SearchExtensionbyAsk – How to remove from Google Chrome?

SearchExtensionbyAsk is a new quite annoying browser hijacker. It changes the way your default browser works. As an example, it makes its home page to start with ask.com, plus it redirects your search queries via other third-party sites that can’t be considered as genuine search engines. Hence, there’s absolutely no use in keeping this hijacker in your browser. It is not able to provide you with any relevant search results, plus it may easily redirect your to all sorts of dangerous places in the Internet. As a result of such redirections, your system may become full of other dangerous programs and serious viruses.

Example of SearchExtensionbyAsk as it appears in hijacked browsers:

SearchExtensionbyAsk
SearchExtensionbyAsk

Quick facts about SearchExtensionbyAsk hijacker.

What happens with your browser when SearchExtensionbyAsk is enabled?

SearchExtensionbyAsk hijacker active in your browser will permanently appear in the home page. Plus, it will be set as your default search engine and may come up whenever you attempt to open blank page. So, instead of that blank page you will be forced to see ask.com page and the information it displays. The hijacker may display intrusive advertisement banners in the home page of your hijacked browser or certain sponsored links which may be placed together with pseudo search results delivered by means of the hijacker. However, you’re strongly advised not to click on such links or add, since they may lead you to different unsafe places in the web.

Another purpose of SearchExtensionbyAsk hijacker is to regularly spy over your browsing activity. The hijacker collects the data you submit through its search forms and then regularly transfers this sensitive or confidential information to third parties for different illegal purposes. So, in the light of these facts regarding the hijacker we strongly advise that you don’t tolerate it but rather delete its immediately.

What caused SearchExtensionbyAsk to become active in your browser?

Distribution of SearchExtensionbyAsk hijacker,takes place today through installing other free software. There are times when users decide to download and install certain nice and free software, but the problem is that this application will offer other unwanted extras to be made the part of your system. This is when problems begin. Users may be in a hurry to download that free program and fail to notice the information about these additional programs. So, SearchExtensionbyAsk may easily be installed as a result of user’s failure to be careful.

Intrusion of SearchExtensionbyAsk typically occurs with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and other browser. But the problem is that there will be nothing suspicious to be mentioned in the list of legally installed software, which would remind users about SearchExtensionbyAsk. Likewise, the list of browser extensions may be clean, whereas the page ask.com will keep to appear on startup. As you see, it is much easier to prevent intrusion of this hijacker than to look for the ways of its removal after the intrusion of this hijacker already took place.

Ways to remove SearchExtensionbyAsk intrusion.

So, what can you do to fully eliminate SearchExtensionbyAsk virus from your browser? There are various programs today claiming to be excellent spyware and malware removal tools. The problem is that their claims are not often supported by real actions. We have tested the capabilities of Plumbytes Anti-Malware in terms of combating SearchExtensionbyAsk and came to the conclusion that it is quite powerful in detecting and deleting this infection. So, we recommend you to scan your computer with it, remove all the infections it finds in your computer with its full registered version and to reset your browsers with its help. This will definitely fix the problem and remove SearchExtensionbyAsk from your browser.


Detailed SearchExtensionbyAsk removal steps.

STEP 1. Scanning your workstation with anti-malware software for SearchExtensionbyAsk detection.

This slider explains how to download, install and use recommended for SearchExtensionbyAsk detection and elimination:

  • STEP 1. Click on "Install" button.

  • STEP 2. Wait until the main software installer is fully downloaded.

  • STEP 3. The program is getting installed into your computer.

  • STEP 4. The program performs required updates.

  • STEP 5. The program is scanning your computer for viruses.

  • STEP 6. Click on "Remove Selected" once the scan is completed.

  • STEP 7. Click on "Activate Now" button.

  • STEP 8. Purchase the full version of the program. Check your email and enter the license key in the respective field. Click on “Activate” button.

  • STEP 9. You will get the notification about activation of full version of the program.

  • STEP 10. After activation, the program will start automatically removing detected threats.

Guidelines to get rid of SearchExtensionbyAsk using recommended anti-malware software.

  • Download anti-malware by clicking on the appropriate button above.
  • Install the utility and start it.
  • Wait until the utility is duly updated.
  • Run scanning with the software for SearchExtensionbyAsk detection.
  • Remove detected malicious items with registered version of the software.
  • Restart your PC.
  • Repeat scanning with the anti-malware utility.
  • Follow additional tips below to repair your browser infected by SearchExtensionbyAsk.

STEP 2. Remove SearchExtensionbyAsk from Google Chrome browser.

  • Right-click on the Desktop shortcut of Google Chrome and select “Properties“.
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of your browser should be set as “C:/Program Files/GoogleChrome/Application/chrome.exe”. If you see anything added after the path to the browser executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK“:
  • Fixing Google Chrome Desktop shortcuts
    Fixing Google Chrome Desktop shortcuts
  • Similarly, right-click on quick launch icon of Google Chrome, then right-click again on the name of Google Chrome browser and click on “Properties“:
  • Google Chrome quick launch properties
    Google Chrome quick launch properties
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters of Google Chrome in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of Google Chrome should be set as “C:/Program Files/GoogleChrome/Application/chrome.exe” If you see anything added after the path to Google Chrome executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK” (similar to fixing Desktop shortcut of Google Chrome).
  • In Google Chrome, click on its “Settings” button in the form of three vertical dots, then select “Settings“:
  • Google Chrome settings
    Google Chrome settings
  • Find “On start-up” settings, then click on “Set pages” link:
  • Google Chrome - Set Pages
    Google Chrome – Set Pages
  • Remove pages added by the hijacker by clicking on the “X” next to it. Add “google.com” as a new startup page, or any other page you prefer. Finally, click on “OK“:
  • Google Chrome - Add a new page
    Google Chrome – Add a new page
  • In Google Chrome, click on the menu button in the upper-right section of the screen which either looks like three vertical dots. Scroll down to the bottom of the drop-down menu and click on “Settings” (as shown in one of the images above).
  • Select “Extensions” in the left part of the window. Uncheck suspicious extension, then click on the Trash icon next to it.
  • Google Chrome extensions
    Google Chrome extensions
  • NOTE. Final optional steps. Use these steps only if the above-mentioned methods to remove SearchExtensionbyAsk from Google Chrome did not help. When in Google Chrome settings mode, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Show advanced settings“:
  • Google Chrome - Show Advanced Settings
    Google Chrome – Show Advanced Settings
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Reset settings” button:
  • Google Chrome - Reset Settings
    Google Chrome – Reset Settings
  • In the pop-up window, click on “Reset“:
  • Google Chrome - Reset
    Google Chrome – Reset

STEP 3. Remove SearchExtensionbyAsk from Mozilla Firefox browser.

  • Right-click on the Desktop shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select “Properties“.
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of your browser should be set as “C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/firefox.exe”. If you see anything added after the path to the browser executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK“:
  • Mozilla Firefox shortcut properties
    Mozilla Firefox shortcut properties
  • Similarly, right-click on quick launch icon of Mozilla Firefox, then right-click again on the name of Mozilla Firefox browser and click on “Properties“:
  • Mozilla Firefox quick launch properties
    Mozilla Firefox quick launch properties
  • Click on the “Shortcut” tab. Check the parameters of Mozilla Firefox in the “Target” field. The destination to the main executable file of Mozilla Firefox should be set as “C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/firefox.exe” If you see anything added after the path to Mozilla Firefox executable, get rid of it, then click on “Apply” and “OK” (similar to fixing Desktop shortcut of Mozilla Firefox).
  • Click on Mozilla Firefox “Settings” button in the form of three horizontal lines in the right upper part of the windows. Click on “Options“:
  • Mozilla Firefox options
    Mozilla Firefox options
  • In the “Home Page” field, change the parameter to “google.com” or any other home page you like. Or you may simply click on “Restore to Default” button:
  • Mozilla Firefox - Restoring home page to default
    Mozilla Firefox – Restoring home page to default
  • In Mozilla Firefox, click on the icon that looks in the form of three horizontal lines in the upper-right section of the browser window. Click on “Add-ons“:
  • Mozilla Firefox add-ons
    Mozilla Firefox add-ons
  • Click on the “Extensions” tab in the left part of the windows. Check suspicious extensions. If you identify them, click on “Disable“, then on “Remove“:
  • Disabling and removing extensions from Mozilla Firefox
    Disabling and removing extensions from Mozilla Firefox
  • NOTE. Final optional steps. Use these steps only if the above-mentioned methods to remove SearchExtensionbyAsk from Mozilla Firefox did not help. Click on the icon that looks in the form of three horizontal lines in the upper-right section of Mozilla Firefox and select the question-mark icon at the bottom of the drop-down menu:
  • Mozilla Firefox question mark
    Mozilla Firefox question mark
  • Click on “Troubleshooting information” in the slide-out menu:
  • Mozilla Firefox - Troubleshooting information
    Mozilla Firefox – Troubleshooting information
  • Select the “Refresh Firefox” button at the top right of the new web page:
  • Refreshing Mozilla Firefox
    Refreshing Mozilla Firefox
  • Finally, click on “Refresh Firefox” again to confirm the action.

STEP 4. Remove SearchExtensionbyAsk from Internet Explorer browser.

  • Fix Desktop shortcuts and quick launch items of Internet Explorer similar to fixing procedures for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Note that the path to Internet Explorer executable should be “C:/Program Files/Internet Explorer/iexplore.exe”.
  • Click on Internet Explorer settings icon in the upper-right part of the browser in the form of a gear-wheel. Then click on “Internet options“:
  • Internet Explorer - Internet Options
    Internet Explorer – Internet Options
  • In the “General” tab, click on “Use default” or change home page manually to google.com or other start page of your choice. Then click on “Apply” and “OK“:
  • Internet Explorer home page settings
    Internet Explorer home page settings
  • Click on Internet Explorer settings icon in the upper-right part of the browser in the form of a gear-wheel. Select “Manage add-ons“:
  • Internet Explorer - Manage add-ons
    Internet Explorer – Manage add-ons
  • Find suspicious toolbar or extension. Click on it (make it highlighted). Then click on “Disable” button related to this particular toolbar or extension.
  • Disabling toolbars and extensions in Internet Explorer
    Disabling toolbars and extensions in Internet Explorer
  • NOTE. Final optional steps. Use these steps only if the above-mentioned methods to remove SearchExtensionbyAsk from Internet Explorer did not help. Click on Internet Explorer settings icon in the upper-right part of the browser in the form of a gear-wheel. Select “Internet Options“.
  • Select “Advanced” tab, then click on “Reset“:
  • Internet Explorer advanced tab and Reset command
    Internet Explorer advanced tab and Reset command
  • Select appropriate reset options, then click on “Reset“:
  • Resetting Internet Explorer
    Resetting Internet Explorer

STEP 5. Remove SearchExtensionbyAsk from Microsoft Edge browser.

  • Fix Desktop shortcuts and quick launch items of Microsoft Edge similar to fixing procedures for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
  • Click on Microsoft Edge settings button in the form of three horizontal dots, then click on “Settings“:
  • Microsoft Edge settings
    Microsoft Edge settings
  • Delete suspicious home page added by SearchExtensionbyAsk and enter google.com as your new home page or some other start page of your choice:
  • Fixing Microsoft Edge home page
    Fixing Microsoft Edge home page

STEP 6. Remove SearchExtensionbyAsk from Opera browser.

  • Fix Desktop shortcuts and quick launch items of Opera browser similar to fixing procedures for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Note that the path to Opera executable should be set as “C:/Program Files/Opera/launcher.exe”.
  • In Opera, click on its “Opera” button and select “Settings“:
  • Opera settings
    Opera settings
  • Click on “Set pages“:
  • Opera - Set Pages
    Opera – Set Pages
  • Add “google.com” as the new startup page, or any other page of your choice. Click on “OK“:
  • Opera browser - home page settings
    Opera browser – home page settings
  • Click on “Opera” menu in the upper-right part of the browser. Select “Extensions“, then click on “Manage extensions“:
  • Managing Opera extensions
    Managing Opera extensions
  • If you find anything suspicious, disable and delete it.

STEP 7. (optional) Removing malware from Safari in Mac OS X.

To clean Safari browser please follow this guide.

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