When you run the web browser to visit sites or to search for something, you will be redirected to Search.installmac.com or other weird website related to it without your permission? Homepage is locked by Search.installmac.com and cannot change back? Cannot stop the annoying redirect issues? How to get rid of it completely?
Search.installmac.com is regarded as a browser hijacker which masquerades as a legitimate and trustworthy search engine. It can sneak into your computer system without permission and install itself as a toolbar to various major browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. Normally, it is together with some free software, unknown email attachments or pornographic content images and videos.
Once infiltrating completely into your computer, Search.installmac.com changes your default homepage and search engine as its own domain Search.installmac.com. It also redirects you to some nasty websites when you are searching for something on Google, Yahoo or any other major search engine. Your computer will work slowly and you will be interrupted by many annoying pop-up ads when you are using the computer with Internet connection. Moreover, it can be made use of by the cyber criminals to modify Windows Registry and then implant virus, spyware and adware parasites into your computer, which will damage your computer system and create a backdoor for them to intrude your computer furtively. They can steal your personal information including passwords, credit card or bank account information. Therefore, the redirect is a serious threat to the security of your privacy and we highly suggest you remove it as soon as possible.
So far there is no security software that can find out a good way to protect Internet users from being infected by Search.installmac.com redirect. Instead, the security software even could be shut down by it, leaving the computer in a high-risk condition. The redirect needs and only can be removed manually so that it is completely kicked off from your computer.
Search.installmac.com 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. 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.
2. Delete Virus Files
(1). Delete the related registry entries through Registry Edit
Guides to open registry editor: Click “Start” menu, hit “Run”, then type “regedit”, click “OK”
While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete the following registry entries listed below:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random
(2). Find out and remove the associated files of this browser hijacker.
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”
In a word, Search.installmac.com is a horrible browser hijacker which can sneak into your computer without consent and then secretly perform obnoxious activities. When it is in your computer, you will be forced to use Search.installmac.com as your homepage and search engine. Moreover, the cyber criminals is able to modify Windows Registry, keep track of your browsing activities, collect your confidential information and install additional malware to damage your system via the redirect. Thus we highly recommend you to thoroughly delete it.
Published by & last updated on August 16, 2013 12:47 pm