How to Remove SearchLock Ads (Removal Guideline)

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Most users who keep getting SearchLock ads on their Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers have no idea how they can remove this infection. For this reason, we have prepared this guide which describes in detail the most effective ways how to remove SearchLock ads from your computer permanently.

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What is SearchLock? and how to remove it?

SearchLock is an adware infection. After installing itself on your computer this infection starts redirecting you to www.searchlock.com website. These constant redirections are done to promote dubious products, such as fake updates, malicious programs, etc. However, you can easily save yourself from this horrible web surfing experience after you uninstall SearchLock infection from your computer by implementing our removal techniques.

This section provides detail of how to remove SearchLock from your computer. We are explaining both manual and software removal steps. Choose any one method and perform its steps in right order to eliminate this adware from your computer.

Additional information about SearchLock

How SearchLock entered your computer?

This adware program is usually bundled with other free programs so that it can enter your computer without your permission. Later, when you try to open your search page you are displayed advertisements only to earn additional revenue. However, if you use our removal methods to delete SearchLock adware from your computer, then you will be able to surf the internet without any interruptions.

Why total elimination of SearchLock necessary?

Some users try to delete the files of this adware from their computer and hope that this will eliminate this infection permanently, however, this adware reappears on their computer after some time. Therefore, we have provided removal steps on this page which have been prepared to completely get rid of SearchLock infection from your computer.

How to recognize SearchLock infection?

You can identify this infection from these symptoms:

  • Pop-up ads are displayed on your computer each time you open a web page.
  • You might have installed some other infections on your computer without being aware of them.
  • Random texts are turned into hyperlinks on your web pages.

How to avoid SearchLock infection?

Avoiding the entry of this adware on your computer is possible when you take following precautions. Stop installing unverified freeware on your computer. Prefer Custom or Advanced installation process while installing a program and deselect anything you don’t understand. Properly check the safety of your computer by using an antivirus and an anti-malware program.

Steps to Remove SearchLock.

  1. Uninstall SearchLock from your control panel (Manual Steps).

Method 1 – Manual Removal Guide.

  1. Remove SearchLock from “Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome” (Manual Steps).
  2. Remove SearchLock virus from “Windows Shortcuts” (Manual Steps).
  3. Remove SearchLock malicious program from “Registry” (Manual Steps).
  4. Remove SearchLock suspicious from “Computer Start-up” (Manual Steps).

Method 2- Automatic Removal Guide.

  1. Remove SearchLock adware using “AdwCleaner” (Free).
  2. Remove SearchLock Browser hijacker using “Junkware Removal Tool” (Free).

Final Step : Scan your computer with Good Anti-malwares.

  1. Remove SearchLock virus using “Hitman-Pro” Anti-Malware (Free).
  2. Remove SearchLock Infection using “Malwarebytes” Anti-Malware (Free).

STEP 1 : Uninstall SearchLock from control panel

Uninstall SearchLock browser hijacker from control panel which you have accidentally got installed recently. Uninstall recently installed unwanted & unknown programs as well.

Follow the below given instructions to uninstall it from control panel.

  1. Click on Start button –> click on Control Panel –> click on Add & Remove program or uninstall a program. You will get a window which have listed all the installed program on your computer.
  2. Uninstall SearchLock program. (If SearchLock won’t uninstall itself then use REVO Uninstaller Tool to remove it forcefully.) Click here to know more How to Uninstall any software with Revo Uninstaller Tool
    (If you don’t see SearchLock into installed program list, may be it has installed with another name. Anyway, do uninstall all other unwanted programs and skip this step, go to further steps.)
  3. Uninstall all unwanted programs which have installed recently (you can short all them by the date using clicking on date column on uninstall page). We are giving you a list of suspicious program, If you got installed any on your computer so please uninstall all them immediately List here:- DownloadTerms 1.0, LyricsGet, BrowseToSave, TidyNetwork.com, SuperLyrics, and WebCake 3.0.

STEP 2 : Remove SearchLock browser hijacker from browsers

  1. Remove SearchLock from Internet Explorer

  2. Remove SearchLock from Google Chrome

  3. Remove SearchLock from Mozilla Firefox

Internet Explorer

1. Remove SearchLock homepage from Internet Explorer.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on Tools menu (Press F10 key to activate menu bar).
  3. Click on Internet Options.
  4. Click on General Tab.
  5. Remove SearchLock homepage from there and set your homepage url as you want at startup.

2. Remove SearchLock addons from Internet Explorer.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on Tools menu (Press F10 key to activate menu bar.)
  3. Click on Manage Addons.
  4. In left side pane, click on Toolbars & Extensions.
  5. In right side pane, right-click on SearchLock extension and click on disable / remove also disable all the unwanted extensions from there.

Click here to know more How to Remove Addons from Internet Explorer (Removal Guide).

3. Remove SearchLock search engine from Internet Explorer.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on Tools menu (Press F10 key to activate menu bar.)
  3. Click on Manage Addons.
  4. In left side pane, click on Search Provider.
  5. In right side pane, right-click on google and click on set as default
  6. Now remove SearchLock extension from there and also remove all the unwanted addons.

If above three steps couldn’t remove SearchLock then you have to remove it by resetting Internet Explorer.

Remove SearchLock by retetting Internet Explorer (Restore IE to its Default Settings)

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on Tools menu (Press F10 key to activate menu bar.)
  3. Click on Internet Options.
  4. Click on Advanced Tab.
  5. Click on Reset Button.
  6. A confirmation dialog box will come up. Check mark the check-box “Delete Personal Settings”, then click Reset button on it.

Click here to know more How to Reset Internet Explorer as Default (Reset Guide).

Mozilla Firefox

1. Remove SearchLock homepage from Mozilla Firefox.

  1. Open Firefox browser.
  2. Click on menu icon.
  3. Click on Options.
  4. Remove SearchLock url from home page field and set the url as you want.

2. Remove SearchLock addons from Mozilla Firefox.

  1. Open Firefox browser.
  2. Click on menu icon.
  3. Click on Addons.
  4. In left side pane, click on Extensions.
  5. In right side pane, select the SearchLock extension and remove / disable it. Remove all the unwanted add-ons from there as well.

Click here to know more How to Remove Addons from Firefox (Addon Removal Guide).

3. Remove SearchLock search engine from Mozilla Firefox.

  1. Open Firefox browser.
  2. Click on menu icon.
  3. Click on options.
  4. In left side pane, click on Search.
  5. In right side pane, go to “Default Search Engine” section and select google search engine as default search engine.
  6. Go to “One-Click Search Engines” section on the same page, select and remove SearchLock from there.

Reset Mozilla Firefox (Restore to default setting)

  1. Open Firefox browser.
  2. Click on menu icon.
  3. Click on Help menu.
  4. Click on Troubleshooting Information.
  5. Click on Refresh Firefox button.

Click here to know more How to Reset Firefox as Default (Reset Guide).

Google Chrome

1. Remove SearchLock homepage from Google Chrome.

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click on menu icon
  3. Click on Settings
  4. Go to “On start-up” section of the settings page. Remove SearchLock URL from there and add url as you want to open at startup.

2. Remove SearchLock extension from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on menu icon.
  3. Click on “More Tools
  4. Click on Extensions.
    An extension settings page will open up where all the chrome’s extensions are listed.
  5. Remove SearchLock extension from there.
  6. Also remove all the other unwanted extensions you found there.

Click here to know more How to Remove Addons from Google Chrome (Addon Removal Guide).

3. Remove SearchLock search engine from Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click on menu icon.
  3. Click on “Settings
  4. Go to “Search Engine” section of the settings page.
  5. Set google as your default search engine.
  6. Click on “Manage Search Engines
  7. Remove SearchLock search engine from there.

Reset Google Chrome (Restore chome to its default settings)

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click on menu icon
  3. Click on Settings
  4. Scroll down and click on “advanced” in the bottom of the page. After click on advanced you’ll get more options below.
  5. Scroll down more and go to “Reset and clean up” section. Now click on reset. It will ask you to reset chrome, click on reset button there.

Click here to know more How to Reset Google Chrome to Default Setting (Reset Guide).

STEP 3 : Remove SearchLock infection from “Windows Shortcuts” (Manually).

  1. Right click on the icon of Internet Explorer on desktop then select Properties option, you’ll get a small window, In that window, look on the target field, if you found “SearchLock” string in this target field, please remove all the string related to SearchLock.
    (You may leave that step, if you don’t see this type of infection.)
  2. Repeat the same step with all the shortcuts of browsers (Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari) and from all the locations under Startmenu/Taskbar/Desktop etc.

STEP 4 : Remove SearchLock malicious program from “Registry” (Manually).

  1. Press Windows key + R key together on your keyboard, you’ll get a RUN box, Type Regedit on this RUN box and then click on OK button or hit enter key on your keyboard. You’ll get open a Registry Editor window.
  2. Before modifying registry, we have to take backup of whole registry. click on computer icon on the top of Registry Editor, then click on File menu and then click on Export, then Save that registry backup file with any name.
  3. Click on Edit menu and then click on Find, you’ll get a find box to find any string in registry.
  4. Type SearchLock into find box, and click on Find Next button. if it found any entry with the name of SearchLock in result, so please replace all them to Google, or you may remove them if you found suspicious.

STEP 5 : Remove SearchLock suspicious entries from “Computer Start-up” (Manually).

  1. Press Windows key + R key together on your keyboard, you’ll get a RUN box, type MSCONFIG into this RUN box and then click on OK button or hit enter key on your keyboard. You’ll get open a System Configuration window.
  2. Click on Services Tab, and un-check all the SearchLock entries.
  3. Click on Startup Tab, and un-check all the SearchLock entries.
  4. Then click on apply and then click on OK.

STEP 6 : Remove SearchLock Adware registry entries using “AdwCleaner” (Free).

  1. Download Adwcleaner.exe, click here to download : Adwcleaner.exe, and then Run it. An Adwcleaner application will be started, It have the 4 buttons Scan / Clean /Report / Uninstall.
  2. Click on “Scan” Button to start the scanning on your computer. After finished the scan, it will show you results, actually adwcleaner has been found all the Unwated Programs / Adwares on your computer and all these have been selected here. so please look on them once and Un-check the Items which you don’t want to remove (only selected items will be deleted when you click on “Clean” button).
  3. Now click on “Clean” button to remove all that selected items – then follow their on screen instruction to complete it.
  4. Now after all done, it will be asking for reboot your computer, so please allow it to reboot. After reboot, you will get a notepad open automatically when computer get started, this notepad will be listed all the logs.
  5. After reboot you will be got rid of SearchLock from your computer.

STEP 7 : Remove SearchLock browser hijacker using “Junkware Removal Tool” (Free).

  1. Download Junkware Removal Tool, click here to download : Junkware Removal Tool, and then Run it.
  2. A “Junkware Removal Tool” application will be started with the command line screen. Here it is asking you that “press any key to continue” to start the scanning, so “press any key” on your keyword to start the scanning and fixing process.
  3. Now “Junkware Removal Tool” is scanning your computer, After finished the scan, it will automatically open a text file which have listed all the logs, you can close that text file after reading.
  4. Now please Reboot your computer.
  5. After reboot, you’ll get removed SearchLock from your computer completely.

STEP 8 : Remove SearchLock virus using “Hitman-Pro” Anti-Malware (Free for 30days).

  1. Download Hitman Pro, click here to download : Hitman pro-32bit Hitman pro-64bit, and then Install it.
  2. Start Hitman Pro program.
  3. Click on Next button to start the scanning process and then follow their on screen instructions to complete it.

STEP 9 : Remove SearchLock Infection using “Malwarebytes” Anti-Malware (Free).

  1. Download Malwarebytes, click here to download : Malwarebytes, and then install it on your computer.
    (If you want to use it free for forever , so don’t select the check box named as “Enable free trial of malwarebytes Antimalware PRO” while installing).
  2. Now Start Malwarebytes application.
  3. Now select option “Perform quick scan” then click on “Scan” button to run a scan on your computer.
  4. After finished the scan process, click on “Show Results” button.
  5. It will show you a results page, actually Malwarebytes has been found all the Adwares / Malware on your computer. so please select all the found items and then click on “Remove Selected” button.
    (You can deselect the selected items if you don’t want to remove any- because only selected items will be deleted when you click on “Remove Selected” button).
  6. Now please Reboot your computer.
  7. After reboot, you’ll get removed SearchLock from your computer completely.

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