Does your browser keep redirecting you to the websites you don’t want? Is your homepage already taken over by Search.Alot.com? Follow the manual removal steps below to get rid of this nasty hijacker now.
Search.Alot.com is another fake search engine virus which works as similar as the infamous redirect virus called Searchnu virus. It is able to infect a target computer by exploiting security vulnerabilities and then take control of the browser completely. It forces users into visiting Search.Alot.com when clicking on links in major search engine links so that criminals can use the artificial traffic to boost affiliate payments. This hijacker aims to mess up all your browsers including Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer and it totally threatens your privacy and interrupts your browsing.
Search.Alot.com is promoted via spam e-mails, malicious or hacked Web pages, peer-to-peer networks. Once it is installed, you will find your computer is running out of order. Every time you go to Google to search up something, it lags and then when you click a link, it redirects you to a different site. Also when you go to some other websites it will remove all your link automatically and change to Search.Alot.com without your permission. Meanwhile, being as a browser hijacker virus, it can cause an immense problem to the functioning of a computer system by altering the browser settings and changing browser settings without any consent. Therefore, if you don’t want to see annoying pop-up advertisements and harmful content attachments appearing on your screen every time you execute the browser, you have to get rid of Search.Alot.com hijacker as quickly as you can.
1. Annoying pop-up alerts and advertisements always come up while a user is browsing online;
2. Other spywares and viruses will be installed without your permission under the help of Trojans;
3. Personal privacy is in high risk of loss as Search.Alot.com virus can create a fake website for you to register and enter important information and passwords;
4. Significant files will be relocated or hidden which may pose a sudden death of computer;
Considering this malware 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. Remove all add-ons and extensions
Google Chrome: Wrench Icon > Tools > Extensions
Mozilla Firefox: Tools > Add-ons (Ctrl+Shift+A)
Internet Explorer: Tools > Manage Add-ons
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.
HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings “ProxyEnable” = “1”
Search.Alot.com redirect virus is created by the internet hackers and infects your computer through vulnerability or security program exploits. When this virus hijacks a system, it uses browser helper objects and third party malware including sponsored adware and spyware platforms to change your homepage and modify your browser settings without your permission. Thus, it causes internet searches inputted into the browser address bar redirecting to Search.Alot.com randomly. This website is a low-quality search engine that displays more advertisements than legitimate results. If you want to search information by Google or Bing, you will find that the results will be rerouted to this fake search engine and other dubious websites. Thus, you can’t go to the page you’re looking for straight away. It is really a nightmare to leave this virus in your computer. Users should immediately uninstall this pesky virus in case it destroys your whole computer system.
Published by & last updated on December 4, 2012 3:12 pm