For some reasons, my browser is hijacked by Do-search.com redirect and I cannot get rid of it. It changes my homepage on both IE and Firefox. No matter how many times i go into my settings and want to change it back, it won’t allow me to do that. Running security tool cannot help at all. It is really annoying to view this corrupted page again and again. Is there any way I can remove this hijacker from my computer?
Do-search.com (also called Dosearches.com redirect or Do Search virus) belongs to browser hijacker that can force browser to show one particular webpage, insert advertisements in other web pages, mess up search results and show various popups in the browser to bother computer users. Currently, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser are the main targets of this malicious hijacker. The cyber criminals who create such annoying hijacker want to get money from your browser usage so that you will be forced to Do-search.com again and again after your computer is compromised. Although this page looks like a regular search page just as similar as Google or Bing, it is not a trusty page since it can add many sponsored websites to your search results. Using this phony search can make your computer vulnerable to be attacked because it can control your keyword search and then depending on what you are searching for, it shows commercials advertisements and finally slows down your computer.
Most likely, Do-search.com redirect is installed while you were downloading some programs on the Internet, it mainly arrives bundled with those freeware applications, such as shareware games or various video players. With its arrival, it also installs additional programs on your computer system, such as unwanted toolbars, add-ons or some start-up processes, which could lead to annoying website diversions. Many users have no knowledge about its installation after they notice homepage is changed and also unwanted popup keeps appearing. Antivirus program installed won’t give you any prompt about the presence of Do-search.com so that it is difficult to get rid of this redirect thing. To completely remove Do-search.com virus from your computer, you have to go to Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs list and uninstall the associated program from there first and then follow the manual way to get rid of it completely.
Note: This website may display various advertisements to lure users to click on it. It may inform users that they are missing plugin to play video or telling that you are the winner of the day in you area and you need to fill out certain “sponsor offers” in order to claim you “free gift” or something like that. However, don’t click on any of the advertisements shown on Do-search.com. Otherwise you will open a backdoor to let other viruses invade your computer to ruin your system.
Homepage is changed without any permission.
Desktop background is gone somehow.
Browser setting is modified.
Browsers like IE and Firefox works slowly.
Registry files are corrupted.
Considering Do-search.com redirect can’t be fixed by any security tools, uses can use the manual guide below to fix this issue without any risk.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list.
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”
Click on Tools, then Options, select Privacy
Click “Remove individual cookies”
In the Cookies panel, click on “Show Cookies”
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the “Remove Cookie button”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies button”
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Do-search.com virus is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent, slowing down the computer. If your system’s CPU spike is constant, users should check from Task Manager and see if there is a suspicious process occupying the system resources and then end it immediately.
(The name of the virus process can be random.)
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc at the same time and it will open up task manager directly. Then change to “Processes” tab.
3. Show hidden files and folders.
Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
Click the View tab.
Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.
4. Remove all the malicious files manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Do-search.com is not a reliable web page because it is associated with browser hijacker and adware. This site may look like a regular search page, but in fact it cannot be even compared to Google, Bing or other well-known search providers. It will display advertisements and sponsored links in your search results, and may collect search terms from your search queries. Whenever you open Google Chrome, IE or Firefox, the DO SEARCH tab always appears. It is extremely annoying because it automatically loads each time you open your web browser, even though you have reinstalled the browser, it still remains. Users had better find and remove all the related add-ons in order to stop the constant redirection to Do-search.com and make sure this redirect virus is removed completely.
Note: If you are not knowledgeable enough to be able to distinguish the location of this virus, or you are afraid of making mistake during the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.
Published by Sarah Poehler, last updated on November 14, 2013 1:16 am | Browser Hijacker Removal Guide