Search Defense is an adware program promoted as a security software for safe web browsing. However, it is adware that hijacks Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome for spying on you browsing history and displaying ads and deals that can attract your clicks. Such clicks on Search Defense advertising bring profit to this adware owners and distributors that help to install Search Defense. That is probably why the installation is often deceptive. Search Defense is bundled with popular free programs and set for being automatically installed unless you notice and disable this optional adware. I guess you did not, and now you want to remove Search Defense from your computer. It is a good idea. While Search Defense is not malicious by design, any adware presents some threats to your security and privacy.
If you want to get rid of Search Defense ads and deals displayed in your Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, then you need to remove Search Defense extensions, add-ons, and browser helper objects installed in these web browsers. You also need to remove similarly named Windows application just as you would remove any other Windows program. You can remove Search Defense components manually by following this guide. However, other adware that might be present in a bundle or installed somehow else can bring you a hard time since you need to see what to kill first. SpyHunter offers a free scanner that shows you all you need, and it can automatically remove Search Defense and other malware form your infected computer.
If you want to remove Search Defense and other malicious programs, protect your computer against malware, and use professional help in malware removal, then use SpyHunter. This anti-malware software offers reliable real-time protection and helps to keep your web browser safe. SpyHunter provides free scan results that are useful for manual Search Defense removal if you prefer to do it yourself. However, automated Search Defense removal has certain benefits as compared to manual way. It removes other viruses and protects your computer and you against future trouble.
What is Search Defense?
Search Defense is a program that promises to make your web browsing more secure. In fact, it is adware that infects your Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer for displaying ads in your web browsers. It consists of a Windows application and similarly named browser extensions specific for web browsers installed on your computer. These adware components are designed for spying on your web browsing and displaying ads related to your browsing history. When you click on such ads, Search Defense owners and distributors get some money on pay-per-click basis paid by promoters. While Search Defense is not malicious, the downside of using it is wasted web traffic and your compromised privacy that put you at risk of sharing your user’s profile among various sales companies. Search Defense is often distributed with free programs that you may download. This adware is deceptively installed unless you disable the optional for Search Defense before installing a program or update that you download. Removing Search Defense is quite easy, but other adware programs that might come bundled with it are often tricky and stubborn for your removal effort.
Protection against deceptively installed adware:
Protect your computer with programs like SpyHunter that can trace installation process, warn you on threats, and remove malware on your demand. Otherwise, you need to pay attention to EULAs and check boxes placed in setup wizard and download clients related to a free program that you download. It helps you to notice additional programs bundled to the one you get. Always use “custom”, or “advanced”, installation option instead of “typical”, or “normal” or “quick” because these options often hide adware programs from your view.
Search Defense Adware Removal ToolSearch Defense Removal Tool is a part of SpyHunter that easily remove Search Defense and other malicious programs found on your computer. It detects all malicious elements and tracking cookies related to Search Defense malware. Free scanner shows you all the details and helps to delete Search Defense components manually if you want. This software is timely updated and offers a free professional support for removing mutating viruses. It helps to remove stubborn PUP (potentially unwanted programs) and spyware, protects DNS connection, your web browsers, ActiveX components, and other system elements form malware infection. SpyHunter helps to guard your computer against Search Defense and other threats. It protects your security and privacy.
Remove Search Defense Ads Manually
For manual removal, you need to remove all Search Defense components. First, you need to uninstall the program using “Add/Remove programs” utility (“Programs and Features” on Windows 7 and Vista) . You can start this Windows utility program by clicking a link in the Control Panel menu. Then you need to find and remove Search Defense extensions from your web browsers and reset browser settings to defaults or to your proffered ones.
Use the following guide for manual removal. Then scan your computer with antispyware program to make sure that other hidden malicious programs are also removed.
Uninstall Search Defense on Windows 8
- On Metro screen click on "Search" icon. Then, type "Remove Program" in the input box and click on "Uninstall a program" menu option.
- Select "Search Defense" program and click "Uninstall" button at the top of the list.
Optional: If on a desktop, right click "Start" button (or the lower left corner) to open the "Quick Access Menu". Then find and click on "Programs and Features"
Optional: Click on "Control Panel" option. Find and click "Uninstall a Program" link in the menu list placed under "Programs" menu option.
Uninstall Search Defense on Windows 7, Vista
- Click on "Start" button at the bottom left corner of the desktop and select "Control Panel" option on the right
- Click on "Programs and Features" menu option in the Control Panel
- Search the program list and highlight Search Defense program. Then, click "Uninstall" button and confirm program removal.
Uninstall Search Defense on Windows XP
Uninstalling Search Defense from Windows XP is very similar to one shown above. There are minor differences in a process:
- Click on "Start" button at the bottom left corner of the desktop.
- Select "Control Panel" in the menu on the right
- Find and double-click "Add/Remove Programs" list item in the Control Panel
- Search the program list and click on Search Defense program. Then, click "Remove" button.
Remove Search Defense from Chrome
Remove Search Defense extensions from Google Chrome
- Start Google Chrome and click on Menu icon in the top-right corner. Select Settings in the drop down list.
- Click on Extensions on the left to display installed Chrome extensions. Find Search Defense extension and click on "Remove from Chrome" icon.
- Restart your browser.
Remove Search Defense from Firefox
Remove Search Defense add-on from Mozilla Firefox
- Open Mozilla Firefox and click Menu icon at the top-right corner. Click on Add-ons icon.
- Select Extensions on the sidebar. Find Search Defense add-on. Right-click it, and then click Remove button.
- Restart Firefox to complete the removal.
Remove Search Defense from Internet Explorer
Remove Search Defense extensions from Internet Explorer
- Start Internet Explorer click Tools icon in the top-right corner.
- Click on Manage add-ons option.
- Select Toolbars and Extensions tab on left, right-click on Search Defense, and then click Disable option.
- Restart your web browser.
Note: Manual removal procedures for Search Defense are easy. Though, if your value your time and suspect other computer infections, then it is better to use SpyHunter instead of the manual removal. This security software scans your computer system and helps to remove all malicious program that are found.
Remove Search Defense Adware Infection Completely
Search Defense adware might be spread in a bundle with other like programs. As a result, your system might be also infected with malicious programs used by cyber criminals for stealing money and illegal activities. After you remove Search Defense adware you have to run full anti-virus scan with an updated version of your antivirus. Then it is a good idea to scan your system with anti-malware program like SpyHunter 4. This software comes with a free professional support and a free scanners that you can use for manual malware removal, or opt for an automated removal process that is more safe and reliable.