If you are reading this article, probably you are already infected by PCH Search, also known as search.pch.com 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.
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.
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.