How to remove Hide My Searches from the computer and browsers

Today we'll give you information about an undesired utility, AKA Hide My Searches. We're going to clarify for you how it infects the machine, as well as the ways to uninstall it once and for all. Here you will find plain and convenient ways to remove Hide My Searches from your workstation and from all modern browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.


Hide My Searches definitely is the very hazardous and irritating adware of the last few weeks, and if you have experienced it lately – we’re here to help you. First of all, you should realize that this kind of program is not like the real malware, as it isn't a virus, in fact. It’s a utility, created for a single object: to spam ads. In fact, its object appears to be more complicated: it needs to distribute links and performs it so annoyingly that customer will click on a banner while trying to close it. Today's article will clarify to you how exactly fraudsters receive their profit from Hide My Searches, how it penetrates the system and how to uninstall malware.


Hide My Searches adware

What is Hide My Searches. Removal reasons and methods

Hackers, or whoever are the people who own Hide My Searches, are willing to make it as irritating as nothing else before, to trick you into clicking on ads. By doing this you invite more and more advertising software into your system. This way is pretty plain. Hide My Searches just shows a plethora of ads, banners, pop-ups and links, and as they appear just in front of customer's eyes, he wishes to hide them. Unfortunately, these links can't be hidden. They don’t support the “hide” button, so any click opens another window or a new tab with a suspicious website. Such link might lead to a file download too, so if the computer has adware and the browser settings are altered – download will be successful. Through this simple way you receive annoying advertising programs until Hide My Searches functions in the system.




To understand how the computer runs cluttered with dangerous programs customer has to know how Hide My Searches penetrates the PC. It occurs via the bundled installation. It’s literally the plainest technique to get into user’s system. Scammers just upload the dangerous file on several websites and sit tight, until new victim downloads it. As soon as adware gets downloaded, it’s a matter of luck, and scammers can only expect that the victim won't read the EULA and won’t bother to understand what he’s currently installing. For those who want to avoid the penetration trough affiliate installation – these hints might help:


  • Under any circumstances, do not deactivate your AV utility, even if someone proposes you to;
  • You should abstain from installing the tools from strange sources;
  • Always read the EULA;
  • Do not use tools, which disguise their targets;


Since you're familiar with the main regulations of PC safety, let’s explain how Hide My Searches works, for you to see the methods to eliminate it.


When the protection is passed, Hide My Searches has a packed calendar, which comes with establishing scheduled tasks, altering the properties of browser tag marks, creating new registry strings and altering the browser controls. We can't assert that the algorithm stays changeless in each case, but your browser controls are an intermediate aim for Hide My Searches, to ensure that the system is fragile. Commonly, undesired tool alters the homepage and the pre-set search settings, putting there an untrusted website instead of well-known services. Every time you use it for Internet-surfing – you submit the PC to the jeopardy of being infected once again. Solid viruses also create scheduled tasks to recover themselves after you eliminate them. This function makes them extremely tough to uninstall. You can attempt repeatedly, removing suspicious files and folders, but when you launch the computer next time Hide My Searches will be already there. To evade this you should execute a deeper cleanup or use a decent anti-virus software.

Hide My Searches removal tool

To uninstall Hide My Searches you have to select one of two basic methods: manual and automatic. They both have certain pros and cons, but one of them might look way better for you than the other. The very significant superiority of by-hand uninstalling is that you're free to do it by yourself, and you require no extra programs. The drawbacks are that you cannot delete some viruses are too complex to uninstall by hand. Except that, you should have a certain state of PC knowledge to efficiently execute this method. A software method needs you to purchase an AV software, but since then, you don’t have to bother anymore. If you like the second option – we want to introduce Spyhunter: the updated, user-friendly, quick and effective program, capable of dealing with any hazardous software in brief term. If you’re going to download it – click the link below.


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Hide My Searches removal instructions

If you use MAC OS, follow our article: MAC adware removal.

If you are Android user, follow this guide: Android virus removal.



Step 1. Remove Hide My Searches from the system

It is an optional step, if you have no installed software with the same name, go to the next step.

Instruction for Windows XP and Windows 7

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.

2. In the Currently installed programs box, click the Hide My Searches, and then click Change or Change/Remove.

3. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to make the changes that you want.

Press Start - Control Panel Choose Program - Uninstall a program Choose needed program and click 'Uninstall'


Instruction for Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter Control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by: select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.


Instruction for Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Hide My Searches and press Uninstall

Type 'Control Panel' in Search field Programs in Control Panel Choose needed program and click 'Uninstall'


Instruction for Mac OS

1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications

2. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash

3. Choose Finder > Empty Trash

Step 2. Check browser's shortcut

1. Right-click on shortcut

2. Select Properties

3. Check the field Target: there must be only way to your browser, e.g.:

Google Chrome: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Mozilla Firefox: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

Internet Explorer: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"

Opera: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\launcher.exe"

Safari: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Safari\"

Step 3. Remove Hide My Searches from browser's settings

Instructions for Google Chrome

1. Launch Google Chrome

2. Click Menu (Customize and control Google Chrome)

3. Select Settings

4. Scroll down and click Show advanced settings...

5. Click Reset settings

How to find Google Chrome Settings How to find Show advanced settings in Google Chrome How to Reset settings in Google Chrome

Instructions for Mozilla Firefox

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox

2. Click on Help on menu bar

3. Select Troubleshooting information

4. Click Reset Firefox...

How to find Mozilla Firefox Troubleshooting information How to launch Reset Firefox... Reset Mozilla Firefox: last step

Instructions for Microsoft Edge

1. Launch Microsoft Edge

2. Click on Settings in menu bar

3. Choose Open Microsoft Edge with A specific page or pages

4. In the field Enter a URL put your favourite search engine


Instructions for Internet Explorer

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click Tools (You can press ALT+X on the keyboard)

3. Select Internet Options

4. Select Advanced tab

5. Click Reset... button

6. Put the tick near 'Delete personal settings' and click Reset

How to launch Internet Options in Internet Explorer How to find Advanced Internet Options in Internet Explorer How to reset Internet Explorer settings

Instructions for Opera

1. Start Opera

2. Click Menu (Customize and Control Opera)

3. Select Settings > Browser tab

4. Select On Startup - Open a specific page or set of pages - Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one

How to find Extensions in Opera How to disable extensions in Opera How to remove extension from Opera

Instructions for Safari

1. Open Safari browser

2. Click Menu (Display a menu of General Safari Settings)

3. Select Reset Safari...

4. Click Reset

How to display a menu of General Safari settings How to find Reset Safari tab How to reset Safari



Video instruction how to clean browsers




Step 4. Delete elements that would stay after Hide My Searches deletion

1. Remove files and folders, if they stayed:

  • Type Hide My Searches in the search box
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list of search results. Under Search again in, Click Computer
  • Wait for the search results
  • Delete items found

2. Delete registry keys

  • Click the Start button
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Press Ctrl+F and type 'Hide My Searches'
  • Click 'Find Next'
  • Delete the entries that were found

Step 5 (Optional). Scan the computer with antimalware scanner

  • Download antivirus tool, e.g. Adwcleaner
  • Press Scan button


AdwCleaner start window


  • Press Clean button


AdwCleaner start window


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