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SuperSearch claims to be a useful application. Well, it’s not. It’s a parasite. And it has no place on your computer. SuperSearch falls under the adware category. This intruder is not a full-fledged virus. It cannot corrupt your entire system. The parasite limits its influence to your web browsers only. Thus, if you have more than one browser installed, be certain – the adware got them all. Do not underestimate the situation, though. You are in a very bad position. The adware is a breach of your security. It jeopardizes both your security and privacy. This malicious utility opens your browser to surveillance and targeted ads. In other words, it spies on you and uses the collected data against you. It knows your every online step. It’s just a matter of time before the parasite discovers sensitive information. The adware is after your personal and financial details. It’s a marketing tool used by criminals. Numerous crooks exploit the parasite. They use it to lure you into online schemes. With the parasite on board, you are very vulnerable to malicious interference. Protect yourself! Act against the intruder ASAP! The more you postpone its removal, the worse your situation becomes. Act immediately. Remove the SuperSearch adware for good!
How did I get infected with?
The SuperSearch adware is not an ingenious virus. It cannot hack your computer. This parasite is a simple application. And just like any other app, it needs your, the user’s, approval. The parasite has no choice but to ask if you agree to its admission. So, why did you approve its installation? Do you even remember doing so? We won’t be surprised if you don’t! The adware knows how to ask. It does it in the sneakiest way possible. If you don’t pay close attention to the fine details, you are very likely to install it unintentionally. Don’t be confused. The scheme is simple. The adware hides in software bundles and torrents. It often poses as a fake update. It might even arrive as an email attachment. All these distribution techniques, however, will fail if you do your due diligence. Your caution is the key to a secure and infection-free computer. Don’t be lazy. Even a little extra caution goes a long way. Download your software from reputable sources only. Don’t rush through any installation process. When available, select the Advanced/Custom installation option. If additional programs are about to be installed, deselect them. These third-party apps, more often than not, are parasites like the SuperSearch adware. Make sure you deselect them. Before you click that “Install” button, read the terms and conditions. Of course, you can use an online EULA analyzer to speed up this step. If you detect anything out of the ordinary, abort the installation!
Why is this dangerous?
The SuperSearch adware is bad news. This intruder is annoying and dangerous – the worst possible combination. It interferes with your every online action. It doesn’t matter whether you type a search inquire or watch an online video, the adware is always there to annoy you. It floods your browser with advertisements. You cannot get a simple task done without being interrupted. And when you finally decide that you are used to its presence, the pest surprises you with something new! Given enough time this intruder gets out of control. Do not wait for this scenario to unfold. You will not like the consequences. The adware is too hazardous to be kept on board. It threatens to steal sensitive information and to expose it to criminals. Anyone willing to pay can use the adware and its resources. Numerous crooks do. They prepare misleading and false ads and force them on you. They show you what you want to see. But, when you click, bad things happen. The adware has no security mechanism. It cannot protect you against online frauds. Quite the contrary – it turns you into an easy target. Do not let it succeed. Protect yourself! Remove the SuperSearch adware ASAP! The sooner it’s gone, the better!
How to Remove SuperSearch virus
The SuperSearch infection is specifically designed to make money to its creators one way or another. The specialists from various antivirus companies like Bitdefender, Kaspersky, Norton, Avast, ESET, etc. advise that there is no harmless virus.
If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the SuperSearch 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.
STEP 1: Track down SuperSearch in the computer memory
- Open your Task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously
- Carefully review all processes and stop the suspicious ones.
- Write down the file location for later reference.
Step 2: Locate SuperSearch startup location
Reveal Hidden Files
- Open any folder
- Click on “Organize” button
- Choose “Folder and Search Options”
- Select the “View” tab
- Select “Show hidden files and folders” option
- Uncheck “Hide protected operating system files”
- Click “Apply” and “OK” button
Clean SuperSearch virus from the windows registry
- Once the operating system loads press simultaneously the Windows Logo Button and the R key.
- A dialog box should open. Type “Regedit”
- WARNING! be very careful when editing the Microsoft Windows Registry as this may render the system broken.
Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:
- and delete the display Name: [RANDOM]
- Then open your explorer and navigate to: %appdata% folder and delete the malicious executable.
Clean your HOSTS file to avoid unwanted browser redirection
Navigate to %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/host
If you are hacked, there will be foreign IPs addresses connected to you at the bottom. Take a look below:
STEP 3 : Clean SuperSearch traces from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer
Open Google Chrome
- In the Main Menu, select Tools then Extensions
- Remove the SuperSearch 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
Step 4: Undo the damage done by SuperSearch
This particular Virus may alter your DNS settings.
Attention! this can break your internet connection. Before you change your DNS settings to use Google Public DNS for SuperSearch, be sure to write down the current server addresses on a piece of paper.
To fix the damage done by the virus you need to do the following.
- Click the Windows Start button to open the Start Menu, type control panel in the search box and select Control Panel in the results displayed above.
- go to Network and Internet
- then Network and Sharing Center
- then Change Adapter Settings
- Right-click on your active internet connection and click properties. Under the Networking tab, find Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Left click on it and then click on properties. Both options should be automatic! By default it should be set to “Obtain an IP address automatically” and the second one to “Obtain DNS server address automatically!” If they are not just change them, however if you are part of a domain network you should contact your Domain Administrator to set these settings, otherwise the internet connection will break!!!
You must clean all your browser shortcuts as well. To do that you need to
- Right click on the shortcut of your favorite browser and then select properties.
- in the target field remove SuperSearch argument and then apply the changes.
- Repeat that with the shortcuts of your other browsers.
- Check your scheduled tasks to make sure the virus will not download itself again.
How to Permanently Remove SuperSearch Virus (automatic) Removal Guide
Please, have in mind that once you are infected with a single virus, it compromises your system and let all doors wide open for many other infections. 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.