How to remove browser hijacker from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer is a browser hijacker developed by Genieo Innovation Company, based in Israel, which is known for developing various unwanted programs such as adware, spyware, PUP and other types of malware. Usually attacks users who are visiting malicious websites or clicking on pop-up ads. Also, it can get into the system together with third party software, mostly, freeware, downloaded from questionable websites or torrents. So, if you want to minimize the risk of infection with browser hijackers like we recommend to avoid visiting dubious website and downloading programs from them.

The first sign of the infection by is changed home page and search engine and the worst part about it is that user will not be able to change it to anything else. Even if you try to change, after a system reboot you will be forced to use once again. That’s happens, because this browser hijacker installs additional programs and also modifies your browser settings. will not provide you with proper search results, all of them will be filled with in-text links and irrelevant links to sponsored websites as the main objective of is to make profits by redirecting users to sponsored websites. is always mistakenly called a virus, but it’s not a virus and it won’t be detected by your antivirus software. Using this weakness it can easily get into your computer. The website is not dangerous itself, the most dangerous are redirects caused by it as they can lead you into phishing and fraudulent websites.

Genieo is a big company and it has a lot of experience in developing and spreading adware on the Internet. However, the most common way of spreading the infection remains the same – bundling with freeware programs. Sometimes you can find hijacker bundled with freeware program hosted on reliable website, that’s why we recommend to take some time and read EULA before installing the program. Also, it will help you to avoid infection with redirect if you choose Advanced installation instead of express. However, if your default homepage is you should act immediately and remove the threat from your computer, because it is able to monitor your internet activity and collect your personal information without your agreement.

The easiest and safest way to get rid of is to follow the removal guide written below. The tutorial will guide you through the entire removal process and you will be able to remove from your web browsers. However, it is highly recommend to download automatic removal tool, to scan your system for additional programs that may recover With simple and intuitive interface you will be able to scan your system and remove all of the threats and potentially unwanted programs installed on your computer without your authorization. Removal Instruction

Automatic Removal for

Symptoms of 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 threat removal and it is easy to use.

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Manual Removal Instruction for

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). 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. remove from Windows - step 1.2
Uninstall and related programs
  • In the list of installed programs find the or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  • Click on them to select and then click on Uninstall button to remove them. 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 from Internet Explorer - Step 2.1
  • You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Now, find the and other suspicious add-ons. Disable them by right clicking and selecting Disable:
    Remove 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 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 completely.
  • Remove 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 from Mozilla Firefox - Step 2.1
  • Now you can see the list of extensions installed within Mozilla Firefox, simply select and other suspicious extensions and click on remove button to delete them.
  • Remove 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 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 completely.
  • Remove 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 from Google Chrome - Step 2.1
  • Now, find the and other unwanted extensions and click on trash icon to delete them completely.
  • Remove 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 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 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 from Google Chrome - Step 2.5
  • New window will pop-up where you click on Reset button to confirm the action and remove completely.
  • Remove 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 SEARCH.GENIEO.COM 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: 12/15/2015 11:37 PM;