# Remove the Searchinme.com Browser Hijacker

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• February 22, 2017

## What is Searchinme.com Browser Hijacker?

Skip this and learn how to remove Searchinme.com Browser Hijacker!

The Searchinme.com Browser Hijacker is a potentially unwanted program that hijacks your installed browsers so that they use Searchinme.com as the home and search provider. It does this by downloading a version of Firefox that has been preconfigured to use Searchinme.com as its home page. Furthermore, this program will modify the file associations for HTML files and URLs so that they use their bundled copy of Firefox instead of the browser that was normally used on the computer.

When installed, this unwanted program will install itself under the C:\Program Files (X86)\Firefox folder and will be customized in such a way that it opens only the Searchinme.com homepage. While this program is detected under a variety of names, it is commonly detected as Trojan: Win32/Ghokswa.

## How was the Searchinme.com Hijacker Installed on My Computer?

This program is typically bundled with other programs that you can download off of the Internet but did not properly disclose what would be installed along with it. Therefore, it is important that you pay attention to the license agreements and installation screens when installing anything off of the Internet. If an installation screen offers you Custom or Advanced installation options, it is a good idea to select these as they will typically disclose what other 3rd party software will also be installed. Furthermore, If the license agreement or installation screens state that they are going to install a toolbar or other unwanted adware, it is advised that you cancel the install and not use the free software.

As the developers of Searchinme.com purposely download and install a browser onto your computer without your permission, this is not a program I would want on my computer. To make it worse it also modifies the Windows configuration so that URLs and HTML files are automatically opened in this browser instead of your normal one. Therefore, I feel that you should remove the Searchinme.com hijacker from your computer by using the removal guide below.

## Self Help Guide

This guide contains advanced information, but has been written in such a way so that anyone can follow it. Please ensure your data is backed up before proceeding.

If you are uncomfortable making changes to your computer or following these steps, do not worry! Instead you can get free one-on-one help by asking in the forums.

### To remove Searchinme.com Browser Hijacker, follow these steps:

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To terminate any programs that may interfere with the removal process we must first download the Rkill program. Rkill will search your computer for active malware infections and attempt to terminate them so that they wont interfere with the removal process. To do this, please download RKill to your desktop from the following link.

##### Rkill

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Do not reboot your computer after running RKill as the malware programs will start again.

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##### Zemana AntiMalware
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Now double-click on the icon on your desktop named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.exe. This will start the installation of Zemana AntiMalware onto your computer.

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When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, Zemana will automatically start and display the main screen.

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You will now be at the main screen for Zemana AntiMalware as shown below.

Above the Scan button, please change the scan type to Deep Scan and then click on the Scan button to start the malware removal scan.

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Zemana AntiMalware will now start scanning your computer for malware, adware, and potentially unwanted programs. This process can take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.

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When Zemana has finished finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any programs that have been detected. Please note that the items found may be different than what is shown in the image below.

Review the scan results and when you are ready to continue with the cleanup process, click on the Next button to delete or repair all of the the selected results. Once you click on the Next button, Zemana will remove any unwanted files and fix any modified legitimate files. If you receive a warning that Zemana needs to close your open browsers, please close any web browsers that may be open and then click on the OK button to continue.

Zemana will now create a System Restore Point and remove the detected files and repair any files that were modified.

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When the process is complete, you will be shown a screen that says Completed. At this screen, you can now close the Zemana AntiMalware screen and continue with the rest of the instructions.

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If you selected to continue, you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.

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Now click on the Scan button in AdwCleaner. The program will now start to search for known adware programs that may be installed on your computer. When it has finished it will display all of the items it has found in Results section of the screen above. Please look through the results and try to determine if the programs that are listed contain ones that you do not want installed. If you find programs that you need to keep, then uncheck the entries associated with them.

For many people, the contents of the Results section may appear confusing. Unless you see a program name that you know should not be removed,please continue with the next step.

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To remove the adware programs that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Clean button on the AdwCleaner screen. AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to close any open programs before it starts to clean.

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When your computer reboots and you are logged in, AdwCleaner will automatically open a log file that contains the files, registry keys, and programs that were removed from your computer.

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##### HitmanPro

When you visit the above page, please download the version that corresponds to the bit-type of the Windows version you are using.

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Once downloaded, double-click on the file named HitmanPro.exe (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or HitmanPro_x64.exe (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.

Now click on the Next button to continue with the scan process.

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You will now be at the HitmanPro setup screen. If you would like to install the 30 day trial for HitmanPro, select the Yes, create a copy of HitmanPro so I can regularly scan this computer (recommended) option. Otherwise, if you just want to scan the computer this one time, please select the No, I only want to perform a one-time scan to check this computer option.

Once you have selected one of the options, please click on the Next button.

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HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for infections, adware, and potentially unwanted programs. When it has finished it will display a list of all the items that Hitman has found as shown in the image below. Please note that the items found may be different than what is shown in the image.

You should now click on the Next button to have HitmanPro remove the detected items. When it is done you will be shown a Removal Results screen that shows the status of the various programs that were removed. At this screen you should click on the Next button and then if prompted you should click on the Reboot button. If HitmanPro does not prompt you to reboot, please just click on the Close button.

Once your computer has has restarted or you pressed the Close button, you should now be at your Windows desktop.

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As many malware and unwanted programs are installed through vulnerabilities found in out-dated and insecure programs, it is strongly suggested that you use Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs on your computer. A tutorial on how to use Secunia PSI to scan for vulnerable programs can be found here:

How to detect vulnerable and out-dated programs using Secunia Personal Software Inspector

Your computer should now be free of the Searchinme.com Browser Hijacker program. If your current security solution allowed this program on your computer, you may want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Zemana AntiMalware to protect against these types of threats in the future.

If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:

Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help

While Zemana AntiMalware & HitmanPro will scan and clean a computer for free, the free versions do not offer real-time protection. If you want to be fully protected at all times then it is recommended that you purchase a premium version.

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View Associated Searchinme.com Browser Hijacker Files

C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\Accessible.tlb C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\AccessibleMarshal.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\api-ms-win-core-console-l1-1-0.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\application.ini C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\bin\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\bin\FirefoxUpdate.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\breakpadinjector.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\blocklist.xml C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\chrome.manifest C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\components\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\components\browsercomps.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\components\components.manifest C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\crashreporter-override.ini C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\extensions\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\extensions\{972ce4c6-7e08-4474-a285-3208198ce6fd}.xpi C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\features\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\features\aushelper@mozilla.org.xpi C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\features\e10srollout@mozilla.org.xpi C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\features\firefox@getpocket.com.xpi C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\features\webcompat@mozilla.org.xpi C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\omni.ja C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\VisualElements\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\VisualElements\VisualElements_150.png C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\browser\VisualElements\VisualElements_70.png C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\crashreporter.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\crashreporter.ini C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\d3dcompiler_47.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\defaults\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\defaults\pref\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\defaults\pref\channel-prefs.js C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\dependentlibs.list C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\dictionaries\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\dictionaries\en-US.aff C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\dictionaries\en-US.dic C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\fbox.bin C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\Firefox.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\firefox.VisualElementsManifest.xml C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\fonts\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\fonts\EmojiOneMozilla.ttf C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\freebl3.chk C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\freebl3.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\gmp-clearkey\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\gmp-clearkey\0.1\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\gmp-clearkey\0.1\clearkey.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\gmp-clearkey\0.1\clearkey.info C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\IA2Marshal.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\lgpllibs.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\libEGL.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\libGLESv2.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\maintenanceservice.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\maintenanceservice_installer.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\mozavcodec.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\mozavutil.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\mozglue.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\msvcp140.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\nss3.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\nssckbi.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\nssdbm3.chk C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\nssdbm3.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\omni.ja C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\platform.ini C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\plugin-container.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\plugin-hang-ui.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\precomplete C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\removed-files C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\softokn3.chk C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\softokn3.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\ucrtbase.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\uninstall\ C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\uninstall\helper.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\update-settings.ini C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\updater.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\updater.ini C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\vcruntime140.dll C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\wow_helper.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Firefox\xul.dll %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Firefox\ %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Firefox\Firefox\ %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Firefox\Firefox\Firefox\ %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Firefox\

File Location Notes:

%UserProfile% refers to the current user's profile folder. By default, this is C:\Documents and Settings\<Current User> for Windows 2000/XP, C:\Users\<Current User> for Windows Vista/7/8, and c:\winnt\profiles\<Current User> for Windows NT.

View Associated Searchinme.com Browser Hijacker Registry Information

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\FirefoxU

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