Question number one – what is Search Incognito? Technically speaking, this is a program classified as browser hijacker. It implants all major browsers today and modifies their settings, such as default home page and search engine parameters. As a result, users see searchincognito.com page in the home page of their browsers instead of google.com or some other legitimate start pages. Additionally, when users try to look for some information, their search queries will be redirected through searchincognito.com page. However, it will not provide any decent search results at all. Neither will it add any privacy to your browsing.
Question number two – how in the world could Search Incognito hijacker become the part of your browser? Well, this is definitely a very important question to ask and to answer. In the first place, remember that the majority of potentially unwanted programs today, including this particular hijacker, may be by default bundled with some other free programs. Users who are active Internet surfers need to make sure that they do not permit any concealed installations to take place in their computers while installing some free software. It is mandatory to always pay close attention to what else you’re going to make the part of your PC. Take time to carefully read the EULAs (End User License Agreements) related to all cost-free software you intend to install. And if you read about Search Incognito hijacker, do not allow such concealed installations to take place in your system. Make sure you switch to the advanced (custom) installation mode to prevent any of such hidden installations to take place in your system.
Question number three, the final one – how to remove Search Incognito hijacker? Of course, you may try to remove suspicious programs from your PC manually. However, it is quite likely that when you check the list of all legally installed programs you will not find anything suspicious there at all. Plus, you may disable some browser extensions, but searchincognito.com will keep popping up on startup. You’re strongly advised to perform a complex scanning of your system with a proven anti-malware tool developed by GridinSoft. You will need to delete the infections it finds and to reset your browsers with its help as explained in the remainder of the tutorial below.
Search Incognito hijacker automatic removal tool:
Search Incognito virus removal steps:
- Download GridinSoft AntiMalware and scan your PC with it.
- Click on “Apply” to remove all threats found after the scan is completed:
- Shut down all your available browsers.
- In GridinSoft AntiMalware click on “Tools” and then on “Reset browser settings“:
- Follow the instructions, select browsers you need to be reset, and click on “Reset” button. Finally, restart your computer to apply all made changes:
Video explaining how to reset your browser using GridinSoft AntiMalware:
How to prevent your PC from being contaminated with Search Incognito again in the future.
GridinSoft AntiMalware offers excellent solution which may help to prevent your system from being contaminated with malware ahead of time. This feature is referred to as “Real-Time Protection”. By default, it is disabled once you install the software. To enable it, please click on “Protect” button and press “Start” as demonstrated below:
This options helps you to prevent execution of malicious programs and to avoid their installation ahead of time. When certain malware tries to install itself into your system, GridinSoft AntiMalware and its Real-Time Protection module will terminate this installation attempt ahead of time. You may click on “Confirm” button to continue blocking this malicious program, or to select “Ignore this file” and allow the malicious application to be installed (at your own risk):