How to remove (uninstall) Wise Search

Did you face issues with unwanted advertisement? Are you tired of the PC being dumb and unreliable? Is Wise Search adware bugging you? If you're going to say “yes” to all of the above questions – we're able to make your issues go away. In this article, you’ll find the complex steps on Wise Search’s deletion from your workstation itself and from all popular browsers.

Wise Search

Ads on the Web have gone crazy recent time, and users are starting to tolerate it. Pop-ups are all over the Internet – regardless of what is the page you're on - pop-ups are shoved right into your face. We remember a time when you saw five pop-ups per day, but currently you see that much every minute. Advertisers have, after all, got that the Net is the plentiful source to attract some new customers, and so did hackers. They make adware to crawl into your machine so that it would show you unwanted, fraud ads. One of suchlike utilities just got the control over your OS, and it is known as Wise Search. Unwanted promotions are not meant to help you find anything – they are just a bait for credulent customers. If you click on one of those ads, you’ll end up on a dangerous website, offering low-quality merchandise to you. In most cases, there is nothing at all, except for an offer to get some unpaid software, which will drive your computer crazy and distribute even more ads. If you're already tired of that – in our entry you’ll find anything you need to delete Wise Search.

What is Wise Search

 

We're talking about an adware, created with the single purpose: to show you ads. It’s not even a program, since it’s just an elementary script, able to alter your browser settings and letting people use it in swindlers favor. For you to see its way of working, we’ll point out its doings stepwise:

  • During the installing process of adware, a dialogue window appears, proposing two installation options. The #1 is already picked, and sometimes you cannot even choose another one, as it’s inactive. By choosing the offered option you allow to install each undesired utility from adware package, and the "hard" method lets you decide what exactly you want to install.
  • Wise Search gets uploaded to a cheap website, in one package with other undesired tools. Then it should wait for a credulous person to find it – a person that won’t inspect the info during the installation and wants to get over the installation ASAP. Naturally, the installation file is not called Wise Search advertising utility – there's another utility in a package. It's the one that users want, but along with it, they get a lot of unwanted stuff in addition.
  • The first operation that adware performs after it breaks onto your computer is taking your browser under full control. It switches the starting page and search and substitutes them with the swindlers' infected site. After that you never get real search results – you’ll see what scammers allow you to see or to click.
  • The basic Wise Search’s goal is fulfilled when it alters your browser settings, and after that, it only has to take some protection measures. It adds new strings into the system registry and creates system tasks to prevent you from altering browser settings.
  • If you've chosen the second technique and removed Wise Search – you wouldn’t be here. Based on this, we conclude that you haven't noticed that window. According to this Wise Search got installed and started functioning.

This is how adware gets into the machine. After the turn #5, Wise Search is totally worthless, as all other job, meaning the showing of advertisement, is performed by scammers' website. Usually the webpage looks like Yahoo, Bing or Google, and you can enter any request in the search bar, but there won’t be any proper results. Fraudsters use a unpaid function, known as Google CSE to put their websites to work, and its principal function is to limit the search field to a couple webpages. Hackers apply Google CSE to display the fake results and make you think that they’re true.

How to protect the system

The protection of user's workstation is such a thing that cannot be achieved with the help of single super-measure. Without a doubt, the antivirus will help a lot, but you also have to do, or rather stop doing many things. We’ll describe these measures below.

  • Update your tools when the updates get released, particularly, your OS and your browser. The security holes which malware uses to get into the device are getting fixed, so the latter version you use - the more protected your workstation is.
  • Don’t click on aggressive pop-ups, and do not attend suspicious pages. By that we mean webpages that distribute counterfeit software and movies, 18+ content, etc.
  • You shouldn’t use gratis software, but if you need to download it anyway – get it from well-known websites.
  • Don’t cut shut your antivirus off under no circumstances. Particularly if an unknown webpage proposes you to disable it.

The list above will assist you to avoid Wise Search and the majority of the other viruses. Still, certain examples of viruses can get into the OS via other techniques, and you'd better install a good antiviral tool to remove them.

Methods to remove Wise Search

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Wise Search manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Wise Search 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

 

As with the elimination of any other malware, you can choose between two proven variants. You can choose manual elimination, where you will have to perform everything by your own efforts, or a software manner that might save you time and efforts. Either of them is completely safe and efficient, but they have some differences. In the first place, if you're going to uninstall Wise Search in manual mode – you won’t need to install any tools. The problem is that if you have some more harmful programs to delete except Wise Search – it might be not so easy. The automatic manner requires the installation of a reputable antivirus. It's called Spyhunter. We're suggesting this tool since it’s not just tested, fast, reliable and lightweight but has a lot of other benefits. The crew of skilled virus hunters inspects its database every day so that no malware could infect the PC unnoticed. The best news is that it costs much less than its competitors' products! You don’t need to make your choice immediately, and if there are any doubts about Spyhunter’s capabilities – you can download a free trial version.

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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 "Wise Search" 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 Wise Search from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Wise Search

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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