How to Remove Searchinet.net Redirect

What Is Searchinet.net?

Delete searchinet net virus

If your browser redirects your Google searches to Searchinet.net from time to time, there is a browser hijacker installed on your computer. A browser hijacker is a piece of software (typically, a browser extension/add-on) that can alter homepage/the default search engine on browsers or intercept users’ searches and redirect them to promoted search engines. Most of the time browser hijackers get installed on computers in bundles with free or cracked programs, however sometimes an extension that had been installed on a computer for a long time suddenly starts redirecting users to suspicious sites. That may be a result of the browser extension being sold by its developer to someone else, or a hacker may have gotten access to the developer’s login credentials.

Some users reported that an extension called Ultimate Volume Booster has been causing the Searchinet.net redirect for them. This step-by-step guide will help you uninstall the browser hijacker and remove Searchinet.net redirect from your computer.

How to Remove Searchinet.net:

  1. Remove Searchinet.net Automatically
  2. Remove Searchinet.net From Browsers
  3. Remove Searchinet.net Hijacker From Programs and Features (optional)
  4. How to Protect Your PC From Searchinet.net and Other Browser Hijackers

Remove Searchinet.net Automatically

The easiest method to uninstall Searchinet.net hijacker is to run an anti-malware program capable of detecting browser hijackers in general and Searchinet.net in particular. SpyHunter is a powerful anti-malware solution that protects you against malware, spyware, ransomware and other types of Internet threats. SpyHunter is available for Windows and macOS devices.

Download SpyHunter

Other software that may be able to get rid of Searchinet.net:
Norton (Windows, macOS, iOS, Android) The link may not work correctly if your country is currently under sanctions.
WiperSoft (Windows)

Remove Searchinet.net From Browsers:

To get rid of Searchinet.net, either reset browser settings or remove any suspicious extensions from browsers and set new tab page and default search provider. To figure one which extension is the culprit you may disable extensions one by one and check if the Searchinet.net redirect still happens. Some users reported that a video downloading extension has been causing the redirect for them.

Reset Google Chrome Settings:

Note: This will disable your extensions and themes, clear cookies and site data, as well as change content settings, start page, new tab page and search engine to default.

  1. Open a new tab.
  2. Copy and paste into the address bar: chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings
  3. Press Enter.
  4. In the dialog box click Reset.
Alternative Way to Get Rid of Searchinet.net in Google Chrome:
  1. Click on three dots menu button three dots menu at the top right corner of the window.
  2. Select More toolsExtensions.
  3. Click REMOVE to uninstall an extension.
  4. Click Remove in the dialog box.
  5. Right-click the address bar and select Edit search engines….
  6. Click on three dots button three dots menu next to the search provider you want and select Make default.
  7. Click on three dots button three dots menu next to hijacker search engine and select Remove from list.
  8. Click on back arrow at the top of the page (near Manage search engines).
  9. Under On startup section select Open the New Tab page.
  10. Scroll to the top. Under Appearance section enable Show Home button setting.
  11. Clear the textfield of the existing address. Put the one you want or select New Tab page.
  12. Close Settings tab.
  13. Note: If you cannot access the Extensions page, click on the top left corner of Chrome window and open Task Manager. End processes for any unfamiliar extensions that are running. Then go to the Extensions page and delete these extensions.
    Alternatively, go to %LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions (just copy that path and paste into the address bar of Windows Explorer/File Explorer). Delete all folders within (that will remove all your installed extensions) or search the Internet for the folders’ names to figure out which extension compares to which folder and delete suspicious ones.

Reset Mozilla Firefox Settings:

Note: Your extensions and themes, among other things, will get deleted.

  1. Click on menu button Menu button.
  2. Click on help button Help button and select Troubleshooting Information.
  3. Click Refresh Firefox… in the top-right corner.
  4. In the dialog box click Refresh Firefox.
Alternative Way of Searchinet.net Removal From Mozilla Firefox:
  1. Click on menu button Menu button and select Add-ons.
  2. Go to Extensions tab.
  3. To uninstall an add-on, click on Remove button next to it.
  4. Note: If the extension is impossible to delete, click on Menu button => Help button => Restart with Add-ons Disabled…. In dialog boxes click Restart => Start in Safe Mode. Repeat steps 1-3. Restart Firefox in normal mode after you are finished.

  5. Click on the search icon in the search bar and click Change Search Settings.
  6. Select search engine you want from the drop-down menu.
  7. Highlight the hijacker search engine in the table below and click Remove.
  8. Go to General tab.
  9. Under Startup section click Restore to Default button.

Reset Internet Explorer Settings:

Note: This will remove most of your saved browser data, including extensions, passwords and the majority of browser settings.

  1. Click Tools button Tools button in the top-right corner.
  2. Select Internet options.
  3. Go to Advanced tab.
  4. Click Reset… button.
  5. Put checkmark in Delete personal settings checkbox.
  6. Click Reset.
Alternative Way to Get Rid of Searchinet.net.com in Internet Explorer:
  1. Click Tools button Tools button in the top-right corner.
  2. Select Manage add-ons.
  3. In the drop-down menu under Show: select All add-ons.
  4. To delete an add-on, double-click it; in the new window click Remove.
  5. Go to Search Providers tab.
  6. Right-click the search engine you want and click Set as default.
  7. Right-click the hijacker search engine and click Remove.
  8. Click Close.
  9. Click Tools button Tools button.
  10. Select Internet options.
  11. Under Home page section click Use new tab or enter the URL you want.
  12. Click OK.

Reset Opera Settings:

Note: This will delete all saved data including bookmarks and passwords and return the browser to freshly installed state.

  1. Exit Opera browser.
  2. Open File Explorer.
  3. Go to C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera, where username is the name of your Windows account.
  4. Find and delete Operapref.ini file.
Alternative Way of Searchinet.net Removal in Opera:
  1. Press Ctrl +Shift + E keys to open extensions manager.
  2. To remove an add-on, click on the x button next to it.
  3. Click OK when asked to confirm.
  4. Click on the top-left corner, select Settings.
  5. In the Search section select one of the search engines from the list.
  6. In the On startup section select Open the start page.
  7. Click OK.

Remove Searchinet.net from Safari:

  1. On the top menu select Safari => Preferences.
  2. Select Extensions tab.
  3. Select an extension you want to delete and click Uninstall button next to it.
  4. Go to General tab.
  5. Select what you want Safari to open on start-up, new windows, new tabs and homepage.
  6. Go to Search tab.
  7. Select the search engine you want.

Remove Searchinet.net Hijacker From Programs and Features (optional):

Go to Programs and Features, uninstall suspicious programs, programs you don’t remember installing, or programs you installed just before Searchinet.net appeared on your computer. When you are not sure if a program is safe, look for the answer on the Internet.

Windows 11:

  1. Press Windows key and I (“i”) key on your keyboard. The Settings window will open.
  2. On the left panel select Apps.
  3. On the right panel click on Apps and Features.
  4. Find the program you wish to uninstall.
  5. Click on the three dots button next to the program and click Uninstall.
  6. Click Uninstall.

Windows 10:

  1. Press and hold Windows key Windows key and hit X key.
  2. Select Apps and Features from the menu.
  3. Optional: click on Sort by: above the list of programs and select Install date.
  4. Select a program you wish to uninstall.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 8 / Windows 8.1:

  1. Press and hold Windows key Windows key and hit X key.
  2. Select Programs and Features from the menu.
  3. Optional: click on Installed on above the dates column to sort the list by date.
  4. Select a program you want to remove.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 7:

  1. Click on Start button in the lower left corner of the screen.
  2. In the Start menu select Control Panel.
  3. Find and select Programs and Features or Uninstall a program.
  4. Optional: click on Installed on above the list of programs to sort it by date.
  5. Click on a program you wish to remove.
  6. Click Uninstall.

Mac OS:

  1. On the top menu click on Go => Applications.
  2. Drag an unwanted application to the Trash bin.
  3. Right-click on the Trash and select Empty Trash.

Android:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Apps => Apps.
  3. Tap an app from the list that you wish to uninstall.
  4. Tap Force stop if the button is enabled.
  5. Tap Uninstall and then OK on the confirmation pop-up.

How to Protect Your PC From Searchinet.net Virus and Other Browser Hijackers:

  • Get a powerful anti-malware software, capable of detecting and eliminating PUPs. Having several on-demand scanners would be a good idea too.
  • Keep Windows firewall enabled or get a third-party one.
  • Keep your OS, browsers and security utilities updated. Malware creators find new browser and OS vulnerabilities to exploit all the time. Software writers, in turn, release patches and updates to get rid of the known vulnerabilities and lesser the chance of malware penetration. Antivirus program’s signature databases get updated every day and even more often to include new virus signatures.
  • Download and use uBlock Origin, Adblock, Adblock Plus or one of the similar trustworthy extensions for blocking third-party advertisements on web-sites.
  • Don’t just click on any link you see while browsing the web. That applies particularly to links in comments, on forums, or in instant messengers. Pretty often these are spam links. Sometimes they are used for increasing the traffic to websites, but often enough they will land you on pages that will try to execute a malicious code and infect your computer..
  • Don’t download software from unverified web-sites. You can easily download a trojan (malware that pretends to be a useful application); or some unwanted programs could get installed along with the app.
  • When installing freeware or shareware, be sensible and don’t rush through the process. Choose Custom or Advanced installation mode, look for checkboxes that ask for your permission to install third-party apps and uncheck them, read End User License Agreement to make sure nothing else is going to get installed. You can make exceptions for the apps you know and trust, of course. If declining from installing unwanted programs is not possible, we advise you to cancel the installation completely.

1 thought on “How to Remove Searchinet.net Redirect

  1. Reply
    Cesar - April 15, 2022

    Thank you for your help. After attempting to manually remove the malware, downloading SpyHunt and trying other different methods, removing the chrome extension Ultimate Volume Booster was the reason for which the infamous searchinet was still there. Best wishes from someone you have helped to carry out their dissertation research without continuous browsing pain (:

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