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Search Hub (Removal Instructions)

Search Hub is a browser hijacker that takes over your homepage, default search engine, and new tab page. When you are affected by Search Hub your browser will start-up on a Search Hub webpage, such as www.searchhub.info, and your browser will redirect to the same webpage when you perform a search in the address bar. Native and cooperating browser applications (including the Search Hub extension for Google Chrome) are used to replace existing internet browser settings once they have been installed. The Search Hub extension also permissions set allowing it read and change data on the websites you visit while it is enabled.
Names Search Hub, Search Hub Homepage, Search Hub virus
Detection Categories Adware, Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Publisher Description N/A
Symptoms Advertisements in the web browser that say “Search Hub Ads”
Browser redirects to searchhub.info and other sponsored websites
Decreased internet speed and performance
Decreased computer functionality and performance
Bundles with malware and other potentially unwanted programs
Permissions Read and change all your data on the websites you visit
Communicate with cooperating websites
Change your search settings to: searchhub.info
Distribution Method Search Hub and other objects that can cause your browser to redirect to searchhub.info are usually promoted in advertisements on media and torrenting websites. The user might be tricked into accepting the download under the guise of a program update or something that it is not.

Search Hub

How to remove Search Hub (Removal Instructions)

These Search Hub removal instructions will help you completely remove Search Hub, viruses, malware, and other threats from your computer.

  1. Manually remove Search Hub extension
  2. Scan your computer for malware with Malwarebytes
  3. Scan your computer a second time with HitmanPro
  4. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

Remove Search Hub extension

Google Chrome

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

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

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the Search Hub add-on and click Remove.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.

2. Search for the Search Hub add-on in the list, select it with your mouse, and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

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

Scan your computer for malware with Malwarebytes

1. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

3. When the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.

4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.

Scan your computer a second time with HitmanPro

1. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

2. Open HitmanPro 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.

3. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

5. Click the Reboot button.

Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. 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.

Sean Doyle

Sean is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. He is featured in several publications.

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