search-operator.com Introduction

search-operator.com virus

search-operator.com is a malicious browser hijacker that secretly penetrates into the well-known browsers including Safari, Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Usually, search-operator.com can be bundled with the installation of freeware. When you install some free software on the Internet, search-operator.com can sneak into your system. In addition, search-operator.com may be linked with the ad-supported links and third party websites. So you should always pay close attention on any online behaviors.

Infecting by search-operator.com, your homepage and default search provider will be redirected to search-operator.com. If you make a search on this search-operator.com site, you will keep redirected to the unfamiliar web pages. Also, it shows numerous sponsored links and other malicious stuff in your search results. If search-operator.com appears on your computer, please remove it as early as you can. Otherwise, it can bring you more damage. Most importantly, if you delay to remove search-operator.com, you will put your personal information into high risk. As a matter of fact, search-operator.com is created to help the hackers record your browsing history and collect your vital things like credit card numbers, bank accounts, online passwords and other financial details to generate income. So if your browsers have been hijacked by search-operator.com, please don’t hesitate and take actions to get rid of it timely.

 


Manually Remove search-operator.com from Windows OS

If you have computer security problems on Mac OS, please read this Mac Guide – How to Clean and Protect Your Mac?


(NOTE: Bookmark this page first because some steps may close your web browser or restart computer)


Quick Menu

Step 1. Remove search-operator.com related plug-in, toolbar, add-on, extension from Chrome/Firefox/IE/Edge

Step 2. Uninstall search-operator.com related programs from your computer;

Step 3. Change system folder settings to show all hidden files;

Step 4. Find and delete search-operator.com related files in hidden folders;

Step 5. Find and remove search-operator.com related registry files ;

Step 6. Reset Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox and IE to remove search-operator.com related hijacker;

Step 1.Remove search-operator.com related extension from Microsoft Edge/ Chrome/Firefox/IE

Note – If you cannot find or remove a malicious extension, please read next steps.

 

 

On Chrome

  • Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  • Click Tools.
  • Select Extensions.
  • Click the trash can icon to delete extensions that may be related with search-operator.com.
  • A confirmation dialog appears, click Remove.

  • Click the menu button and choose Add-ons.
  • In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Extensions panel.
  • Select add-ons that may be related with search-operator.com and click Remove button
  • Click Restart now if it pops up.

  • Open the IE, click the Tools button , and click Manage add-ons.
  • Click Toolbars and Extensions on left side of the window., and then select extensions that may be related with search-operator.com;
  • If the add-on can be deleted, you’ll see the Remove option. Click Remove and then click Close. Otherwise click Disable button.

 

  • Click More (…) on the address bar and select Extensions

 

  • Select extensions that may be related with search-operator.com and click Uninstall button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Step 2.Uninstall search-operator.com related programs from your computer

1. Press Win + R keys at the same time to launch Run box >> Then input: “Control Panel” and click OK

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2. In Control Panel, click on Uninstall a program

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3. In the Programs and Features window, right click on apps that may be related with search-operator.com, then click Uninstall/Change. Then select Uninstall option.

Note – If you cannot find or remove malicious program, please continue the below steps.


Step 3.Change system folder settings to show all hidden files

Win 7 / Vista User

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  • Right-click the Windows Logo button and choose Open Windows Explorer.
  • Click Organize and choose Folder and Search Options.
  • Click the View tab, select Show hidden files and folders and then clear the checkbox for Hide protected system operating files.
  • Click Yes on the warning and then click OK.
Win 8 Usersearch-operator.com removal for win 8

  • On your keyboard press the Windows + E keys.
  • Click the View tab.
  • Check File name extensions and Hidden items

Win 10 User

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  • Open This PC, click View and select Options.
  • In the Folder Options window, choose View, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives, and then click OK.


Step 4.Find and delete suspicious files in the locations listed below:

%Temp%\[malware name]

%AppData%\[malware name]

%LocalAppData%\[malware name]

%LocalAppData%\[malware name].exe

%CommonAppData%\[malware name]

%AllUsersProfile%random.exe

Note

Virus and malware may hide its files in different locations of PC. If you are not able to locate files of search-operator.com, you can try Wipersoft’s Malware Detection Tool to see if it can detect the unsafe files for you:

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Step 5. Find and remove nasty registry files related with search-operator.com:

1. Open Registry Editor first:

  • Press Win [Windows key] + R on your keyboard.

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  • Type regedit in the Run box and hit OK

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2. Find out and remove all harmful registry files that may be related with search-operator.com:

(Do Not Delete Any Registry File If You’re Not Familiar with It)

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Note

Wrong operation in Registry Editor might harm your computer.If you are not able to locate and identify the nasty registry files, we recommend using Wipersoft Anti-malware and see if it will find out unsafe registry files of infection for you. This may save you hours and avoid risks.

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(Note – To understand WiperSoft’s policies and practices, please visit EULA, and Privacy Policy. Learn more about WiperSoft and its key features. If you wish to uninstall WiperSoft, follow the steps to uninstall instructions. WiperSoft scanner is free. Once it detects a virus or malware, you’ll need to purchase its full version to remove the threat.

 


Step 6. Reset Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox and IE to remove search-operator.com

Reset Microsoft Edge

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1. Select More (…) on the address bar, then click Settings

2. click “Choose what to clear”

3. Select all the options and then click Clear button

 

 

 

Reset Chrome

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1. Open Chrome, then click “Customize and control Google Chrome” button >> click Settings

2. Scroll down to the bottom, then click on Show advanced settings button

3. After clicking on Show advanced settings button, scroll down to the bottom and click on Reset browser settings button

. A message box will pop up to inform that your browser settings will be restored to their original defaults, click Reset button when it appears:

Reset Firefox

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1. Open Firefox, then click on Firefox button, then Click on Help button, then Click on Troubleshooting Information

2. At the Troubleshooting Information page, click on Reset Firefox

3. A message box will pop up to let you confirm that you want to reset Firefox to its initial state, click Reset Firefox button when it appears:

Reset Internet Explorer

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1. Open Internet Explorer, then click on Tools, then click on Internet Options

2. On the Internet Options window: click on Advanced tab, then click Reset button

3. A message box will pop up to let you confirm that you want to reset all Internet Explorer Settings, click Reset button when it appears:

4. When the resetting process is done, you’ll see this message box, click Close

5. You’ll need to restart your Internet Explorer to complete the resetting process.



Tips for Threat Prevention

– Always running professional Antivirus or Antimalware and keep Firewall ON;

– Create System Restore Point regularly and back up important personal files;

– Avoid downloading free programs from unknown third party shared sites;

– Regularly update system via automatic system update;

– Don’t access porn sites or similar sites which are potentially harmful;

– Avoid opening any attachments of unknown emails.