What is Chillsearch.xyz

Chillsearch.xyz is a fake search engine address that generates queries using legitimate Bing algorithms. Such features indicate it is a browser hijacker designed to earn money on infected users by creating fake traffic and running dubious advertising campaigns. It was spotted targeting macOS users through fake Adobe Flash Player installers spread on the web. The hijacker changes browser settings to set up the new chillsearch.xyz URL address which opens each time at browser startup. While investigating, experts also noted there is a suspicious process (Searchie) operating in the Activity Monitor. It is likely this background process is meant to block victims from removing the appended features. This is why uninstalling Chillsearch.xyz may be stubborn and time-consuming if you do not know what to do. We recommend you follow our guide to get rid of Chillsearch.xyz and reset the browser back to its default settings.

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How Chillsearch.xyz infected your computer

As said, a browser hijacker that causes Chillsearch.xyz redirects infects Mac users via fake Adobe Flash Player installers. Such installers can be promoted in suspicious ads claiming the necessary software is outdated or not installed on third-party pages. This is always a bait used to trick users into downloading fake installers that install other software different from what they say. In addition, unwanted software like browser hijackers and adware can be spread via pirated, cracked, and simply freeware programs as well. Try to avoid these channels and use only official resources to browse and download software. You can explore more protection tips related to combatting such threats in our tutorial below.

  1. Download Chillsearch.xyz Removal Tool
  2. Remove Chillsearch.xyz from Control Panel and Applications
  3. Remove Chillsearch.xyz extensions from browsers
  4. Reset browser search and homepage settings
  5. Alternative way to remove Chillsearch.xyz search redirects
  6. Clean browser shortcuts from Chillsearch.xyz
  7. How to protect from threats like Chillsearch.xyz

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To remove Chillsearch.xyz completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Chillsearch.xyz and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars. The trial version of SpyHunter 5 offers virus scan and 1-time removal for FREE.

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To remove Chillsearch.xyz completely, we recommend you to use SpyHunter for Mac. It can help you remove files, folders, and registry keys of Chillsearch.xyz 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 Chillsearch.xyz manually for free

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

Note: Chillsearch.xyz 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 Chillsearch.xyz from Control Panel or Applications

To start removing Chillsearch.xyz you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Chillsearch.xyz”. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use IObit Uninstaller to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11, or Mac.

Remove Chillsearch.xyz from Windows XP:

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

Remove Chillsearch.xyz from Windows 7:

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

Remove Chillsearch.xyz 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 Searchie or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Chillsearch.xyz from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Chillsearch.xyz 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 Searchie 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 Searchie or other suspicious program in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Remove Chillsearch.xyz from Windows 11:

  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the Apps tab on the left side.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Searchie or other recently installed suspicious program in the list.
  5. Click on 3-dots icon near it and then click Uninstall button near it.
  6. Depending on the type of application (Windows Store app or classic Win32 app) it will be removed immediately or you will need to confirm the action and go through standard uninstall procedure.
  7. Remove Chillsearch.xyz from Mac:

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

    Cannot uninstall Chillsearch.xyz in Windows

    In some cases, Chillsearch.xyz won’t uninstall and gives you the message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Chillsearch.xyz. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the Chillsearch.xyz 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 or uninstall Chillsearch.xyz in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

    1. Reboot your computer.
    2. While it starts booting press 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 Searchie or other suspicious program

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

    Cannot uninstall Chillsearch.xyz in MacOS

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

    1. Download free AppCleaner.
    2. Drag Searchie from Applications folder to AppCleaner window.
    3. Choose files and folders you want to remove along with Chillsearch.xyz.
    4. Click Delete button.

    Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

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

    Google Chrome:

    1. Start Google Chrome browser
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
    3. Find Searchie extension.
    4. Click the Remove button 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. Find Searchie extension.
    4. Click three-dots icon near it and choose Remove in the menu.
    5. In opened dialog window click Remove button to confirm the action.
    6. Remove all suspicious extensions from the list.

    Safari:

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

    Microsoft Edge:

    1. Start Microsoft Edge browser.
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) edge://extensions.
    3. Find Searchie extension.
    4. Click Remove link under the name of extension.
    5. In opened dialog window click Remove button to confirm the action.
    6. 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 Chillsearch.xyz from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling the program from Control Panel. To disable Chillsearch.xyz, 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 Searchie or other suspicious extensions.
    6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Opera Browser:

    Generally, Chillsearch.xyz 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 Searchie or other suspicious extensions.
    4. Click Uninstall button.
    5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

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

    Google Chrome:

    1. Start Google Chrome browser
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://settings.
    3. On the left panel expand Advanced options.
    4. Choose Reset and clean up.
    5. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults link and confirm by clicking Reset button.

    Mozilla Firefox:

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

    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.

    Microsoft Edge:

    1. Start Microsoft Edge browser
    2. Click on 3-dots icon in the top-right corner and choose Settings.
    3. On the left panel find and click Reset settings option.
    4. Click on Restore settings to their default values link and confirm by clicking Reset button.

    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. Start Opera browser and click on Opera icon in the top-left corner.
    2. Choose Settings and click Advanced on the left side and choose Browser.
    3. Scroll down to the very bottom and click on Restore settings to their original defaults link.
    4. Confirm by clicking Reset button.

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    Cleaning browsers shortcuts

    shortcut cleaner You can clean your browser shortcuts manually right-clicking on your browser icon, choosing “Properties” and removing hijacker address from “Target” field (leave just the path to your browser). However it is easier to use free Shortcut Cleaner from BleepingComputer. Download it here – its FREE:

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    How to protect from threats, like Chillsearch.xyz, in future

    Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Chillsearch.xyz may become a real headache as they are hard to remove and break your privacy. To keep safe from such threats we recommend you always use antivirus and one of the anti-malware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-virus programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like Chillsearch.xyz.

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