About this hijacker

bettersearch.co is a questionable website, promoted by a browser hijacker, and set to be your homepage and new tabs. The reason you now have a different homepage and new tabs is because the hijacker has changed your browser’s settings. Those changes will be performed without permission, and may be difficult to reverse, unless you first delete bettersearch.co, which you’ll want to do as soon as possible anyway.


The hijacker that will change your browser’s settings is not malicious, hijackers usually aren’t, but they do disrupt the regular use of the computer, and frustrate users with redirects. This hijacker may not redirect you to sponsored sites, but it could be tracking your searches and browsing habits.

How do hijackers spread?

Browser hijackers are usually attached to freeware as extra offers, you can choose to deselect them if you don’t want to install them. However, those offers are usually hidden, so if you want to be able to deselect them, you need to pay attention to how you install programs. Do not use Default settings because they do not show anything, and instead, opt for Advanced or Custom. Those settings will show you if anything has been added, and if there is, you will be able to deselect it. We recommend unchecking all the boxes, unless you want to end up having to remove bettersearch.co or similar later on.

Why uninstall bettersearch.co?

When a hijacker enters your computer, you will know. Your browsers settings will be changed, so that your have the hijacker’s promoted website as your homepage, and new tabs. The hijacker would not ask your permission to perform these changes, and they would be irreversible unless you first get rid of the hijacker. So until you delete bettersearch.co, every time you open your browser, whether it’s Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you will be greeted with the site. And it’s a pretty useless website, it claims to provide better search but all it does is redirect to Google. It also lacks two essential forms, the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Those two things are essential for all websites because they provide key information about what kind of information about users is collected, how it is stored and whether it’s shared with third-parties. And besides, why use some questionable third-party website when you can go to Google directly, where at least you will know what data about you is collected. We suggest you remove bettersearch.co, and the sooner you do it, the better.

bettersearch.co removal

You have two options when it comes to bettersearch.co removal. You could use anti-spyware software to get rid of the hijacker, which may be the easier option as the program would do everything for you. Or you can uninstall bettersearch.co manually, for which we will provide instructions below this article.


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Quick Menu

Step 1. Uninstall Bettersearch.co and related programs.

Remove Bettersearch.co 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 Bettersearch.co from Windows 8

Uninstall Bettersearch.co from Windows 7

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

Uninstall Bettersearch.co from Windows 7

Delete Bettersearch.co from Windows XP

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

Remove Bettersearch.co from Windows XP

Remove Bettersearch.co from Mac OS X

Click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Select applications folder and look for Bettersearch.co 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.

Bettersearch.co removal from MAC OS X

Step 2. Delete Bettersearch.co from your browsers

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

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