What is Searchlee.com

If you see your search engine changed to Searchlee.com, then more likely you are dealing with unwanted software categorized as a browser hijacker. Such programs target unprotected systems to impose additional features. Although they are presented as something useful, the real value of such is next-to-nothing. In contrast, Searchlee.com can be harmful to your privacy as it has access to recording your personal data. In other words, if you let it run on your PC for too long, the data like passwords, IP-addresses, and geolocations may leak into fraudulent hands. Thus, we call you into deleting this browser hijacker to restore online safety. Follow our guide below to learn the removal instructions.

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How Searchlee.com infected your computer

Browser hijackers and other Potentially Unwanted Software is commonly-spread via third-party setups. To be more exact, these are the freeware programs downloaded from shady parts of the Internet. Cybercriminals tend to bundle additional offers to pirated or cracked software. By doing so, they cover a vast majority of people that rely on such types of installation. Usually, the infection is successfully spread to your PC when people jump over the “Advanced” or “Custom” sections during the installation process. Therefore, to prevent such infections from hitting your system, you simply need to slow down and remove any additional offers that might be included. Our guide below will show broader instructions on how to secure yourself from such threats.

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

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Download SpyHunter for Mac

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

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

Note: Searchlee.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 Searchlee.com from Control Panel

To start removing Searchlee.com you should uninstall it using Control Panel. It can be present by different names, but usually “Searchlee”. 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 Searchlee.com from Mac:

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

Remove Searchlee.com from Windows XP:

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

Remove Searchlee.com from Windows 7:

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

Remove Searchlee.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 Searchlee or other suspicious program, click Uninstall.

Remove Searchlee.com from Windows 10:

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

Cannot uninstall Searchlee.com

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

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

Remove malicious add-ons from your browsers

Uninstalling Searchlee.com from Control Panel often does not bring the desired effect. It sometimes has browser extensions and it may still be active in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Here are instructions on how to remove Searchlee.com related extensions 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 Searchlee extension.
  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 Searchlee 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 Searchlee 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 Searchlee.com from Internet Explorer, please, perform instructions for uninstalling program from Control Panel. To disable Searchlee.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 Searchlee or other suspicious extensions.
  6. Also disable other suspicious extensions from the list.

Opera Browser:

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

Reset browsers settings (homepage, default search)

Searchlee.com installs a search engine 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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