How to remove Reward for Search pop-up scam

Reward for Search

Hackers utilize adware to put up some fake views on the web pages they have to boost and to sell the things that cannot be sold in a legitimate way. We’re speaking of drugs, cracked utilities or audio files, useless utilities and “18+” content. Pop-ups that say that you won big prize or something like that, is the same scam. Of course, the links from Reward for Search are extremely questionable and shouldn’t be clicked under any circumstances. We have already said, that malware isn’t harmful individually, but it gets harmful if stays unattended. If adware lives for long enough inside your PC, it allows other harmful programs to sneak in thus turning your system into a dump site. You might see such PC's occasionally, choked by unwanted utilities, unable to launch in several minutes, continually lagging, etc. You should uninstall adware immediately, to prevent these things happening to your system.

Reward for Search is an annoying utility, but it isn't your ordinary virus. This is the adware's best advantage and the biggest drawback at the same time, and here we will explain the reasons for us to say so. The good thing is that malware isn't perilous by itself, meaning that it won’t affect customer's information or harm the entire system as usual malware does. It's going to show you tons of ads in the form of big banners, pop-ups and links emerging without any logic on your monitor. You may refrain from clicking every single one of them, but it's a great inconvenience anyway. The bad news is that as opposed to viruses, advertising tools are on rare occasions recognized by common AV. They cannot catch it thanks to weird behavior algorithms, and cannot abort its installation because victims do it all by hand.


How to protect your PC against Reward for Search pop-ups

Before we launch the uninstalling process, you should remember how to protect your computer from undesired utilities. Let us start from studying the ways of getting into the system. We're aware of plenty infection techniques which unwanted utilities use, but the very popular of them is the bundled infection, AKA bundling. This is its way of operation:

  • Web-Internet-criminals upload the package on a widely known torrent-tracker. They put it on as many web pages as they're able, to enlarge the number of potential victims.
  • When the user installs the file, he notices a menu in which he has to choose between a recommended and advanced installation techniques. The preferable technique is pre-chosen so that all users who like to click ”skip” picked it instantly.
  • Swindlers select a nice program that's sought-after among the regular users and mingle it with several pieces of adware. The bundle is developed in a manner that you can't see its contents before you launch the installation. Often, it happens past the installation, when the customer realizes that he's received not quite what he wanted.
  • When a user finds an installation file, he believes that it’s a useful program and gets it. Sometimes, antiviral programs warn you about the probably dangerous contents of an installation file, but swindlers have an ace up their sleeves to take on this. The proper programs used as titles for packages are mostly the hacked versions of licensed tools. That's why customers think that a bundle may raise the alarm and just disregard the warnings.

If you haven't unchecked the preferable installation way – you’ve got plenty of suspicious utilities besides of a useful utility, and we can help you with their removal.

How to recognize adware when you see one?

You may be interested in how anyone might spot adware if an antivirus didn't manage to do this, but we will answer this question in a moment. The trick is that the AV program (if there's one installed on your machine), detects dangerous programs by their signature. Fraudsters modify the code of their pieces of adware at least once in a while by making minor changes without changing the major purpose. We won't think that you need to dig into Reward for Search’s code, but we have some experience in the methods by which hackers might conceal a hazardous tool while it remains in front of the customer’s face. You need to think over the species of every utility you download. You should never install browser improvement tools and utilities for social networks which suggest you any kind of new advantages. System cleaners are extremely suspicious too, as well as all cracked software, like Excel, PhotoShop, Word, PowerPoint, etc. By refraining from installing these utilities, the odds of infection will go down drastically.

How to remove Reward for Search

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Reward for Search manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Reward for 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


If you’re going to get rid of Reward for Search – you can choose among two ways. You may eliminate it manually, or via an AV program. If you prefer to cope with virus without any antiviruses – we may help you with that, but you should realize that Reward for Search is not the single virus in the computer. As you remember from the previous sections of the paper, adware got into your PC via bundled installation, which means that there are no fewer than 3 more advertising utilities to delete. If you are OK with uninstalling them all at once in the manual mode – 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 "Reward for 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 Reward for Search from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Reward for 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.



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


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