What is Search Marquis

Search Marquis is a generic browser hijacker that affects Mac computers. Signs of it being present on the computer include searchmarquis.com opening every time you launch your browser, as well as unwanted changes to your browser’s settings. As far as infections go, this browser hijacker is quite noticeable considering that an unknown website will load instead of your usual homepage. You will also notice that your search engine will be different. Browser hijackers promote questionable search engines that insert sponsored content into search results in order to redirect users to certain sites for the purpose of generating traffic and revenue.

Search Marquis

Before you get too worried, it’s not a dangerous infection that will cause damage to your computer or your files. It focuses on exposing you to advertisement content above all else, so you don’t need to worry about direct damage. However, it should be mentioned that the hijacker will attempt to redirect you to all kinds of websites, and not all of them will necessarily be safe. Some of the sites you get redirected to may hide malware or promote scams, so while hijackers aren’t directly harmful, they can cause issues.

If you find this browser hijacker installed on your Mac, the sooner you remove Search Marquis, the better. It can be done manually if you prefer but using anti-spyware software would be easier.

How to avoid browser hijacker infections

Browser hijackers, adware, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) use the software bundling method to install on users’ computers without being noticed. The way software bundling works is the above-mentioned infections come attached to free software as extra offers and are permitted to install alongside automatically, without requiring any additional permission from users. This is why this method is quite frowned upon, and programs that use it are often detected as potential threats by anti-virus programs.

The offers that come added to free software are optional, so you can avoid their installations. The reason many users end up accidentally allowing these unwanted installations is that the offers are initially hidden. When installing free programs, many users opt for Default settings because the installation window recommends them but those settings are exactly why users end up installing the offers. Default settings hide the offers and allow their installation automatically. If you use Advanced or Custom settings, all added offers will be made visible, and you will get the option to deselect all offers. Simply unchecking the boxes is enough. Once you have done that, you can continue installing the program.

Keep in mind that some of the offers may seem useful at first sight but it’s still not recommended to install them. No legitimate program will use software bundling to install, and any program that does should not be on your computer. If you allow these unwanted installations, your computer will quickly fill up with junk programs that can be difficult to get rid of once installed.

Can a browser hijacker harm your computer?

As soon as this browser hijacker installs on your Mac, you will know. Your browser’s settings, whether you’re using Safari, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, will have changed settings. In particular, searchmarquis.com be set as your homepage/new tabs. Your default search engine will also be changed. You will not be able to undo these setting changes while the hijacker remains installed because it will just keep making the changes over and over again.

The hijacker intends to redirect you to sponsored websites, which is why it will push a questionable search that alters search results to include certain links. You will be shown sponsored results even when doing a search via your browser’s address bar because the questionable search engine is set as your default search engine. Those results will have very little to do with what you were searching for so there is no need to interact with them. Actually, you should actively avoid clicking on them because you could be exposed to dangerous websites that hide malware or promote scams. So even if the hijacker is not directly harmful, the same cannot be said about its redirects.

Search Marquis removal

Browser hijackers aren’t serious infections so you can remove Search Marquis both using anti-virus software and manually. If you want to delete Search Marquis manually, instructions will be provided below. But for users who have little experience with uninstalling persistent programs, it would be best to use anti-virus software because the program would take care of everything, including undoing all browser setting changes made by the hijacker.

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Step 1. Uninstall Search Marquis and related programs.

Remove Search Marquis 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 Search Marquis from Windows 8

Uninstall Search Marquis from Windows 7

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

Uninstall Search Marquis from Windows 7

Delete Search Marquis from Windows XP

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

Remove Search Marquis from Windows XP

Remove Search Marquis from Mac OS X

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

Search Marquis removal from MAC OS X

Step 2. Delete Search Marquis from your browsers

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

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