Removal guide for urban-search.com redirect from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer

Urban-search.com is a malicious search engine, created by Urban Search with the main objective to collect users’ web traffic and redirect to sponsored web sites that will pay the revenue for that action. Also, urban-search.com will collect users’ personal information including name, e-mail address, browsing history, IP address, referral data, browser and platform type. The developers are not hiding their intentions and all of that information can be found in Privacy Policy statement on the urban-search.com website.

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You might think that it’s not dangerous, but in fact, there is a great chance to be infected with malware while being redirected to sponsored websites. Because, there is no guarantee that those sites are reliable and doesn’t contain malicious scripts that can be automatically executed, once user lands on the page. Also, the Urban Search might participate in black market and sell users’ personal information to third parties. As a result, user might get calls and e-mails from strange companies with weird propositions. Mostly, those will try to involve users into fraudulent campaigns. You should avoid those contacts and block them.

Urban-search.com will try to promote various sponsored products, websites and services, therefore, you might see an excessive amount of advertisements while browsing the Internet, especially while using urban-search.com as your search engine. Also, urban-search.com hijack will try to take control over your computer and will set itself as default home page and search engine. All of user’s attempts to remove the page will be unsuccessful. That’s because urban-search.com is not just a website, it also installs a malware on your pc and other helper programs that will prevent the malware removal. Most of the modern antivirus software cannot detect the malware threat and will easily let it to take control over your computer.

Urban-search.com uses the most popular among malware developers spreading technique called bundling. It is when the malware is bundled with freeware programs. Most of the times you can get bundled freeware on unofficial websites and torrent trackers. That’s why we strongly recommend avoid downloading programs from such places. However you can still prevent the installation of bundled programs during the installation. Simply select the advanced or custom installation option and uncheck the unwanted programs from being installed. Also, in the EULA you can always find mentions about additional products included in the bundle, therefore, it is strongly recommended to read it every time before the installation.

To remove the urban-search.com browser hijacker simply follow the removal instructions provided below.  Also, we recommend to scan your computer with our automatic removal tool to detect and remove all of the malware that may be hiding on your pc. It is important to keep your computer clean of malware, because even one malicious program can download and install additional threats without your knowledge.

urban-search.com Removal Instruction

Automatic Removal for urban-search.com

Symptoms of urban-search.com 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 urban-search.com threat removal and it is easy to use.

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Manual Removal Instruction for urban-search.com

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

After performing all of the steps above you should have all of your web browsers clean of the URBAN-SEARCH.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: 06/25/2016 08:56 PM;