How to remove (uninstall) Special Search Option

Special Search Option

Scammers use Special Search Option to create some fake activity on the web sites they want to promote and to advertise the merchandise that can’t be advertised in any legal manner. We’re speaking of useless utilities, drugs, hacked programs or video files and “rated R” files. Naturally, the ads from Special Search Option are very suspicious and should not be clicked no matter what. We have already said, that Special Search Option is not perilous separately, but it gets perilous if it escapes victim's attention. If adware spends enough time inside the system, it lends a hand for other undesired programs to sneak in thus turning your workstation into a junk heap. You might see these spoiled systems occasionally, choked with unwanted utilities, incapable of booting in less than five minutes, horribly lagging, etc. You’d better remove adware ASAP, to evade such problems with your own laptop.

Special Search Option is an undesired piece of software, but it’s not an ordinary virus. It’s both good and bad news simultaneously, and here we will explain why it is so. The good news is that any advertising tool is not dangerous individually, and it's not going to destroy user's data or vandalize the system as usual malware does. It's going to show you tons of ads in the shape of large banners, links emerging without any logic on the screen and pop-up windows. You may manage to hide every single one of them, but that’s what can be called a huge discomfort. The bad news is that as distinct from viruses, adware is rarely spotted by usual AV. They're unable to detect it thanks to unusual operational patterns, and can't stop it from being installed as victims install it by hand.

 

How to protect your PC against Special Search Option

Before we go to the deletion, you have to know how to shield your machine from Special Search Option. It's better to start with studying the techniques of infection. We're aware of plenty penetration ways that perilous utilities prefer, but the most usual of them for advertising tools is the sponsored download. Here’s its method of action:

  • Web-criminals pick a good program that's well-liked among the ordinary customers and bundle it with a few advertising programs. The bundle is made so that you can't see its contents before you begin the installation. In some cases, it becomes visible after the installation, when the user understands that he's got not quite what was planned.
  • During the installation, a victim notices a dialogue window where he has to pick one between a recommended and advanced installation ways. The recommended way is pre-chosen so that all victims who like to click “OK” selected it automatically.
  • When a victim finds a package, he thinks that it’s a good utility and downloads it. Occasionally, antiviruses warn their customers about the possibly harmful contents of an installer, but web-Internet criminals have a foul trick up their sleeves to get through that. The popular tools they use as baits are mostly the hacked versions of paid software. It makes people expect that a bundle may conflict with their AV tools and simply disregard the notifications.
  • Scammers put the package on a sought-after file-sharing site. They upload it to as many portals as they are able, to increase the figure of possible victims.

If you did not uncheck the preferable installation technique – you’ve installed a lot of harmful programs instead of a good program, and we can help you to uninstall them all.

How to recognize adware when you see one?

You may be interested in how anyone may recognize adware if an AV utility failed to do that, but we are going to explain that in a moment. The trick is that the antivirus (if you have one), is finding viruses through their signature. Fraudsters modify the code of their viruses once in a while by making small changes so that they remained undetectable. We won't advise you to look into adware’s structure, but we have some experience in how swindlers would hide an undesired tool when it stays in front of the customer’s face. You should consider the type of every tool you download. Think twice before downloading browser improvement programs and add-ons for social networks which promise you any kind of miraculous functions. System optimizers are highly dubious too, as well as any cracked tools, like Word, PhotoShop, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. If you refrain from installing these utilities, the chances of penetration will decrease significantly.

How to remove Special Search Option

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Special Search Option manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Special Search Option from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

 

When you’re going to delete Special Search Option – you can choose among two options. You may eliminate it manually, or via an AV program. If you like to cope with adware without any additional utilities – we can help you with that, but you need to remember that Special Search Option is not the only undesired utilities inside your device. As you might recall from the previous paragraphs of this article, Special Search Option got into your OS through sponsored installation, which means that you have no fewer than 2-3 more advertising tools to uninstall. If you are fine with deleting them all at the same time with your own hands – be our guest.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

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

2. Check the following folders for the suspicious elements

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

3. Clean registry:

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

 

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Windows 10

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

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

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 unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

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

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Remove Special Search Option from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Special Search Option

Step 2.Change homepage:

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

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete suspicious extensions:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Step 2. Change homepage:

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

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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