What is Searchincognito.com

Searchincognito.com is dubious search engine, that is used by browser hijackers to replace default search engines in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. Often it is accompanied with browser extension called “Search Incognito”. Website provides search results similar to Yahoo, Bing or Google, but can insert sponsored results and links to unwanted pages. It may seem from the website name that Searchincognito.com will provide some anonymity while searching online, however, this is not true. Such malware can ruin your online experience by promoting unwanted and even dangerous software, services and products. Besides, Searchincognito.com creates difficulties when you try to get rid of it. We prepared this simple step-by-step instructions to show you how to remove Searchincognito.com from browsers and restore your default settings.

Searchincognito.com hijacker

How Searchincognito.com infected your PC

Searchincognito.com (in form of Search Incognito extension or separately) can get on your PC during installing third-party programs on your computer. Such model gained popularity among software developers last couple of years: you get software for free but application will generate ads or modify your search engine in order to get traffic to certain websites and get paid. There is no 100% way to avoid such unwanted applications except paying attention to the installation process carefully and declining additional offers. There are also couple of programs, that will help you remove Searchincognito.com completely and protect your PC from such threats.

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To remove Searchincognito.com completely we recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 from EnigmaSoft Limited. It detects and removes all files, folders and registry keys of Searchincognito.com and several millions of other adware, hijackers, toolbars.

Remove Searchincognito.com manually for free

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

Remove Searchincognito.com from Control Panel

To start removing Searchincognito.com you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names – “Searchincognito.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 and Windows 8.

Remove Searchincognito.com from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Searchincognito.com.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Searchincognito.com from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Searchincognito.com and click Uninstall.

Remove Searchincognito.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 Searchincognito.com, click Uninstall.

Remove Searchincognito.com from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Searchincognito.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 Searchincognito.com 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 Searchincognito.com in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall Searchincognito.com

In some cases Searchincognito.com won’t uninstall and gives you message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Searchincognito.com. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing Searchincognito.com folder and files. This happens, because 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 Searchincognito.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 “Searchincognito.com”

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

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

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

Google Chrome:

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

Opera Browser:

Generally, Searchincognito.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 Searchincognito.com extension.
  4. Click Uninstall button.
  5. Also remove other suspicious extensions from the list.

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Searchincognito.com installs search engine that hijacks your browsers. Here is instruction to reset your browsers homepage, newtab and search engine to default values.

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

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 Searchincognito.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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Final tips

Be careful surfing the internet and downloading software, as programs like Searchincognito.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 antimalware programs available on the market. One of the best anti-spyware and antimalware programs is SpyHunter 5. It can protect your PC from threats like Searchincognito.com.

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