What is Switch2Search?

Switch2Search is a browser extension that comes bundled with other free applications and programs without the user’s consent. This program is not a virus, but it is necessary as a potentially unwanted programs. After penetration, Switch2Search displays a huge amount of publicity in the form of banners and coupons that may apply at the popular online stores, such as Amazon, eBay and others. According to the developers, Switch2Search was created to help users to make the most profitable buy and find the best deals, but the main goal of the developers – it is to make money. Most of the proposals are a swindle. In addition, Switch2Search can change the browser home page, and significantly reduce performance. Switch2Search may collect personal information and pass it on to third parties. If you find Switch2Search on your PC, then you should remove it immediately.

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How Switch2Search gets on your PC?

Switch2Search infects a computer without the user’s consent. Usually, it comes with free applications and programs that you can download from popular free sites such as download.com, Softpedia, Freewarefiles, Shareware, Soft32 and many others. These sites tend to create their own download managers that implement a potentially unwanted program. Users are not attentive during installation, so the computer can be infected. Always follow the important rules. Read user agreement. Take your time. Do not press the “Next” button, if you are not sure that the program will not harm your computer. Select advanced installation type. Do not settle for questionable deals and carefully follow the installation process. If Switch2Search has already penetrated to the PC, you can use our instructions to remove it immediately.

How to remove Switch2Search from your computer?

To uninstall Switch2Search remove it from Control Panel, then delete all files and regkeys.

In our view, there are 3 products that potentially have Switch2Search in their database. You can try to use them for removing Switch2Search.

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You can try both of these products to remove Switch2Search

Or uninstall Switch2Search manually.

Step 1: Remove Switch2Search from Control Panel

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Control Panel.
  3. Then click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Switch2Search.
  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 Switch2Search 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 Switch2Search, 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 Switch2Search 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 Switch2Search from your browser.

Step 2: Remove Switch2Search from browsers

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Push Alt + F.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Choose Extensions.
  5. Find Switch2Search.
  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 Switch2Search.
  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 Switch2Search.
  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 Switch2Search:

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Written by Rami Douafi

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