Amazon Smart Search malware removal. How to uninstall

Amazon Smart Search redirection is classified as a browser hijack infection that can occupy Chrome, Firefox or Internet explorer once installed. This application changes default DNS and home page settings on infected PC which results into frequent redirections to Amazon Smart Search engine. The user on infected PC gets annoyed because each time he tries to find something using Google, the Amazon Smart Search comes up instead of expected site. Anyhow, we are still sure the Amazon Smart Search toolbar is a legit plugin and not a virus but its attitude is a bit unpleasant. one more thing, it can get installed on your computer without your consent. because this plugin is distributed bundled with many freeware softwares available on Internet so while downloading such programs, this Amazon Smart Search also gets attached to your browser.

Most users have been reporting that the Amazon Smart Search keeps coming back when they tried to remove it through control panel. In this situation, you are advised to delete it manually and if still it comes back, then use a proper adware/malware removal software that can automatically remove the unwanted Amazon Smart Search virus thing.

Disadvantages and risks of having Amazon Smart Search:

  • It may change & corrupt default settings of browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Internet explorer
  • Changes home page and displays unwanted pop-ups advertisements
  • Causes frequent web redirects to wrong websites, hijacks search engine settings and leads to unexpected webpages
  • Keeps record of browsing activities and interests
  • Collects Personal user information which may include sensitive financial data such as logins, usernames, accounts
  • It may bring further infections are direct the user to infectious sites
  • Makes the browser run slow, uses a big part of system resources


Want to get rid of Browser Hijack Amazon Smart Search?:
To manually remove Amazon Smart Search, follow the instructions.

First of all, Uninstall the program. (Skip to the next step if the application is not listed in Control Panel).
“Start > Settings > Control Panel. Now Locate and open “Add or Remove Programs” or “PROGRAMS AND FEATURES”. Find “Amazon Smart Search”. Now click Uninstall/Remove.

Now remove the program from Browser.

Internet Explorer users:
Click “Tools” (if on Internet Explorer 9, click gear icon), Then “Manage Add-ons”. Look for Amazon Smart Search. Disable if found any.

Block Amazon Smart Search pop-ups
To stop pop-ups from malware,
Click on TOOLS > POP-UP BLOCKER, then click TURN ON POP-UP BLOCKER. and then go to POP-UP BLOCKER SETTINGS. (Type any website you wish to block popups from)
disable-extension-plugin-toolbar-internet-explorer

Firefox users:
Go to “Tools” (at the top), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable “Amazon Smart Search”
disable-extension-plugin-firefox

Chrome Users:
Click “Tools/Settings” (Wrench incon), > “Add-ons” > “Extensions” and disable any file associate with malware.
disable-plugin-extension-google-chrome

Still Spyware Amazon Smart Search lurking in the system? Remove manually

Stop processes of this malware:
Open Task Manager to stop processes.

Remove associated registry settings:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\urlsearchhook.toolbarurlsearchhook
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\classes\urlsearchhook.toolbarurlsearchhook
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mozilla\Firefox\extensions,
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\microsoft\internet explorer\toolbar\webbrowser
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “WarnonBadCertRecving” = ’0
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ActiveDesktop “NoChangingWallPaper” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System “DisableTaskMgr” = ’1
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main “Use FormSuggest” = ‘yes’
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced “ShowSuperHidden” = 0

Delete Amazon Smart Search infected files:
%Profile%\Local Settings\Temp\
%ProgramFiles%\
%UserProfile%\

System restore:
Have you tried methods above but still malware not removed? Then try Restoring your computer to an earlier state.
Click Start menu > All Programs > System Tools > System Restore
or
Start menu > Backup and Recover > Recover System

Amazon Smart Search removal tool

Alternatively, you are advised to use the removal tool below to get rid of this malware infection.
Malware Bytes antimalware

Hitman Pro


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