to your start menu, type Task Manager in the search field and from the results open View running processes with Task Manager.
- Thoroughly look through all processes. The name Chromesearch.win might not be there, but if you notice any shady looking process that consumes high amounts of memory it might be ran by the unwanted program.
- If you spot the process ran by Chromesearch.win, right-click on it, open its file location and delete everything in there. Then go back to the Task Manager and end the process.
V – DNS check
- In the start menu search box write View Network Connections and open the first result.
- Right-click on the network connection you are using and go to Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
- If Obtain DNS server addresses automatically is not checked, check it.
- Go to Advanced and select the DNS If there is anything in the DNS server addresses field, remove it and click OK.
- Click OK on the rest of the opened windows.