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Search the Web - Searching For the Best Popups To Send You

Seen a lot of popups lately? Is your system running a bit slower than it should be? Is your default home page on your browser an annoying search engine, and no matter what you do, it seems to stay that way? You might have an adware companion on your machine, and if you're like many, it could be Search the Web.

What is Search the Web?

Search the Web is adware. It has also been called "Microsoft Search the Web," though it has little to do with Microsoft and much to do with the kind of problems that adware can create on your machine. It can take over your internet browser, and it also has the ability to hijack your current internet settings. Each time you go in for a browsing session, it gathers information about your habits and sends them back to its home server so a third party can see information about the sites you visit, the ones you join, and the login information that you use. Not only is this annoying, it can be quite dangerous to your personal information. While Internet Explorer users are the ones who are primarily affected by Search the Web, users of other browsers including Mozilla Firefox have found this adware installed on their systems. Search the Web has some seriously terrible features that make it nearly undetectable to some anti-spyware programs, and it also has the ability to hide itself in your system, making it nearly impossible to uninstall.

How Did I Get Search the Web?

Getting Search the Web is not difficult to do, but it can be tough to find out exactly how you got it. As with many of these kinds of adware programs, it is usually installed in a driveby. That means that while you were browsing a particular site, it simply installed itself without your knowledge or permission. Many sites allow this sort of thing to keep the bills paid. No matter which version of Windows you currently have installed on your machine, it is possible to get Search the Web on your machine.

What Problems Come with Search the Web?

Search the Web comes with a number of fairly serious problems. One of the first things you might notice is a difference in your default home page when you go to browse. In many cases, you will have searchtheweb.com as your new default home page. You can try to change your settings back to your original default home page, but Search the Web has literally taken over your browser, so when you exit and start the browser again, it will be the page Search the Web wants you to see. Another thing that you may notice is that when you are browsing the web, you may automatically be directed to other links or search engines even if you haven't clicked on them. In most cases, these are advertiser sites that Search the Web makes money from. There are many variations of this program, and in some of them, you will be sent to sites that will install lots of other adware or spyware on your computer. You may even notice that your bookmarks have been taken over or you have new links in your browser to porn or gambling sites.  Your web security settings will have also been compromised, so it's best to check that as well. This means that you're at risk for many other invaders on your machine.

Who Created Search the Web?

Search the Web seems to have been created by the same group of people that made CoolWebSearch, and folks have had some real trouble tracking them down. CoolWebSearch's site claims not to be responsible for any of the problems associated with the program, and their DNS location is the British Virgin Islands, but there are also many other addresses listed for the company. Search the Web is also linked to lots of other adware applications including CWS, CoolSearcher, Cool Web Search, BootConf, MSInfo, SvcHost, DNSRelay, DataNotary, Trojan.Norio, Jetseeker, winlink, Xplugin, coolwwwsearch, Aze, Search Toolbar, Trojan.StartPage (Sunbelt), WinRes, Spyware.CHM.A, ieak6.CWS, and CoolWebSearch.info. It is also associated with coolwebsearch.org and webcoolsearch.com. Simply visiting one of these sites will only further the adware infestation on your machine, so it's best to steer clear at all costs.

How Can I Remove Search the Web?

Search the Web removal is both difficult and complex. Because there are so many different variations of the program floating around, if you miss only one file, you're out of luck. The entire set of files and registry keys will reinstall on your machine in a matter of minutes. You can do three things to remove Search the Web, but all of them are questionable in their level of effectiveness. Perhaps the most effective method of removal is to find a good anti-spyware product and install it on your machine. Keep in mind, though, that many of these are adware scams in and of themselves, so choose a reputable, well-reviewed program. ParetoLogic is an excellent choice. Another option to remove Search the Web is to try to restore your machine to its last known good settings, but this doesn't always work because Search the Web has so many associated files that can root themselves deep in your system. Your final option is to remove all associated program files and registry keys. The real problem with this, though, is that if you have Search the Web, you probably have CoolWebSearch and all of the other variants, so finding all of those files can be a nightmare. A partial file listing follows this article as a full list is simply unavailable.

Search the Web will certainly cause problems on your machine. Removal is essential for maintaining a healthy system.

To manually eliminate Search the Web from your machine, first delete each of the following program variants from your system:




























































From there, you'll need to take each of the following registry keys out of your system:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects{5321E378-FFAD-4999-8C62-03CA8155F0B3}
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWindows"run"="%Sysdir%services"

Removing Search The Web Automatically/Safely

For free automatic removal we recommend using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This program is widely recommended by reputable third-party sites, so you can be reasonably confident of its ability to safely get rid of Search The Web and any hidden Trojans. As a precaution we recommend double checking your system with SpyHunter. This program requires paid registration to enable deletions, however it has a money back guaranteed and is the top of the line in malware removal. It should catch malware that evades Malwarebytes and block anything that tries to reinstal itself.

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Remove Search The Web Now:

  1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SpyHunter Download  
  2. Run a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
  3. Remove all the detected infections (free).
  4. Run a scan with SpyHunter
  5. Remove any remaining infections
  6. Reboot and rescan with SpyHunter. Your computer should now be clean.

Important note: If Malwarebytes is blocked by malware then run Chameleon (Start Menu → All Programs → MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware → Tools → Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Chameleon). If you need further help removing Search The Web please email us at info@removeadware.com.au or call for personal assistance on toll-free number 888-655-3453, within the USA and Canada.

Disclaimer: This webpage was created to provide information on Search The Web and how to uninstall it. Manual removal instructions are intended for use by technical experts and should be used at your own risk. We do not own or endorse Search The Web.

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