What is Charmsearching.com

Charmsearching.com is a sneaky infection that creeps into your system to change browser settings. Programs of such type are known as browser hijackers due to fishy behavior. They apply certain values that hinder users from manual removal and impose suspicious content during browser usage. If you see Charmsearching.com as a new address of your homepage, this means that all queries will be redirected through various legitimate engines (Yahoo, Google, Bing, etc.), depending on your geolocation. Browser hijackers cannot be treated seriously, they are capable of collecting personal data and selling it to cybercriminals. If you have been struggling to deal with Charmsearching.com lurking in your browser we have assembled a set of tools to remove it from your computer in the section below.

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How Charmsearching.com infected your computer

Unwanted applications are commonly downloaded and installed alongside other software. This method is called bundling which has been the favorite around the malware distribution field. Novice users tend to download software from suspicious sides of the internet. Unlucky ones encounter “cracked” programs, in other words, “pirated” software from deceptive freeware pages that promote potentially unwanted software. Most people rapidly open installation kits and rush forward missing all of the steps. As a result, such a race causes the installation of unexpected programs that may be malicious. There are many other ways of infiltration like Adware, Peer-to-Peer networks, and other malware deceivers. It is your duty to stay aware of what you enter and browse on the web. Do not interact with shady and untrustworthy content unless you want to refer to this guide once again.

Download Removal Tool for Windows

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To remove Charmsearching.com completely, we recommend you to use WiperSoft AntiSpyware from WiperSoft. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Charmsearching.com and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Download Removal Tool for Mac

Download SpyHunter for Mac

To remove Charmsearching.com completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter for Mac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Charmsearching.com and uninstall hijackers, toolbars, and unwanted add-ons from the Safari browser. The trial version of SpyHunter for Mac offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

Remove Charmsearching.com manually for free

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full Charmsearching.com removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of the Charmsearching.com installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Note: Charmsearching.com can be installed as Google Chrome extension as Administrator (you may see Installed by enterprise policy inscription near it), and this will not allow removal. Therefore, before starting removal process, perform these actions:

  1. Start the Command Prompt by clicking the Start menu button and typing command prompt (or just searching for “command prompt” in Windows 10 search field). Right click on the Command Prompt result and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. start command prompt as administrator

  3. Type in and execute the following commands:


    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    rd /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

  4. update group policy in windows

Remove Charmsearching.com from Control Panel

To start removing Charmsearching.com you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names, but usually “Charm Search” or “Charm Tab”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use CleanMyPC to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or Mac.

Remove Charmsearching.com from Mac:

  1. In the Finder sidebar, click Applications.
  2. Charm Search might have an Uninstaller.
  3. Otherwise, drag Charm Search from the Applications folder to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock).
  4. Then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Remove Charmsearching.com from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Charm Search or other suspicious program.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Charmsearching.com from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Charm Search or other suspicious program and click Uninstall.

Remove Charmsearching.com from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Charm Search or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Charmsearching.com from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Charmsearching.com from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Charm Search or other suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Charm Search or other suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall Charmsearching.com

In some cases, Charmsearching.com won’t uninstall and gives you the message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Charmsearching.com. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the Charmsearching.com folder and files. This happens because the process or service does not allow you to do it. In this case, I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes AntiMalware or uninstall Charmsearching.com in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting type F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove Charm Search or other suspicious program

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

and for Mac:

If you can’t uninstall Charmsearching.com using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Charmsearching.com. Follow instructions below:

  1. Download free AppCleaner.
  2. Drag Charmsearching.com from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
  3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Charm Search.
  4. Click Delete button.

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Charmsearching.com from Control Panel often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has browser extension and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Charmsearching.com related extension from your browsers manually.

Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Click Extensions tab.
  3. Find Charm Search extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button to remove it.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
  3. Find Charm Search or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click the trash can icon to remove them.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:addons.
  3. Choose Charm Search or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Disable or Remove button.
  5. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

Note: There is no feature to remove browser extensions from browser in latest version of Internet Explorer. To remove Charmsearching.com from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Charmsearching.com, please, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu Manage Add-ons.
  4. Select Toolbars and Extensions.
  5. Click Disable Charm Search or other suspicious extensions.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Charmsearching.com does not install in Opera browser however you can always double check. Do the following:

  1. Start Opera browser.
  2. Go to Tools > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
  3. Find Charm Search or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Charmsearching.com installs a search engine that hijacks your browsers. Here is the instruction to reset your browser’s homepage, new tab, and search engine to default values.

Reset Safari:

  1. Start Safari on your Mac, click Safari to open drop-down menu and choose Preferences
  2. Go to the Privacy section of Safari’s preferences.
  3. Click Remove All Website Data button.
  4. In opened window click Remove Now button to remove data stored by websites in Safari.
  5. Go to the Advanced section of Safari’s preferences.
  6. Click the Show Develop menu in menu bar option.
  7. In the menu click Develop and select Empty Caches from this menu.
  8. Again, go to Safari menu and choose Clear History….
  9. Choose to clear all history and click Clear History button.

Google Chrome:

  1. Start Google Chrome browser
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
  3. Scroll down and find Show advanced settings link.
  4. Click on it and scroll down to the bottom again.
  5. Click Reset browser settings button and click Reset to confirm.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox browser.
  2. In address box type (or copy-paste) about:support.
  3. Click Reset Firefox… button.
  4. Click Reset Firefox to confirm.

Internet Explorer (9, 10, 11):

  1. Start Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on gear/asterisk icon in the top-right corner.
  3. In opened menu choose Internet options.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Choose Delete personal settings and click Reset.

Opera Browser:

  1. Close Opera and open command prompt from the start menu.
  2. Type following command del %AppData%\Opera\Opera\operaprefs.ini
  3. Start Opera.

Alternative way to remove adware browser extensions and reset browser settings

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