Search.gg

What is Search.gg?

Search.gg is a new questionable search engine that can show up in your Google Chrome browser and may strike you as Google. No wonder because this search page resembles Google a lot and inexperienced computer users may easily believe that no change has been made to the home page setting. Due to its capabilities, we have labeled this threat source as a browser hijacker. Although at first sight this search engine may look totally innocent, you should know that it may display possibly harmful third-party ads and links on modified search results pages. You should never use this browser hijacker for searching the web. What is more, we suggest that you remove Search.gg as soon as possible. This may not make your entire system clean as there could be other threats around but this is definitely the first step we recommend.test

Where does Search.gg come from?

Our malware researchers at anti-spyware-101.com say that this browser hijacker, unlike most of other similar threats, does not spread directly in free software bundles. Instead, it is mainly distributed through useless applications like Iloveplay Search (chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/iloveplay-search/gfppelbhbfmfobbniagiigiiiaaaodlh) whose Chrome web store installation page is not available any longer for the obvious reason of having been blocked for being unreliable. Such applications may force or push you to install this browser hijacker if you want to install the software in question. This is a rather aggressive way to promote any tool indeed and this search engine should be considered unwanted right away. In other words, you should delete Search.gg just for this simple reason if you are a security-minded computer user.

If you want to be able protect your computer from such a browser hijacker and potentially unwanted programs and adware programs that can install it for you, it is essential for you to understand how you can infect your machine with free software bundles. Such infections mostly enter you system in packages and not one by one. This makes them more dangerous than the threat they can individually mean for you or for your system. You should stay away from suspicious websites, including torrent, freeware, gaming, gambling, and porn-related pages. These are the most likely places to host questionable and downright dangerous third-party advertisements. But apart from clicking on corrupt ads, you can also download malicious bundles if you simply download free software from the wrong source. In order to restore the previous security level of your computer, we suggest that you delete Search.gg and scan your PC with a trustworthy malware scanner to be able to identify every single threat source that needs to be eliminated.

How does Search.gg work?

This search page looks very similar to Google for a reason: It wants to stay unnoticed. When this browser hijacker appears in your Google Chrome browser as your home page, you may not even notice the difference unless you are one of those users who like to have their own preference as their home page. Most users tend to keep the default home page, which is usually Google in Chrome browsers. However, this hijacker can put your system at risk by showing you questionable search results. All your searches are forwarded to another questionable search engine, yandex.com. The search results you see there could be modified to include promoted affiliates' ads and links to their websites. Unfortunately, you can never trust these third parties entirely unless the creators of such tools explicitly take responsibility. Thus, it is possible in this case that you are exposed to content coming from cyber criminals. If you engage with such content, there is a good chance that you will end up on a malicious website and get scammed or just simply drop more infections onto your machine. We believe that it is time for you to make up your mind and remove Search.gg from your browser if you do not want to wait till things turn worse on your system.

How can I delete Search.gg?

The only good thing about this browser hijacker is most probably the ease with which you can clean it from your computer. All you need to do is use our guide below this article and you should be free of this threat source in a minute. As you can see now, it is quite easy to infect your machine with any kind of malware really. Therefore, it is very important that you make sure that no threats can enter your PC. It is possible that you do not have enough experience or the needed IT skills to keep your computer clean. This is why we advise you to install a reliable anti-malware program. For example, SpyHunter is one of those security tools that can automatically detect and eliminate all kinds of malware and potential threats. But you can also do your research and find the one that suits you. However, beware of rogue security software because there could be more of those than legitimate ones on the web.

Remove Search.gg from your browser

Google Chrome

  1. Press Win+E.
  2. Open the “%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default” folder.
  3. Delete Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data files.
  4. Empty your Recycle Bin. 100% FREE spyware scan and
    tested removal of Search.gg*

Stop these Search.gg Processes:

SkyEmail.exe
SrngInit.exe
toolbar.exe

Remove these Search.gg Files:

toolbar.exe
SrngInit.exe
SearchNugget Toolbar features.lnk
siteError.dll
sbar.dll
Screen Saver will not work.lnk
Acez.com - More Screen Savers!.lnk
SkyEmail.exe
Skywriter Plane Screen Saver 1.0.lnk
Tell a friend about Skywriter Plane Screen Saver!.lnk

Remove these Search.gg Registry Entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternetExplorerMainStartPage=[siteaddress]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER SoftwareSbar Toolbar
E68C36A4-16FF-4DDE-8B82-3558F6631BE6
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\WebBrowser\4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7D
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar\4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7D
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsbar.SBARMenuButton
Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Management\ARPCache\Skywriter Plane Screen Saver 1.0
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7E}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows CurrentVersionUninstallSbar
sbar.SBARToggle Button
sbar.SBARMenu Button
Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\88E50F1D-4790-4C6B-BEE3-D54E46B6EEF6
4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7E
sbar.SBAR
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsbar.SBARToggle Button
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B80-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7F}
Acez.Band.1
4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7D
Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Management\ARPCache\Acez SiteError
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareSbarToolbar
SNHelper.SNHELPER
Sbar Toolbar
Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Management\ARPCache\Acez.com Toolbar Button
Acez.Band
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsbar.SBAR
Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Management\ARPCache\SBAR
00000FF6-0043-40AE-A591-3FB8AB4B8316
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows CurrentVersionExplorerBrowser Helper Objects{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7D}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionUninstallSbar
HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTSoftwareMicrosoftInternetExplorerMainStartPage=[siteaddress]
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsbar.SBARToggleButton
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions\CmdMapping\88E50F1D-4790-4C6B-BEE3-D54E46B6EEF6
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTsbar.SBARMenu Button
HKEY_USERS.DEFAULTSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMainStart Page=[site address]
4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FB-EF60B19DB42E
4E7BD74F-2B80-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7F
4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7F
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTCLSID{4E7BD74F-2B8D-469E-C0FF-FD7FF4D5FA7D}
HKEY_CURRENT_USER SoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMainStart Page=[site address]
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