Easy steps to delete Comet Search
Comet Search is malicious website that appears on your browsers homepage, tab page and default search engine, if your PC has been intruded some potentially unwanted application or browser hijacker. Like all other browser hijackers, this type of app is designed to promote cometsearch.info. Further, app of this type has data tracking abilities which are used employed to steal information relating to search queries. Additionally, it adds “Managed by your organization” feature to Google chrome browsers.
Following to successful infiltration, it makes numerous changes on the installed browser settings. It can hijack any popular browsers including Google chrome, IE, Safari, Edge and others. These options are changed to cometsearch.info in order to prevent users to return to the previous browser setting options, the app inject helper objects that have attached task schedule to reassign the changes time to time and block user to access to the settings and conduct any changes on it.
In other words, user who get victim of this app will be forced to visit the said domain whenever they open their new browsing tab and search web on the URL bar. Apart from this, Comet Search has data tracking ability. It can collect the following data by tracking users browsing session that includes:
- IP addresses,
- Viewed pages,
- URLs visited,
- Search queries etc
Later, all collected data are shared with third parties who misuse them in order to generate revenue. Thus, data tracking can results into severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. So, to fix all such troubles removal of Comet Search and all suspicious applications is mandatory.
Distribution methods of Comet Search:
Users could install the PUP from its official websites. However, they are not even known when the PUP installation has happened on their computer. The most common and popular methods used by them are software bundling method. Bundling is basically an undercover installation of unreliable programs that gets intrude along with regular free software. Not all users pay close attention during installation moment and leave these setups unchanged. This mischievous behavior causes installation of potentially unwanted applications. So, you must be cautious during installation and use only official websites and direct download links.
Remove Comet Search
Manual malware removal threat might be lengthy and time-consuming as it takes lots of time to detect and delete this nasty threat. So, we suggest our readers to use reliable antivirus removal tool such as Spyhunter to remove Comet Search and all infiltrated browser hijackers completely from the infected system.
Name: Comet Search
Type: Browser Hijacker, Redirect, Search Hijacker, Toolbar, Unwanted New Tab
Affected browser settings: default search engine, homepage and new tab URL
Symptoms: Manipulated Internet browser settings. Users are forced to visit the hijacker’s website and search the Internet using their search engines.
Distribution methods: Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake Flash Player installers, torrent file downloads.
Damage: Internet browser tracking (potential privacy issues), display of unwanted ads, redirects to dubious websites.
Removal: To remove Comet Search and other malware infection, we recommend you to use some reliable removal process or go through given removal instructions that are provided under this article.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove Comet Search:
Remove the related items of Comet Search using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing Comet Search issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (Comet Search) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to Comet Search removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to Comet Search still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove Comet Search plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in Comet Search removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete Comet Search (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.