If you have had enough with the annoying presence of Chromesearch.win on your computer and all the questionable and unwanted changes that it has imposed to your browser, it’s high time you were able to finally remove it once and for all. We all know how frustrating it can be to open your browser only to find that the homepage has been substituted by a new one and your searches are now redirected to some strange new default search engine. And as if that weren’t enough, changing the settings of your browser back to the way you had set them initially does nothing to help you either. The next time you open your browser, those same unfamiliar sites are back as if they’ve always been there. In addition, even deleting the pesky Chromesearch.win doesn’t appear to solve the problem. And that’s because software of this type needs to be removed in a slightly different way than most other programs. Luckily, with our help you won’t have to deal with this browser hijacker and its effects for much longer. We have prepared a detailed removal guide and you can find it just below this article. But do read through the following few paragraphs to gain a better understanding of what you’ve been forced to put up with.
Why are browser hijackers so difficult to delete? Are they viruses?
The thought that Chromesearch.win may be a virus has likely already crossed your mind and perhaps even more than just on one occasion. And who can blame you? It doesn’t want to go away, it fills your browser with endless ads and who knows what else it could be up to. Thankfully, Chromesearch.win is not a virus and neither are browser hijackers in general. However, why are they so persistent? Well, hijackers are potentially unwanted programs or PUPs, as they’re known, and the developers are well aware that pretty much no user will ever want to willingly install and keep one on their computer. But browser hijackers are on a mission and that is to expose the affected users to as many online ads promoting various products and services as possible. This is how the developers make money and they’re not about to let your irritation get between them and their income that easily.
So they have designed this software to be able to hide deeper into your system, typically without an ‘Uninstall’ option embedded, so that any attempts of deleting it the old-fashioned way would be fruitless. But trust us: it’s nothing a competent removal guide can’t solve. Besides the annoying ads and changes to your browser’s settings, there are a number of other reasons why deleting Chromesearch.win would actually be a good idea. We touched the subject of viruses earlier and to answer the question in the subheading – no, hijackers are not viruses. In fact, they have virtually nothing to do with them and can’t be compared to evil threats like ransomware, spyware, Trojans or worms. But they can end up unintentionally making you more vulnerable to any such viruses and maybe even exposing you to them.
This can happen as a result of all the page redirects that you have to put up with on a daily basis. No one is immune to landing on a page that’s been compromised or is otherwise insecure. You could potentially bump into malware or malicious content anywhere online and due to the modifications that programs like Chromesearch.win often make to your system registry, you could end up getting yourself in some serious trouble. So in order to avoid that, it’s best to simply have the browser hijacker evacuated from your system with all of its components. And as we already made clear, we have prepared the perfect guide to help you do that. However, if for whatever reason you don’t feel like taking the time and going through the effort of manually locating and deleting this program, we have another one that can do the job for you. On this page you can also scan your system with our professional removal tool, after which it will quickly and efficiently take care of Chromesearch.win and your browsing-related problems. Once that’s done you can return to surfing the web in peace, without being bothered by nagging ads and frustrating page redirects.
Before you begin completing the steps from the following guide, we advise you to place a bookmark on this page or have it opened on a separate device since some of the following steps will require you to close your browser.
Enter Safe Mode. If you don’t know how to do it, use this guide.
Open the Task Manger by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Go to the processes/details Tab and take a look at the resulting list. If you see a process with the name of the unwanted program or looks shady, right-click on it and select Open File Location. If you believe it is part of the infection, delete the files.
Use the Winkey+R key combination to open the Run window and in the search field type appwiz.cpl. Hit Enter and in the resulting list, look for recently installed programs that look potentially unwanted. If you find anything – uninstall it.
Re-open Run and this tie type msconfig. Hit Enter again and in the resulting window, go to the Startup tab. See if there are any shady programs there and if anything looks suspicious uncheck it and then select OK.
In the Start Menu search field, copy-paste the following line: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts . Open the first result and look at the bottom of the file where it says “Localhost”. If there are any IP addresses below that, tell us what they are in the comments since they might be coming from the unwanted software.
Type Network Connections in the Windows search field and click on the first result. Right-click on the adapter that you are using at the moment and go to Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) > Properties.
If the DNS line is not set to Obtain DNS server automatically, make sure to check that option.
Now go to Advanced > DNS tab and remove everything in DNS server addresses, in order of use.
Right-click on your browser’s icon and select Properties. Delete everything in Target that is after .exe”.
For Chrome users
Close Chrome and go to this folder: C:/Users/*Your username*/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. Change the name of the Default folder to Backup Default. Re-open Chrome.
For Firefox users
Open Firefox and click on the Main Menu > Add-ons > Extensions. If you see anything suspicious there, remove it.
For IE users
When you open the browser, go to Tools > Manage Ad-ons and remove the unwanted software if you see it there. Next, go to Tools > Internet options and change the homepage URL to whatever you are normally using.
Open Run (Winkey+R), type Regedit and click on OK. Next, press Ctrl+F and type the malware name. Hit Enter and delete everything that gets found.
If there are no results from the search, manually visit those folders in the Registry Editor.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main
If you find there any suspicious keys that have names with a lot of random letters and numbers, delete them or if you are not sure, tell us in the comments what you saw.