How to uninstall (remove) Searchz.co

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What is Searchz.co?

Searchz.co is a malicious application that could be classified as a browser hijacker. The homepage of Searchz.co looks like other familiar search engines like Google or Bing. Once activated, it will modify your browser homepage and search engine to search.co without any consent. Moreover, it will prevent you from changing settings back. The problem is accentuated by the presence of obtrusive advertising. Annoying pop-ups, banners will fill up every page of your browser that could not only affect your browser experience but could cause more dangerous infections to your system. Don’t try to click on these ads, because they may redirect you to websites containing viruses. Furthermore, this rogue application could act like spyware. This means, Searchz.co tracks the browser activity like search history, viewed pages, cookies, account credentials, and other various personal data. All gathered information will be sold to third-party companies. Obviously, that could be considered an invasion of privacy. Therefore, we highly recommend you to uninstall Search before further damage occurs.

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How Searchz.co gets on your PC?

SearchZ.co is distributed via a deceptive marketing method called “bundling” where the installation goes in stealth mode. This is especially true for free software. Ordinarily, the hijacker is hidden within the “Custom/Advanced” section of the download/installation processes. Only one careless click is enough to get infected. To prevent your computer from infection we recommend you to be careful and never rush when you install the software. Always opt for the “Custom/Advanced” settings and never agree to install additional unnecessary programs. Remember, the key to computer safety is caution

How to remove Searchz.co from your computer?

The easiest and modern way of removing pop-ups, trojans, ransomware or other viruses is to use automatic removal tools. See our Anti-malware tools below for further instructions.

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Or uninstall Searchz.co manually.

Step 1: Remove Searchz.co from Control Panel

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Control Panel.
  3. Then click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Searchz.co.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Windows 7/Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Then Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Searchz.co and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 7.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1:

  1. Open the Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Then as in Windows 7, click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Searchz.co, select it and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 8 (8.1).

Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start button (or press the Windows key) to open the Start menu, click on the Settings at the top.
  2. Click on App & features on the left menu.
  3. On the right side, locate Searchz.co and click it, then click on the Uninstall button.
  4. Click on Uninstall to confirm.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 10

Note: If you can’t find required program, sort programs by date in Control panel and search for last installed programs.

After that remove Searchz.co from your browser.

Step 2: Remove Searchz.co from browsers

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Push Alt + F.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find Searchz.co.
  6. Click the trash can icon to remove it.

Learn more about removing extensions from Chrome.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Push Shift + Ctrl + A.
  3. Choose Searchz.co.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.

Learn more about removing extensions from Firefox.

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open IE.
  2. Push Alt + T.
  3. Click Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Searchz.co.
  6. Click More information link in the left-bottom corner.
  7. Click Remove button.
  8. If this button is grayed out – perform alternative steps.

Learn more about removing extensions from IE.

Step 3: Resetting your browser search and homepage settings

Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:
  1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
  5. Click Reset browser settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:
  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Go to Help.
  3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

Reset browser setting in Internet Explorer:
  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the cogwheel in the right upper corner.
  3. Click Internet options.
  4. Go to Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Put a tick near Delete personal settings checkbox.
  7. Click Reset button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Internet Explorer.

Step 4: Remove Searchz.co from shortcuts

For every browser (Chrome, Firefox, IE) do the following:

  1. Right-click on the corresponding shortcut.
  2. In opened menu choose Properties.
  3. Look carefully at the Target field.
  4. Remove Searchz.co from this line.
  5. Click Apply button.
  6. Confirm changes by clicking Continue button in opened window.
  7. Click on the shortcut to check.

Step 5: Remove following files and folders of Searchz.co:

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Information provided by: Alexey Abalmasov

Author: Ilias

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