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How to Remove Smart Web Search ? – smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com

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How to Remove Smart Web Search Page ?

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Solved Answer.

“Smart Web Search” is a highly annoying browser hijacker and also classified as a “PUP” (Potentially Unwanted Program).  It comes into your computer via free software packages and enters without your permission. It can control your all popular web browsers including such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer as well.

Once “Smart Web Search” is entered into your computer, it will redirect you to another malicious websites. It can change DNS settings, Registry files, Firewall settings and also convert your browser homepage & default search engine into smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com without your permission. You may be found your computer and internet speed become slow than usual after installed Smart Web Search in your computer. It will display lots of advertisements and sponsored links in your search result. It is able to work with all popular operating system including windows xp, vista, 7 and windows 8 also. You may be found lots of unwanted plugins are automatically installed with your web browsers. It can reach in windows start up button and perform some annoying tasks.

“Smart Web Search” comes into your computer, when you have installed a free software packages and clicked on some suspicious links. You should never click any unfamiliar and suspicious links. So, you should always pay attention when you download a software from internet. Be very careful, what you agree to installed.

Technically, “Smart Web Search” is not a virus itself. However, it is categorized as a browser hijacker and “PUP” (Potentially Unwanted Program) because it comes into your computer without your permission and change your default settings.

To secure your web browser, you should immediately uninstall “Smart Web Search” from your computer. You have to follow article mentioned steps very carefully to get rid of Smart Web Search from your PC.

Remove Smart Web Search Removal Instructions.

Step 1 : To Uninstall Smart Web Search from computer

  • Click on Start button and then click on Control Panel.
  • Now click on Programs –> Program and Features –> Uninstall a program (Wind7, 8, Vista).
Uninstall a program image 1
Uninstall a program for Vista, 7, 8

 

  • For Windows XP users click on Add/Remove Programs.
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Uninstall a program for Windows xp
  • You will get a window which have listed all the installed programs.
  • Uninstall the programs, if you find any, from below list (Suspicious Programs list). Because all these programs are unwanted. You should uninstall all them immediately.
Uninstall all unwanted programs
Uninstall all unwanted programs

 

Suspicious Programs list

  • Smart Web Search
  • Browser defender
  • Browser protect
  • Browser protected by conduit
  • Delta search, Babylon
  • LessTabs
  • WebCake 3.0
  • Yealt
  • LyricsContainer
  • VideoSaver
  • AddLyrics
  • privacy safe gaurd
  • unfriend checker
  • Price peep today
  • Coupon amazine
  • TidyNetwork.com
  • DownloadTerms 1.0
  • Yontoo
  • Uninstall all the unwanted programs, which are not listed here.

Automatic Fixit

Download Adware Remover Tool v3.6 to remove Smart Web Search Automatically from all of you browsers, This is a Freeware utility specially deigned for Adware Removal. This tool can remove adware from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla Firefox and their registry as well..

TSA_Fixit

Adware-Removal-Tool-v3.6.exe

 

Step 2 : To Remove Smart Web Search from Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Explorer then go to Tools menu (press “alt” key once to active menu bar) and then click on Internet Option a configuration page will be opened, then click on General tab. Now look into under HOME PAGE Edit Box you got www.smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com., replace it to www.google.com, then click on apply and close.
  • Now Restart Internet explorer

Remove Smart Web Search from registry

  • Click on Start and type Run and then type “REGEDIT” in the run box and then hit enter
  • In the registry editor go to Edit menu and then click on find option, you will get edit box to search any string to registry editor
  • Type in the find edit box “Smart Web Search” and click on Find Next
  • The search result will highlighted that key which have the same string
  • Edit that key and change the “smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com” string to “google.com
  • Use F3 key to find Next, Replace all them to “google.com”
  • Then Restart the internet explorer

Reset Internet Explorer

  • Open Internet Explorer. Click on Tools menu (If tools menu doesn’t appear then press “F10” key once to active the menu bar), click on Internet Option. A internet option window will open.
  • For IE9, IE10 users may click on Gear icon IE Gear Icon. Then click on tools.
  • Click on Advanced tab, then click on RESET button.
  • Now you will get a new popup for confirmation, tick mark on Delete personal setting then click on RESET button on that. (As shown on below screenshot)

Internet Explorer Reset2

  • Now you will appear a popup says that complete all the tasks. After completion click on close button.

Step 3 : To Remove Smart Web Search from Mozilla Firefox

  • Open Mozilla Firefox, Click on Tools menu (press “alt” key once to active menu bar) then go to Options, after that a configuration page will be opened, then click on General tab and then look on the very first section named as Startup. Under Startup you will see a HOME PAGE Edit Box, under this edit box you will see www.smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com, please replace it to www.google.com, then click on apply and close.
  • Restart Firefox Browser

Remove Smart Web Search from Firefox configuration file.

  • In the Firefox type this command in the address bar “about:config” and then hit enter to open this page
  • After that you will get a page which is asking for permission to open config page that confirm that please use it carefully so please click on button named as “I’ll be carefully, I promise“.
  • Now you will a configuration page with search option on the top, so please type “smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com” into search bar, you will get the result.
  • Replace all the string from “Smart Web Search” to “google
    In the search result do double click on the all entries (related to Smart Web Search) one by one, and change them to “google.com”
  • You can Right click on found results one by one and choose RESET option.

Reset Mozilla Firefox

  • Open “Troubleshooting information” page into Firefox.
  • Open Firefox and then go the Help menu (Press “alt” key once to active Menu bar)
  • Note: you can also open this page in this ways, open Firefox then type this command in the address bar “about:support” (without quote) and then hit enter or OK.
  • Go to Help menu then click on “Troubleshooting information”
  • You will get a page “Troubleshooting information”, here you will get “Reset Firefox” option in the right side of the page.
  • Click on Reset Firefox option, It will take time to reset

Firefox Reset1

Firefox Reset2

 

Step 4 : To Remove Smart Web Search from Google Chrome

Remove unwanted homepage & search engine from Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome, click on options iconGoogle Chrome Options Icon (Located in very top right side of the browser), click on Settings. You will get a configuration page.
  • Under configuration page find a option named as “Open a specific page or set of pages” click on their Set Pages. A another window will come up. Here you will appear the bunch of URL’s under “Set pages”. Delete all them and then enter only one which you want to use as your home page.
Google Chrome Homepage step1
Google Chrome Homepage Reset step1
Google Chrome Homepage2
Google Chrome Homepage reset step 2
  • In the same configuration page click on Manage search engines button. Delete all the search engines from there, just keep only www.goole.com as your default search Engine.
Google Chrome Homepage3
Google Chrome search engine step 3
Google Chrome Homepage4
Google Chrome search engine step 4
Google Chrome Homepage5
Google Chrome search engine Step5

Remove unwanted extensions from Google Chrome

  • Start Google Chrome, click on options iconGoogle Chrome Options Icon (Located in very top right side of the browser), then click on Tools then, click on Extensions. (As shown on below screenshot)

Google Chrome remove extensions1

  • You will get a configuration page. which have installed all the extensions, Remove Smart Web Search extension & also remove all the unwanted extensions from there. To remove them, click on remove (recycle bin) icon Google Chrome remove extensions button(as shown on screenshot)

Google Chrome remove extensions2

Reset Google Chrome

  • Close all Google Chrome browser
  • Now open this following path
    • Press “window key + R” (Flag sign key + R) , then you will get Run box.
    • Copy and Paste this following command in this Run box then hit Enter or OK
    • Windows XP
      %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
    • Windows 7, 8, Vista
      %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  • In the default folder please find a file named as “Preferences“ and now just need to rename this file from “Preferences“ to “Preferences.old“
  • In the same default folder please find a one more file named as “Web Data“ and now just need to rename this file from “Web Data“ to “Web Data.old
  • Now Start your Google chrome.

Step 5 : To remove Smart Web Search registry entries with Adwcleaner.exe

Here is the proper step-by-step guide to remove any adware from registry, please follow the steps.

5.1 : Download AdwCleaner from the below link.

Click Here to Download: Adwcleaner.exe

5.2 : Run that downloaded file (Adwcleaner.exe).

5.3 : When you get it started, click on scan button to search the Smart Web Search files and registry entries (As shown below screenshot).

adwcleaner-scanning-process

5.5 : When scanning process will be finished, click on Clean button to delete all the Smart Web Search files and registry entries (as shown on below screenshot)

adwcleaner-cleanup-process

Step 6 : To remove Smart Web Search with Hitman-Pro

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x32bit.exe

Click here to Download Hitmanpro_x64bit.exe

Hitmanpro-found-adware

 

Step 7 : To remove Smart Web Search with Malwarebytes.

7.1 : Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, then double click on it to install it.

Click Here to Download Malwarebytes.exe

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7.2 : Update online Virus Definition

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7.3 : Tick mark on “Perform quick scan” then click on Scan

7.4 : When the scan done click on “Show results”How to use malwarebytes

7.5 : After clicking on Show result it will you a another window where you will get the found threats. Click on “Remove Selected”

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This post was last updated on:2014-01-07 | First Published:2014-01-07

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8 comments

  1. No need for all this crap.
    Just go to Windows\System32\GroupPolicy
    Rename Machine to anyname like “a” or whatever
    then close and restart chrome
    u can delete the search engine and make google as default

  2. I can provide a quick resolution to fix the problem right away.

    Open command prompt as an administrator: Type CMD in search and right

    click to run as administrator.

    Then copy and paste the below command:

    RD /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers”

    Hit Enter.

    Then copy and paste the following command too:

    RD /S /Q “%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy”

    Hit Enter.

    Finally Copy and paste This Command:

    gpupdate /force

    Hit Enter

    Close the cmd window.

    Now you will be able to reset your browser back to its default.

    [BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHILE COPYING AND PASTING THE ABOVE COMMANDS – Ensure the above commands are copied entirely, each time, before hitting Enter.]

  3. This didn’t really help. Smartsputnik.ru has locked itself as my default browser and I have no idea how to get rid of it. I have tried everything.

  4. When I click reset and click the check box for delete personal settings in Internet Exploere web search gets re added. what now?

    • You should use our Fixit tool to remove it. Our tool will remove it in just few seconds. Click here to download “Adware Removal tool v3.8.7 ^(http://techsupportall.com/Adware-Removal-Tool.exe)

    • Edit your IE shortcuts (right click and click Properties, same goes to other browsers) and remove additional data in Target field (anything behind “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”).
      Alternatively, you could just delete shortcuts and create new.

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