Reports of a generic search engine site, thesearch.net, have gained our attention and we have found the site to be a browser hijacker that could load automatically as a default home page causing aggravation. The site thesearch.net looks to be a creation of those who want to earn money through pay-per-click schemes where the search results are accompanied by several advertisement links and sponsored links.
In our best synopsis, thesearch.net is nearly harmless but can be a serious annoyance due to the fact that it is sometimes set as your default home page that loads each time you open your web browser or go to your browser’s home page. The reasons for thesearch.net automatically loading are mostly due to components or browser extensions related to thesearch.net loading on your computer.
The components related to thesearch.net are known to come from installing freeware or 3rd party software obtained from Internet download sites. Upon installing such programs, the associated browser extensions or add-ons will automatically load by default where they later run in the background awaiting you to open your favorite web browser application, like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox. Use of the thesearch.net site may not harm your system but it could cause unwanted redirects to other sites by clicking any of the search result advertisement links.
Keeping the thesearch.net browser hijacker from taking over certain aspects of your web browser is left to your own alertness when installing freeware applications or bundled software apps. At the time of installation of such you must choose to opt out of installing thesearch.net components or you risk having your Internet browser settings changed to automatically load the thesearch.net site.
The appearance of popups from thesearch.net are an indication of your computer having additional software installed on it that may be uninstalled through the control panel. In some instances software like thesearch.net may not be completely removed through uninstalling it via the Windows control panel. However, an essential step to removing thesearch.net is uninstalling its core application by going to your control panel, going to the “programs” feature option, and then finding thesearch.net and choosing to uninstall it.
Step 1. Remove thesearch.net from Windows 10.
Right-click the lower left corner or your desktop. In the Quick Access menu select the Control Panel (normal left-click). Once in the Control Panel, find and select Programs and Features. Once in the Programs and Features option, find thesearch.net and select to Uninstall it if this option is available. In the case that you cannot uninstall thesearch.net, you may need to utilize another method to eliminate thesearch.net, such as using an antispyware or antivirus program.
Step 2. Remove or uninstall thesearch.net from Windows 7 or older Windows versions.
Go to the Start menu by pressing the Windows Key or clicking Start > go to Control Panel > choose the Programs ‘Uninstall a program’ option > find the thesearch.net program and then click on it > select the Uninstall button.
Step 3. Remove or uninstall thesearch.net from Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
Press the Windows Key on your keyboard > Search and enter Control Panel > choose the Programs ‘Uninstall a program’ option > find the thesearch.net program and then click on it > select the Uninstall button.
Step 4. Remove or uninstall thesearch.net manually by finding and deleting specific files, registry entries or application entries within the Windows Control Panel.
Remove thesearch.net from Mozilla Firefox:
Step 1. Launch the browser and click the icon on the Firefox search box.
Step 2. Select Manage Search Engines
Step 3. Remove the undesirable search provider and select OK.
Step 4. Simultaneously press Alt+T and in the Tools menu select Options.
Step 5. Select the General tab and go to the Home Page.
Step 6. Remove the URL and select OK.
Step 7. Simultaneously tap Ctrl+Shift+A for the Add-ons Manager.
Step 8. Select Extensions and remove the undesirable plugins.
Remove thesearch.net from Internet Explorer:
Step 1. Launch the browser and simultaneously press Alt+T.
Step 2. In the Tools menu select Manage Add-ons.
Step 3. Go to Toolbars and Extensions and Disable the plugin.
Step 4. Go to Search Providers and remove the search tool.
Step 5. Select Close and simultaneously press Alt+T to open the Tools menu again.
Step 6. Select Internet Options and select the General tab.
Step 7. Overwrite/ remove the Home Page URL and select OK.
Remove thesearch.net from Google Chrome:
Step 1. Launch the browser and simultaneously press Alt+F.
Step 2. Select Settings and you will be routed to chrome://settings/
Step 3. Under On Startup, mark Open a specific page or set of pages.
Step 4. Select Set pages to find the available options.
Step 5. Remove/overwrite the URL of the search tool and select OK.
Step 6. Under Appearance, mark Show Home button.
Step 7. Select Change and repeat step 5 to get rid of the option.
Step 8. Under Search click the Manage search engines.
Step 9. Select X on the URL of thesearch.net to remove it from the list.
Step 10. Simultaneously press Alt+T again, select Tools and then Extensions.
Step 11. Remove the plugin.
Other manual removal methods to uninstall thesearch.net may involve finding any related files or programs that could be lurking in other folders on your hard drive. These steps are usually left to computer experts as removing essential system files by accident while attempting to remove thesearch.net files could cause serious damage to your system or even prevent it from booting up the next time it is restarted.