Search Smart Removal Process (remove SearchSmart)

March 13, 2018

Search Smart isn't very smart at all when you consider it is associated with the web browser hijacker site search-smart.work. The Search Smart application is a potentially unwanted program that may come in the form of web browser extension. Those who encounter Search Smart may have done so due to installing freeware apps bundled with additional components.

Loading of Search Smart will modify Internet settings without permission from the computer user thus causing the website search-smart.work to load automatically sometimes set as a default home page or new tab page. Reversing the effects of Search Smart will require removal of Search Smart and any associated browser extensions. Such a removal process may be accomplished automatically using an updated antispyware tool.

Are you getting popups from Search Smart? Have you identified that you have Search Smart installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Search Smart completely from your computer?

Why should you remove Search Smart?

If Search Smart resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that Search Smart may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking Search Smart removal process.

How can you manually remove Search Smart

Manual removal of Search Smart may not be for everyone. Each manual Search Smart removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic Search Smart removal process.

Search Smart can be removed manually by following the steps below.

  1. With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
  3. Locate Search Smart in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Search Smart, you can continue to step 5.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
  6. Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
  7. Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.

  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing Search Smart. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.

    Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process

    bookmark-add-favorite

  9. Delete all of the following files that are associated with Search Smart from your computer.

    If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.

    If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with Search Smart, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.

    Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"

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  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Search Smart by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Search Smart folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.

  11. Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Search Smart completely from your computer. If you find that Search Smart is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Search Smart removal process.

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