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How to Remove Redirect Virus? (Browser Hijacker Removal Guide)


Your installed web browser has been hijacked by The browser homepage keeps setting itself to And the New tab too? Wondering how to get rid of this nasty computer virus? This post will offer a step by step instruction on how to remove Globasearch redirect virus. Please read more.


What Is Redirect Virus?


GlobaSearch is a nasty browser hijacker that infects your computer without your knowledge. It can affect many popular browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and so on. Once installed on your computer, it will change the homepage and the New Tab of your installed browser to and the default search engine to Global Search. redirect virus

Globasearch will redirect you to when you search on other websites. In the search results, it will display advertisements and sponsored links. It may also record your browsing habits and collect your personal information.


How Does Redirect Virus Get on Your PC?


In most cases, GlobaSearch gets on your computer when you install freeware, such as media player, download managers, that has been bundled with GlobaSearch. Their installer contains additional options, like set as my homepage, Global Search as my default search engine.

Please always opt for Custom/Advanced Installation and be cautious and careful during the installing process. Some additional installation or browser setting may be hard to notice.


How to Remove Redirect Virus?


Please note that the application causing redirect may be different ones for it is bundled to many different third-party programs. Therefore, you need to figure out which application brings the infection and uninstall them. And the browser extensions and addons name may be different, too. Remove all the suspicious and unknown extensions and addons.


Outline of the removal guide:

Step 1 Remove redirect virus from your computer
Step 2 Repair residual damages to your browser
Step 3 Run a systom scan to make sure your computer is malware free
Step 4 Clean the useless registry entries and residual files



Step 1 Remove redirect virus from your computer


Windows 7/Vista: Go to Star Menu → Select Control Panel → Click on Uninstall a Program / Programs and Features → locate GlobaSearch or any suspicious applications → Click on Uninstall button or double click the program’s icon

Windows XP: Go to Star Menu → Select Control Panel → Click on Add/Remove Programs → locate GlobaSearch or any suspicious applications → Click on Remove button

Contol Panel


Step 2 Repair the residual damages to your browser


For Internet Explorer Users:

1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools at the top right corner, and then select Internet options.

IE-Internet Options

2. To change homepage: hit General tab in the menu → replace with a preferred domain like or choose Use default


3. To reset search provider: click on Settings button under Search to get Manage Add-on window → right click a desired search provider → select Set as default → right click GlobaSearch → select Remove → click Apply and OK to complete the setting

ie-search engine-1

IE-search provider

4. To delete Toolbars and Extensions: click on Tools at the top right corner → select Manage Add-ons → switch to Toolbars and Extensions tab in Manage Add-on window → right click on any suspicious extension from GlobaSearch → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button in the Internet Options window

IE-Manage Add-ons

IE-extension disable


Alternative Solution: Reset IE to its default state

If you think the setting process is complicated, you can follow this solution to reset IE to its default state.

1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools at the top right corner, and then select Internet options.

2. Switch to Advanced tab in the window and click on the Reset button.

3. Check Delete personal settings and click Reset button in the new window.


4. After the reset finished, click Close button. Then restart Internet Explorer.


For Mozilla Firefox Users:

1. To change homepage: click on the orange Firefox button firefox buttonon the upper left corner of the browser → hit Options→ select General → choose Restore to Default.

2. To reset default search engine: Click on the inverted triangle in the search bar → choose Manage Search Engines → locate GlobaSearch → hit Remove and OK → click the inverted triangle again → select a preferred search provider from the menu

Firefox-search provider

3. To delete Extensions and Plugins: click on the orange Firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons in the drop-down menu→ go to Extensions tab→ remove any suspicious extensions from GlobaSearch

Findr Search extension-firefox


Alternative Solution: Reset Firefox to its default state

This solution is easy to follow, but you will lose your customized settings.

1. Click on orange Firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser, and then move the mouse pointer to Help in the dropped-down menu and select Troubleshooting information in the sub-menu.


2. Click the Reset Firefox button in the Troubleshooting Information page and in the confirmation window that opens.


3. Firefox will close and be reset. When it’s done, a window will list the information that was imported.


For Google Chrome Users:

Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) →select Settings

1. To reset startup page: hit Set pages → remove by clicking the X at the end of the bar

chrome set pages

2. To change homepage: hit Change →change homepage to or any other webs you desire

Chrome Homepage

3. To reset default search engine: Select Google from the list under Search → hit Manage search engine → set Google as your default search engine → remove GlobaSearch from the list

chrome search engine

4. To remove extension: click Extensions above Settings → search for any suspicious extensions from GlobaSearch → click the Recycling Bin to remove it


Also, you can download and install a tool to asist you to complete the repair of your browser. Anvi Slim Toolbar is such an application. Trough Anvi Slim Toolbar you can manage the extensions and add-ons that been bundled with browser hijackers and modify the homepage and default search engine of your installed browser.


Repair you installed browser with Anvi Slim Toolbar

1. Download and install Anvi Slim Toolbar by clicking the link below.

Anvi Slim Toolbar download link:

Anvi Slim Toolbar

2. Delete unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons:

Launch Anvi Slim Toolbar → Switch to Manage tab → Chech or tick unwanted and suspicious extension and add-ons → hit Remove button
Anvi Slim Toolbar-toolbar removal

3. Modify browser settings:

Go to Browser Repair tab → chose the browser you are going to repair → set the homepage to your preferred website → select a desired search engine → click on the Repair button
Anvi Slim Toolbar-Browser Repair 1


Step 3 Run a systom scan to make sure your computer is malware free

Some redirect viruses may lead you to install malware or allow the drive-by download that contain malicious files. You should perform a system scan to detect and remove all the malicious files on your computer. You can try and make use of Anvi Smart Defender.

1. Download free or paid version of Anvi Smart Defender from the below links.

Anvi Smart Defender free download link:

Anvi Smart Defender purchase link:

2. Double click asdsetup.exe to install Anvi Smart Defender.

Anvi Smart Defender

3. Launch Anvi Smart Defender and go to Scan tab, then click on Full Scan.

Anvi Smart Defender full scan

4. After the scan completes, click on the Repair or Removal button to complete the removal of vicious files.


Step 4 Clean the useless registry entries and residual files

After remove redirect virus, some registry keys and junk files are still on your computer. This residual files may slow down the performance of your computer over time, so you should clean up your computer after uninstall application. Try Cloud System Booster.

1. Download and install the free or paid version of Cloud System Booster.

Cloud System Booster free download link:

Cloud System Booster Purchase link:

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on the Boost button.

Cloud System Booster-Boost

3. Click on Clean button after scan finished.

Cloud System Booster-Clean


Recommended—-Create a Clean Online Environment with Anvi Ad Blocker


You may notice that often you get infected by computer virus when you visit some websites or click on the ads popped up. Then how to avoid such websites and ads. First, you should turn on the security settings on your installed browser. Then you can further guard your computer with Anvi Ad Blocker. Anvi Ad Blocker can block malicious ads, pop-ups, and protect your PC from harmful sites. You can also add the URL of websites that you don’t like to its Blacklist. It will block the websites that you listed in the Blacklist.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link:

Anvi Ad Blocker purchase link:


Add the URL to the blacklist of Anvi Ad Blocker (set as an exanple)

Launch Anvi Ad Blocker → click More on the top right corner of the window → select Settings in the drop-down menu → select Blacklist tab → hit Add URL → type in the white area → click Add button → close the Add New URL interface → click Apply to save the setting → hit OK complete the setting

anvi ad blocker blacklist


Keep Anvi Ad Blocker ON when surfing the Internet. Now you can enjoy a safe and clean online environment.