About Greatsearch.org

Greatsearch.org is a browser hijacker that is responsible for the browser’s setting changes. Once the hijacker install, the changes will happen out of the blue and you will suddenly find that Greatsearch.org has been set as your homepage. If you are wondering how Greatsearch.org managed to install, you installed it yourself.


It was attached to some free software that you installed and you missed it being attached. If you do not notice the attached item, you are essentially giving it permission to install. While hijackers are not malicious and are regarded as rather low-level threats, they can still be highly irritating. They can also lead users to malicious web pages where malware could be lurking. We would strongly suggest you uninstall Greatsearch.org because otherwise you are possibly putting your computer in danger.

How does Greatsearch.org spread?

Browser hijackers all use the same bundling method to spread. When you download free programs from the Internet, there is a high chance that something will be attached to it, such as adware or a browser hijacker. During freeware installation, use Advanced or Custom settings and you will see what has been attached. If there is something, deselect it/them and you will be able to continue to safely install free software. Rushing through the installation process would be a big mistake because if there is something attached, you will end up missing it, which will allow that something to install. Having to delete Greatsearch.org or similar could be troublesome, so it’s best you do not install them in the first place.

Why remove Greatsearch.org?

If you do indeed have the hijacker installed on your computer, your homepage and new tabs will be changed to Greatsearch.org. Like we mentioned before, these changes are carried out without your explicit permission and you cannot undo them unless you first uninstall Greatsearch.org. Every time you open your Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers, you will see Greatsearch.org. The page has a search engine and links to various pages like Facebook, eBay, Gmail, YouTube, etc. If you type in an inquiry, you will be presented with dubious search results that include sponsored content. You get those results because hijackers generate  income by redirecting you to those pages. We do not suggest engaging with anything that has anything to do with Greatsearch.org because you could be redirected to weird, possibly malicious pages. There are a lot of websites hiding malware on them and if you were to enter one, you could end up with a serious virus infection. If you care to protect your computer, delete Greatsearch.org.

Greatsearch.org removal

In order to remove Greatsearch.org, you can choose from two options. Automatic Greatsearch.org removal would be the quickest option as the program would do everything for you. You can choose to erase Greatsearch.org manually but that means you will have to locate the hijacker yourself. You will find instructions below this article that should help you terminate Greatsearch.org.

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Quick Menu

Step 1. Uninstall Greatsearch.org and related programs.

Remove Greatsearch.org from Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel choose Programs and Features and select to Uninstall a software.

Delete Greatsearch.org from Windows 8

Uninstall Greatsearch.org from Windows 7

Click Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features → Uninstall a program.

Uninstall Greatsearch.org from Windows 7

Delete Greatsearch.org from Windows XP

Click Start → Settings → Control Panel. Locate and click → Add or Remove Programs.

Remove Greatsearch.org from Windows XP

Remove Greatsearch.org from Mac OS X

Click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Select applications folder and look for Greatsearch.org or any other suspicious software. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash, then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Greatsearch.org removal from MAC OS X

Step 2. Delete Greatsearch.org from your browsers

Terminate the unwanted extensions from Internet Explorer
  1. Tap the Gear icon and go to Manage Add-ons. Greatsearch.org IE gear
  2. Pick Toolbars and Extensions and eliminate all suspicious entries (other than Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Oracle or Adobe) Greatsearch.org IE toolbars and extensions
  3. Leave the window.
Change Internet Explorer homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of your browser and click Internet Options. Greatsearch.org IE gear
  2. In General Tab remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Press Apply to save changes. Greatsearch.org IE toolbars and extensions
Reset your browser
  1. Click the Gear icon and move to Internet Options. Greatsearch.org IE options
  2. Open the Advanced tab and press Reset. Greatsearch.org IE reset browser
  3. Choose Delete personal settings and pick Reset one more time. Greatsearch.org IE reset
  4. Tap Close and leave your browser. Greatsearch.org IE close
  5. If you were unable to reset your browsers, employ a reputable anti-malware and scan your entire computer with it.
Erase Greatsearch.org from Google Chrome
  1. Access menu (top right corner of the window) and pick Settings. Greatsearch.org Chrome menu
  2. Choose Extensions. Greatsearch.org Chrome settings
  3. Eliminate the suspicious extensions from the list by clicking the Trash bin next to them. Greatsearch.org Chrome extensions remove
  4. If you are unsure which extensions to remove, you can disable them temporarily. Greatsearch.org Chrome extensions disable
Reset Google Chrome homepage and default search engine if it was hijacker by virus
  1. Press on menu icon and click Settings. Greatsearch.org Chrome menu
  2. Look for the “Open a specific page” or “Set Pages” under “On start up” option and click on Set pages. Greatsearch.org Chrome settings
  3. In another window remove malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Greatsearch.org Chrome extensions remove
  4. Under the Search section choose Manage Search engines. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search websites. You should leave only Google or your preferred search name. Greatsearch.org Chrome extensions disable
    Greatsearch.org Chrome extensions disable
Reset your browser
  1. If the browser still does not work the way you prefer, you can reset its settings.
  2. Open menu and navigate to Settings. Greatsearch.org Chrome settings more
  3. Press Reset button at the end of the page. Greatsearch.org Chrome advanced menu
  4. Tap Reset button one more time in the confirmation box. Greatsearch.org Chrome reset
  5. If you cannot reset the settings, purchase a legitimate anti-malware and scan your PC.
Remove Greatsearch.org from Mozilla Firefox
  1. In the top right corner of the screen, press menu and choose Add-ons (or tap Ctrl+Shift+A simultaneously). Greatsearch.org Firefox add ons
  2. Move to Extensions and Add-ons list and uninstall all suspicious and unknown entries. Greatsearch.org Firefox extensions
Change Mozilla Firefox homepage if it was changed by virus:
  1. Tap on the menu (top right corner), choose Options. Greatsearch.org Firefox reset confirm
  2. On General tab delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default. Greatsearch.org Firefox reset confirm
  3. Press OK to save these changes.
Reset your browser
  1. Open the menu and tap Help button. Greatsearch.org Firefox help
  2. Select Troubleshooting Information. Greatsearch.org Firefox troubleshooting
  3. Press Refresh Firefox. Greatsearch.org Firefox reset
  4. In the confirmation box, click Refresh Firefox once more. Greatsearch.org Firefox reset confirm
  5. If you are unable to reset Mozilla Firefox, scan your entire computer with a trustworthy anti-malware.
Uninstall Greatsearch.org from Safari (Mac OS X)
  1. Access the menu.
  2. Pick Preferences. Greatsearch.org Safari menu
  3. Go to the Extensions Tab. Greatsearch.org Safari extensions
  4. Tap the Uninstall button next to the undesirable Greatsearch.org and get rid of all the other unknown entries as well. If you are unsure whether the extension is reliable or not, simply uncheck the Enable box in order to disable it temporarily.
  5. Restart Safari.
Reset your browser
  1. Tap the menu icon and choose Reset Safari. Greatsearch.org Safari reset menu
  2. Pick the options which you want to reset (often all of them are preselected) and press Reset. Greatsearch.org Safari reset
  3. If you cannot reset the browser, scan your whole PC with an authentic malware removal software.

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