Smart Web Search hijacks your web browser search? This article details on how to get rid of the Smart Web Search browser hijacker or the smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com redirect.
What is Smart Web Search/smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com Redirect?
Smart Web Search, or the smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com, is a browser hijacker that often come as a result of installing some PUP or adware bundled with other free downloads from the Internet. These free downloads can be download manager, video player or other software, especially some freeware.
Once inside the system, like many other browser hijacker, this Smart Web Search will take over your web search by modifying your default homepage, default search provider, and even adding its browser add-on attached to the web browser in order to constantly redirect you to commercial links or spam links. It is created and distributed to draw traffics for its sponsored links.
The image of Smart Web Search
Is Smart Web Search (Smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com) a Virus?
Strictly speaking, Smart Web Search or the smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com is not a virus, however it is detected as a browser hijacker caused by PUP or adware install. And definitely it is unsafe to use since it not only interrupts your normal web search, but also collects your search habits online in order to deliver you more related advertisements. Besides, there are more risks of having smart web search left to your web browser.
Risks of Having Smart Web Search (Smartwebsearch.myse♦archsocial.com)
♦ 1. It slows down your web search and even the system running. From time to time, it may lead to web browser crashes.
♦ 2. It may expose your system to more risks of getting infected by redirecting to many more commercial websites or even malicious websites.
♦ 3. It messes up your system and even cause the installed software broken by creating or injecting some files to the system.
♦ 4. Although it is not a virus, it may show rootkit traits that hook deep into the system.
Thus, avoid the Smart Web Search, or smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com at all cost. Below are some measures to prectice:
Tips to Avoid Installing PUP or Adware
Browser hijackers like Smart Web Search often comes as a consequence of PUP or adware installing. Thus, it is necessary to prevent installing PUP or adware so as to avoid the Smart Web Search sneaking into the system and cause redirect or hijacking issues.
To prevent installing PUP or adware, you can:
♥ 1. Basically and necessarily, turn on security features of web browsers to avoid reported sites. See more on How to Turn on Security Features of IE, Firefox and Chrome. Also you may utilize some tool like Anvi Ad Blocker which will be introduced below to help you filter most malicious or unwanted websites to be safer.
♥ 2>Use caution when browsing the Internet, especially you are required to download some freeware online. Ensure there is nothing dirty bundled.
♥ 3> Pay close attention to the install process. During the install, opt for custom install instead of continuing hitting next step button. If there is some pre-check box to install bundled software, deselect it.
♥ 4> In some cases, the adware may be still installed even if you deselect the pre-check box. Then the last solution is absolutely to eradicate the installed PUP as well as the adware once and for all.
How to Remove Smart Web Search Redirect (Smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com Removal Guide)
Step 1. Remove hidden components related using antimalware
To facilitate the afterward removal and ensure the computer is clean from any 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:
Antimalware Download: www.dotfab.com/download_asd.html
Instructions: 1. Download and install. 2. Switch to the second tab-the scan tab and click on Full Scan button. 3. Remove the malicious results scanned by Anvi Smart Defender antimalware.
Step 2. Uninstall Related PUP or Adware from Computer
Choose an option you prefer to uninstall:
Tips: If you can not figure out which software is related to the Smart Web Search, it is a good idea to remove all programs installed on the date that you firstly detect the presence of Smart Web Search on your web browser.
Option 1. Automatic Uninstall
Please note the Anvi Uninstaller is integrated in the system cleaner Cloud System Booster, which can also help you remove the leftovers and maintain the system after the removal (detailed in step 4). The Anvi Uninstaller which 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:
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.
3. Locate the Recent Installed tab and then find the related programs to uninstall.
Note: The related PUPs would be multiple. Ensure you uninstall all PUPs related to the browser hijacker.
Then you will see below window
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: http://www.dotfab.com/csbupgrade.php
Option 2. Manually uninstall Related PUP or Adware from Control Panel
Some adware or PUP related will install its program to the Control Panel. To remove it, you can:
For Win 8 users: Press Windows key or hover the cursor in the bottom left of the screen to access Start Menu →locate the related PUP → right click on the icon→ Click Uninstall from the appeared toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
For Windows 7/Vista: Click Start →Click Control Panel → Locate Programs, and click Uninstall a program→ find the related PUP from the opened list → Locate the item you want to uninstall and right click to open the dropped menu, where you need to click Uninstall/Change. If there comes an confirmation, click Yes to proceed.
For Windows xp: Click Start → Select Control Panel → Click Add/Remove Programs → Find the related PUP from the opened list → locate and right click the item which you want to uninstall → click Remove to proceed the uninstall.
Step 3. Remove Smart Web Search/smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com and repair settings within Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome
Choose an option to repair browser settings below:
Highly Recommended for users who use multiple web browsers
Option 1. Automatic Repair using Anvi Slim Toolbar
To repair browser settings, 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. (download: www.dotfab.com/download_ast.html )
Instructions: 1. Download and install 2. Start the program and click Manage on its main screen. 3. Find the related browser add-on from the appeared list, select them to remove. 4. Switch to the main screen and click Repair button to repair the homepage and search engine.
Remove Connect Bar Toolbar from IE, Firefox and Chrome using Anvi Slim Toolbar
Reset homepage and search engine using Anvi Slim Toolbar
Option 2. Manual Repair in IE, Firefox and Chrome
Open Internet Explorer, click Settings icon to select Manage add-on
There will open a window of Manage add-ons, where you need to locate on Toolbars and Extensions tab, search through the list to find the related browser 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.
2. Remove Search provider
Still on the window of manage add-ons, switch to Search Providers tab, and then search for Connect Bar Customized Web Search 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. )
3. 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 www.google.com in the edit box. Then, click OK to save the change and exit. That’s it.
Restart the Internet Explorer to check. That’s it.
1. Remove add-on
Open Mozilla Firefox, click on Firefox button on the top left of the window to open a dropped menu where you need to select Add-ons to open the mange add-ons window.
On the opened window of manage add-ons, locate the Extensions tab to locate the 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.
2. Reset homepage
On the opened window, locate General tab and reset the homepage by either entering your desired homepage like www.google.com or click on Restore to Default button. When finished, click OK to save the change and exit.
3. 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…
Then there will comes out a windows as shown in below picture. Click on Smart Web Search or any other related search engine...locate it and then click Remove to remove it. Click OK to save the change and exit the window.
4. 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.
Click I’ll be careful, I promise! to continue.
Then, on the appeared window, type Smart Web Search 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.
In this picture, it just takes the Connect bar as an example for demonstration purpose.
When finished, restart the Firefox to check. That’s it.
Remove related extensions from Chrome
Open Google Chrome and click bars icon to navigate to toolbars and extensions, find the related extension to locate it and click on the Trash can icon to remove it.
Click X to exit and under the Settings tab, find the on Startup area to click set pages, edit the homepage to your preferred site like google.com instead of the smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com.
And then under the Appearance, check the Show Home button, and then edit the homepage site to your preferred website.
In this picture, it takes qvo6 as an example to demonstrate the similar process.
Remove search engine
Under the search area, click on Manage search engines to remove the search engine related to the Smart Web Search.
Firstly select another search engine like google.com as default and then locate the unwanted or related search engine and click X to remove it.
Step 4. Remove Leftovers, tracking cookies and Maintain System Performance
See to remove the tracking cookies of smart web search and other leftovers including junks to maintain the system performance.
Note: Before the cookies removal, you’d better backup your important personal information like some important username and passwords.
As for removing tracking cookies and cleaning system junk files, you can use some system cleaner like Cloud System Booster.
Cloud System Booster Download: www.dotfab.com/download_csb.html
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.
3. Now you can either click Start Scan button on the left bottom and clear the junks when the scan finished, or click on Home button to back on the main screen and click Quick Care to fully clean the system. The later is our recommendation any way.
More recommended: if you want a deep optimization, then hard disk defragmentation would be a good idea. As for this, Anvi Ultimate Defrag is available for your nice try.
This is a trial version of Anvi Ultimate Defrag download: www.dotfab.com/download_aud.html
Step 5. Block Smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com using Anvi Ad Blocker
Some tools like Anvi Ad Blocker would also a good idea to help you block this smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com by adding the URL to its blacklist. Besides, it also provides a huge online database to help you filter most malicious/phishing websites and annoying advertisements.
Anvi AD Blocker download: www.dotfab.com/download_adb.html
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.
To block the smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com using Anvi AD Blocker, you can follow below instructions on the image:
Not only this tool can 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 smartwebsearch.mysearchsocial.com by adding the URL into its black list.
If any question in the removal process, contact us at any time for timely help.