How to remove Search Selector B (Virus Removal Guide)

Search Selector B


Remove Search Selector B, viruses, malware, adware, and other cyber threats by following the steps in this free removal guide.

What is Search Selector B?


Search Selector B is recognized as a potentially malicious browser extension in the Browser Hijacker category that is compatible with Google Chrome and other popular web browsers. It is self-described as “a premium search extension that will answer all your queries.” Although the description for the Search Selector B extension makes it appear harmless the extension performs behaviors that are considered unethical.

Search Selector B

Search Selector B virus

When the Search Selector B extension is installed it will hijack internet search settings including the default search engine which allows it to install tracking files and intercept what a user searches for online. The extension does this by forcing internet searches to briefly redirect to a new website such as selected-search.com and then to a search engine such as Bing, Yahoo, or Google. Users may not even notice that their browser has initially redirected to a third-party website because it is done quickly to remain hidden.

The Search Selector B extension will redirect searches performed in the address bar to Bing, Yahoo, or Google. The user can change the which legitimate search engine is used by clicking the extension’s icon in the menu. There is no purpose for such an extension in the first place since these websites are free to access without the use of a third-party item.

Search Selector B extension

In addition, the Search Selector B browser extension for Google Chrome has permission to change search settings to search-selected.com and read and change user data on the cooperating website. This is beneficial to the entity that controls the extension because it allows them to track what a user searches for online by initially intercepting their internet searches with the cooperating website. The extension can also record a user’s browser history and perform other tasks that may violate a user’s privacy and puts their personal information at risk.

How was Search Selector B installed?

The extension is typically installed by a third-party program which may include malware, viruses, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Computer users do not normally seek to install this extension as there is no use for such a tool. If the extension has been installed it is an indication that the user’s computer has become infected with a third-party threat which may include one or more of the following:

  • Malware
  • Virus
  • Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
  • Trojan
  • Adware

Due to the fact that this extension is an indication of a computer infection, it is recommended to remove it and other threats from the infected device to avoid issues including privacy-related issues and compute functionality issues.

These are issues that may occur if the extension and related threats are left on a computer:

  • The user’s personal information may be collected, shared, and sold.
  • The user may receive calls from third-party telemarketers and scammers.
  • The user may receive email spam and other types of mail.
  • The computing device may become unresponsive.
  • The computing device may become slow and sluggish.
  • The computing device may be taken over and used in various criminal activities (mining, botnets, etc.).

Other issues not listed may occur as a result of a computer infection.

How to remove Search Selector B (Virus Removal Guide)


The Search Selector B browser extension can be manually removed through internet browser settings. However, removing the browser extension within the settings will not remove malware, adware, spyware, viruses, and other threats from an infected computer. To remove malware from an infected computer, we recommend scanning the computer with a reputable security program such as Malwarebytes Premium or Malwarebytes Free. Follow the free removal guide on this page to remove the Search Selector B extension and use reputable antivirus software to remove malware from your computer.

How to remove the Search Selector B extension

How to remove malware and viruses

How to remove tracking files and repair Windows registry

How to remove the Search Selector B extension


Follow the instructions to remove the Search Selector B extension from Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Google Chrome

1. Open the menu and go to More tools > Extensions

2. Click the Remove button

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the menu and go to Add-ons

2. Click the Remove button

How to remove malware and viruses


Follow the instructions to remove malware, adware, browser hijackers, spyware, ransomware, viruses, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). The security software recommended in this removal guide is free to use. However, we recommend registering the software to secure your computing device and stop infections before they happen.

1. Download and install Malwarebytes.

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2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, click the Scan Now button to begin scanning the computer.

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3. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine Selected button to remove all threats detected by Malwarebytes.

4. Reboot the computer.

5. Once the computer is rebooted, download and install HitmanPro or HitmanPro.Alert to perform a second-opinion scan and remove the remaining malware (if applicable). To download the executable file, fill out the information on their website (name and email address) and click submit.

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6. Once HitmanPro is installed, click the Next button to begin scanning the computer.

7. When the scan is complete, click the Next button to remove all threats detected by HitmanPro.

How to remove tracking files and repair Windows registry


Follow the instructions to remove tracking files, remove browsing data, and repair the Windows registry.

1. Download and install CCleaner Free or CCleaner Professional.

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2. Once CCleaner is installed, go to the Easy Clean tab.

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

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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