What is Pulpysearch.com

Pulpysearch.com is part of a browser hijacker which alters the browser’s homepage, new tab, and search properties as well. An unwanted program facilitating such changes can be installed on users’ PCs in the form of a desktop application or browser add-on. Whatever it is, Pulpysearch.com will persistently downgrade the browsing experience – victims reported it is capable of redirecting users to dubious websites, displaying an increased number of ads and other compromised content. The main purpose of it is obviously to trick users into clicking on ads and interacting with other potentially unwanted content (e.g., online casinos, adult pages, unreliable download pages, etc.). Successful visits bring hijacker developers monetary gains through sponsors providing such content. It is also worth noting that software allowing Pulpysearch.com to work in your browser may also be able to trace your activity and gather various data like passwords, IP-addresses, geolocations, and so forth. Browser hijackers can target the most popular browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and even Safari on Mac. We strongly advise you to remove Pulpysearch.com from your browser and prevent the above-mentioned threats. Feel free to follow our guide below to do so.

How Pulpysearch.com infected your computer

The way browser hijackers can penetrate systems is not limited to one single channel. They can sometimes be spread via dubious ads or bundled with third-party software like freeware. Programs downloaded from unofficial and free resources tend to contain additional offers. These offers are often proposed as something “useful” or “indispensable” inside “Advanced”, “Manual”, or “Custom” installation sections. However, because many users skip over such sections, they allow third-party offers to end up installed by default. As a result, many get puzzled, not knowing where such changes could come from. It is also possible that information about extra offers will not be disclosed at all, leading to the guaranteed installation of software. The best way you can protect yourself against inadvertent installations is to avoid downloading unofficial software. Otherwise, you should be more careful and equip yourself with additional protection tools like those we discuss in the article below.

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

Download Removal Tool for Windows

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

Download Removal Tool for Mac

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

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

Note: Pulpysearch.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 Pulpysearch.com from Control Panel or Applications

To start removing Pulpysearch.com you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Pulpysearch.com”. 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 Pulpysearch.com from Windows XP:

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

Remove Pulpysearch.com from Windows 7:

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

Remove Pulpysearch.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 PulpySearch or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Pulpysearch.com from Windows 10:

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

Remove Pulpysearch.com 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 PulpySearch 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 Pulpysearch.com from Mac:

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

    Cannot uninstall Pulpysearch.com in Windows

    In some cases, Pulpysearch.com won’t uninstall and gives you the message, that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall PulpySearch. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing the Pulpysearch.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 or uninstall Pulpysearch.com 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 PulpySearch or other suspicious program

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

    Cannot uninstall Pulpysearch.com in MacOS

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

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

    Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

    Uninstalling Pulpysearch.com 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 Pulpysearch.com extension from your browsers manually.

    Google Chrome:

    1. Start Google Chrome browser
    2. In address box type (or copy-paste) chrome://extensions.
    3. Find PulpySearch 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 PulpySearch 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 PulpySearch 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 PulpySearch 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 Pulpysearch.com from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling the program from Control Panel. To disable Pulpysearch.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 PulpySearch or other suspicious extensions.
    6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

    Opera Browser:

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

    Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

    PulpySearch installs a search engine (Pulpysearch.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.

    Alternative way to remove adware browser extensions and reset browser settings

    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 Pulpysearch.com. You can also reset your browser settings for each of your browsers: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox.

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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 Pulpysearch.com, in future

    Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Pulpysearch.com 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 Pulpysearch.com.

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