Remove Search-fine.com virus

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Search-fine.com is a browser hijacker. Search-fine.com browser hijacker changes the homepage of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge – Chromium Edge.

Search-fine.com is regularly offered on the internet as a convenient homepage. However, in reality, this is a browser hijacker that collects all kinds of data from your browser.

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The data collected by Search-fine.com is used for advertising purposes. The data is sold to advertising networks. Because Search-fine.com collects data from your browser, Search-fine.com is also classified as (PUP) Potentially Unwanted Program.

Search Fine browser extension will install itself in the Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge browser. No browser developer yet notices this browser hijacker as unwanted.

If your home page has changed to Search-fine.com and the Search Fine browser extension has been installed, remove the Search Fine extension as soon as possible using this Search Fine removal instruction.

google chrome logoUninstall Search Fine extension from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Type chrome://extensions/ in the Google Chrome address bar and press ENTER on your keyboard.
  3. Find the “Search Fine” browser extension and click Remove.

mozilla firefox logoUninstall Search Fine extension from Firefox

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Type about:addons in the Firefox address bar and press ENTER on your keyboard.
  3. Find the “Search Fine” browser extension and click the three dots on the right of the Search Fine extension.
    Select Remove from the menu to remove Search Fine from the Firefox browser.

internet explorer logoUninstall Search Fine add-on from Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Click the menu (wrench icon) in the top right.
  3. Open Manage Addons from the menu.
  4. Remove Search Fine from Extensions and Toolbars.
  5. On the left open Search Providers settings.
  6. Find Search Fine Search and Remove Search Fine Search.

Do you still have Search Fine in Internet Explorer?

  1. Open Windows Control Panel.
  2. Go to Uninstall a program.
  3. Click “installed on” column to sort the recently installed applications by date.
  4. Select Search Fine and click Uninstall.
  5. Follow Search Fine uninstall instructions.

malwarebytes logoRemove Search-fine.com with Malwarebytes

I recommend removing Search-fine.com with Malwarebytes. Malwarebytes is a comprehensive adware removal tool and free to use.

Search-fine.com adware leaves traces such as malicious files, registry keys, scheduled tasks on your device, make sure to completely remove Search-fine.com with Malwarebytes.

Download Malwarebytes

Remove Search-fine.com

  • Wait for the Malwarebytes scan to finish.
  • Once completed, review the Search-fine.com detections.
  • Click Quarantine to continue.

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  • Reboot Windows after all the detections are moved to quarantine.

Reboot Windows - Malwarebytes

You have now successfully removed Search-fine.com from your computer and web browser.

sophos hitmanproRemove malware with Sophos HitmanPRO

In this second malware removal step, we will start a second scan to make sure there are no malware remnants left on your computer. HitmanPRO is a cloud scanner that scans every active file for malicious activity on your computer and sends it to the Sophos cloud for detection. In the Sophos cloud both Bitdefender antivirus and Kaspersky antivirus scan the file for malicious activities.

Download HitmanPRO

When you have downloaded HitmanPRO install the HitmanPro 32-bit or HitmanPRO x64. Downloads are saved to the Downloads folder on your computer.

Open HitmanPRO to start installation and scan.

install hitmanpro

Accept the Sophos HitmanPRO license agreement to continue. Read the license agreement, check the box and click on Next.

hitmanpro license

Click the Next button to continue Sophos HitmanPRO installation. Make sure to create a copy of HitmanPRO for regular scans.

hitmanpro installation scan settings

HitmanPRO begins with a scan, wait for the antivirus scan results.

Hitmanpro classifying scan

When the scan is done, click Next and activate the free HitmanPRO license. Click on Activate Free license.

hitmanpro activate free license

Enter your e-mail for a Sophos HitmanPRO free thirty days license. Click on Activate.

hitmanpro free license email

The free HitmanPRO license is successfully activated.

hitmanpro license activated

You’ll be presented with the malware removal results, click Next to continue.

hitmanpro malware removal results

Malicious software was partially removed from your computer. Restart your computer to complete removal.

hitmanpro reboot computer

Continue to the next step to reset the Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge web browser (optional)

If you still have problems with the web browser consider a full reset of the web browser.

Reset Google Chrome

In the Google Chrome address bar type, or copy and paste: chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings

Click the Reset Settings button to fully reset Google Chrome to the default settings. When you are done restart the Chrome browser.

reset Google Chrome

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In the Firefox address bar type, or copy and paste: about:support
Click the Refresh Firefox button to fully reset Firefox to the default settings. When you are done restart the Firefox browser.

reset firefox browser

Reset Microsoft Edge

In the Microsoft Edge address bar type, or copy and paste: edge://settings/resetProfileSettings
Click the Refresh button to fully reset Edge to the default settings. When you are done restart the Microsoft Edge browser.

reset microsoft edge

Your Windows computer is now free from adware, malware, and unwanted programs. If you still have problems ask for my help using the comments.

apple logoUninstall Search-fine.com adware from Mac

Remove Search-fine.com with Malwarebytes for Mac

In this first step for Mac, you need to remove adware that is accountable for the Search-fine.com hijacking using Malwarebytes for Mac. Malwarebytes is the most reliable software to remove unwanted programs, adware, and browser hijackers from your Mac. Malwarebytes is free to detect and remove malware on your Mac computer.

Download Malwarebytes (Mac OS X)

You can find the Malwarebytes installation file in the Downloads folder on your Mac. Double click the installation file to begin.

Follow instructions in the Malwarebytes installation file. Click the Get Started button.

malwarebytes for mac installation step 1

Where are you installing Malwarebytes on a personal computer or on a work computer? Make your choice by clicking any of the buttons.

malwarebytes for mac installation step 2

Make your choice to either use the Free version of Malwarebytes or the Premium version. The premium versions include protection against ransomware and offer real-time protection against malware.
Both Malwarebytes free and premium are able to detect and remove malware from your Mac.

malwarebytes for mac installation step 3

Malwarebytes needs “Full Disk Access” permission in Mac OS X to scan your harddisk for malware. Click Open Preferences.

malwarebytes for mac installation step 5

In the left panel click on “Full Disk Access”. Check the Malwarebytes Protection and close the settings.

malwarebytes for mac installation step 6

Go back to Malwarebytes and click the Scan button to begin scanning your Mac for malware.

malwarebytes for mac start scan

Click on the Quarantine button to delete the found malware.

malwarebytes for mac remove malware

Reboot your Mac to complete the malware removal process.

malwarebytes for mac reboot

When the removal process is done, continue to the next step.

Continue to the next step to remove unwanted browser settings from Safari, Chrome, or Firefox (Mac)

Uninstall Search-fine.com Extension from Safari for Mac

Open the Safari browser. In the left top corner click on Safari. In the Safari menu click on Preferences. Open the “Extensions” tab.
Click on the extension you would like to remove, make sure to check any installed Safari extension, and click on “Uninstall”.

uninstall extension Safari for Mac

Uninstall Search-fine.com Extension from Google Chrome for Mac

Open the Google Chrome browser on Mac. In the address bar type: chrome://extensions/. Verify all listed browser extensions.
If you notice an installed extension you do not know or do not trust, click the Remove button to uninstall the extension from Google Chrome.

remove extension from Google Chrome mac

Some malware programs create policy’s to prevent users from resetting browser configurations such as the web browser’s homepage and the search engine. If you cannot change your homepage or search engine in the Google Chrome browser you might want to remove the policies created by the malware to restore the browser’s configurations.

Remove unwanted profile from your Mac

First, you need to remove unwanted profiles from your Mac, follow the steps.

Click the Apple symbol () in the top left corner on Mac OS X, click on “Preferences” in the menu bar, and select “Profiles”. If profiles don’t exist you do not have any malicious profile installed on your Mac.

Select the “AdminPrefs“, “Chrome Profile“, or “Safari profile” and delete it.

Next, you need to check if there are policies created for Google Chrome. Open the Chrome browser, in the address bar type: chrome://policy.
If there are policies loaded into the Chrome browser, follow the steps below to remove the policies.

On the Applications folder on your Mac, go to Utilities and Open the Terminal application.

open Terminal application mac

Enter the following commands in the Terminal application, press ENTER after each command.

  • defaults write com.google.Chrome HomepageIsNewTabPage -bool false
  • defaults write com.google.Chrome NewTabPageLocation -string “https://www.google.com/”
  • defaults write com.google.Chrome HomepageLocation -string “https://www.google.com/”
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderSearchURL
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderNewTabURL
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderName
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome ExtensionInstallSources

Remove “Managed by your Organization” from Google Chrome on Mac

Some adware and malware on Mac force the browser’s homepage and search engine using a setting known as “Managed by your organization”. If you see the browser extension or settings in Google chrome is forced using the “Managed by your organization” setting, follow the steps below.

Make sure to bookmark this webpage and open it in another web browser, you need to Quit Google Chrome.

On the Applications folder on your Mac, go to Utilities and Open the Terminal application.

open Terminal application mac

Enter the following commands in the Terminal application, press ENTER after each command.

  • defaults write com.google.Chrome BrowserSignin
  • defaults write com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderEnabled
  • defaults write com.google.Chrome DefaultSearchProviderKeyword
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome HomePageIsNewTabPage
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome HomePageLocation
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome ImportSearchEngine
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome NewTabPageLocation
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome ShowHomeButton
  • defaults delete com.google.Chrome SyncDisabled

Restart Google Chrome when you are done.

Uninstall Add-on from Mozilla Firefox for Mac

Open the Firefox browser. In the address bar type: about:addons. Verify all installed Firefox add-ons.
If you notice an installed add-on you do not know or do not trust, click the Remove button to uninstall the add-on from Firefox.

remove addon from firefox mac

Your Mac should be free of adware, malware, and Search-fine.com. If you still need help you ask for my help in the comments.

Maxim

Maxim

Hi! I am Maxim. I research malware. I blog about malware and computer virus threats as they are released, so you can use it to remove viruses from your computer, phone, or tablet. Is this information useful? Share on social media and help others Thank you!

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