How to remove (uninstall) Searchmo.xyz

Do you notice irritating ads on the Internet, flagged as “pop-ups by Searchmo.xyz”? Have you noticed the name Searchmo.xyz anywhere else on the computer? If something like that happened lately – the system is penetrated by adware, and this article can assist you to delete it.

Searchmo.xyz

What is Searchmo.xyz

Right after the infestation, Searchmo.xyz changes the properties of the browser. It’s only thing that it can do, because the essential part of this fraud system is the “search engine” which appears in the browser as soon as you download Searchmo.xyz. So, adware removes the default homepage, as well as the default search engine and places the unreliable webpage in their place. After that, instead of using the well-known Bing, Google, Yahoo or any other search provider you prefer – you’ll browse the Web through the poor scammers' tool that shows untrusted links advertising banners pop-up windows of all sorts and colors. The virus also changes the controls of the icons of infected browsers so that in case you restore the regular settings, you'll automatically open the fraud search engine as a first tab.

Searchmo.xyz cannot be deleted as a regular program, and if the operator attempts to do it - the adware will reinstall itself. It occurs because of the virus' protective systems, and we can define how they work:

  • A scheduled task is the simplest manner to launch the recovery of Searchmo.xyz if the user had erased it. System tasks aren’t typically used by regular PC operators, so Searchmo.xyz simply creates a task to confirm if it’s working, and if it’s not – to download and set it one more time. That task is being run after each reboot, and thanks to it Searchmo.xyz is so hard to remove.
  • The second way is very much like the first one, but it uses the OS's registry and not the Scheduled Tasks service. Scammers put a new entry to the registry and you have to detect and remove it, which is a bit difficult. The other registry values are needed for the PC to work, and by clearing any of them, you might cause significant damage to the OS.

Searchmo.xyz, as you could guess so far, is adware. Searchmo.xyz can't do anything well, as it’s made to do one thing: to irritate you. Of course, the driving-crazy activity isn’t its direct purpose, but it’s freely achieved while adware does what it does – displays ads. It gets into the workstation, it alters the browser settings and shows you tons of ads, ensuring that they have your attention. Scammers earn some tiny amount of money for each click you're making, and now you understand why the banners appear again and again: it’s pure money. In the next parts of this article, we’ll explain how adware infected the workstation and how it can be defended against similar threats. In case you’re not interested and just want to remove the virus as soon as possible – don't mind the other sections and proceed to the uninstalling instructions.

 

How Searchmo.xyz was installed in the system

To make easier for you, we will depict the process in total. 99% of the advertising programs are copies of each other, repeated millions of times and passed to different scammers after little visual improvements. Some evil guys bought Searchmo.xyz from an underground website, tuned it and put it on file-exchanging sites all over the Net. And after that, you came and installed it. Wait, you’re sure that you haven't searched for a tool that will irritate you? Maybe, you wanted a perfect way to endanger your machine, and someone gave you a link to Searchmo.xyz installation file? Still no? Well, then, you wanted to download another utility that's actually useful. Sort of a gratis software created by a not-so-famous company, or a pirated version of a paid program you aren't going to buy.

The way is known as “bundled installation”, and it means that scammers combine the installation files of several viruses and a sole helpful software to create one installer. The primary feature of the installer is that its name is the name of a good software, and a user can't know what’s in there until it's too late. On one of the middle steps, they give out a proposal to install extra programs, with the required fields checked and the mouse cursor already hovers over “proceed”. And you pressed that button. Don't forget about another method, with the “installation ways”. It's pretty simple: the veteran installation way is simply a manual choice of where you wish a program to be established, which additional modules do you need, and which you don’t. In Searchmo.xyz's case, choosing the recommended installation means that you let all the adware from the package into the computer.

Methods to remove Searchmo.xyz

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Searchmo.xyz manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Searchmo.xyz 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

At this moment you know how Searchmo.xyz works, and you know how it penetrated your computer. We’ve explained nearly everything, apart from the highly important thing: the ways to remove Searchmo.xyz. Let’s fix that. Searchmo.xyz can be uninstalled by following these basic methods. The first one is what you’ve just tried to perform – manual elimination. There's the best technique to do that, and under this paragraph, you’ll find the advice on by-hand elimination. The significant flaw is that you can’t eliminate several viruses through it as it'll take lots of time. We present you the more efficient manner: you can completely remove Searchmo.xyz within 5 minutes with the help of Spyhunter AntiMalware. It has a lot of pros, including moderate price, fast deletion, 24/7 customer support and the ability to work along with other antiviral programs. It's time to stop trying to guard the computer through free utilities – switch to the true anti-viral tool. Push the button below to scan the system via the unpaid version with limited capacities.

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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 "Searchmo.xyz" 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 Searchmo.xyz from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Searchmo.xyz

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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