How to remove Search.com toolbar hijacker

"Search.com toolbar” is another browser adware and hijacker program that uses the “http://t1.search.com/” search engine and  performs browsing redirects. "Search.com” toolbar hijacker is bundled inside other software installation programs and for that reason you must always pay attention when you install a software for additional toolbars and extensions installed with it. 

To remove "Search.com” toolbar from your computer use the steps below:

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How to remove "Search.com” toolbar from your computer:

Step 1. Uninstall applications installed by “Search.com” from your Control panel.

1. To do this, go to Start > Control Panel.

{Start > Settings > Control Panel. (Windows XP)}

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2. Double click to open “Add or Remove Programs” if you have Windows XP or

Programs and Features” if you have Windows 8, 7 or Vista).

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3. In the program list, find and remove/Uninstall these applications:

a. Search.com Toolbar vx.x (By CBS Interactive)

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Step 2: Clean your computer using “AdwCleaner”.

1. Download and save “AdwCleaner” utility to your desktop.

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2. Close all open programs and Double Click to open ”AdwCleaner” from your desktop.

3. Press “Delete”.

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4. Press “OK” at “AdwCleaner – Information” window and press “OK” again to restart your computer.

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5. When your computer restarts close "AdwCleaner" information (readme) window.

6. Now check if your browser settings are restored to its original. If yes, bypass the next step and proceed to Step 4.

Step 3. Remove"Search.com” toolbar from your internet browser application.

Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox

Internet Explorer

How to remove "Search.com” toolbar from Internet Explorer.

1. Open Internet Explorer and then open “Internet Options”.

To do this from IE’s file menu, choose “Tools” > “Internet Options”.

Notice*: In the latest versions of IE press the “Gear” icon image_thumb18 on the top right.

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2. Click the “Advanced” tab.

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3. Choose “Reset”.

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4. Check (to enable) the “Delete personal settings” box and choose “Reset”.

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5. After the resetting action is completed, press “Close” and then choose “OK” to exit Internet Explorer options.

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6. Restart your browser.

7. Re-open Internet explorer and from IE’s file menu, choose “Tools” > “Manage Add-ons”.

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8. Click on “Search Providers” options at the left pane, choose the malicious entry “Search.com” and click “Remove”.

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9. Proceed to Step 4.


Google Chrome

How to remove "Search.com” toolbar from Google Chrome:

1. Open Google Chrome and go to chrome menu and choose "Settings".

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2. Find the "On startup" section and choose "Set Pages".

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3. Delete the unwanted search page: “http://t1.search.com” from startup pages by pressing the "X" symbol on the right.

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4. Set your preferred startup page (e.g. http://www.google.com) and press "OK".

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5. Go to "Search" section and choose "Manage search engines".

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6. Choose your preferred default search engine (e.g. Google search) and press "Make default".

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7. Choose the malicious search engine's name and remove it by pressing the "X" symbol at the right.

Then choose "OK" to close "Search engines" window.

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8. Choose "Extensions" on the left.

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9. At the "Extensions" pane, remove the unwanted extension (e.g. WiseConvert in above screenshot) by pressing the "recycle bin" icon in that line. When the confirmation dialog appears, click Remove.

10. Close all Google Chrome windows and proceed to Step 4.

Mozilla Firefox

How to remove "Search.com” toolbar from Mozilla Firefox.:

1. First you must have enabled the Firefox's main "Menu Bar".

* Right Click, on the empty space at right of "Page Tab" and enable Firefox "Menu Bar".

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2. From Firefox menu, go to "Help" > "Troubleshooting Information".

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3. In "Troubleshooting Information" window, press "Reset Firefox" button to reset Firefox to its default state.

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4. Press "Reset Firefox: again.

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5. After the resetting job is completed, Firefox restarts.

6. Close all Firefox windows and proceed to the next Step.

Step 4. Clean your computer from malicious threats.

Log on to Windows and use “MalwareBytes Antimalware” program to clean your computer from malicious threats remaining on your computer.*

*If you don’t know how to install and use “MalwareBytes Anti-Malware“, read these instructions.

Advice: To ensure your computer is clean and safe, perform a Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware full scan in windows “Safe mode“.*

*To get into Windows Safe mode, press the “F8” key as your computer is booting up, before the appearance of the Windows logo. When the “Windows Advanced Options Menu” appears on your screen, use your keyboard arrows keys to move to the Safe Mode option and then press “ENTER“.

Step 5. Clean unwanted files and entries.

Use “CCleaner” program and proceed to clean your system from temporary internet files and invalid registry entries.*

*If you don’t how to install and use “CCleaner”, read these instructions.

Step 6. Restart your computer for changes to take effect and perform a full scan with your antivirus program.

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