If your Chrome search has been changed to greatsocialsearch.com you have been hijacked by a malware/adware known as a Chrome hijackers. This malware uses an installer bundle to infect your browser and your entire computer. Once the bundle is installed it will load an extension into Chrome that will take over various assets including the home page and search and will redirect all searches to greatsocialsearch.com.
Attempting to manually remove this from your search may be pointless as the installed protected malware will see to it that the second you change it it will return to greatsocialsearch.com. This is because the protection component is making sure to keep this search page in place at all costs. The core malware will change some security settings in Chrome that might also lower the overall security of your computer. This is done in order to allow the program to run uninterrupted an maintain greatsocialsearch.com as the home/search pages. More virulent versions may also add bookmarks for malicious web sites to your bookmark collection and redirect you to bad websites when your inadvertently mistype a URL or enter a URL in the search through DNS redirection.
So how did I get greatsocialsearch.com?
Search malware is a search hijacker that replaces users home page, new tab page and default search engine. It piggybacks on other downloads from untrusted websites through what is known as software bundling. This malware travels bundled with third-party programs and its installation may be silent. Due to this you may not be aware that the hijacker has infected your browser. Once installed it will quickly modify your homepage, new tabs and search engine to greatsocialsearch.com.
How Do I Remove greatsocialsearch.com?
Removing greatsocialsearch.com from Chrome is typically pretty easy if you follow the instructions below. There are methods from removing this malware from you browser. Depending on your level of technical expertise you can opt to remove greatsocialsearch.com automatically (recommended) or manually. While removing this manually is not the best course of action since many times the controlling malware is still installed on your computer, Google Chrome has a couple built in functions that may assist with this. However, the recommended removal procedure is to utilize a professional anti-malware removal tool such as the ones we have tested with greatsocialsearch.com below.
Automatically Remove greatsocialsearch.com
In this method we will show you simple steps to search for and remove this malware completely from Chrome. While we have tested a number of professional antivirus and antimalware programs the following is by far the best we have tested that was able to fully remove all traces of greatsocialsearch.com. To get started click the button below to download the the software. We recommend using Reason Core Security as it has successfully proven itself as the most effective antimalware product and scan and removal is 100% free.
If you chose Save, double-click the installer file (reason-core-security-setup.exe) to start the installation process. You might be prompted for Administrator permission, if so click OK.
When the installer opens, click Next > to begin.
The software will walk you through a quick installation process.
You will then be asked to automatically run an initial scan.
This scan should take about 5 to 10 minutes and should find greatsocialsearch.com.
Next, it will ask you to remove greatsocialsearch.com as well as any other detected malware or adware. Click the Remove Checked button.
Your computer should be nice and clean within a few moments! If you keep Real-time Protection running it will prevent any other Chrome malware from infecting your computer and browser.
Note: Reason Core Security like most professional antimalware software is a commercial product. While it's free to clean any malware infections you have during the trial period some features might be disabled when the trial ends.
As you can see using the automated method for removing greatsocialsearch.com is very simple and fast. There are a number of other antivirus and antimalware programs that we also recommend that too are successful in removing this malware. These include Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, ESET NOD32, VIPRE and Microsoft Security Essentials (or Windows Defender).
Manually Remove greatsocialsearch.com
Should you decide to, you can also manually remove this malware from Chrome by following the steps below. It is very important to note however that since this malware might run as a stand along set of processes on your computer even manually removing them using these instructions does not 100% guarantee that its completely removed and greatsocialsearch.com does not show up later down the road. The reason this is the case is because if you do not use a professional antimalware cleaner there is a strong possibility that the activate traces of this malware will simply re-infect Chrome over and over again. Thus, finding and eliminating the entire malware is critical.
Resetting your browser settings will reset the unwanted changes caused by installing other programs including some malware. However, your saved bookmarks and passwords will not be cleared or changed but some settings will be reset such as cookies.
To remove greatsocialsearch.com from Chrome using the built in reset browser settings:
In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu
At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
Under the section "Reset settings,” click Reset settings.
In the dialog that appears, click Reset.
Note: using the Chrome reset functions will not only remove greatsocialsearch.com but will also clear your personal settings such as cookies, saved form data, extensions, themes and search and homepage settings.
Sabrina is a Chrome malware removal expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback about the page.