What do you know about SearchLock?
SearchLock is the website of browser hijacker of the same name. If it gets installed on your system, you will see some settings changed on your browser. Although, your Internet browsers will have their default homepage changed, as well as the search tool and the new tab setting. The domain claims to be an useful site which makes your searching private. But, the information and data is gathered by the hijacker instead.
A web browser extension is available for the installation. One of the locations is on the Google Chrome web Store. The threat might also come bundled with some other applications that have recently installed on your machine. The extension is also named as SearchLock and it can reroute you to the business partners of hijackers. Thus, you might get diverted and see targeted advertisement content. The web browser extension does the following:
- Alter your privacy related settings
- Read and change all your data on the sites you visit
The data and information which is gathered by SearchLock are:
- Numerical count of the daily searches, advertisement and result clicks.
- Operating system.
- Date you installed on the SearchLock.
- Search queries.
- Where you heard about this site, for example: Twitter, Facebook or other.
- Type and version of installed Internet browsers.
If the SearchLock developers know if you heard about their program through the Facebook or other social media websites, then the hackers may know from which social account that you ended up on their domain. Although, typing your social media account details will make any information which you have on that account collected by the hijacker as well. As the search terms are captured, by using the services and website of SearchLock which gives your consent for any files and data typed in to be recorded. Also, do not fooled by the TRUSTe certificate. Furthermore, SearchLock 3 is the latest version of the SearchLock which reroutes its victims to unsafe searchlock3.com, results.searchlock3.com and other similar websites that have the tendency to promote insecure websites. Therefore, you should delete this hijacker virus from your PC as early as possible.
How to Uninstall SearchLock from Control Panel from Windows 10
- Click and Open Start Menu option
- Settings option is to be selected on the menu to show all the contents
- Click on System option
- On the system Menu, Click on Apps and features option
- Now Click on SearchLock to remove it from PC.
How to Eliminate SearchLock from Windows 8/8.1
Step 1: Press repeatedly F8 to boot PC in Safe Mode. Restart PC and select “Safe Mode with Networking”.
Step 2: Press ALT+Ctrl+Del to open Windows Task Manager. After that, search all the SearchLock related processes and then click to “End Task”
Step 3: Type “regedit” in Run dialog box and open Windows Registry Editor. Search and delete all the corrupt registries added by SearchLock infection.
Step 4: Go to Start and then click to open Control Panel.
After that, click Add/Remove Program
Uninstall SearchLock associated programs from Windows 8/8.1
Uninstall SearchLock From Window 7/vista
Tap on F8 Key to Enter Safe Mode
Restart PC and select “Safe Mode with Networking”
First of all close all running programs and open Task manager by pressing ALT + CTRL + DEL keys on your keyboard simultaneously.
Now Click on Processes menu and select all the processes associated with SearchLock one by one then click on End Task.
Now go to the desktop, click on Start Menu on the left lower corner. Move to Control panel and use left mouse click over it.
The Control panel window will open, if are getting the view by Category find and click “Uninstall a program” below “Programs” group.
Now select SearchLock within programs list and click on Uninstall.
Steps to Eliminate SearchLock from Windows XP
Step 1: Restart PC in Safe Mode by continuously pressing F8 button. After that, select “Safe Mode with Networking”.
Step 2: Open Windows Task Manager by pressing Alt+Ctrl+Del together. After that, find and select all the SearchLock associated processes and then click to “End Task” button.
Step 3: Open Run dialog box and then enter “regedit.exe” to open Windows Registry. Search and then delete all the corrupt and infectious registries added by SearchLock.
Step 4: Click Start button and then go to Control Panel, click to open Windows Add/Remove Program. Search all the SearchLock related programs and then uninstall it from Windows XP.
How to Uninstall SearchLock From Your Infected Browser
A. Guidelines to Remove SearchLock From Microsoft Edge Browser
How to Reset Default Search Engine to Uninstall SearchLock
Select Settings after selecting More (…) on the address bar
Click and select on View advanced settings option
In order to input the search engine, Click on <Add new> under option”Search in the address bar with”
Select Search engine and adds as default by clicking on Add as default option.
How to Reset Default Homepage on Microsoft Edge to Uninstall SearchLock
- Select More (…) option on the address bar followed by settings
- Select specific page or pages under Open with option
- After selecting the Custom option, enter the URL of the homepage you wish to set as
B. How to Delete SearchLock from Google Chrome
Click to Open Google Chrome and then click on menu icon which is on the top right corner and then select Tools → Extensions
Select all the malicious extensions including SearchLock and then select trash icon
Again click on menu icon and select Settings and then click to Manage Search Engines under the Search section
In Search Engines, remove all the infectious search sites and set Google Chrome as Default Browser
C. How to Uninstall SearchLock From Mozilla Firefox
Launch Mozilla Firefox and find and click “Firefox” button on the top left corner on the screen.
A drop down box will appear, navigate to Add-ons option and click on it.
In the next window select and click on “Extensions” in left pane.
Find SearchLock add-on and click on the center area to see the border exactly and click on Disable button.
Wait a moment and let the add-on get disabled.
Now click the “Remove” button, later on uninstall the add-on Mozilla will ask you to restart the browser.
D. How to Remove SearchLock From Internet Explorer
First of all Launch Internet explorer by clicking the Task-bar Icon on desktop.
Now Click on Tool Menu on web browser interface.
Select and click on Manage add-ons in the drop down box.
A View and manage your Internet Explorer Add-ons window will open, now click on “Toolbar and Extensions” option in left pane.
A list of all installed ad-ons will appear, select SearchLock and click on “Disable” button and Reset IE