How to Remove PCH Search from your PC (Removal Guide)

If you are reading this article, probably you are already infected by PCH Search, also known as browser hijacker. This adware pretends to be a genuine search engine that allows you to search in the Internet and at the same time participate in various lotteries and win some prizes: cash, gift cards and electronics. The developers of PCH Search are the company started in 1963 called Publisher Clearing House. It is a marketing company and it never had any problems related with malware until they released PCH Search.



PCH Search is an adware and it will not be beneficial for you to use it, even on the contrary, it will cause lots of troubles for you. First of all it will change your default homepage and search engine and other browser settings without your permission. Every time you try to search for something your search results will be filled with in-text ads, hyperlinks, pop-ups and banners. If you click on those, you will be redirected to some suspicious websites where some malware, Trojans and viruses may be hosted and they will be automatically downloaded into your computer as soon as you visit the website.

PCH Search supposed to improve your search results and additionally give you a chance to win some prizes and participate in various raffles just by using it. Instead, you will be spammed with endless advertisements whether you want it or not. You may notice that your computer performance is much lower than before. It happens because the browser will consume much more system resources in order to load all of those pop-up ads. Also, you might notice some unwanted toolbars, add-ons and plugins installed within your web browser without your knowledge. They might collect your personal information and send it to the third parties for commercial purposes. The information about your browsing habits, search queries, even your full name, home address, email and phone number may be exposed to the third parties. It is very dangerous, you may become a victim of credit card fraud or identity theft.

PCH Search is using a well-known technique to infect users. It is spread over the Internet by bundling together with freeware programs. We do not recommend downloading and installing programs from suspicious unofficial websites. Also, it is recommended to read carefully the end users license agreement before installation of any software on your PC. To lower the chance of infection you should always opt for custom installation and uncheck any additional software from being installed.

Once installed PCH Search will not be listed in your add/remove programs list. You won’t be able to remove it easily from web browsers either. The only way to remove this program is to clean your computer completely from PCH Search adware.  Since PCH Search is able to infect all of the most popular web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, you should remove the infection completely. Follow our comprehensive step by step removal guide below and you will be able to clean your computer in just a few minutes.

PCH Search Removal Instruction

Automatic Removal for PCH Search

Symptoms of PCH Search infection on your computer can be: computer crashes, unusual homepage or search engine on your browser, unwanted pop-up ads and advertising banners. We recommend to download our automatic removal tool. This removal tool has been tested for PCH Search threat removal and it is easy to use.

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Manual Removal Instruction for PCH Search

Step 1
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).
    PCH 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.
    PCH Search remove from Windows - step 1.2
Uninstall PCH Search and related programs
  • In the list of installed programs find the PCH Search or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Click on them to select and then click on Uninstall button to remove them.
    PCH Search remove from Windows - step 1.3
Step 2
  • 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 PCH Search from Internet Explorer - Step 2.1
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Now, find the PCH Search and other suspicious add-ons. Disable them by right clicking and selecting Disable:
    Remove PCH 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 Click Apply to save changes.
    Remove PCH 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 PCH Search completely.
  • Remove PCH 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 PCH Search from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.1
  • Now you can see the list of extensions installed within Mozilla Firefox, simply select PCH Search and other suspicious extensions and click on remove button to delete them.
  • Remove PCH 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 PCH 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 PCH Search completely.
  • Remove PCH 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 PCH Search from Google Chrome - Step 2.1
  • Now, find the PCH Search and other unwanted extensions and click on trash icon to delete them completely.
  • Remove PCH 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 PCH 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 PCH 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 PCH Search from Google Chrome - Step 2.5
  • New window will pop-up where you click on Reset button to confirm the action and remove PCH Search completely.
  • Remove PCH Search from Google Chrome - Step 2.6
Step 3

After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the PCH 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: 07/18/2015 10:24 AM;