When you open the browser as usual to access sites or search for something, you are redirected to I.search.metacrawler.com? It occupies your browser completely and prevents you from changing your favorite homepage back? Will regular search engines change users’ homepage and search engine forcedly? What exactly is it? Even if you use the latest antivirus software, you are unable to uninstall it? How to get rid of it if you do not want to use it?
I.search.metacrawler.com looks similar to Google, Yahoo and other well-known search engines. However, it is able to hijack your browser. It is often hidden in some attractive free programs to mislead inexperienced computer users. It can enter the computer smoothly if users install these programs. In addition, unknown links in some social sites or forums may also contain the browser hijacker. Thus, we need to be circumspect when surfing the Internet, after all, the coverall Internet world is too complex.
When I.search.metacrawler.com comes into your computer, you first will find that the homepage is changed to its domain. If you use it to do searches, you will be redirected to some random websites. These sites may contain advertisements brainwashing you into buying things or even contain Trojan horse viruses and other malicious software. It also prevents you from changing your browser homepage and default search engine. Besides, it will slow down your computer reflecting speed and block the Internet, letting you feel that the computer is stuck seriously. You will get many annoying pop-up windows for it has the ability to modify system registry configuration to pop-up advertisements to you. Worse still, the hijacker may become a tool for cyber criminals to invade your computer and steal your information including credit card or bank account information and valuable documents. Cyber criminal will install more viruses into the computer after their successful invasion. So far, there is still no security software that can find out a good way to protect Internet users from being harassed by this type of browser hijacker. Because it uses complex technology to hide deep in the computer, security software cannot detect and remove it entirely. Therefore, manual removal is the best choice. But please note that manual removal is a complex process, which requires professional knowledge so as not to damage the computer.
1. Your computer performs slower and slower.
2. You need to wait for a long time while opening a webpage and your browser runs much slower than before.
3. You are always redirected to some malicious websites.
4. The harmful redirect also causes poor Internet connection and system crash frequently.
5. You will get many advertisement windows when you are using the Internet.
I.search.metacrawler.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 I.search.metacrawler.com browser hijacker.
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”
I.search.metacrawler.com looks so professional that you may think it is a legitimate website which can provide some useful information or services. In fact, it is a browser hijacker. Its installation is quiet. Ordinary computer users know that it is in the computer when it appears in front of them as the default homepage and search engine. At first, you may think it is just a common website, but, you come to realize it is not a good thing after failing to change the homepage and search engine back to your favorite many times. Once its installation is successful, it will slow down the computer system and redirect you to some unsecure sites. The flimsy computer may be intruded easily by cyber criminals to steal your confidential information. Antivirus software cannot solve the problem. In any case, you should remove I.search.metacrawler.com in order to protect your computer and your privacy.
If you have no idea of how to do that, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.
Published by & last updated on November 19, 2013 12:36 pm
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