FioSearch (Fio Search, http://ww38.fiosearch.com, fiosearch.com) is affiliated with browser hijacker and the ZeroAccess Rootkit that can infect a computer by exploiting security vulnerabilities. Is your homepage changed to this website? How to fix this issue?
FioSearch is able to compromise your web browser and change your default search engine and homepage. Once infected, it can make your browser redirect to FioSearch websites such as http://ww38.fiosearch.com/ and other websites related to FioSearch or third-party URLs. The main purpose of this hijacker is to advertise certain websites and to drive more traffic to its websites.
Generally, FioSearch is categorized as a browser hijacker distributed as freeware that installs directly onto your internet browser without your permission. And it is able to affect all kinds of browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. After successfully downloaded, it may show symptoms of adware programs such as displaying spam advertisements on an infected system. 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. If your browser is redirecting to ww38.fiosearch.com now, please remove it manually with the guide below so that this annoying issue can be totally gone from your PC and it won’t come back to bother your PC again.
FioSearch may be installed if a computer user has ever visited illegal or malicious websites or downloaded freeware or shareware from untrustworthy sources. It can cause annoying redirection to disturb users. This problem happen when you use Internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox, even Google Chrome to browse online. Being as a redirect virus, it keeps tracking of computer users’ online activity and causing web browser to display unwanted advertisements and pop-up windows. It poses huge risk for all the computer systems. If you have been forced to visit those unwanted websites against your authorization, particularly for this domain, you must immediately remove this malicious thing as soon as possible in order to secure your 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.
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = *.local
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar,LinksFolderName =
FioSearch redirect is one of the most annoying, dangerous and toughest problems that disturbs users. Maybe lots of PC users will try to scan their computers once they detect ww38.fiosearch.com redirection on their computers. But after spending several hours scanning the computer, finally they get nothing related to the virus. Once your computer is compromised, it starts to redirect users to malicious website or popup adware. The website is not trusty. Instead of showing the search results you want, it presents more ads and crazy popups. Therefore, in order to secure the stability and normal operation of an infected PC, you should delete FioSearch as quickly as you can.
Published by & last updated on January 4, 2013 11:12 am