SmartSearch Removal Tips
SmartSearch, also known as TheSmartSearch.net, is classified as a browser hijacker. The software is capable of modifying your browser settings as soon as it enters your computer. It changes your home page and default search provider. The main site of the hijacker may appear useful at first, but you will soon realize that it can not be trusted.
The program will also insert various adverts into your browsers and cause redirects to unknown pages. It can corrupt all popular web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. We recommend that you remove SmartSearch from your PC.
How does SmartSearch work?
Browser hijackers and ad-supported programs are created to make profit for their developers. They make use of a pay-per-click system which means that every time you click on an advertisement provided to you by the program, its creators make money. The more you click, the more they make. That is why you will see ads no matter where you go online. Your browsers will be filled with advertisements, some of which may not be legitimate. We suggest that you avoid all commercials provided to you by the application and terminate SmartSearch without delay.
Another reason why you may want to get rid of SmartSearch is because of the settings modifications that it makes to your browsers. Once the adware gets installed, it replaces your home page and default search engine with TheSmartSearch.net. Although the site may look like any other search webpage, it can cause redirects and add sponsored content to your search results. Moreover, because of the software, you will notice that your Internet connection has slowed down. The same can be said about your system speed. As you can see, there are no benefits to having an ad-supported application in your system. That is why you should delete SmartSearch.
How to remove SmartSearch?
In order to eliminate SmartSearch ads and return your browser settings back to normal, you will have to choose one of the two possible removal options. If you choose to delete SmartSearch manually, you will have to uninstall its related program and then restore your browsers. Instructions are provided below. If, however, you select automatic SmartSearch removal, you will have to download an anti-malware utility. It will clean your system without any difficulties and get rid of all issues that it may contain. Moreover, the software will also allow you to surf the Web safely in the future as it works as a prevention measure as well.
1) Uninstall SmartSearch
- Charm bar (Win+C) → Settings → Control Panel → Uninstall a program
- Choose the unwanted application and click Uninstall
Windows 7 and Vista/Windows XP
- Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a program/Add or remove programs
- Choose the unwanted software and click Uninstall/Remove
2) Erase SmartSearch from browsers:
Reset Mozilla Firefox
- Alt+H → Troubleshooting Information → Refresh Firefox → Refresh Firefox → Finish
Reset Google Chrome
- Google Chrome menu → Settings → Show Advanced Settings → Reset settings → Reset
Reset Internet Explorer
- Alt+T → Internet Options → Advanced tab → Reset → Delete personal settings → Reset → Close