Desktop Search Removal

Date: June 9, 2015

Desktop Search is a tool which offers to help you facilitate your searches by conducting them directly from your desktop. It is marketed as a convenient plugin which you can use on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. However, the program carries out activities which are not part of its promoted services and which may be risky for your system's security. Desktop Search displays commercial ads in the forms of coupons, price comparisons, discounts, and other enticing promotional offers. It can also observe your activity on the web. Due to these functions, the software is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The ads pose a security risk for your machine. Their sources are external. Desktop Search collaborates with third parties by displaying their ads for payment on a per-click basis. The tool does not check the safety of the sources it forwards to. The risk from having your data tracked is even more severe, as it can make some of your personal details become accessible to third parties with possibly questionable agendas.

How did Desktop Search enter my PC?

The possibility that you downloaded the app from its official website is slim. The plugin is offered for download and has an active link, but the site is not well known. If you do not recall having visited and adding the extension to your browser, then you probably installed it together with another program without realizing you did. Desktop Search can use another tool as a download client. It is commonly bundled with freeware. The PUP will try to get your approval for its install through the other tool's installation process. It will be listed as an additional application. By not running its separate process, Desktop Search has a better chance of going unnoticed. It only takes a bit of haste on the user's part. If you skip through the process without reading the terms and conditions, you will not see that the PUP is scheduled to be included in the installation package. Many people consider the installation agreement to be trivial and unimportant. This makes bundling a very successful method for unwanted software to land on users' personal computers.

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What risks does Desktop Search pose to my security?

The advertising content Desktop Search shows you is supported. The tool receives payment, based solely on the number of ads you have followed. The more times it manages to acquire your interest, the higher the gains will be for its developers. The company behind this PUP is called Unique Solutions. This firm is registered in Bridgetown, Barbados. The terms of use, listed on its website, state that it is not responsible for the content of third party ad providers. This shifts all the risks to the side of the end user. There is not much you can do to seek retribution for encountering a harmful program from a link brought by Desktop Search. The “support” tab on the program's website only redirects to the “about” page, so the forms of contact are limited to the e-mail and physical address of the company. Considering the terms of use, an indirect communication will probably be of no help. Desktop Search's privacy policy sets pretty much the same terms about the information the plugin collects from you. It can use your cookies, history and other unspecified data for certain business purposes that are just as vaguely described. If you disagree with the program's practices, you should not hesitate to uninstall it from your computer.

How can Desktop Search be deleted from my computer?

You can uninstall this tool from your Control Panel. The guidelines we have provided below describe the removal process step by step. After you remove Desktop Search, you can proceed to do a system scan to make sure no other unwanted software has managed to infiltrate your machine.

Remove Desktop Search from your browser

Remove Desktop Search from Mozilla Firefox

Step 1: Remove Desktop Search add-on from your browser
1. Open Firefox and go to the Menu button in the right corner or simultaneously press Ctrl+Shift+A
2. From the Add-ons Manager tab, select Extensions (or Appearance).

Firefox addon
3. Locate Desktop Search and click the Disable button.

Step 2: Change your homepage
1. Click on the Menu button on the right and select Options.
2. Go to the General tab.
3. Type in the address of the site you want to set as your homepage. You can also use the Restore option to reset the Default homepage.

Firefox homepage
4. Press the OK button to exit the window.
5. Right-click the Firefox icon on your Desktop and navigate to Properties.
6. Check to see if the Target of the shortcut is correct.

Step 3: Change the default search provider
1. Click on the Menu button in the upper right side and select Options.
2. Open the Search tab.
3. From the drop-down menu, choose a default search provider.

Firefox default search
4. Press the OK button to save the changes and exit this window.

Remove Desktop Search from Google Chrome

Step 1: Remove Desktop Search add-on
1. Launch Chrome and open the Chrome menu located in the right corner of the browser screen.
2. Go to More Tools and select Extensions.
3. Locate the unwanted add-on and click on the recycle bin icon next to it to remove it.

Chrome extension
4. Click Remove when the confirmation window appears to complete the removal.

Step 2: Reset the homepage
1. Open the Chrome menu and go to Settings.
2. In this panel, navigate to AppearanceShow Home buttonNew Tab page → Change

Chrome homepage
3. Choose your homepage.
4. Click OK to confirm.
5. Right-click the Chrome Desktop shortcut and go to Properties.
6. Check whether the Target of the shortcut is written correctly.

Step 3: Change your default search provider
1. Launch Chrome and choose Settings from the Chrome menu.
2. Go to the Search panel from this menu.
3. Select a default search engine from the drop-down menu or go to Manage Search engines.
4. Select the search provider you have chosen and click on “Make default”.
5. Press Done to complete the procedure.

Remove Desktop Search from Internet Explorer

Step 1: Remove Desktop Search extension
1. Go to the Wrench icon in the upper right of your browser and open the Tools menu (or click Alt+X).
2. Go to Manage add-ons and navigate to Toolbars and Extensions.
3. Choose the extensions you want to delete.

IE extensions
4. Press Remove and click Close.

Step 2: Change your homepage
1. Go to the Wrench icon in the upper right and open the Tools menu (or use the shortcut Alt+X).
2. Select Internet Options.
3. Type the address of the website you have chosen as your homepage going forward.

IE homepage
4. Click OK.
5. Right-click the Internet Explorer shortcut icon on the Desktop and navigate to Properties.
6. Check if the Target of the shortcut is correct.

Step 3: Change the default search provider
1. Click on the arrow icon in the address bar.
2. Choose Add.
3. Choose an engine from the list displayed by clicking on it and selecting the “Add to IE” option.
4. Press Alt+X to go to the Tools menu.
5. Go to the Manage add-ons option and navigate to Search Providers.
6. Choose the engine you want to set as the default provider and click “Set as default”.

Remove Desktop Search from your computer

Windows 8
1. Click Win+X simultaneously and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Navigate to Uninstall a Program and choose the unwanted software from the list.
3. Press Uninstall to remove Desktop Search.

Windows 7
1. Open the Windows Start menu and go to your Control Panel.
2. Select Uninstall a Program and remove Desktop Search from the list.

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Windows XP
1. Open the Windows Start menu and go to the Control Panel.
2. Choose Add or Remove Programs.
3. Find Desktop Search in the list and remove it.

How is an AV tool useful?

An antivirus program can check your system for other software which may have entered your computer in the same way as Desktop Search or through the tool's help. Adware and potentially unwanted programs often help each other gain access to users' systems.

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