The SearchMok search hijacker is an example of a common unwanted program; such programs are spread massively nowadays. In this article you will see the precise directions of “SearchMok” hijacker elimination in different methods: using anti-malware software and manual removal technique.
It is better to prevent, than repair and repent!
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SearchMok – What is it?
“SearchMok” search hijacker is a potentially unwanted application (PUA)1, that is spread as a plugin for your internet browser. It is usually marketed as an add-on for Chrome or Firefox, that helps to browse some particular details, for example, about sporting activity events, make your browser far more safe, allow downloading of any type of web video, et cetera. Also, this app adds the “Managed by your organization” feature (on Chrome browsers).
Nonetheless, the “SearchMok” plugin is quite pointless due to the fact that all such functions are already integrated to your browser and/or Windows. Such advertising and marketing mottos are targeted at low-skilled computer users, for example, pensioners or schoolchildren. However in some cases even expert users are getting caught on such a lure. In certain situations, this hijacker is dispersed together with free apps.
Here is a short info for the SearchMok hijacker
|Hosting||AS13335 Cloudflare, Inc.|
United States, San Francisco
|Infection Type||Browser Hijacker, Unwanted Application|
|Symptoms||Changed search engine; search queries redirection|
|Similar behavior||Youpdfsearch, Searchzubi, Live|
To remove possible virus infections, try to scan your PC
How harmful is SearchMok hijacker?
Besides its uselessness, SearchMok hijacker is also really harmful for web browser usage. It changes your search engine to its specific – Searchmok.com, and additionally alters your background, adding its watermark on your wallpaper (or, sometimes, altering it to default with the specified sign).
Besides visual transformations done by SearchMok hijacker, you can notice that many of your search questions are redirecting to the unknown websites, filled with web links and advertisements – so-called doorway sites. Such sites can have links for malware downloads. The possibility of redirecting boosts if you attempt to launch Google search page by force.
But all these actions are much more bothersome than truly harmful. The most significant hazard, specifically for people who have a lot of confidential information in their browsers, is embedded in information collecting functions. Cookie files, chats, often-visited websites, as well as various other activities are easily collected by SearchMok hijacker.
How to remove SearchMok search hijacker?
- Download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware.
- Open GridinSoft Anti-Malware and perform a “Standard scan“.
- “Move to quarantine” all items.
- Open “Tools” tab – Press “Reset Browser Settings“.
- Select proper browser and options – Click “Reset”.
- Restart your computer.
Browser hijackers are usually fairly easy to delete. In many cases, they have an independent app that can be found in the list of installed apps. Due to the certain distribution manner of SearchMok hijacker, it can be simply tracked and removed manually. However, if you got SearchMok in the package with a free applications, your system can be infected with a lot more harmful malware – trojans, spyware or perhaps ransomware. That’s why I’d suggest you utilize anti-malware programs to deal with the SearchMok PUA and all other malware.
You can utilize Microsoft Defender2 – it is capable of recognizing and removing a wide range of malware, including named hijacker. But serious malware, that might exist on your PC in the specified case, can disable the Windows antimalware tool by editing the Group Policies. To avoid such scenarios, it is far better to utilize GridinSoft Anti-Malware.
To detect and delete all unwanted programs on your computer with GridinSoft Anti-Malware, it’s better to use Standard or Full scan. Quick Scan is not able to find all the malicious programs, because it checks only the most popular registry entries and folders.
You can see the detected malware sorted by their possible hazard during the scan process. But to choose any actions against the viruses, you need to hold on until the scan is over, or to stop the scan.
To set the action for every detected virus or unwanted program, click the arrow in front of the name of the detected malware. By default, all the viruses will be removed to quarantine.
Reverting browser settings to original ones
To reset your browser settings, you need to use the Reset Browser Settings option. This action is not able to be intercepted by any malware, hence, you will surely see the result. This option can be found in the Tools tab.
After choosing the Reset Browser Settings option, the menu will be displayed, where you can choose, which settings will be reverted to the original.
Deleteing SearchMok hijacker manually
Besides using anti-malware software for browser restoration, you may choose the “Reset browser settings” function, which is usually embedded in all popular browsers.
To reset Edge, do the following steps :
- Open “Settings and more” tab in upper right corner, then find here “Settings” button. In the appeared menu, choose “Reset settings” option :
- After picking the Reset Settings option, you will see the following menu, stating about the settings which will be reverted to original :
For Mozilla Firefox, do the next actions :
- Open Menu tab (three strips in upper right corner) and click the “Help” button. In the appeared menu choose “troubleshooting information” :
- In the next screen, find the “Refresh Firefox” option :
After choosing this option, you will see the next message :
If you use Google Chrome
- Open Settings tab, find the “Advanced” button. In the extended tab choose the “Reset and clean up” button :
- In the appeared list, click on the “Restore settings to their original defaults” :
- Finally, you will see the window, where you can see all the settings which will be reset to default :
Opera can be reset in the next way
- Open Settings menu by pressing the gear icon in the toolbar (left side of the browser window), then click “Advanced” option, and choose “Browser” button in the drop-down list. Scroll down, to the bottom of the settings menu. Find there “Restore settings to their original defaults” option :
- After clicking the “Restore settings…” button, you will see the window, where all settings, which will be reset, are shown :
As an afterword, I want to say that time plays against you and your PC. The activity of browser hijacker must be stopped as soon as possible, because of the possibility of other malware injection. This malware can be downloaded autonomously, or offered for you to download in one of the windows with advertisements, which are shown to you by the hijacker. You need to act as fast as you can.
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Browser hijackers are among the largest and also disruptive kinds of malware. I published this article to help you, so I wish you will help me to make the computer world completely clean of malware. Please, share this article in the social networks you use – Twitter, Reddit, Facebook – wherever. Wilbur Woodham
How to Remove SearchMok?
Description: SearchMok - a lot of users became a victim of browser hijacker. I have a lot of friends who literally bombed me with the questions like “how to remove SearchMok?”. In this article we will show you how to deal with SearchMok (Searchmok.com), which may corrupt your browser’s correct performance, and create a lot of troubles while you are working.
Operating System: Windows
Application Category: Browser Hijacker
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