What is Smart Search

Smart Search is an adware getting into PC in the form of a browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Smart Search hijacks your browser and displays advertising banners, displays false coupons and promotional links to sites that cooperate with the developers of this adware. Smart Search is a potentially unwanted program, it is not a virus, and that is why antiviruses cannot detect it. Also, this adware collects your personal data and transmits it to third parties for further analyses. Smart Search does not do anything useful, so you should remove it right away using our guides.

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How Smart Search gets on your PC?

Penetration of such programs depends largely on the care of users. Smart Search comes bundled with other programs that the user downloads from the free sites. Few are closely watching the installation process, and sometimes do not know that their computer is at risk. Always read the user agreement and don’t press “Next” button once. First, make sure that the program is safe. Select advanced installation type. Remember that there are many similar programs on the Internet. Read reviews about the programs, and if your computer is already infected, then use the instructions below.

How to remove Smart Search from your computer?

To uninstall Smart Search remove it from Control Panel, then delete all files and regkeys.

In our view, there are 3 products that potentially have Smart Search in their database. You can try to use them for removing Smart Search.

Recommended Solution:

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Alternative Solution:

Norton Antivirus – detects files, registry values and folders of viruses that show the same behavior as Smart Search.


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You can try both of these products to remove Smart Search

Or uninstall Smart Search manually.

Step 1: Remove Smart Search from Control Panel

Windows XP:

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

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows XP.

Windows 7/Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Then Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Smart Search 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 Smart Search, 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 Smart Search 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 Smart Search from your browser.

Step 2: Remove Smart Search from browsers

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Push Alt + F.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find Smart Search.
  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 Smart Search.
  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 Smart Search.
  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: Remove following files and folders of Smart Search:

Remove following registry entries:

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Written by Rami Douafi

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