How to remove Search Pile hijacker

What is Search Pile?

Many people underestimate the dangers that a simple change of a homepage may bring. You, of course, may keep the home.searchpile.com page as your main, but you should know that it may bring negative consequences. The search source is related to the Search Pile browser hijacker, a malware that alters browser settings to be able to show the sites of partners at the top of the results, and thus promote the sources. Once Search Pile installed itself into Chrome, Firefox, IE, or Microsoft Edge, it makes usual settings change impossible, so the only way to return your homepage is to remove Search Pile.

Search Pile page

How Search Pile got installed on your computer?

The hijacker has small chances to be used willingly, so its developers employ bundling method. More than likely, some of the installations you’ve run recently contained Search Pile. In the case with bundling, a user doesn’t necessarily need to agree to additional applications – they are set to be installed by default. You still can decline this setups by selecting Advanced or Custom installation mode and deselecting the boxes with unwanted components.

Symptoms of Search Pile infection

  • First and the most striking proof of having a browser hijacker is change of the main page. Usually it is a search engine page that is designed so that user would believe in its legitimacy.
  • Generally, hijackers cause redirections when user makes a search query on its page or tries to reach a blocked site (usually another search engine or anti-malware sites)
  • Another indicator of hijacker infection is appearance of new programs, toolbars and browser extensions that you don’t remember installing and processes in start-up queue.
  • Also, you may notice the significant slowdown in the system operating, since running of the applications required for malware activity may consume a lot of CPU.
  • Besides, hijacker infection may as well negatively affect the speed of Internet connection.

How to remove Search Pile?

To make sure that the hijacker won’t appear again, you need to delete Search Pile completely. For this you need to remove the application from the Control Panel and then check the drives for such leftovers as Search Pile files and registry entries.
We should warn you that performing some of the steps may require above-average skills, so if you don’t feel experienced enough, you may apply to automatic removal tool.

Download Norton

Performing an antimalware scan with Norton would automatically search out and delete all elements related to Search Pile. It is not only the easiest way to eliminate Search Pile, but also the safest and most assuring one.


Steps of Search Pile manual removal

Uninstall Search Pile from Control Panel

As it was stated before, more likely that the hijacker appeared on your system brought by other software. So, to get rid of Search Pile you need to call to memory what you have installed recently.

How to remove Search Pile from Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button and open Control Panel
  2. Go to Add or Remove Programs
  3. Find the application related to Search Pile and click Uninstall

How to remove Search Pile from Windows 7/Vista

  1. Click the Start button and open Control Panel
  2. Go to Uninstall Program
  3. Find the application related to Search Pile and click Uninstall

How to remove Search Pile from Windows 8/8.1

  1. Right-click the menu icon in left bottom corner
  2. Choose Control Panel
  3. Select the Uninstall Program line
  4. Uninstall the application related to Search Pile

How to remove Search Pile from Windows 10

  1. Press Win+X to open Windows Power menu
  2. Click Control Panel
  3. Choose Uninstall a Program
  4. Select the application related to Search Pile and remove it

noteIf you experience problems with removing Search Pile from Control Panel: there is no such title on the list, or you receive an error preventing you from deleting the application, see the article dedicated to this issue.
Read what to do if program won’t uninstall from Control Panel


Remove Search Pile from browsers

Since some of hijacker threats use a disguise of a browser add-on, you will need to check the list of extensions/add-ons in your browser.

How to remove Search Pile from Google Chrome

  1. Start Google Chrome
  2. Click on Tools, then go to the Extensions
  3. Delete Search Pile or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

How to remove Search Pile from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer
  2. Click on the Tools/Gear icon, then select Manage Add-ons
  3. Delete Search Pile or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

How to remove Search Pile from Mozilla Firefox

  1. Start Mozilla Firefox
  2. Click on the right-upper corner button
  3. Click Add-ons, then go to Extensions
  4. Delete Search Pile or other extensions that look suspicious and you don’t remember installing them

Reset your browsers

How to reset settings in Google Chrome

  1. Click on the icon in the right-upper corner
  2. Choose Settings
  3. Click Show advanced settings
  4. Click the Reset Settings button

How to reset settings in Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the icon in the upper right corner
  2. Choose Help
  3. Select Troubleshooting Information
  4. Click the Reset Firefox… button

How to reset settings in Internet Explorer

  1. Click on the Tools button
  2. Go to Internet options
  3. Go to the Advanced tab
  4. Click Reset

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