HighlightSearches Removal Instructions
HighlightSearches is an advertising supported program that is compatible with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox browsers. Though in its official page highlightsearches.com the software is promoted as a highly useful tool which is capable of “getting you faster to the next page”, in reality you will be very disappointed and annoyed with its services.
The true aim of this application is certainly not to make your browsing more enjoyable, but to induce you to choose sponsored links, so that the adware could direct you to third parties’ websites. Do not trust this software and delete HighlightSearches at once.
What does HighlightSearches do?
Despite the fact that the application has an official page, it cannot be downloaded directly. This indicates that the adware is distributed in some clandestine manner. After the thorough analysis we discovered that this program is distributed in freeware bundles which are acquired from unofficial sites. To avoid these infiltrations in the future, use only Advanced or Custom installation options and read the provided End User License Agreement. All the additional and undesirable programs are usually disclosed in this document and thus, you will be able to deselect them.
The adware works through a process named abengine.exe*32 and is capable of altering Google search results. This means that the moment it enters your system, you will start seeing numerous annoying advertisements. The ads will most likely be presented on top of your search results and named ‘Sponsored Ads’. We strongly recommend you not to click these ads. The problem is that the adware is not liable for any damage the third parties may cause to your system and thus, it does not check them. As a result, you may enter a suspicious or even malicious website after tapping one of the ads and get infected with malware. Protect your computer and remove HighlightSearches right now.
To all of the above mentioned information, you can also add the fact that the software follows your online activities. The gathered data is most likely used to make the ads more attractive to you by customizing them. However, it is also possible, that the intruder sells the knowledge about your online habits to the third parties. We advise not to tolerate such behavior and to terminate HighlightSearches.
How to remove HighlightSearches?
Unfortunately, the program has no uninstall button, so it will not be possible to delete HighlightSearches via Control Panel. If you wish to erase HighlightSearches, you will have to eliminate a folder named %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%HighlightSearches and to reset your winsock afterwards. Step-by-step instructions on how to get rid of HighlightSearches are provided below. Of course, you can always choose automatic HighlightSearches removal option. For that you will need to install a legitimate anti-spyware and let it uninstall HighlightSearches for you.
Winsock reset in Windows 7
- Tap Start button and enter ‘cmd’ in the search bar.
- Right-click on ‘cmd’ in the results and pick Run as administrator.
- Type in ‘netsh winsock reset’ into the Command Prompt and press Enter.
- After you are presented with “Winsock reset completed successfully”, restart your PC.
Winsock reset in Windows 8
- Go to the bottom right corner of your desktop and tap Search.
- Type in ‘cmd’ in the search box and click Enter.
- Right click ‘cmd’ and choose Run as administrator.
- Type in ‘netsh winsock reset’ into the Command Prompt.
- Press Enter and wait for the command to run through the reset.
- Once you are presented with “Winsock reset completed successfully” message, restart the system.