What is Search.siviewer.com?
If you have found Search.siviewer.com set as your default search provider, it is most likely that you have downloaded SIViewer, an application that works as a photo viewer and editor. An extension with the same name is installed onto the Chrome browser, and this extension represents the search tool. This extension is presented as a Search App By SIViewer. In reality, the developer of this software is Evangel Technology Limited. Anti-Spyware-101.com researchers have not encountered this company in the past, which indicates that it could be fictitious or new. Overall, we do not think that the people behind this name are malicious because the software they have created is not misleading or extremely dangerous. Sure, you are forced into installing a search tool, but this is not done without your notice. Nevertheless, this search tool modifies Chrome search settings, and this is why we identify it as a browser hijacker. If you want to learn how to remove Search.siviewer.com from your browsers, please continue reading.
How does Search.siviewer.com work?
Most computer users are likely to download this search tool along with the potentially unwanted program, SIViewer. This program forces users into accepting the installation of the search tool; otherwise, users are not allowed to continue with the installation. Once you accept the additional offer – and “accept” is a strong word here – you agree to change the homepage of your Google Chrome browser to start.siviewer.com, and your New Tab is modified simultaneously. Search.siviewer.com does not appear as a malicious browser hijacker, which is why users are not quick to delete it. This search tool provides “web,” “images,” and “videos” tools that you allegedly can use to find content. Well, these tools do not work that great, and, depending on your search query, you might find 0 results. However, instead of leaving you with a blank page, this search engine will provide you with “Ads” promoting third-party sites and products. You have to be extremely cautious about these advertisements because they correspond to different privacy policies, and parties behind them might be misleading and malicious.
If you have not downloaded the hijacker along with the application from siviewer.com, it is possible that you have acquired it from a different source. Was this app presented to you when downloading other programs? Software bundles are often used to spread malicious infections and useless software, which is why you have to be careful with them. Remember that attractive programs, such as SIViewer, could easily be used as bait to trick you into executing a bundled installer that might have been set up to spread malware, which could be done without your permission, silently as well. You can learn if other dangerous and unreliable programs have entered your operating system using a malware scanner, which you can install by clicking the Download button below. Install this tool, perform a full system scan, and delete the threats detected as soon as you possibly can.
How to eliminate Search.siviewer.com
Search.siviewer.com is a strange search tool that we classify as a browser hijacker. This search tool does not work very well, and its features are flawed. Of course, you will not know this before installing it, unless you do the necessary research. The thing is that most users do not even plan on installing this search tool because they are actually after an application called “SIViewer.” If you have downloaded this program, the search tool was installed along with it. The good news is that it is not difficult to delete Search.siviewer.com from your Google Chrome browser. One of the methods is removing the extension that represents this search tool. You can erase this extension from the chrome://extensions/ menu on your Chrome browser. Another method is eliminating the components of this software directly from your computer, and this is the method that is shown below. If any of the steps are unclear to you, please start a discussion in the comments section below, and we will help you as soon as possible.
- Simultaneously tap Win+E keys to launch Windows Explorer.
- Enter %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\ (if you are on Windows XP, enter %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\).
- Open the Default folder (or the folder that has the name of your Profile).
- Delete these files: Preferences, Secure Preferences, and Web Data.
- Open the Extensions folder.
- Right-click and Delete the bicnlnhnapgeigochlgehighgkaghbhk folder.
- Go back to the Default/Profile name folder and open the Local Storage folder.
- Delete these files: chrome-extension_bicnlnhnapgeigochlgehighgkaghbhk_0.localstorage-journal, chrome-extension_bicnlnhnapgeigochlgehighgkaghbhk_0.localstorage
N.B. If a malware scanner detects threats, we suggest installing automated anti-malware software ASAP.
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