How to remove (uninstall) Searchcontrol.co

Do you notice annoying ads on your favorite websites, labeled as “advertising by Searchcontrol.co”? Did you see the presence of Searchcontrol.co somewhere else on your workstation? If anything similar happened lately – your computer is penetrated with an advertising utility, and our article will help you to uninstall it.

Searchcontrol.co

What is Searchcontrol.co

Searchcontrol.co, as you might have guessed already, is adware. Searchcontrol.co can do nothing useful, as it was made to achieve a single purpose: to drive you crazy. Well, the mad-driving stuff is not its real task, but it’s freely achieved when Searchcontrol.co does what it does – shows the advertising content. It infests the system, it changes the settings of your browser and displays you as many ads as you can bear and even more, making sure that they've drawn your attention. Swindlers get a few cents for each click you’ve made, and now you understand why the ads keep popping up: it’s pure money. In the following sections, we’ll tell you in which manner the virus got onto the workstation and how you can guard it against such threats. In case you know everything that you need on that topic and simply want to remove Searchcontrol.co as soon as possible – skip the other parts and look at the deletion guide.

Right after the infection, Searchcontrol.co begins to alter the properties of your browser. That's its most important function, as the core role in this scheme is left for the “search engine” to which you're being redirected. So, adware removes your pre-set start page and your favorite search engine and puts the fake search in their place. After that you can't use the reliable Bing, Yahoo, Google or whatever search you're used to – you’ll surf the Net through the crude fake tool, displaying pop-ups advertising banners suspicious pages of all forms and colors. The virus also changes the settings of the shortcuts of your browsers so that even if you return the good controls, you will see the fraud search engine as a first tab.

Searchcontrol.co cannot be deleted as a regular utility, and if you try it - the virus will reinstall itself. It occurs because of the virus' protective mechanisms, and we can define how they function:

  • The first technique of protection is to create a scheduled task for the restoration of Searchcontrol.co after its elimination. These tasks are not often used by usual PC users, so the virus just develops a task to see if it’s installed, and if it isn't – to get and set it one more time. That task checks the virus' status after each reboot, and that’s why Searchcontrol.co keeps returning.
  • Another manner has the similar goal, but it uses the OS's registry and not the system tasks. You have to clear the registry to defeat this manner, but it’s a very hard task for a novice operator. The regular registry entries are very important, and by deleting any of them, you can cause significant damage to the system.

 

How Searchcontrol.co was installed in the system

To clarify everything, we’ll describe the whole story from the start. The vast majority of the advertising tools are replicas of each other, repeated thousands of times and sold to third-grade web-criminals after little visual improvements. Some bad guys got Searchcontrol.co on an underground auction, added their logo and uploaded it to file-sharing sites all over the Web. That’s where you found it, right? Wait, you're saying that you didn’t search for adware that will annoy you? Maybe, you wanted the best spoiling-it-all-up utility for the PC, and found a useful link to Searchcontrol.co download? Missed again? Well, then, you looked for some program that is actually helpful. Sort of a gratis software created by a not-so-famous company, or a cracked copy of a well-known utility you just don't want to pay for.

We know this technique as the “affiliate installation”, and its essence is that swindlers merge the installation files of a few viruses and a sole helpful tool to create one file. The principal point of the package is that its name is the name of a useful utility, and a victim can't know which tools are there before it's too late. On some of the steps, they show a proposal to install extra tools, with all fields checked and the natural desire is to download them and move forward. And you clicked on it. It might have been a bit different: they might have done this via the “ways of installation”. In most cases, the sophisticated installation manner is literally a manual pick of where you want this software to be installed, and how many extra tools do you want. In case of Searchcontrol.co, picking the offered manner of installation means that you admit all the adware from the bundle into your device.

Methods to remove Searchcontrol.co

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Searchcontrol.co manually

Step 1. Uninstall Searchcontrol.co from the operation system

Step 2. Remove Searchcontrol.co 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 understand how Searchcontrol.co works, and you see how it penetrated the system. You know all you have to, apart from the very important thing: how to remove Searchcontrol.co. Here we go. Searchcontrol.co might be removed through following two simple manners. The first one is what you have already tried to execute – by-hand uninstallation. There's the easiest way to do that, and under this part, you will find the hints on manual uninstallation. The crucial drawback is that you can’t uninstall lots of advertising programs through it since it will require lots of time. We offer you another manner: you might totally uninstall Searchcontrol.co within five minutes via Spyhunter anti-viral software. It has multiple pluses, and among them are the compatibility with other anti-viruses, high working speed, round-the-clock support service and low price. Don’t waste your time, trying to guard the system through free tools – try the proper anti-viral tool. Push the button below to download a trial scanner.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall Searchcontrol.co from Control Panel

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

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\Searchcontrol.co
  • C:\ProgramData\Searchcontrol.co
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\Searchcontrol.co

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Searchcontrol.co" 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 Searchcontrol.co 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 Searchcontrol.co from Control Panel

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

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Remove Searchcontrol.co from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Searchcontrol.co

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 Searchcontrol.co

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 Searchcontrol.co

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 Searchcontrol.co 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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