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Remove Homepage from IE/FF/Chrome (RapidSearcher Hijacker Removal Guide) takes over your web browser as stubborn homepage or new tab page without your permission? This article is going to detail on hoe to get rid of this homepage or rapidsearcher hijacker from IE, Firefox and Chrome step by step.


About Browser Hijacker is a browser hijacker caused by unexpected adware or PUP installed on computer, which hijacks the web browser, e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, by taking over the homepage and default search engine provider to monetize its ads or traffics.

You may already find that this, otherwise rapidsearcher hijacker/virus/redirect as you may call it, is very stubborn to remove. This is because hijacker also adds its shortcut to properties of your web browser so as to avoid being removed from the web browser. This is offensive. Furthermore,  browser hijackers including this are unwanted for the majority users out there for the factor of online security.

The image of homepage hijacking page

rapid-searcher hijacker page

Mostly likely this RapidSearcher hijacker comes bundled with some freeware from the Internet. The trade off is that you have to use this software with no additional cost but — here is the kicker — there will be ads displayed or a toolbar installed to change the homepage and search engine of your choice.

It is important to know that such stubborn browser hijacker come at an alarming rate to degrade web search experiences as well as bring potential risks of getting infected by adware or malware. Worse still, this can violate your online privacy by accessing all data stored on web browser or even computer through tracking cookies or java scripts.

Similar stubborn browser hijackers:, Delta-homes.comwww-search.netAartemis Portal Site/,, etc.

However, you can easy your nerves on some overburden infections because this is technically not a virus but a browser hijacker that can be removed by following below steps. hijacker hijacks web search to violate user’s privacy, display advertisements or draw traffics to partner’s websites so as to make money.


Given this, it is advertised to remove browser hijacking and redirects using below removal guide in proper order as suggested, in order to keep clean and safe.


>> Tips to Prevent Browser Hijackers like and potential risks of getting infected




How to Remove Homepage from IE/FF/Chrome (RapidSearcher Hijacker Removal Guide)


In this removal guide, you can either use the recommended security tool and PC utilities by Anvisoft to assist the removal or the manual method. Please complete the removal in proper order as suggested. If any question in the removal process, stop and get in touch.


Removal Guide Outlined: 

Step 1. Remove hidden risky components of the browser hijacker

Step 2. Uninstall unwanted programs from computer

Step 3. Remove homepage from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

Step 4. Remove browser history/tracking cookies, junks to be safe and clean (Recommended)

Step 5. Block most ads and malicious websites using Anvi Ad Blocker



Step 1. Remove hidden risky components using Antimalware


To facilitate the afterward removal and ensure the computer is clean from any potentially hidden components of the infection, it is necessary to use Antimalware/antivirus scan and removal. Here we use the antimalware Anvi Smart Defender as an example for demonstration purpose. You can also take a try by following below steps:

1. Download and install Anvi Smart Defender

Free version Download:

(If you want more protection of Anvi Smart Defender like to immune to future threats, you may upgrade it here. )

2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button.

remove malware components of 24x7 help and eazel toolbar using Anvi Smart Defender

3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.




Step 2. Uninstall related PUP from computer


Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:

Option 1. Automatic Uninstall–Uninstall Related PUP using Anvi Uninstaller

Option 2. Manual Uninstall–Uninstall Related PUP from Control Panel 



Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to redirects, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of hijacking within your web browser.



Option 1. Automatic Uninstall


Anvi Uninstaller featured in Cloud System Booster contains a Recently Installed Tab can help you conveniently find the related PUP from recently installed program list to uninstall.

To use Anvi Uninstaller, you can follow below steps:

1. Download and install the Cloud System Booster.

Free version

2. Start it and click on Toolbox at the bottom of the main screen to access where you can locate Anvi Uninstaller to Download and Run. and then Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.

uninstall in cloud system booster


Note:  The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the browser hijacker or PUP.


Then you will see below window

Anvi Uninstall

clean leftovers of search protect by conduit uninstalled


Please note that here the process 3 is only available for Pro version users. This step can help you clean out those left files, mainly registry entries of the uninstalled PUP.

And if you want this, you can conveniently purchase the Cloud System Booster here:

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Option 2. Manually uninstall Related PUP from Control Panel


Note: The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure uninstall all PUPs related to the adware.


For Win 8 users: Click Windows key  > Start Menu > Control Panel ,  Find and click dubious program related, click Uninstall.

For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start windows key > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program,  find and locate dubious program related to right click the item, click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.


For Windows xp:  Click Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs, find and click dubious programs related, and then right click the item to click Remove to proceed the uninstall.




Step 3. Remove homepage from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome


Choose an option your prefer below:

Option 1: Automatic Repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar

→ highly recommended for users using multiple web browsers

Option 2. Manual Repair


Option 1. Automatic Repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar


1. To remove search redirects from web browser, generally there are mainly three aspects in fixing browser settings in IE, Firefox and Chrome: remove add-on and related search engine, fix the homepage. Now to conveniently repair the browser settings, you can use this tool-Anvi Slim Toolbar.


a. Download and install

Anvi Slim Toolbar download: 

b. Start the program and click Manage on its main screen.

c. Find and locate related/unwanted browser add-on and remove it from the appeared list.

Tuvaro toolbar removal


e. Switch to the main screen and click Repair button to repair the homepage and search engine.


Slim toolbar browser repair delta search


2. To delete the shortcut from IE, Firefox and Chrome, you can follow below instructions:

In IE: Locate IE icon on desktop and right click it to navigate to Properties →Shortcut →Target, and then select the url in the target text box to delete it via right-click menu.



In Firefox:  Locate Firefox icon on desktop and right click it to navigate to Properties →Shortcut →Target, and then select the url in the target text box to delete it via right-click menu.



In Chrome:  Locate Google Chrome icon on desktop and right click to navigate to Properties →Shortcut →Target, and then select the url in the target text box to delete it via right-click menu.



After all done, reopen your web browser to check.

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Option 2. Manual Repair

For Google Chrome users

For Mozilla Firefox users

For Internet Explorer users


chromeReset Google Chrome


To Remove extension →


Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find related or unwanted extensions to locate and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.


 To remove startup page →


Click Settings at the left menu, find On startup area and click set page

change startup page in chrome


Then locate it and click X to remove the startup page.


To remove homepage →


Then locate the Appearance area, click Change.



Then remove the url from the text box. Click OK to save the change and exit.


To remove related search engine →


Browser hijacker also changes your default search engine in chrome. Check it and choose your preferred search engine as default.

Find Search area, click manage search engines… button.


Then,  make your preferred search engine, like, as default and then remove any other suspiciously related search engine from chrome by locating it and clicking X as it shows.

To remove shortcut from Chrome properties →


Now close Chrome and find its desktop icon. Right-click its desktop icon and navigate to Properties → Shortcut

Remove from target text box.


Important Note: If you have pinned  Google chrome shortcut on your task bar, please unpin it and restart it. 


When finished, reopen Chrome to check if the issue is gone.

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Firefox  Mozilla Firefox


To remove add-on →


Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button Firefox button > Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window.

Firefox add-ons1


On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate related add on and click Remove button to remove it.

Besides, you also need to check for the plugin tab on the add-on manage window, where you may also find the Conduit plugin and if any, make sure remove it as well.


To reset homepage →


Click Firefox buttonFirefox button to select Options Options from the dropped menu.
Firefox homepage reset 1


Locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.
firefox homepage reset


To repair search engine →


In the opened Firefox window, click the right place besides the search box as shown in below image to drag out a dropped menu from there to select Manage search engines…

remove  connect bar search engine from firefox

Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on suspiciously related search engine...locate it and then click Remove to remove it. Or you can just click restore to default button to repair it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.


To configure Firefox →


Open a new blank tab in your Firefox, and type about:config in the address bar to open a window as shown in below picture.

Firefox configuration


Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.


Then, type Rapid-searcher  in the search box to find any items with value containing the keywords of the PUP from list there and highlight the item, right click on it to select Reset, one by one.



To remove shortcut from Firefox properties →


Now close Mozilla Firefox, and then right-click its desktop icon to navigate to Properties → Shortcut.

Remove the url  from the Target text box.


Important Note: If you have pinned Firefox shortcut on your task bar, please unpin it and restart it.


When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.

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IE Internet Explorer


To remove add-on →


Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on

IE manage add-on


Locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find related add-on. Click the item to disable and remove.

Note: Some PUP’s inserted add-on/plugin in IE can only be removed through control Panel, that is to say, if you uninstall it from the Control Panel, this add-on will automatically disappear in IE.


To remove Search provider →


Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for related or unwanted search provider to locate it and click on Remove button at the bottom to get rid of it. (Please note if the search provider to remove is set as default, firstly you need to set other search engine like bing or google as default and then proceed the removal. )


To reset homepage →


Click on Settings icon and then select Internet Options. On the coming up window, locate → General tab → Home page area, you can either click on the Use Blank button or type your desired homepage like in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.

reset homepage in IE



To remove shortcut from Internet Explorer properties →


Now close Internet Explorer, and right click its desktop icon to navigate to Properties → Shortcut

Remove the from the text box of Target.


Important Note: If you have pinned Internet Explorer shortcut on your task bar, please unpin it and restart it.


Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.



Step 4. Remove tracking cookies, key leftovers and maintain system performance


Since this can inject its tracking cookies or use other means to track your online search habit and access to all your browser data, it is necessary to remove the related browser data including the tracking cookies and browser history to prevent its survival. In this regard, Cloud System Booster would be helpful. Not only will it help you automatically clean the browser data, but also it will maintain your system performance in order to return a smooth uncluttered OS.

Cloud System Booster download:

Instructions: 1. Download and install.

2. Click Disk Cleaner button on the main screen and then on the left navigator, locate the web browser like Internet Explorer or Google Chrome that you use, and then select item of removing cookies. It is recommended to select all web browsers that you have on your PC.

clean cookies in cloud system booster


2. Click Home button to back on home page and click Quick Care button and the system maintenance begins.

Cloud System Booster 3.1-toolbar manage

Cloud System Booster 3.1 system cleaning


Recommended for a slow PC→

 -Anvi Ultimate Defrag

If you want deep optimization, it is a good idea to defrag your hard disk using Anvi Ultimate Defrag:

This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download:



Step 5. Block malicious websites and pop up ads using Anvi Ad Blocker


To block malicious websites and pop up ads for safer surfing online, some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would be a nice choice. It provides a huge online database to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and annoying advertisements.

ad blocker

Anvi AD Blocker download:

Please note this is a trial version of Anvi Ad Blocker for 15 days free use. If you want it for longer time, you can conveniently buy it here.


Not only can this tool help you block those malicious, phishing websites and most advertisements to reduce risks of getting infected, but also it can assist you in filtering those unwanted URLs like this by adding the URL into its black list.

block unwanted websites using Anvi Ad Blocker


>> See more on Safer Surfing online with Anvi Ad Blocker


If any question in the process, leave it below.




Tips to Prevent Browser Hijackers like and Potential Adware/malware Infections


1. Use caution when browsing the Internet. Basically, you should ensure turn on security features of your web browser. See detailed instructions to turn on security features of IE, Firefox and Chrome. Plus, some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would do a good job to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and pop up ads.

Anvi Ad Blocker download:

ad blocker

See more details on Easy Ads-free Surfing with Anvi Ad Blocker.

2. Take extra caution when you are required to download some browser updates, or adobe flash players, etc, which are very likely to mislead you to malicious downloads.

3. Pay attention when clicking a superlink or opening an email from unknown people and express company. It is too careful to open an attachment contained in a spam email or peer-to-peer shared files from the Internet.

Additionally, if any download and install necessary, always choose custom install instead of continuing hitting Next to recklessly ignore the pre-check boxes and finally find unwanted programs else installed.

4. Regularly clean up system files to maintain a healthy system. And also clean browser data including browser history and browser cookies on regular basis to better protect your online privacy.

5. Keep your system and installed programs up to date.

6. At any rate, the best way to protect computer from infections would be always security tools including firewall, antivirus, antimalware like Anvi Smart Defender, etc. If you have not an trustful antimalware yet, then Anvi Smart Defender (download) would be a good choice to offer protection from mushrooming threats online.

Anvi Smart Defender guard

7. Chances are you take all measures to protect your computer but still end up with unknown infections, then the last solution is to take precaution on various cyber scams and remove the infection once and for all.