What is Piesearch.com?
Piesearch.com is a web domain used by a browser hijacker that enters your computer surreptitiously. Your default homepage and search engine will be changed without your permission, but you should be careful whenever you browse freeware websites because Piesearch.com and other similar hijackers seldom can enter target computers without user’s permission. While they do not inform you about the oncoming installation, the bottom’s line is that users initiate the actual download themselves. Consequently, you can remove Piesearch.com from your system as well. While you are at it, you should also take care of all the other potential threats that might have entered your system with this browser hijacker.
Where does Piesearch.com come from?
There is no one website that would be distributing Piesearch.com out in the open. That seldom happens with browser hijackers. Rather than spreading individually, this browser hijacker usually travels in software packages. Judging from the links it promotes on its main page, we can assume that the browser hijacker may come bundled with the WiiXP gaming program and other applications related to this freeware application.
As mentioned above, you are bound to have multiple unwanted applications on-board, so Piesearch.com functions like a good indicator that you may have some problems with your computer’s security. Naturally, it also means that it is possible to avoid installing this browser hijacker and other unwanted applications as long as you stay away from freeware distribution sites. Do not take your security for granted just because you know you are downloading a legitimate program. If necessary, get the program from the official vendor’s website.
What does Piesearch.com do?
As you can already tell, this browser hijacker changes your main settings on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Piesearch.com will be your homepage and search engine.
At first, an inexperienced user may think that Piesearch.com is a decent search provider because the site itself looks user-friendly and easy to access. However, if you were to enter a search query into the search box, you would see that all your searches get redirected through a custom version of the Google search engine. On top of that, the browser hijacker also monitors your online activity, logging all the websites you visit and all the keywords you enter into the search box.
This way, Piesearch.com manages to generate your online profile and then spam you with customized commercial advertisements. The ads are displayed on the main site and other web pages that have advertising space. Some of these ads might contain links that lead to corrupted websites, and so it could eventually result in a severe computer infection. You can obviously avoid critical computer threats by removing Piesearch.com right now, and then protecting your system from similar intruders in the future.
How do I remove Piesearch.com?
This browser hijacker does not have an entry in the list of installed programs, so you cannot delete it manually, but you can at least restore your browser settings to default. Do not forget other programs that could be slowing down your computer or secretly gather your web browsing information. Terminate all the unwanted programs with a computer security tool of your choice, and then safeguard your system against other similar threats.
Manual Program Removal
Windows 10, Windows 8.1 & Windows 8
- Press and hold the Windows key+R.
- The Run command box will open.
- Type “control” into the Open box and press Enter.
- Open Uninstall a program under Programs.
- Highlight and uninstall all the unwanted applications.
Windows Vista & Windows 7
- Open the Start menu and go to Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program and remove unwanted applications.
- Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
- Go to Add or remove programs and uninstall unwanted applications.
Reset Your Browser Settings
- Press Alt+H and open Troubleshooting information.
- Click Refresh Firefox on the new tab.
- Press Refresh Firefox once more and click Finish.
- Press Alt+F and select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page.
- Scroll down to the bottom and click Reset Settings.
- Press Reset.
- Press Alt+T and open Internet options.
- Select the Advanced tab and press Reset.
- Mark Delete personal settings and press Reset.
- Click Close.
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