What is Piesearch.com? The victims who have encountered it will look you in the eye and tell you with utter conviction that the only way to deal with it is to run antivirus software and remove it as fast as possible. This is not strictly true, but it obviously makes that fact clear that this program is harmful to our computer. And the potential dangers it brings to computer is the reason why we has to seek out opportunities for its removal and deletion. Define the main purpose of it and make decision about removing it or not.
What is Piesearch.com?
When it is just starting our, it quips itself with convincing interface. This makes us fall into its trap if we do not concern about browsing security. Even it is not like a computer virus which causes chaos at computer system, it will bring troubles when we are mistaken for its function. Do be too careless about it, because all it will do is distract us from browsing. And the irony of ironies is that this program claims to be helpful search engine which provides professional search results, in fact, it has nothing to do with functional search.
Pretending to be regular search engine is the way of tricking us. Remember, the main purpose of the creation of this program is not simply offer search engine and homepage. The usage of this search site is not eroding the potential risks of browsing but increasing the possibility of virus attacks. Homepage and search engine hijacking is one of infected phenomenon. We may find it increasingly difficult to browse the web and visit some websites that we usually get access to. In essence, all the new tab we are going to open will be hijacked by this site as it changes the settings of browser. And when we truly utilize this engine for searching, we will find that it transforms in way we never thought possible for all it gives us are some commercial results and links. It has the ability to change the site we want to visit for the worse regardless of what URL we type in the address bar, what words we search on the search box and what links we click.
-What Is the Main Purpose of Piesearch.com?
Finding the main purpose of it often feel like uncovering some bad things. Do note that the truth is not as simple as it claims. Simply put, the facts it claims to be will contain more possible consequence that we do not know. Let is analyze it in detailed.
The information it collects from us:
hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information
search queries, crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of our request and referral URL
-Unique application numbers
operating system type and application version number
-Cookies and anonymous identifiers
cookies and anonymous identifiers
-The Reason Why It Collect Our Personal Details
How to Remove Piesearch.com Redirect Virus from Computer
Note: Some users prefer to use manual removal for this method is cheaper even it is not easier to carry out, however, the manual removal is not recommended to everyone but only experienced computer users with certain removal skills. The manual removal is not safe, its weaknesses can lead computer damages.
Manual steps to remove Piesearch.com from computer
Clear Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer
* Reset Chrome settings (startup page, homepage and search engine)
Open the Google Chrome, at the top-tight corner, there is a main settings icon, click it to open all options on the drop-down list. Roll the mouse to the ;list and click “settings” option
Go to Chrome settings tab, where we can reset startup page, homepage and search engine.
First, go to “on startup” section to reset startup page, click “set pages” at the end of the option “open a specific page or set pages”
As we see, Piesearch.com is added to the startup pages, this is the address we need to remove
To remove it, click “X” mark at the end of this address
Instead, we can enter a new address to be startup page, like Google.com. Or enter “about:blank” as it shows below.
To save the changes, click “OK”.
Then go to “appearance” section to change homepage
Under “show home button” option, click “change”
Under “open this page” option, remove Piesearch.com from the box
And then put “about:blank” into the input box instead. When finish, click “OK” under the box to save the modification
Close all tabs
* Clear Google Chrome properties
Move to the Chrome shortcut on the desktop, right click it, select “properties” at the bottom of drop-down list
Go t “properties” tab, check “target” option. If the address Piesearch.com is found to be added after “C:Program FilesGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe”, do remove it completely
Do remove all things entered after “C:Program FilesGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe” on the input box, then click “apply”
Finally, click “OK” to save the changes we make
Note: sometimes we will get a “access denied” window after clicking “OK”, in this case, click “continue” option
* Optional； Reset Chrome settings to default
Open a page, click main menu icon, move to “settings” option
Roll to the end of the tab, click “show advanced settings”
Pull down to the bottom of the window, under “reset settings” section, click “reset settings” option
Once the “rest settings” tab is opened, click “reset” to confirm the process
Then close all tabs
Open Firefox browser, on the opening page, move mouse to the top-right corner. Click menu icon to pull down the optional tab, click ‘options” on the list
Go to options tab, check the homepage box, if the homepage is set to be Piesearch.com, remove it completely.
Then, put a new address on homepage box, such as Google.com or Yaoo.com.
Or, we can enter “about:blank” instead
As it is done, click “OK” for saving the new changes
On the address bar, enter “about:config” and press “enter” key or click redirection mark
On the opening window, there is a search bar, enter “piesearch”, consequently, we will receive all related preference about this keyword
On the result list, right click the string and select “reset” to reset it to default option
Make sure all strings which are set to Piesearch.com will be fully reset to default, then close the tabs.
* Clear Firefox properties
Right click Firefox shortcut we save on the desktop, on the pull-down list, click “properties”
Go to Firefox properties tab, if there is a new address named Piesearch.com is added after “C:Program FilesMozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe”, do remove this address from target box, then click “OK”
If there is a warning popping up on the screen saying that “you will need to provide administrator permission to change these settings”, do not worry, just click “continue”
Optional: Reset Firefox settings back to default
Go to menu bar, click “help” and select “troubleshooting information” on the list
On the opening window, click “reset Firefox” option at the right side of the page
Click “reset” again to confirm
Wait until the resting process is done and click finish to exist
Close all tabs
Open a tab on Internet Explorer, move to the top-right corner and click gear icon to pull down all options and select “internet options” on the list
Go to internet options tab, check homepage box, if it is set to Piesearch.com, remove this address first
Then put “about:blank” into the box instead.
Do not forgive to click “OK” if all the actions are done
* Clear Internet Explorer properties
Move the mouse to the shortcut of IE, right click it and select “properties” when the pull-down list is opened
Go to shortcut properties and check target box on the tab. If Piesearch.com is added after “C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe”, do remove it
Then click “OK”
* Optional: Reset Internet settings to default
Click gear icon and select “internet options”
When internet options tab is opened, click “advanced”
Then click “reset” for changing the settings to default
Click “reset” again to confirm
When all related data and options are done, click “close” to exist
If you still can not solve the problem after manual removal, please download antivirus software to scan the system and clean all malicious programs and files for computer safety. Any trace of this infection will lead to further loss and damages and make us make mistaken assumption about cause. One of the troubles of removal failure is that this browser hijacker will come back again and again once any trace of it is not cleared up. If that the case you are dealing with, it make look as if the manual removal does not take effect,for this reason, do use antivirus software to fix this issue.
The following video offers a complete guide for Piesearch.com Redirect Virus removal. You’d better watch it in full-screen mode!