Musix Search (also found as Musix Search virus) is a browser extension that has been flagged by the internet security community. Musix Search is known to utilize deceptive marketing tactics in order to infiltrate an internet browser. Once the Musix Search extension has been contracted it will change existing internet browser settings, which causes affected internet browsers to startup on and redirect to sponsored webpages when an internet user searches the web using the browser address bar or opens a new browser window or tab. Webpages that the Musix Search extension is known to redirect to include zooms.searchalgo.com, search.yahoo.com, and other webpages.

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What is Musix Search?

Musix Search is promoted as a browser add-on and extension that will allow users to browse through a music database. The database includes music, albums, songs, and videos.

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Musix Search is detected by various reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware products as adware and a browser hijacker. Musix Search is known to serve intrusive pop-up and targeted advertisements, as well as cause browser redirections. If you remove Musix Search you will be able to stop unwanted browser redirects to third-party webpages. This differs from most applications in the browser hijacker category.

Musix Search serves ‘targeted’ advertisements to users while they browse the internet. This is a privacy concern because targeted advertisements can only be produced by the adware if it has access to user browsing data, such as  all browsing activities, bookmarks, app data, and browser history. This information is observed and used to generate advertisements it feels users are most likely to click on.

Furthermore, Musix Search bundles with additional unwanted programs, malware, and other possible malicious threats. This means that it might be necessary to uninstall multiple programs from Windows and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Many of these programs can not easily be found on a computer system without third-party security software.

Musix Search adware and the additional programs that it bundles with also manufacture new tasks and change existing Windows start-up settings in order to run every time the operating system starts and remain enabled if disabled by the user. Programs and browser attachments that may arrive with this deceptive piece of adware can also cause other issues for computer and internet users aside from pop-up advertisements, including browser redirections and a loss in computer functionality and internet connectivity. Furthermore, if Musix Search is manually removed, it is possibly that the adware or another one in its place will return before a week has passed.

How did Musix Search get on my computer?

Musix Search adware is usually contracted without consent or knowledge of the computer user alongside third-party programs and files, such as freeware, shareware, torrent files, and other free downloadable content. The potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and files that deliver the adware can be introduced to a computer system and affected internet browsers with or without user authorization.

Computer and internet users who seek to download and install free programs and files online may be presented with an opportunity to accept or decline a ‘custom’ offer to install Musix Search adware and other programs during the setup and installation process. However, the request to decline Musix Search adware from installing is often presented in a very confusing manner. In some cases, the download manager may completely ignore the user request to decline Musix Search from installing and the adware will install against user consent and knowledge.

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The browser attachment is also promoted through a series of questionable advertising campaigns, mostly associated with torrent and online streaming websites.

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  • The Musix Search extension for Google Chrome can read and change all your data on the websites you visit and read and change your browsing history.
  • The Musix Search extension for Google Chrome can change your search settings to sponsored webpages.

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  • Musix Search bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and possible malware.
  • Musix Search can arrive on a computer system packed inside installers and downloaders from websites such as download.com, Softonic, and others.
  • Musix Search injects visited webpages with pop-up, pop-under, in-text, and in-image advertisements.
  • Musix Search makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings and schedules new tasks allowing it to run every time Windows starts and to check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program has previously been disabled it will enable itself to run.

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How to remove Musix Search (Removal Guide)

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Step 1: Remove Musix Search extensions

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Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

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2. Search for the Musix Search extension in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for the Musix Search add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Apple Safari

1. Click Safari and go to Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Find the Musix Search extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 2: Uninstall Musix Search from Windows

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for Musix Search and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. If you can not find this program in the list of installed program please see steps 3 and 4 below.

Step 3: Remove Musix Search virus with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. When the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Open the program and go to Cleaner and click the Analyze button. After files and have been analyzed, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues. When the scan is complete click Fix selected issues… and then click the Fix All Selected Issues button.

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4. Go to to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, all the way to Context Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click  Delete once anything suspicious is found to remove it.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential Musix Search malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

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