How to remove (uninstall) Switch2Search

Advertising-oriented software, such as Switch2Search became extremely prevalent last months. Such programs differ from ordinary viruses in that their activity cannot be identified as really harmful. There are many promises proclaimed and the capabilities written on the web-page of this add-on, but do you actually think, that you can trust them? Every hour, banners and advertisement are becoming more and if you'll try to eliminate a virus - you can’t do it, because the virus restores itself after removal. How Switch2Search crawled onto your machine? What is Switch2Search? How Switch2Search can be eliminated? On this page we'll respond on these questions, and show you the complete info on Switch2Search.


Tools for advertisement activities are a separate series of viruses, called adware and redirects. Adware affect the whole computer, putting banners and advertisements on each new tab in browser and on the desktop. The hijackers act only in the browsers by substituting the results of your searches, showing improper results and redirecting you to harmful web-sites. Both groups of programs have tricky lists of their functions and profits to make you think that they are reliable. But, the longer you use these tools, the worse will be the condition of your machine. In the end, you'll see that your workstation is full overwhelmed with all types of unwanted, hazardous or even really dangerous viruses. Reboots, critical failures, the poor performance of your laptop, low speed of response and spontaneous shutdowns will become very frequent. It will be preferably for your computer, if you destroy the adware until the machine will be in such terrible condition.


After the infection virus makes a series of measures, to defend itself against removal, and to prepare for work. First of all, it creates a task to re-install in case of disposal, and to get updates from the scammer's website. The browser is the second object. Home-page and search system are changed. Browser shortcut properties are switched and the systems that regulate the quantity of ads are powered off. All well-known browsers nowadays have a function which permits to hide the pop-ups, banners, undesired advertisement and other sorts of hype. The virus turns these functions off, and you understand that the amount of advertising in all browsers is extremely increased. In addition, to that the amount of advertisement has increased observably, its quality has decreased. Sometimes, users just can’t browse the Web, because when they try to go to the specified web-page, hijacker sends him to the unwanted one. Wherefore is this done? All actions of virus are serving the one target: to force the user to make a click. These links may lead to the different sites. Some of them suggest products, some - suggest unpaid software or services. The important thing to know about such websites is: they give profit exceptionally to their creators. Any try to purchase anything from suchlike site will cause big issues. We believe, you realize that Switch2Search isn't the best tool to store on your laptop, and it needs to be deleted.

Methods to remove Switch2Search

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Switch2Search manually

Step 1. Uninstall Switch2Search from the operation system

Step 2. Remove Switch2Search from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari)


If you examined the paragraph above, the necessity of Switch2Search uninstall is obvious to you. Don't proceed to the disposal right now: you must learn all removal methods until you begin. You have two ways with help of which any virus may be uninstalled: by-hand and automatic way. These options are reliable, certified, and lead to efficient removal of any unwanted software. The difference between them is not in the efficiency, but in easiness and the grade of defense. Firstly, the disposal in manual mode requires lots of skill. During by-hand disposal you will have to uninstall the adware itself, to clean the browser from harmful extensions, put its controls to their default condition and remove specified registry values. Don't try to execute the hand deletion if you are not sure that you can do it. Beneath this part you will see the detailed guide, with video about the deletion of this virus. But you must remember that removal software is an optimal alternative for newbies. Disposal through special program is notably faster than deletion in manual mode and there is no risk of failure. By the way, you won't simply clear your machine from adware, but also create the defense from such malware in the future. Currently, the best removal software on the user rating is Spyhunter, and we advise you to try it. This anti-viral tool is extremely popular all over the world, and gives reliable security. Spyhunter uses viral signature database, which is updated daily, it does not consume lots of CPU power and does not conflict with other anti-viruses.

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Switch2Search removal instructions

Windows 7 and Windows XP

1. Uninstall Switch2Search from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Switch2Search and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\Switch2Search
  • C:\ProgramData\Switch2Search
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\Switch2Search

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Switch2Search" and delete these elements


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How to remove Switch2Search from Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Switch2Search and press Uninstall


How to uninstall from Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete Switch2Search from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Switch2Search and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.


How to uninstall Switch2Search from Mac OS

1. Click Applications in the Finder sidebar

2. Drag unwanted program to the Trash

3. Empty Trash


Step 2. Remove Switch2Search from the browser

How to remove Switch2Search from Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Switch2Search

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs


How to delete Switch2Search from Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove Switch2Search

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • On startup
  • Set pages
  • Put “about:blank”


How to uninstall Switch2Search from Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Tools
  • Add-ons
  • Remove Switch2Search

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into homepage field

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Put “about:config” into address bar;
  • Confirm the suggestion;
  • Search for “browser.newtab.url”;
  • Reset this field (right-click and choose reset).


How to delete Switch2Search from Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose Switch2Search and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.


How to delete Switch2Search from Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"


Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions


Advantages of different removal methods


How to protect the computer?

To prevent penetration by such virus in the future, you should know for sure in which way Switch2Search got into your computer. This can occur through three main methods:

  • Infection through a suspicious website. Some web-pages propagate the harmful software without any precautions. Such programs have the confined list of functions: the acceleration of Net surfing, the fulfillment of definite tasks in Twitter, self download of every driver or update for your hardware, search for most profitable discounts on the Web, providing the newest free media-content such as movies, games and music. If on any web-page you see a suggestion to install the software with any of these features - it is absolutely harmful, and the website itself is untrusted.
  • Download in bundles with helpful tools. If you have ever used the unpaid programs, you understand what we are talking about. You download the tool, and during the installation there is a pop-up with the proposal to get the browser, the new toolbar for it, miraculous media player, special tool, and God knows what else. The installation is already verified, and as soon as you click "OK", the installation starts, and you’ll install 3-4 unknown tools, besides the one that you wish to have.
  • The direct download by user. Smart composed description of the software and its marvelous (and nonexistent) features misinforms the customer, and he installs the virus.

The infection via viral e-mail attachment is also highly effective, but this technique is used most of the cases by ransomware and viruses, and not by advertisement software. If you read this paragraph, we suppose, that Switch2Search is gone for good. The well anti-viruses understand to recognize malware, but if you prefer the manual uninstall - you must know all red flags of infection.

  • Operating System boots really slowly. The processes that launch at startup are, most often, the reason of slow boot. On the taskbar you will see all currently launched programs, and choose the ones that are helpful and which are not.
  • Advertisement are everywhere. If the amount of advertising increased dramatically - it is, most likely, the undesired software.
  • The dependable programs runs unstable and slow, machine restarts and turns off by itself.
  • The emergence of the suspicious software in your system. If the program emerges in your system without your permit - it's, nothing else than the adware.

Any of these symptoms informs about the malware threat, and if you react in time - you will avoid the harm. Don't trust in everything you see on the Net, look at the status of your machine, and it will always be clean and efficient.



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