How to remove (uninstall) Searchactiv.com

Searchactiv.com is a browser hijacker that recently became one of the very annoying and overwhelming viruses on the Web. This guide was created to assist you to uninstall it and improve the machine’s shield for suchlike adware in the future.

Searchactiv.com

Our asset is written to help the customers who want to eliminate Searchactiv.com adware. You should know that the word "virus" is too heavy for Searchactiv.com. In fact, it's not even perilous, but it grows stickier each day it lives in the system. It’s a plain utility, whose only goal is to give advertisement and aggravate a victim as bad as it can. You could be guessing, why would anyone make a utility to irritate other people? Now we will define the fundamental principles of Searchactiv.com’s operation, the causes of its development and the methods of elimination.

 

What is Searchactiv.com

At first, you need to understand how Searchactiv.com walked into the computer, and then – learn the manners of avoiding that in the feature. There are plenty of diverse ways to get into the unprotected device, yet the most impactful of them is bundling method. It allows rascals to distribute their adware with no chance of punishment as the victims accept the virus' installation and the EULA. We know many plain ways to protect the device against similar kind of crapware, and below, we’ll describe the most efficient of them.

  • Install only the needful tool. If it's not clear to you whether the software is necessary or not – just look for advice on the Net.
  • Keep all your programs properly updated, security tools especially.
  • Closely inspect all information which pops up while you install any software.
  • You shouldn't download software from the non-official portals.
  • Stop using the administrator account on your system. If you log into the account with no admin rights – you’ll see the notification every time when the program gets installed, and information about it.

This practices are simple but practical. If you execute any one of them, you will have the obvious results. If you follow them in full the outcome will be overwhelming. Now it's time to explain what is Searchactiv.com.

First things first: Searchactiv.com is an innocuous program. It's not a malware that single-handedly harms the computer – it’s just an advertising tool that relies on the user and provokes him to injure the device. The life of any advertising program might be divided into two steps: the penetration stage, and the phase of work. The penetration stage depends on the victim mostly: he wants to find something and, unfortunately, chooses the corrupted file. Later, a victim installs an adware, placing several ticks and confirming few dialogue boxes in the act of it. Commonly, we don’t read the information stated in these windows, but in the malware’s terms of use, there are a plenty of secrets, safely placed in everyone’s sight. The adware begins to operate straight next to installation, analyzing the victim’s interests and trying to satisfy them and display as many ads as it can.

The next step can last from several minutes to many months, and it is also supported by the Searchactiv.com’s victim. The ads that begin to appear in customer's browser, won't bring any profit to web-criminals if the user doesn’t click on them. So, adware simply gives away the enormous amount of pop-ups, forcing a victim to click. The algorithm is plain: if a banner overlays the navigation button of the website – victim tries to close it and unwillingly clicks the links. Some users endure that mess for multiple weeks, but we think that you've visited our website to finish it, and now we’ll explain to you how to remove Searchactiv.com completely and thoroughly.

Methods to remove Searchactiv.com

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Searchactiv.com manually

Step 1. Uninstall Searchactiv.com from the operation system

Step 2. Remove Searchactiv.com 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

Before the uninstalling procedure starts, you should save your significant information or the entire system, to be able to recover in case of any failures. We suggest effectiveandtested instructions, but we don’t know how accurate you will implement them. If you want to remove Searchactiv.com in the manual mode - don't forget that even the uninstalling of the initial program – there are more and there is little chance that you'll find them. The by-hand deletion is ultimate in the event of one adware, but if there are many of them – it is less effective. On the contrary, the by-software elimination is efficient in all situations, as it can remove Trojans, browser hijackers, advertisement tools or malware easily and swiftly. Click the button under the paragraph, to install the well-known anti-virus program and remove Searchactiv.com.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall Searchactiv.com from Control Panel

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

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\Searchactiv.com
  • C:\ProgramData\Searchactiv.com
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\Searchactiv.com

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Searchactiv.com" 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 Searchactiv.com 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 Searchactiv.com from Control Panel

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

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Remove Searchactiv.com from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Searchactiv.com

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 add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove Searchactiv.com

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 add-on:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove Searchactiv.com

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into Home page field

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose Searchactiv.com 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.

 

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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