Amazon Smart Search Removal
Amazon Smart Search is a browser hijacker, which is compatible with Mozilla Firefox and the latest versions of IE. This annoying extension is distributed either by its official webpage or using free software. Once the browser hijacker is installed, it adds a toolbar and changes default search engine without users consent. Furthermore, the homepage of the internet browser will be set to Amazon.com. This is not only annoying, but also a potentially dangerous program. As a result, users should remove Amazon Smart Search as quickly as they can.
The toolbar and the changed default search engine usually surprise users because they don’t remember modifying any settings or installing any browser extensions, and in fact they haven’t done any of those actions. These changes are the result of the Amazon Smart Search browser hijacker installation. The PC is infected with this application after the installation of some sort of freeware that is why users don’t have any clue where it came from. A method involving freeware as a carrier of the browser hijacker is common method used by frauds. Using the latter strategy users are often deceived. As a result, unwanted applications, in this case Amazon Smart Search, are installed. In order to avoid such situations users have to be very attentive during the installation process.
This browser hijacker is exploiting Google search engine, which is slightly customized. Therefore, the search results are different from what they would be if user conducted the search using google.com. The results contain a lot of commercial material and sponsored links, which might lead you to potentially dangerous domains; thus they should never be used. While the application is not that harmful by itself, it might be exploited by third parties with a criminal background. In that case, user might face serious problems.
The application is often installed alongside other programs, which are developed for customers of online shops. As a result, once the Amazon Smart Search is installed users are presented with ads from Price Compare, Today’s Deals, Wish List and Top Ten.
All in all, the application doesn’t provide any useful services. Moreover, it might even become harmful. As a result, security experts recommend not to use the application and remove it as soon as possible.
Automatic Amazon Smart Search Removal
Download and install SpyHunter http://fixbrowsers.com/sh.php to detect Amazon Smart Search and remove it.
- Install SpyHunter by double-clicking the downloaded file. Follow the on-screen instructions
- SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect threats
Manual Amazon Smart Search Removal
Important Note: Amazon Smart Search can be removed manually, however any mistakes can lead your PC to permanent damage of the system. Therefore a manual removal process is highly recommended for IT experts and system administrators. For regular users, FixBrowsers.com team recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
1. To remove Amazon Smart Search, check your Add/Remove Programs list in Control Panel (Start -> Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs). In the list search for apps related to Amazon Smart Search and then choose ‘Uninstall’.
2. Delete any browser plugin related to “Amazon Smart Search”:
Firefox -> Add-ons -> Extensions.
Google Chrome -> Settings -> Extensions.
Internet Explorer -> Manage add-ons ->Toolbars and Extensions.
3. Also remove Amazon Smart Search from your browsers:
Tools -> Internet options -> General tab. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
Settings -> Appearance. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
Options -> General tab -> Startup. Enter your desired website to make it the default homepage.
4. Delete any folder related to “Amazon Smart Search” from the following folders: