Suddenly Search.searchhdrp.com took over your homepage and you cannot remove it.
Search.searchhdrp.com (by SaferBrowser) is a virus. Luckily for you, it’s been classified as a browser hijacker which is a relatively easy infection to deal it. Hijackers in general are very annoying but trust us when we say, it could have been worse. There are much more problematic types of parasites online. Now, back to your problem. Search.searchhdrp.com may appear to be quite harmless at first glance. Looks are deceptive, though. If you check out this program’s official website, you will very quickly realize why Search.searchhdrp.com cannot be trusted. For starters, the search engine there constantly redirects you to Yahoo. Also, the website offers no download button. This pest is supposed to provide you accurate search results and easy access to Spotify, iHeart, SoundCloud, Pandora and ESPN. Unfortunately, it does none of that. On the contrary, the virus provides direct access to malware. Remember that you’re now stuck with a misleading, worrisome parasite. It’s not beneficial for you and it’s certainly not harmless. Of course, hackers are trying to trick you into thinking Search.searchhdrp.com could enhance your browsing experience. Are you willing to believe crooks, though? Immediately after installation, the hijacker goes after your browsers. Yes, all of them. What you’ll notice next are numerous unauthorized changes in your browser settings. Being a hijacker, Search.searchhdrp.com hijacks your entire online experience. Why? Well, the answer to that question is about as simple as it’s unpleasant. Money. By generating web traffic, hackers are gaining illegitimate profit online. That means you’re practically becoming their sponsor just by keeping Search.searchhdrp.com on board. Unless for some reason you’re willing to support hackers’ malicious business, you will uninstall the virus on the spot. Just to disturb you even more, this pest replaces both your default search engine and default browser homepage with its own malicious domain. You now stumble across Search.searchhdrp.com every single time you attempt to surf the Web. As already mentioned, this search engine is immensely unreliable as it only generates sponsored web links. What’s even worse is the fact there’s no telling which link is corrupted and which one is safe. To prevent further damage, stay away from anything brought to you by the hijacker. In addition, Search.searchhdrp.com is known to be collecting browsing-related data. All in all, you’ll be better off without the parasite so proceed to remove it ASAP.
How did I get infected with?
As we mentioned, the official page of this pest doesn’t have a download option. That only means you didn’t install Search.searchhdrp.com voluntarily. Then how did your machine get compromised? Via deceit. Hackers are incredibly creative when it comes to spreading malware on the Web so you have to watch out for potential parasites. A single moment of negligence is more than enough for you to download a rich variety of infections so make no mistake. For example, be very careful when installing freeware/shareware bundles. This is considered to be one of the most popular virus infiltration techniques at the moment. Unless you check out all the programs there one by one, you’re leaving your PC vulnerable to malware. Opt for the Advanced or Custom option in the Setup Wizard to make sure you’re aware what enters the device and what does not. Don’t hesitate to deselect any program you don’t want installed. Also, keep in mind how dangerous skipping installation steps might turn out to be. Take your time in the process and be cautious. Remember that the Web is infested with hazardous programs so you can’t afford to underestimate any potential intruder.
Why is this dangerous?
No hijacker could possibly be safe. Obviously, Search.searchhdrp.com is no exception. This infection only has one concern and it’s to generate as much web traffic as possible. Apart from the fact you won’t be able to find anything you search for online, that also means you’ll constantly be redirected to malware. Keep in mind how questionable Search.searchhdrp.com’s search results are and stay away from all of them. You might easily compromise your already compromised PC much further. In addition, the parasite spies on your personal data so hackers could sell it to third parties later on. You see, this poses the threat of cyber frauds and even identity theft as the hijacker might steal some extremely valuable, personal information (such as your bank account data). It goes without saying the PC is slowed down now that the machine is infected and your browsers may start occasionally to crash and/or freeze. To delete the pesky Search.searchhdrp.com parasite manually, please follow our detailed removal guide which you’ll find down below.
How to Remove Search.searchhdrp.com virus
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the Search.searchhdrp.com infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.
The Search.searchhdrp.com adware is specifically designed to make money. It generates web traffic, collects sales leads for other dubious sites, and will display advertisements and sponsored links within your web browser.
STEP 1 : Uninstall Search.searchhdrp.com from your computer
Simultaneously press the Windows Logo Button and then “R” to open the Run Command Window
navigate to HKCU\software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
Modify the string with a value data and set it to google.com for example.
STEP 2 : Remove Search.searchhdrp.com homepage from Chrome, Firefox and IE
Open Google Chrome
- In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
- Remove the Search.searchhdrp.com by clicking on the little recycle bin
- Reset Google Chrome by Deleting the current user to make sure nothing is left behind
Open Mozilla Firefox
- Press simultaneously Ctrl+Shift+A
- Disable the unwanted Extension
- Go to Help
- Then Troubleshoot information
- Click on Reset Firefox
Open Internet Explorer
- On the Upper Right Corner Click on the Gear Icon
- Click on Internet options
- go to Toolbars and Extensions and disable the unknown extensions
- Select the Advanced tab and click on Reset
- Restart Internet Explorer
How to Permanently Remove Search.searchhdrp.com Virus (automatic) Removal Guide
To make sure manual removal is successful, we recommend to use a free scanner of any professional antimalware program to identify possible registry leftovers or temporary files.