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Uninstall Search.ma-cmf.com virus (Jan 2021 updated) - Instructions

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: Browser hijacker

Everything you should know before using Search.ma-cmf.com

Search.ma-cmf.com virus is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that belongs to browser hijacker’s category. This parasite is not a dangerous computer infection which can damage the system or lock personal files. All it can do is to take full control over the browser and deliver sponsored content. Indeed, it’s the main purpose of all browser hijackers. The developers generate revenue from pay-per-click advertising method, so using affected web browser means browsing through commercial content and risking to meet a serious virus. After one Search.ma-cmf.com redirect, you may end up on a malicious website or install malware. It may happen because the developers deliver third-party content without thinking about its safety and credibility. All they care about is clicks. We strongly recommend scanning PC with a professional anti-malware program such as ReimageIntego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner as soon as this bogus website appears on your browser. Malware removal tool will detect and remove Search.ma-cmf.com virus with all its components. The browser hijacker may have installed additional programs, browser extensions and other components that help it to stay longer on the compromised PC. For this reason, it may be hard to remove hijacker manually; however, if you are willing to take this challenge, follow our step-by-step guide presented at the end of the article.

Browser hijacker usually affects Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox; however, other web browsers’ users may notice suddenly changed homepage, new tab URL and default search engine too. Even though this fake search engine may seem safe to use, it’s just an illusion. It delivers modified search results and includes sponsored links. In other words, some of the relevant links might be replaced with useless and sometimes dangerous third-party links. Using affected web browser, you may also notice suspicious ads that bring strange or ‘too good to be true’ offers. We highly recommend keeping away from ads and links in order to avoid serious computer infections or identity theft. Indeed, Search.ma-cmf.com browser hijacker has another unpleasant feature to spy on the users, collect information about them and sometimes share or sell aggregated data to the third-parties. The hijacker might be interested in your browsing history, latest search queries and other similar information. Besides, it may also install additional browser add-ons that may also monitor your browsing activity or even try to steal personal information. Keep in mind that only Search.ma-cmf.com removal will help to solve all these issues.

Search.ma-cmf.com virus sets new homepage and default search engine

How does hijacker spread?

The majority of users have no idea how and when they got infected with Search.ma-cmf.com virus. In fact, it gets inside the computer secretly and silently with the assistance of other programs. Browser hijackers are added as optional programs to regular software installers. When users install a necessary program using ‘Basic,’ ‘Quick’ or ‘Recommeded’ setup, they install all additional application hidden under these settings. Installation wizards do not disclose about optional applications, so computer users should get used to paying more attention to software installation process. ‘Advanced’ or ‘Custom’ setup will help to avoid Search.ma-cmf.com hijack and other PUPs. However, you should not rush clicking ‘Next’ button. Read carefully and look for a checkbox with pre-selected applications or statement saying that you allow this bogus website to replace your default homepage or search engine. Your task is deselecting all these items.

Tips for Search.ma-cmf.com removal

Search.ma-cmf.com removal may be accomplished either manually or automatically. We recommend choosing the latter method because professional and strong antivirus or anti-malware programs will remove browser hijacker with all its components within a moment. All you have to do is to install and/or update the program and run a full system scan. Manual removal is more complicated. To remove Search.ma-cmf.com manually, you have to detect and eliminate all virus-related files. If you decide to choose this method, follow the instructions below.

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To remove Search.ma-cmf.com virus, follow these steps:

Uninstall Search.ma-cmf.com in Windows systems

Follow our step-by-step guide and remove browser hijacker with all its components. Pay attention to those applications that are published by SaferBrowser. When you remove all suspicious applications, check and clean your web browsers as well.

  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 Search.ma-cmf.com and programs related to it
    Now, take a look at the list of programs and find Search.ma-cmf.com 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 Search.ma-cmf.com 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 Search.ma-cmf.com in Mac OS X system

Probably, you won’t find any suspicious apps installed on Mac; however, you should check the list of applications just to be sure that there’s nothing related to SaferBrowser.

  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 Search.ma-cmf.com 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 Search.ma-cmf.com from Internet Explorer (IE)

Follow the instructions and remove all suspicious add-ons that may be related to Search.ma-cmf.com.

  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 Search.ma-cmf.com 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 Search.ma-cmf.com removal. In 'Advanced' tab, click 'Reset'. Then tick 'Delete personal settings' and click 'Reset'.

Eliminate Search.ma-cmf.com virus from Microsoft Edge 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 Search.ma-cmf.com-free.

Delete Search.ma-cmf.com from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Check the list of extensions and look for applications, extensions or toolbars that may be related to Search.ma-cmf.com virus or SaferBrowser.

  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 Search.ma-cmf.com 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 Search.ma-cmf.com removal. Hit 'Reset Firefox' button a few times

Delete Search.ma-cmf.com from Google Chrome

Search.ma-cmf.com virus may have installed various extensions and plugins to the Google Chrome. Look for those entries and remove them immediately.

  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 Search.ma-cmf.com 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 Search.ma-cmf.com removal. Click 'Reset' to finish the removal process.

Delete Search.ma-cmf.com from Safari

Check the list of extensions. There might be some plugins, add-ons or suspicious entries related to Search.ma-cmf.com or published by SaferBrowser. Remove them as shown below.

  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 Search.ma-cmf.com 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 Search.ma-cmf.com, 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 Search.ma-cmf.com removal process. Select all checkboxes and click 'Reset'

Securely connect to your website wherever you are

Sometimes you may need to log in to a content management system or server more often, especially if you are actively working on a blog, website, or different project that needs constant maintenance or that requires frequent content updates or other changes. Avoiding this problem can be easy if you choose a dedicated/fixed IP address. It's a static IP address that only belongs to a specific device and does not change when you are in different locations. 

VPN service providers such as Private Internet Access can help you with these settings. This tool can help you control your online reputation and successfully manage your projects wherever you are. It is important to prevent different IP addresses from connecting to your website. With a dedicated/fixed IP address, VPN service, and secure access to a content management system, your project will remain secure.

Recover files damaged by a dangerous malware attack

Despite the fact that there are various circumstances that can cause data to be lost on a system, including accidental deletion, the most common reason people lose photos, documents, videos, and other important data is the infection of malware.

Some malicious programs can delete files and prevent the software from running smoothly. However, there is a greater threat from the dangerous viruses that can encrypt documents, system files, and images. Ransomware-type viruses focus on encrypting data and restricting users’ access to files, so you can permanently lose personal data when you download such a virus to your computer.

The ability to unlock encrypted files is very limited, but some programs have a data recovery feature. In some cases, the Data Recovery Pro program can help recover at least some of the data that has been locked by a virus or other cyber infection.

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