How to remove native-search.com redirect (Removal Guide)

Native Search virus (native-search.com)

The Native Search virus (also found as NativeSearch virus or native-search.com redirect virus; though not technically a virus) is potential malware categorized as a browser hijacker and spyware that installs to a Microsoft Windows computer and attaches to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer as a browser add-on, browser helper object (BHO), and extension titled fbdownloader with or without user consent. The fbdownloader add-on and extension or other item used to promote native-search.com changes internet browser settings including the home page (start page) and internal browser search engine (default, managed, and provided search engines. This causes affected browsers to redirect to native-search.com in general scenarios and start-up on the Native Search search engine when users open a new browser window or tab.

Native Search virus

Once software used to promote native-search.com is installed (such as fbdownloader) the application will begin to replace existing internet browser settings, install additional software, and collect sensitive user information including data manually submitted online such as your name, home address, telephone number, email address, browser activity and history, and more. Native Search malware may also collect information when fbdownloader is uninstalled and use additional techniques to collect purchase information or persuade victims to purchase sponsored and/or non-beneficial software.

Native Search fbdownloader

If software that causes your internet browser to redirect to http://wwwnative-search.com is installed on your computer system and attached to your internet browser you are at higher risk of cyber crimes involving credit theft, extortion, identity theft, and others. Even though these crimes are rare, this particular category of malware leaves users at a much higher risk if the software was never introduced to the computer system.

Native Search redirect

Native-search.com displays sponsored search results and is not considered a legitimate standalone search engine.

How does native-search.com get onto a computer?

Items used to promote the native-search.com redirect virus can be manually and voluntarily installed from a variety of questionable websites including download.com. Downloadable software that supports the Native Search website often bundles with suspicious third-party freeware and shareware. Some users are given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install unwanted software and change their home page and search engine to the Native Search search engine; However, the request to decline the offer is often ignored or represented in a confusing manner by the developer or distributor.

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  1. Automatically remove Native Search – Scan for and automatically remove Native Search and third-party malware
  2. Manually remove Native Search – Remove/Uninstall Native Search software and third-party malware (if necessary)

1. Automatic Native Search virus removal

Use the instructions below to automatically remove Native Search and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.

3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.

Malwarebytes Perform Full Scan

4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.

Malwarebytes Gadgetbox

CCleaner

CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall the Native Search hijacker and associated third-party software.

1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

CCleaner Startup

3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

4. To automatically uninstall Native Search (fbdownloader) and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Native Search, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

2. Manual Native Search virus removal

Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Native Search and third-party software using generic Microsoft Windows removal procedures. 

How to uninstall Native Search (fbdownloader)

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.

Uninstall a program

2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.

3. In the list of installed programs search for Native Search (fbdownloader) and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.

How to remove Native Search add-ons and extensions

Use the instructions to remove Native Search Toolbar add-ons and extension. Please note, it may be necessary to remove different attachments than suggested and multiple third-party items.

Google Chrome

1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the Native Search Toolbar extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the Native Search Toolbar add-on and remove it.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.

2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the Native Search Toolbar add-on and remove it if located.

How to remove native-search.com search engine

  • In Mozilla Firefox, click the small search magnify glass near the search box (not url/search field) and click “Manage Search Engines…”. Remove the native-search.com search engine from the list of search providers by highlighting the selections and clicking remove.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools > Manage Add Ons > Search Providers and remove the native-search.com search engine from the list.
  • In Google Chrome, click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings > Manage search engines… click the X next to the native-search.com search engine to remove it.

Please note, If http://www.native-search.com/ is set as Google Chrome’s default search engine, add (or select) a new search engine (such as Google.com) and select the new search engine as the default search engine, then remove the unwanted search engine by clicking the X next to it.

How to remove native-search.com homepage

  • In Mozilla Firefox navigate to Tools > Options or click Firefox in the top left corner and click Options > Options. Under the General tab remove native-search.com from the “Home Page:” field and replace it with your preferred home page URL.
  • In Microsoft Internet Explorer navigate to Tools >Internet Options. Remove native-search.com from the Home Page field and replace it with your preferred URL.
  • In Google Chrome click the customize icon (wrench or 3 bars) and navigate to Settings.Click “Set pages” under the On startup option. Remove native-search.com and replace it with your preferred URL.

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