How to remove Search By WowMusix (Removal Guide)

Search By WowMusix is the name of a browser add-on and extension which has been recognized as adware and a potentially unwanted program (or PUP for short) by reputable malware researchers and internet security program vendors. The Search By WowMusix add-on and extension is compatible with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and other internet browsers. Once the Search By WowMusix extension has been attached to your browser it will read and change all your data on the websites you visit and change your search settings to search.wowmusix.com. This will cause internet searches to redirect to the promoted website. The Search By WowMusix extension may also be responsible for pop-up advertisements in your web browser.

Search By WowMusix

Aside from changing your search settings the Search By WowMusix extension will also change your homepage and new-tab settings. In turn, this will cause affected internet browsers to start-up on and redirect to the associated webpage when you open a new browser window or open a new browser tab.

Threat Details

Name(s) Search By WowMusix, Search By WowMusix virus
Detection Categories Adware
Short Description This extension is promoted as a free browser utility.
Symptoms The user may experience unwanted advertisements and redirects in the web browser.
Distribution Method This extension bundles with freeware and dubious files and is promoted by deceptive advertisements.
Detection Tool Download Malware Removal Tool (Malwarebytes)

What is Search By WowMusix?

Search By WowMusix is promoted as a free browser utility that allows you to “search and enjoy music albums, songs, and videos all in one click.” Even if the browser extension does what it claims to do it can cause many problems.

Search By WowMusix extension

The Search By WowMusix extension for Google Chrome has permission to read and change all your data on the websites you visit and change your search settings to search.wowmusix.com.

Search By WowMusix and adware that it associates with will generate pop-up and in-text style ads on the internet and Windows desktop. It may even show a large bar at the top of Windows desktop that contains links and a search box. Various user details may also be obtained by the adware and used for adifferent purposes. The data collection is described in the product’s Privacy Policy and allotted permissions if a browser attachment is present. Getting to know the Privacy Policy, Terms of Use and Download Agreement of freeware is crucial to keeping your online information secure.

The extension is often promoted by third-party software bundlers, trojan downloaders, download managers, dubious files, and misleading advertisements. The advertisements primarily generate on media related websites including torrent websites and video streaming sites that utilize unethical advertising platforms.

Search By WowMusix Removal Guide

Search By WowMusix and other programs that it may arrive on your computer with can usually be uninstalled manually from your computer and internet browser. We have provided several steps below the article to show you how remove Search By WowMusix and other threats. However, if you have clicked on any random ads or have been redirected to suspicious websites, your system may have been exposed to malware and other threats. To make sure your PC is completely clean and your information is protected from cyber criminals, we recommend that you follow all the steps below.

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Step 1: Uninstall Search By WowMusix from Windows

Follow the instructions to uninstall Search By WowMusix and other programs that it may bundle with from your Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 computer. If you do not find Search By WowMusix installed on your computer but still notice unwanted symptoms such as pop-up ads while you browse the web it is recommended to use Malwarebytes and HitmanPro to eradicate troublesome files.

1. Open Windows Start or Task menu and go to the Control Panel (or directly to Programs and Features).

2. In the “Programs” section click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove programs).

3. Search for Search By WowMusix and other programs in the list of installed programs and double click the program you want to remove to uninstall it. You can also select Search By WowMusix with your mouse and click the Uninstall button once it appears. Once you have uninstalled Search By WowMusix look for other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs and uninstall any if they are found. A general tip is to click “Installed On” to locate any programs that installed around the same time.

Step 2: Remove Search By WowMusix add-ons and extensions

Follow the instructions to remove Search By WowMusix add-ons and extensions, as well as other attachments that it may bundle with from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer & Edge, and Apple Safari. If you do not find a Search By WowMusix attachments installed on your internet browser but still notice unwanted symptoms such as pop-up ads while you browse the web it is recommended to use Malwarebytes and HitmanPro to eradicate troublesome files. To remove Search By WowMusix from Microsoft internet browsers you must uninstall the program.

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

Search By WowMusix removal

2. Search for the Search By WowMusix extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the Search By WowMusix add-on and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for the Search By WowMusix extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 3: Remove Search By WowMusix virus with Malwarebytes

Follow the instructions to remove Search By WowMusix with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

1. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

2. Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software once it has finished installing.

3. Make sure that Malwarebytes has been updated. To ensure it is updated click Update Now on the Dashboard.

4. Click the large Scan Now button on the dashboard to perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

5. When the scan is complete click the Remove Selected button and then click the Finish button or restart your computer if Malwarebytes suggests that you do so.

Step 4: Remove Search By WowMusix malware with HitmanPro

Follow the instructions to remove Search By WowMusix with HitmanPro second-opinion software.

1. Download and install HitmanPro second opinion scanner and removal tool.

3. Once Hitman Pro is installed, open the program and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

4. When the scan is complete, click the Next button again to delete any threats or traces on your system.

5. If you are initially using the free version, to activate it, enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

6. Restart your computer by selecting Reboot.

Step 5: Clean and repair your computer with CCleaner

Follow the instructions to clean your computer and repair your computer’s settings.

1. Download and install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Once installed, open the program and go to the main Cleaner screen and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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. If you find any thing suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. To finish things off, go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.