We have reasons to believe that Switch2Search web page may be a symptom of a serious infection. In this removal tutorial, we will explain what kind of threat it is and how to remove it from your computer in case of the infection. Also, if you will follow all our steps, you will learn quick few tips that will help you to prevent the infection in the first place.
The Switch2Search page is a simple browser hijacker that installs on your computer with tricks and deception. The installation methods that are using by this viral page are not very welcome on the internet. Users are hate wrapped installations, viral advertisements, spam messaging. But cyber criminals are using them to spread their virus on as many computers as they can.
After the installation of bundled program, the Switch2Search web page will start to appear in your internet browser on every start. It becomes possible after Switch2Search changes some of your browser settings. Usually, the hijacker alters options like a home page, a default search engine or a new tab page. The Switch2Search page will have “ClientConnect Ltd” copyright owner, it will be written in the footer of the page.
The main purpose of this kind of virus is to make a profit on users, who think that Switch2Search is a legit searching service. Hackers have a lot of ways to monetize this traffic – ads and pop-ups on search results page, collecting information and selling it, or using this data for malicious purposes. These are main reasons why we advise you to remove Switch2Search page from your browser. And after, you need to scan your computer for any possible threats that may be installed along with it. To do that, just follow the removal instruction below.
Switch2Search hijacker removal tool:
Removal guide for Switch2Search hijacker:
STEP 1. Download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware:
Download the installation file and click “Install“.
STEP 2. Perform a scan for Switch2Search hijacker:
Start GridinSoft Anti-Malware – go to “Scan” tab – click “Quick Scan“. If you start program for the first time, this tab will be selected by default and “Quick Scan” will be launched automaticly.
STEP 3. Apply actions to detected items:
When scanning process is over, select “Move to quarantine” in top right corner and click “Apply” at the bottom.
NOTE: It is advised to check the box in bottom left corrner “Create Restore Point“. This will allow you to return to that point in your system, befor our program removed detected files.
STEP 4. Reset your browser settings:
NOTE: We advise you to save your data in all active browser windows, this step will close all sessions!
Go to “Tools” tab – click “Reset Browser Settings“. In the first column, you need to choose your internet browser that is infected with Switch2Search hijacker. In second column, we advise you to choose “Start page” and “Search engines” options. But you may correct them as you wish. If you don’t know what to choose, then follow our advice.
STEP 5. Turn on Real-time protection:
Go to “Protection” tab and click “Start” button. This will turn on a “Real-time protection” in GridinSoft Anti-malware. When this feature enabled, our program will prevent malicious activities on your computer. If some malware or adware will try to install itself on your computer – it will be immediatly blocked by our program.
Here is a video on how to remove hijackers (and not only!) with GridinSoft Anti-Malware:
Prevention tips on how to avoid being reinfected with Switch2Search hijacker:
- Don’t click on any advertisements on the web! You can be redirected on a potentially viral or phishing page.
- Don’t download or open any files from your email! Millions of malicious files are spreading through email spam messaging, open attached files only if you absolutely sure in who sent this message.
- Avoid suspicious website! Cyber criminals are created whole website to fool users and make them download malicious and bundled program from there.
- Use anti-malware software!
- Perform a scan at least once a week! In GridinSoft Anti-Malware you can do it automaticly by setting up a scheduled scan.
- Don’t install or download files from shady and unreliable websites! This one is important, more than 50% of infected users were infected with such scam.
If you still have any questions or your problem wasn’t solved – submit a ticket to our friendly support team.