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How to Remove Search Highlighter and Stop Pop-ups by Search Highlighter?

 

You are seeing a strange donkey head button when highlighting words and phrases on any webpage? Wondering how to stop those annoying pop-ups? Then read on.

 

 

What Is Search Highlighter?

 

 

Search Highlighter is classified as potentially unwanted application, which is a variant of SearchDonkey, so if you are seeing donkey head button Donkey head button when highlighting any terms on webpages, you may be infected by either Search Highlighter or SearchDonkey. The removal guide works for removing both Search Highlighter and SearchDonkey.

 

Search Highlighter is promoted as a tool that enables you to experience your favorite websites in a completely new way by simply highlighting a term and searching sites. However, it is exactly something that worsens computer users’ browsing experience. Most computer users want to get rid of it immediately and even regard it as a computer virus.

Search Highlighter pop-up

 

Symptom and dangers of being infected by Search Highlighter:

> A Search Highlighter extension or plug-in will be added to your web browser once it settled on your computer.

> Webpages are extremely slow to load;

> Your web browser crash down unexpectedly;

> Your privacy is threatened for it can access your data on all websites;

> It may monitor your online activities and collect your search terms for unethical use;

> You may end up with more adware or malware on your computer.

Search Highlighter on Chrome 1

 

Although can be downloaded and installed from its official website, Search Highlighter, in most cases, comes into your computer as a special offer when you download or install other free downloads from websites like softonic or download.com. This is often done without any proper and obvious notification.

 

You may wonder how Search Highlighter survived your antivirus and antimalware program. That’s because Search Highlighter is categorized as PUP (potentially unwanted program) by the industry, not so offensive to your PC. But Search Highlighter does interfere with users’ surfing, so you are suggested to follow the guide below to get rid of this program if it weren’t installed by you personally.

 

 

Search Highlighter Removal Guide

 

                                                                                                           

Outline of the removal guide:

Option 1 > Remove Search Highlighter and stop Search Highlighter ads manually

     Step 1 Uninstall Search Highlighter and related malicious programs

     Step 2 Remove Search Highlighter extensions and plugins from IE/Firefox/Chrome

     Recommended—Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries

Option 2 > Remove Search Highlighter and stop Search Highlighter ads with Cloud System Booster

Malware Prevention Tips

                                                                                                            

 

 

Option 1 > Remove Search Highlighter and stop Search Highlighter ads manually

 

Step 1 Uninstall Search Highlighter and related malicious programs

 

Search Highlighter often infects computers by being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should uninstall Search Highlighter and any suspicious and unexpected programs that installed recently.

 

For Windows 8 Users:

Move mouse pointer to the bottom right corner of the screen.

Go to Charms bar Settings Control Panel Uninstall a program

Uninstall Search Highlighter, SearchDonkey and other unknown or unexpected programs.

 

For Windows 7/Vista Users:

Go to Start button > Control Panel > Uninstall a program / Programs and Features

Uninstall Search Highlighter, SearchDonkey and any suspicious third-party application

Search Highlighter-uninstall

 

For Windows XP Users:

Go to Start button >  Settings > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs

Remove Search Highlighter, SearchDonkey and any suspicious third-party application

 

 

Step 2 Remove Search Highlighter extensions and plugins from IE/Firefox/Chrome

 

If you are still encountering Search Highlighter ads after removing Search Highlighter and relate malicious programs, you should go through the following guides to check your browser and remove Search Highlighter leftovers on your web browser.

 

For Internet Explorer Users:

To remove extension: click on the gear icon or Tools → select Manage Add-ons → go to Toolbars and Extensions tab → right click on Search Highlighter, SearchDonkey and any other suspicious extensions → choose Disable in the drop-down menu → close the window and click on OK button

Search Highlighter on IE

 

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

To remove extensions and plugins: click on the orange Firefox button firefox button on the upper left corner of the browser → hit Add-ons → go to Extensions tab → Remove suspicious extensions (Search Highlighter, SearchDonkey)

Search Highlighter extension on Firefox

Switch to Plugins tab → Disable suspicious plugins

 

For Google Chrome Users:

To remove extension: Click on Customize icon (Wrench or 3 bar icon) > Tools > Extensions → locate Search Highlighter, SearchDonkey and any unwanted or unknown extension → click the Recycling Bin to remove it

Search Highlighter on Chrome 2

 

 

Recommended—Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries

 

Please note that although Search Highlighter and related malicious program is uninstalled, there are still many residual files – like invalid registry entries still on your computer. These junk files occupy disk space of your computer and may degrade your computer performance over time. It is complicated to delete them manually, so you may need the help of a system cleaner or system optimizer. We recommend you Cloud System Booster.

 

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

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

Cloud System Booster Purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

2. Launch Cloud System Booster and click on the Quick Care button.

Cloud System Booster 3.1-home

 

3. Click on Clear button after scan finished.

Cloud System Booster 3.1-Clear

 

 

Option 2 > Remove Search Highlighter and stop Search Highlighter ads with Cloud System Booster

 

To remove Search Highlighter and stop Search Highlighter ads automatically, you only need to download and install Cloud System Booster, a system cleaner and optimizer.

 

Cloud System Booster free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html

 

1. Uninstall Search Highlighter with Anvi Uninstaller

 

Anvi Uninstaller is a tool integrated in Cloud System Booster which is a system cleaner and optimizer. Anvi Uninstaller will scan and delete leftovers after uninstall a program.

 

Launch Cloud System Booster → go to Toolbox → Download and Run Anvi Uninstaller → scroll down the Recently Installed list and locate Search Highlighter or any suspicious program → hit Uninstall to remove

Search Highlighter-uninstall 1

 

Please note that the Prefect Scan feature is only available for Cloud System Booster Pro version users. You can use this function by getting a trail license or upgrade to pro version.

Cloud System Booster purchase link: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php

 

 

2. Remove Search Highlighter browser extension and plugins

 

Slim Toolbar featured in Cloud System Booster enables you to manage toolbars and extentions on Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome simultaneously.

 

Click on the up arrow on the Home tab of Cloud System Booster to go to Slim Toolbar, then remove all the suspicious extensions and plugins.

Cloud System Booster-Slim Toolbar

 

When you are not on the Home tab, you can find Toolbar Manager on the right side.

Cloud System Booster 3.1-toolbar manager

Search Highlighter extensions removal

 

 

3. Clean up residual files and invalid registry entries

 

Please note that there would be some leftovers in your computer after uninstall programs especially those malware. You’d better clean up your system with a system cleaner and optimizer and that’s what Cloud System Booster developed for.

 

Switch to Home tab → click Quick Care button → click Clear button after scan finished

Cloud System Booster 3.1-Clear

 

Now, your computer should have been free from the infection of Search Highlighter. If you have encountered any problem in the removing process, please leave a reply and we will help you fix your problem as soon as possible.

 

 

Malware Prevention Tips                     

 

1. Keep an eye on what you are agree to install and do not just click on Next blindly.

Search Highlighter often comes as a special offer being bundled in the installer of other free software, so you should be attentive when install such programs and always opt for custom/advanced installation.

 

2. Turn on the security settings of your installed web browser.

If you always encounter the problems such as pop-up ads and redirecting, you may need to check if the available security settings of your web browser are on. You can view Turn on Security Features of Internet Browsers for Safer Surfing Online for tutorial.

 

3. Keep a professional antivirus or antimalware program on and perform system scan regularly.

We strongly recommend you to scan your computer with an antivirus or antimalware program to make sure that your computer is safe and clean. Anvi Smart Defender is such a program that you can make use of.

Anvi Smart Defender free version download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html

Anvi Smart Defender-1

 

There is an Anvi Ad Blocker integrated in Anvi Smart Defender, which can block malicious URLs, phishing websites, pop-up/flash ads as well as your unwanted websites that cannot be distinguished and detected by the browser itself. If you are pro version user of Anvi Smart Defender, it is free to use for you. Also, you can download its trial version to create you a clean and secure online environment.

Anvi Ad Blocker free download link: http://www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html (expires in 15 days)