How to remove Power App (Virus Removal Guide)

Power App (also searched for as Power App virus) is a malicious browser extension that hijacks existing internet browser settings including the startup page, new tab page, and search engine. The extension is self-described as a browser extension that “configures your Default Search to Power App (searchpowerapp.com)” and shares the same description, functions, and distributor as the Genius App extension and other similar extensions.
Power App

The Power App extension and other similar extensions are known to be a security risk because they retain and share user data with unknown parties for unknown purposes. The extensions typically have permission to read browsing history, change search settings to searchpowerapp.com, read and change bookmarks, manage other apps, extensions, and themes, and read and change all user data on the websites they visit.

Power App extension
As previously mentioned, the Power App extension replaces the default internet browser’s search engine settings, startup page, and new tab page with a new site such as searchpowerapp.com. As a result, this causes the infected web browser to redirect to the site when a new browser window is launched, a new tab is opened, or a search is made.

When a search is performed in the address bar or on the associated website the results will be filtered by the site and then shown on a proper search engine such as search.yahoo.com. This allows the associated website to collect user data and observe what users search for online.

In addition, users may experience these symptoms when the Power App extension is installed:

  • Pop-up advertisements
  • Pop-up notifications
  • Hijacked homepage
  • Hijacked search provider
  • Hijacked new tab page
  • Constant browser redirects
  • Suspicious browser extensions installed
  • Suspicious programs on your PC
  • Slower browsing experience
  • Slow and sluggish PC

How to remove Power App (Virus Removal Guide)

The Power App browser extension can be manually removed from Google Chrome and other web browsers through browser settings. However, removing the browser extension through browser settings will not remove malware, adware, spyware, viruses, and other potential threats from an infected computer. To completely remove Power App and other threats we recommend scanning a computer with reputable security software known to detect and remove the browser hijacker and remaining malware, adware, spyware, and viruses. Follow the removal instructions below to remove Power App and other threats from an infected computer.


Remove Power App extension


Scan your computer for malware with ESET Smart Security


Clean up and repair settings with CCleaner Professional


More removal and repair options


Remove Power App extension

Google Chrome

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  1. Run Chrome.
  2. Open the menu and go to More tools > Extensions.
  3. Locate the extension and click the Remove button.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Run Firefox.
  2. Open the menu and go to Add-ons.
  3. Locate the extension and click the Remove button.

Scan your computer for malware with ESET Smart Security

1. Download and install ESET Smart Security. *When installing ESET Smart Security, select the option to enable detection of potentially unwanted applications (if applicable).

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2. Once ESET Smart Security is installed, open the program and navigate to the Computer scan tab.

ESET Smart Security may automatically update and perform an initial scan. The ‘initial scan’ takes longer to complete than a normal computer or removable media scan. It is recommended to perform a second scan following the initial scan.

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3. Click Scan your computer to scan all local disks and clean threats.


Clean up and repair settings with CCleaner Professional

1. Download and install CCleaner Professional.

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2. Once CCleaner Professional is installed, open the program and navigate to the Easy Clean tab.

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3. Click the Analyze button to find trackers and junk files that CCleaner Professional can remove.

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4. When the analysis is complete, click the Clean All button.

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5. Next, go to the Registry tab and click the Scan for Issues button.

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6. When the scan is complete, click the Fix selected Issues… button.

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7. As a precaution, click Yes to back up the registry before making changes to it and save the Reg File (.reg) file to your computer.

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8. Click the Fix All Selected Issues button and then click Close once all problems have been removed.


More removal and repair options

ESET Smart Security is one of the top Antivirus and internet security program on the market and CCleaner Professional is arguably the only respected Windows System Utility program; However, in rare cases, even the best Antivirus program can miss small trace files and potential threats.

Perform a second-opinion scan with HitmanPro.Alert

HitmanPro.Alert is a powerful anti-malware program that detects and removes known malicious files, trackers, and registry entries related to viruses, rootkits, trojans, ransomware, adware, worms, spyware, and other malware. What makes HitmanPro.Alert stand out is that it will remove a large sample of malicious or potentially malicious files than most antimalware and antivirus programs.

  1. Download and install HitmanPro.Alert.
  2. Once HitmanPro.Alert is installed, open the program and click the Scan Now button.
  3. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine Selected button.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.

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