What is Comet Search

Comet Search is yet another irritating search engine categorized as a browser hijacker. It attacks your system to change browser settings and promote intrusive content. Mainly, it changes your homepage to find.cometsearch.info and alters the overall appearance. Browser hijackers are ostensibly meant to improve the browsing experience by generating smarter results. Unfortunately, this is not the case with Comet Search, because it exploits traditional engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing to create illegitimate traffic. By doing so, developers gain money on inexperienced users who do not take measures deleting Comet Search in time. Additionally, to identify Comet Search’s presence, you can find “Managed by your organization” displayed in the browser menu, which means that your browser is being controlled by a third-party organization. To avoid unintentional privacy leaks and other inconveniences, Comet Search should be deleted from your PC here and now. Follow our guide below to do it.

comet search (find.cometsearch.info)

How Comet Search infected your computer

Browser hijackers and other Potentially Unwanted Programs are widely-spread through freeware repacks. These are the ones often downloaded from shady pages. When users open the executable to install a program, they ignore “Terms of Use” and other steps presented further down the setup. However, such treatment often leads to the imminent installation of unwanted software. This is why you should check Advanced or Custom sections for additional offers, which pretend to be useful. But remember that this is often a trick to force you to select the promoted products. Down below, you will learn more about PC protection to combat threats like Comet Search in the future.

Download Removal Tool

Download SpyHunter

compatible with microsoft

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

Download Alternative Removal Tool

Download Malwarebytes

To remove Comet Search completely, we recommend you to use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It detects and removes all files, folders, and registry keys of Comet Search and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Remove Comet Search manually for free

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

Disable push notifications from find.cometsearch.info in browsers

Remove find.cometsearch.info from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Google Chrome

  1. Go to Google Chrome settings, by clicking 3-dots icon in the top-right corner and choosing Settings.
  2. Open advanced settings by clicking Advanced in the bottom.
  3. Under opened Privacy and security tab, choose Content settings.
  4. Click on Notifications menu (with the bell icon).
  5. Set up preferred overall settings for push notifications and click Manage exceptions… button.
  6. Find find.cometsearch.info in the list and click cross icon to remove it. Click Done button to confirm the action.

Remove find.cometsearch.info from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Mozilla Firefox

  1. Go to Mozilla Firefox options, by clicking 3-bars icon in the top-right corner and choosing Options.
  2. Choose Content tab on the left side.
  3. Under Notifications, set up preferred overall settings for push-notifications and click Choose… button.
  4. Find find.cometsearch.info in the list and click Remove site to remove it.
  5. Click Safe Changes button to confirm the action.

Remove find.cometsearch.info from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Safari

  1. Open Safari, and in the top menu click Safari, choose Preferences.
  2. In the Preferences window, click on Websites tab.
  3. On the left side, choose Notifications. You will see the list of websites and their settings for showing notifications.
  4. Find find.cometsearch.info in the list and click Remove button.

Remove find.cometsearch.info from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Android (Chrome)

  1. Open Google Chrome app on Android, and tap on three dots to open main menu.
  2. In the drop-down menu choose Settings, scroll down and under Advanced section tap on Site Settings.
  3. In the Site Settings menu tap on Notifications.
  4. In the Allowed list of websites allowed to show notifications find find.cometsearch.info, tap on it and in the bottom of the window tap on Clean & Reset button.
  5. Confirm your action by tapping on Clean & Reset again in opened dialog box.

Remove find.cometsearch.info from websites, allowed to show push-notifications in Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, and click on the three-dots menu, in the top-right corner.
  2. In the drop-down menu choose Settings, and in the left part click Advanced.
  3. Under Website permissions section, click Manage permissions button.
  4. Find find.cometsearch.info in the list and click on the cross sign to remove the setting and disable its notifications.

Note: Comet Search 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 Comet Search from Control Panel

To start removing Comet Search you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Comet Search” or “find.cometsearch.info”. 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 Comet Search from Mac:

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

Remove Comet Search from Windows XP:

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

Remove Comet Search from Windows 7:

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

Remove Comet Search 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 Comet Search or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Comet Search from Windows 10:

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

Cannot uninstall Comet Search

In some cases, Comet Search won’t uninstall and gives you the message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Comet Search. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the Comet Search 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 Comet Search 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 Comet 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 Comet Search using instructions above, or it keeps coming back, you can use free AppCleaner for Mac to remove all residual data and libraries of Comet Search. Follow instructions below:

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

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Comet Search 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 the Comet Search 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 Comet Search extensions.
  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 Comet 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 Comet 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 Comet Search from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Comet Search, 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 Comet Search or other suspicious extensions.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

Generally, Comet Search 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 Comet Search or other suspicious extensions.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Comet Search installs a search engine (find.cometsearch.info), 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.

avast browser cleanup For safe and effective browser extension removal use avast! Browser Cleanup utility. Run it with administrator privileges and remove all extensions with bad rating including related to Comet Search. You can also reset your browser settings for each of your browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.

Download Avast Browser Cleanup

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:

Download Shortcut Cleaner

Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Comet Search 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 Comet Search.