How to remove Fast Search and other Surf Canyon malicious add-ons from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer

Fast Search is a malicious browser extension developed by Surf Canyon. The developers are kindly offering this browser add-on for the most popular web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. If user installs Fast Search or any other malicious browser add-on, the default browser’s homepage and search engine will be changed to Surf Canyon Search or any other sponsored webpage like surfcanyon.com, etc. That search engine is dangerous and will provide you with bogus and misleading search results along with numerous pop-up ads, discounts, deals and offers and other type of advertisements. Surfcanyon.com search engine was developed with only one objective – to monetize web traffic and promote sponsored products. It is highly recommended to remove Fast Search and Surfcanyon.com hijacker from your browser.

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Surf Canyon is known developers of adware programs like Fast Search and hijackers like surfcanyon.com, search.surfcanyon.com and my.surfcanyon.com. It is not reliable developer and if you have any product developed by Surf Canyon you should stop using your computer for daily needs and clean it from malware. Most of the times, users getting infected with Fast Search or any other Surf Canyon malware through freeware downloads. Usually freeware developers are looking for easy ways to monetize their products and malware developers are kindly offering to bundle their malicious programs together with freeware for small fee from installs. However, trustable download portals are scanning freeware programs for malware presence before uploading the freeware. That’s why it is not recommended to download freeware apps from unofficial and dubious websites or torrents.

Fast Search browser add-on is a very dangerous and malicious program that can easily monitor user’s network activity, sniff the traffic and intercept users personal data such as logins and passwords, emails, chat messages and other and transfer it to the third parties. While Fast Search is running on the background user’s security may be compromised and privacy violated. Fast Search adware may also collect user’s history of visits, cookies, search queries, ip address, geo location and much more. All of that information will be transferred to the remote server of cyber criminals for commercial purposes. They might sell your information to other hacking groups or simply use it to steal your identity and scam you. That’s why we advise you to follow our comprehensive removal guide written below by our IT experts. Follow the steps in the correct order to perform full removal of Fast Search adware. However, if your computer is already infected by Fast Search adware or Surf Canyon browser hijacker there is a high chance that it is infected with other malicious programs that were downloaded and installed without your consent. It is highly recommended to use our automatic removal tool to scan your computer for adware, spyware and other types of malware and remove it easily and safely.

Fast Search Removal Instruction

Automatic Removal for Fast Search

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Manual Removal Instruction for Fast Search

Step 1
UNINSTALL FAST SEARCH AND RELATED PROGRAMS
Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Click on the Start button in the left lower corner and select → Control Panel. After that find the Programs and Features (if you are running Windows XP , then click on Add/Remove Programs).
    Fast Search remove from Windows - step 1.1
Windows 8/8.1/10
  • If you are running Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system , then right-click on the Start which is in the lower left corner of the screen. After that select Control Panel and go to Programs/Uninstall a Program.
    Fast Search remove from Windows - step 1.2
Uninstall Fast Search and related programs
  • In the list of installed programs find the Fast Search or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Click on them to select and then click on Uninstall button to remove them.
    Fast Search remove from Windows - step 1.3
Step 2
REMOVE FAST SEARCH FROM YOUR WEB BROWSERS
  • Step 3
Remove suspicious add-ons
  • Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the upper right corner of the browser and select Manage Add-ons.
    Remove Fast Search from Internet Explorer - Step 2.1
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Now, find the Fast Search and other suspicious add-ons. Disable them by right clicking and selecting Disable:
    Remove Fast Search from Internet Explorer - Step 2.2
How to change your homepage if it was modified by browser hijacker:
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) on the upper right corner of the browser and select Internet Options.
  • On General tab remove unwanted URL and enter your desired domain name such as google.com. Click Apply to save changes.
    Remove Fast Search from Internet Explorer - Step 2.3
Resetting Internet Explorer browser
  • Click on the gear icon (menu) again and chose Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  • Now click on Reset button, the new window should appear. Select the Delete Personal settings option and click on Reset button again. Now you have deteled Fast Search completely.
  • Remove Fast Search from Internet Explorer - Step 2.4
Remove suspicious extensions
  • Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon which is located in the top right corner. Now select Add-ons and go to Extensions.
  • Remove Fast Search from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.1
  • Now you can see the list of extensions installed within Mozilla Firefox, simply select Fast Search and other suspicious extensions and click on remove button to delete them.
  • Remove Fast Search from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.2
Resetting Mozilla Firefox
  • Click on the Firefox menu icon which is on the upper left corner of the browser and click on the question mark. Now, choose Troubleshooting Information option.
  • Remove Fast Search from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.3
  • New windows will pop-up where you can see Refresh Firefox to its default state message and Refresh Firefox button. Click this button to remove Fast Search completely.
  • Remove Fast Search from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.4
Remove suspicious extensions
  • Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon in the upper right corner and select More Tools and then select Extensions.
  • Remove Fast Search from Google Chrome - Step 2.1
  • Now, find the Fast Search and other unwanted extensions and click on trash icon to delete them completely.
  • Remove Fast Search from Google Chrome - Step 2.2
  • Click on menu icon once again and select Settings and then Manage Search engines it will be right under the Search section.
  • Remove Fast Search from Google Chrome - Step 2.3
  • Now you will see all of the Search Engines installed in your browser. Remove any suspicious search engines. We advise you to leave only Google or your preferred domain name.
  • Remove Fast Search from Google Chrome - Step 2.4
Resetting Google Chrome
  • Click on menu icon which is on the top right corner of your Google Chrome browser. Now select Settings. Click Show Advanced Settings...
  • Scroll down to the end of the page and find there Reset settings and click on it.
  • Remove Fast Search from Google Chrome - Step 2.5
  • New window will pop-up where you click on Reset button to confirm the action and remove Fast Search completely.
  • Remove Fast Search from Google Chrome - Step 2.6
Step 3
FINAL FAST SEARCH REMOVAL PROCEDURE

After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the FAST SEARCH and other suspicious add-ons and extensions. However to complete the removal procedure we strongly advise to scan your computer with antivirus and anti-malware tools like SpyHunter, HitmanPro 32-bit, HitmanPro 64-bit or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Those programs might help to you find registry entries of malware and remove them safely.

Information added: 11/07/2015 09:25 PM;