What is Searchcore.net? Is the homepage of your browser locked by Searchcore.net and cannot change back to your favorite? Cannot stop the annoying redirect issues when you are searching for something in the Internet? Are you aware of being monitored by hackers when your computer has been infected by this browser hijacker virus? How to get rid of it permanently?
Searchcore.net is regarded as a serious computer problem, which can modify your browser settings and monitor the trace of your computer using so as to do its marketing campaigns from which the hackers can make money. It can sneak into your computer system as a redirect virus or adware without permission and install itself as a toolbar to various major browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. Usually, it gets into your system via downloading some free software, unknown email attachments or pornographic content images and videos. Clicking links and searching something on its website can also make your computer infected.
Once it is activated, you will notice that your default homepage and search engine are locked by Searchcore.net. There is no doubt that many unreliable ads luring you to buy some products will show up on the result page when you are searching for something. Moreover, it also implants Trojans, malware and keylogger in your computer, which can steal your personal information including passwords, credit card, bank account information etc., simultaneously slow down your computer considerably and damage the computer system. Therefore, it is very important to remove it as soon as possible before more losses and damages.
So far there is no security software can find out a good way to protect Internet users from being attacked by this malicious virus and even could be shut down by it, leaving the computer in a high-risk condition. Since this virus uses complex methods to conceal itself, therefore, it is very hard for security software to detect it and remove it completely. So, manual removal can be the best choice. But please notice that manual removal is a very difficult and risky job. You need to remove all the infected files and registry entries manually and any mistake will lead to the damage of your system.
Searchcore.net is a high-risk browser hijacker which will change the homepage and browser settings, and redirect your web search results to random sites containing lots of illegal advertisements, even Trojan, rootkit or other malware virus. Sometimes the antivirus software cannot identify the computer threat accurately and timely or remove it permanently, therefore, manual removal is the best choice to uninstall it completely from your computer. Users can follow the manual guide here to have this virus removed instantly.
1. Clean cookies
* Internet Explorer: Tools → Internet Options →the General tab, Delete the Cookies button can be directly seen in IE6, IE7 is to click the Delete Browsing History button then tick Cookies and click Delete.
* Firefox: Tools → Options → Privacy → Remove Individual Cookies → Delete corresponding cookies in the cookies showing box.
* Opera: Tools → Preferences → Advanced → Cookies →Delete corresponding cookies in Management Cookies.
2. Clean add-ons and extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Start, type: Manage browser add-ons
(2). Hit Enter on your keyboard
(3). Click Manage add-ons and disable all the suspicious add-ons.
（1）. Click the Firefox menu and click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable.
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button → Tools → click Extensions
(2). Select the related Extension and click Disable.
3. Show hidden files
(1). Click on the Start button and then on Control Panel
(2). Click on the Appearance and Personalization link
(3). Click on the Folder Options link
(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window
(5). Choose the Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
4. Delete virus files
Find out and remove the associated files of this browser hijacker virus.
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
Searchcore.net is an extremely notorious redirect virus which will hijack your browser, modify browser settings and cause many other problems on the infected computer. It is disguised as a legitimate search website, but if you type in something in the search box and click Search, you will be forced to some unsafe sites which may contain unwanted information, pop-up advertising pages luring you to buy their goods, even Trojan or other malicious virus. Moreover, this hijacker facilitates the hacker to modify Windows Registry, keep track of victim’s browsing activities, steal confidential information and install additional malware to damage your system. Therefore, it should be removed manually as quickly as possible before more damages.
Published by & last updated on November 25, 2012 4:03 am