Search.creativetoobars.com redirect is one of the nasty search engine redirect viruses that hijacks all your browsers and interrupts your browsing activity. Is creative toolbar added on all your browsers including IE, Firefox and Chrome without your permission? Why your browser keeps redirecting you to Search.creativetoobars.com without your permission? If you are suffering from this annoying issue, follow the guide to remove it step by step.
Search.creativetoobars.com is a redirect virus that gets on each of your Internet browsers, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. It annoys users by setting its own page as the start page, new tab and default search engine on victim’s computer. There are many reasons for computer users to get this virus installed. And mostly Search.creativetoobars.com redirect comes bundled with malware applications, spam, freeware and shareware. As soon as it is installed, it changes web browser’s default home page to a particular web site without asking for users’ permission.
Basically, this virus works on changing browser’s settings and continuing its unstoppable redirections to Search.creativetoobars.com domain and other sites that would never be entered. Thus, you will be shown a bogus search engine at your homepage and it says it is powered by Creative Toolbars. If you use this fake search engine, you will see that the results are always filled with commercial ads. Don’t think it can work just like Google. In fact, it is a spam search box that only offers fraudulent search results and destroys your browser settings etc. It is really annoying to view these corrupted pages and ads again and again, at the cost of your time. Therefore, it is highly suggested users to remove Search.creativetoobars.com virus as soon as possible.
1. It can redirect you to malicious websites with numerous pop up ads to interrupt and stop you from doing anything on your computer;
2. It can turn your computer to run slowly and pose sudden death;
3. It can introduce more unwanted viruses and ransomware to do further harms;
4. It can help cyber criminals track your online activities and capture significant personal data to cause you a loss of value.
5. It can change your default DNS configuration and block you accessing your favorite sites.
6. It forcibly customizes the default homepage, search engine and bookmarks of your computer.
Considering Search.creativetoobars.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 Search.creativetoobars.com 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
Search.creativetoobars.com virus is a browser hijacker triggered by a search virus programmed to hijack Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox browsers. Usually it is 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. Browser redirects to Search.creativetoobars.com domain is the most obvious symptoms you can see if the computer is infected. The redirect issue often occurs when you are attempting to use the infected browser’s address bar to search the web. Sometimes it even redirects when specific URLs are inputted into the address bar. This threat intends to replace your current home page with its own search box. Don’t be taken in. You must get rid of Search.creativetoobars.com virus once upon detection.
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 & last updated on May 31, 2013 12:04 am