What is Mint Search

If your homepage address has been changed to find.mintsearch.net without consent, then your PC might be infected with Mint Search browser hijacker. Programs that use sneaky installation and alter browser settings usually have one purpose – steal personal data and earn money by generating suspicious ads and banners. Apparently developers of such software did not want to spend time on creating new algorithms, so they decided to display results from a legitimate Google system. One more trait that highlights the presence of browser hijackers is Managed by your organization inscription that appears in the browser menu. Unfortunately, it is quite arduous to remove Mint Search from a browser using traditional methods. Instead, we recommend you check our guide below to get rid of it and restore security balance.

mint search (find.mintsearch.net)

How Mint Search infected your computer

As mentioned, programs within this category tend to infiltrate systems in a sneaky fashion. Usually, it can be repacked software, malicious ads, and other suspicious channels. Mint Search, for instance, is distributed via a special tool designed to bypass Adobe Photoshop activation. You can also see click-bait banners that force you into downloading fake updaters meant to renew outdated software. The Internet is full of low-sort content that aims at making money on gullible users. Do not let extortionists obsess your PC, stay away from downloading cracked/pirated software from unreliable portals. You can also equip yourself with strong anti-malware programs, but this still will not help unless you cultivate self-awareness firsthand. Scroll down the page to see removal instructions and learn more tips about online protection.

Download Removal Tool for Windows

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

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Download Combo Cleaner

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

Remove Mint Search manually for free

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

Disable push notifications from find.mintsearch.net in browsers

Remove find.mintsearch.net 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.mintsearch.net in the list and click cross icon to remove it. Click Done button to confirm the action.

Remove find.mintsearch.net 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.mintsearch.net in the list and click Remove site to remove it.
  5. Click Safe Changes button to confirm the action.

Remove find.mintsearch.net 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.mintsearch.net in the list and click Remove button.

Remove find.mintsearch.net 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.mintsearch.net, 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.mintsearch.net 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.mintsearch.net in the list and click on the cross sign to remove the setting and disable its notifications.

Note: Mint 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 Mint Search from Control Panel

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

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

Remove Mint Search from Windows XP:

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

Remove Mint Search from Windows 7:

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

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

Remove Mint Search from Windows 10:

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

Cannot uninstall Mint Search

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

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

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

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

Opera Browser:

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

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Mint Search installs a search engine (find.mintsearch.net), 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.

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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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Final tips

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