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Remove DuckDuckGo (Uninstall Guide) - Sep 2019 updated

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Should I set DuckDuckGo as my default search engine?


DuckDuckGo virus is neither a real virus nor a useful search engine. The developers present it as an alternative and absolutely safe to use search engine. Besides, it has a mobile version which is compatible with both, Android and iPhone, devices. The authors stress out that they do not collect any information about users and do not have any intentions to share any of your personal details with third parties.

If it is so innocent and sweet, why do we talk about it? Indeed, it’s not so great as developers say. This search engine is a potentially unwanted program (PUP), more specifically – a browser hijacker. It spreads bundled with freeware and shareware, so users rarely notice when it got inside the system.

However, they clearly see that their homepage and default search engine are changed to DuckDuckGo. As well as other browser hijackers this one is annoying and reduces browsing quality dramatically. DuckDuckGo redirect issues will play with your nerves and patience a lot.

You may frequently be redirected to various promotional websites or its domain. This way the developers generate revenue and you are left with nothing. Therefore, you should not hesitate and initiate DuckDuckGo removal.

Browser hijacker delivers lots of personalized advertisements. You may wonder how it can happen if authors claim that they do not collect information about the users. We have read their Privacy Policy, and we have some questions and doubts as well.

In the beginning, the developers of DuckDuckGo virus claim that they do not collect any information, but later they mention about saving your searches and putting affiliate codes. Indeed, something is not right here. What is more, you might be redirected to some third party website that installs tracking cookies to your browser. Since then, shady third-party companies starts stalking you.

Questions regarding DuckDuckGo

Hopefully, they collect only browsing-related information. Sometimes they try to steal users’ private information, so if you use this search engine and patiently deal with redirects – fingers crossed that your identity and credit card information is safe. Furthermore, once companies gather all necessary information, they start flooding your browser with individualized ads. We have no doubt that you are not interested in aggressive advertising techniques, so remove DuckDuckGo with Reimage right now!


I haven’t installed DuckDuckGo. How did it appear on my browser?

We have already mentioned that browser hijacker spreads bundled with free programs that users download from the Internet. The developers of PUPs are aware of the fact that computer users are lazy, brave and inattentive. They always choose ‘Quick’ or ‘Recommended’ software installation mode and just several times click ‘Next’ and ‘Agree’ buttons.

They do not realise that by using this setup and clicking ‘Agree’ they let PUPs in. To avoid DuckDuckGo hijack or other suspicious add-ons, you have to choose ‘Advanced’ or ‘Custom’ setup. Then you will be able to see the list of additional programs and decline their installation.

Besides, you should always download software from reliable sources and read all documents provided by the developers. The Privacy Policy, EULA or Terms and Agreements might not be the most interesting pieces to read, but you have to secure your computer and your identity.

The first aid: remove browser hijacker

Fortunately, DuckDuckGo is not an actual virus; it’s an annoying computer infection. However, you should not underestimate it. It might install additional add-ons, browser extensions, and other suspicious plugins. Indeed, they might deliver more ads, collect your personal information and cause other unpleasant problems.

Therefore, we do not recommend delaying its removal. For DuckDuckGo elimination you can choose either manual or automatic removal. Our team prepared detailed and illustrated manual virus removal instructions. However, if you value your time, opt for automatic elimination.

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To remove DuckDuckGo, follow these steps:

Uninstall DuckDuckGo in Windows systems

Follow the steps below and remove browser hijacker from the computer. After doing it, check all your web browsers. It might have installed additional plugins, and you have uninstall them all.

  1. Go to Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, open Add/Remove Programs). Go to 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, open 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open Quick Access Menu. Then click Control Panel and select Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, click on Windows icon in the lower left corner of the screen to open 'Quick Access Menu'. Then click 'Control Panel' and select 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Remove DuckDuckGo and programs related to it
    Now, take a look at the list of programs and find DuckDuckGo or other programs that you do not remember installing.
  4. Right-click on these programs and select "Uninstall." Then click OK to save changes. Right-click every suspicious program and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Delete DuckDuckGo from Windows shortcuts
    Right-click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and click Properties. Right-click on web browsers' icon and click 'Properties'
  6. Now, go to Shortcut tab and find Target field. Then delete the URL that is associated with your virus. Open 'Shortcut' tab and erase 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other shady URL

Follow the same steps as explained above with all other shortcuts of Internet browsers, including Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. Please check Start Menu, Desktop, and taskbar to find all shortcuts.

Uninstall DuckDuckGo in Mac OS X system

Follow the instructions below and get rid of the browser hijacker. Once you remove it from the computer, make sure that all your browser are not infected as well. If you find any suspicious plugins installed, remove them immediately.

  1. Users who use OS X should click on Go button, which can be found at the top left corner of the screen and select Applications. Click on 'Go' to open a drop-down menu and select 'Applications'.
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for DuckDuckGo or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on each malicious application and select 'Move to Trash'

Delete DuckDuckGo from Internet Explorer (IE)

Check the list of add-ons and remove all suspicious entries

  1. Delete suspicious browser add-ons
    Launch Internet Explorer, and then open IE by clicking on the Gear icon, which is located at the top right corner of the Internet browser. Then, click Manage Add-ons. Open browser menu and go to 'Manage add-ons'
  2. Manage Add-ons window will appear on your screen. Now, search for DuckDuckGo and other questionable browser add-ons. Right-click them on each of them and select Disable. To eliminate malicious applications, right-click on each of them and click 'Disable'
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Click the Gear icon at the top right corner of the Internet browser and then click Internet Options. Stay in General section.
  4. Now, delete malicious URL and enter Delete suspicious URL, type in your preferable site name and click 'Apply' to save
  5. Reset all Internet Explorer settings
    Click on Gear icon and then opt for Internet options. Then go to Advanced section.
  6. Click Reset.
  7. A new window appears, and then you have to tick Delete personal settings and click Reset to finalise DuckDuckGo removal. In 'Advanced' tab, click 'Reset'. Then tick 'Delete personal settings' and click 'Reset'.

Delete DuckDuckGo from Microsoft Edge

Follow the steps below and remove browser hijacker from the browser.

Reset settings in Microsoft Edge (Technique No.1):

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser, then click on More button, which is situated at the top right edge of the screen
  2. Select Settings from the drop down menu.
  3. When the Settings panel appears, find Clear browsing data section and hit Choose what to clear button. Open Settings and click on 'Choose what to clear' button
  4. Then mark all components that you wish to delete and after that hit Clear. Click 'Clear'
  5. Right-click the Start button (that has Windows logo on it) and choose Task Manager. Right-click the Start button again and choose 'Task Manager'
  6. Go to Processes tab and look for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and select Go to details. If there is no Go to details option, select More details and carry out previous instructions. Right-click on 'Microsoft Edge' and choose 'Go to details' option If 'Go to details' option does not show up, choose 'More details' instead
  8. Once Details tab appears, look for entries that contain Microsoft Edge name. Right-click on such individual entries and choose End Task option to terminate them. Locate all entries that relate to Microsoft Edge and click 'End Task'

Reset Microsoft Edge (Technique No.2):

In case the Technique No.1 did not help you to fix the problem, use advanced Edge reset option.

  1. Important: you must backup your files before you use these tips
  2. Locate this folder on your PC: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select all items in this folder and right-click with your mouse. Select Delete. Open Microsoft Edge folder on your PC, click every entry with the right mouse button and select 'Delete'
  4. Click on the Start button (that has Windows Logo on it) and in Search my stuff field, type in window power.
  5. With the right button of your mouse, click on every entry and select Run as administrator. Locate where Windows PowerShell is, right-click on it and click on 'Run as administrator' option
  6. Once you get Admin's rights, Windows PowerShell window should show up shortly. Paste this line:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and hit Enter. Copy and then paste the necessary command and hit 'Enter'

After completing these steps, Microsoft Edge should be DuckDuckGo-free.

Delete DuckDuckGo from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

DuckDuckGo might have installed various plugins and extensions. You have to find and delete them.

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Launch Mozilla Firefox, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Add-ons Extensions. Open browser menu and go to 'Add-ons'
  2. Now, locate DuckDuckGo and other suspicious extensions. Click Remove to eliminate them. Go to 'Extensions' and locate malicious browser add-ons. Hit 'Remove' button to delete each entry
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Open Firefox menu (click the button at the top right corner), and go to Options General.
  4. Delete malicious URL and then enter the address of the website that you want to set as your homepage.
  5. Click OK to save the changes. Open 'General' tab and delete the URL from 'Home Page' field or just simply click 'Restore to Default'. Then click on 'OK' button to apply changes.
  6. Reset all Mozilla Firefox settings
    Click on the Firefox at the top left corner and then click the question mark. Then, select Troubleshooting Information. Open menu by clicking on the indicated icon and on '?'. Then select 'Troubleshooting Information'.
  7. Reset Firefox to its default state message should appear then. You will see Reset Firefox button. Click this button a few times and finalise DuckDuckGo removal. Hit 'Reset Firefox' button a few times

Delete DuckDuckGo from Google Chrome

To remove browser hijacker completely, you have to make sure that it hasn’t installed any suspicious entries to your browser. However, if you find some, remove them without any hesitation.

  1. Remove malicious extensions
    Launch Google Chrome, and then open menu (click a button at the top right corner). Then, go to Tools Extensions. Open browser's menu, then click 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Now, look for DuckDuckGo and other suspicious extensions and then click the trash icon to remove them. Find malicious extensions and click on the Trash bin icon to remove them
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Open menu and select Settings.
  4. Find Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup section and click Set pages. Open browser's menu, then go to 'Settings' and select 'Set pages' under 'On startup' section
  5. An additional window should pop-up. Here, remove dubious URLs and add a new page that you wish to set as a homepage. Remove malicious search sites by clicking 'X'
  6. Open Chrome menu and go to Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. Once you open browser's 'Settings', click on 'Manage search engines...' button
  7. In Search Engines..., configure default search engine settings. Remove untrustworthy ones. We advise you to leave only Google or another reputable website of your choice. Remove malicious search sites by clicking 'X'
  8. Reset all Google Chrome settings
    Open menu by clicking the button at the top right corner of Google Chrome, and go to Settings.
  9. Scroll down to find Reset browser settings button. Click on it. When in 'Settings', click Show advanced settings and then find 'Reset browser settings' button. Click on it.
  10. Click Reset to approve this action and finish DuckDuckGo removal. Click 'Reset' to finish the removal process.

Delete DuckDuckGo from Safari

Follow the instructions below and remove all questionable entries that might be related to DuckDuckGo from Safari.

  1. Delete suspicious browser extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for DuckDuckGo or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and remove untrustworthy extensions
  3. If virus altered your homepage, change it:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by DuckDuckGo, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. Go to 'General' section and find Homepage field. Delete suspicious URL and replace it with a URL of your choice.
  5. Reset all Safari settings
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and then select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete DuckDuckGo removal process. Select all checkboxes and click 'Reset'

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