It drives me crazy!!! Whenever I open any web browsers installed on my computer (IE, chrome), I get redirected to this link: http://search-india.net/?src=ads/ It seems my browser is hijacked by a virus but I run different antivirus programs, still get nothing found. What should I do? How do I get rid of Search-india.net redirect and get my homepage back?
The Search-india.net redirect is installed by a stealthy browser hijacker virus that infects Firefox, Chrome and Explorer Internet browsers by modifying the Windows HOSTS file as well as other settings on your computer so that your infected computer will become more vulnerable to further infections. It usually comes bundled with various free software like free video players, video recorders, PDF creators. Anyone of us can download it without actually intending to get the application. During the download process, you may need to click Next button a few times in order to complete the installation. And users may miss the information that some bad things are going to be set as your homepage and change your settings, they click Next to agree the change so that Search-india.net hijacker was installed since then.
Target browsers of this redirect adware are Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Once inside, it automatically loads each time you open your web browser, as a consequence, you will notice tons of redirections while browsing. Every time you make a search inquiry or try to open some websites, instead of taking you to the website you want, it redirects you to Search-india.net or other malicious sites against your will. And your homepage is no longer as you wish because a hijacker virus can modify your browser settings without your permission. In addition, it keeps displaying crazy and annoying pop-up windows to take over your browser and will not allow you to close them. Once you click any of them, it may lead you to unwanted web sites. Hackers can trace your browsing habit and gather some vital data while you search the web if you leave this malicious thing inside. It is suggested users to uninstall all the extensions and reset settings in the browsers, and the most importantly is to get rid of Search-india.net hijacker without any delay.
Browser hijacker virus like Search-india.net virus 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 Search-india.net redirect as soon as possible in order to secure your computer.
Search-india.net pop-up hijacks your browser to redirect your web search results and changes the homepage and browser settings. To completely uninstall it from an infected system, manual removal is the first choice because sometimes antivirus software cannot pick up the exact computer threat timely or remove it permanently. Now most browser hijackers are quite similar to spyware and adware threats and therefore they cannot be removed with the help of popular antivirus products. Users can follow the manual guide here to get rid of this browser hijacker completely.
1. Clear all the cookies of your affected browsers.
Click on the “Tools” menu 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”
To remove all cookies click on the “Remove All Cookies” button
2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.
Once Search-india.net redirect is installed, computer user may notice that CPU usage randomly jumps to 100 percent. At any time Windows always has many running processes. A process is an individual task that the computer runs. In general, the more processes, the more work the computer has to do and the slower it will run. If your system’s CPU spike is constant and remain at a constant 90-95%, 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 to quickly bring up Task Manager Window：
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 related to Search-india.net hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
Search-india.net is a browser hijacker that is distributed together with free programs from the Internet. It attacks Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer Internet browsers. This website may look as a legitimate and trustworthy website but it won’t give you any trusted results. Instead, it provides many sponsored ads full of the website. The people responsible for this hijacker are good at using browser hijackers in order to force computer users to use this corrupted webpage repeatedly. Thus, they can use the artificial traffic to boost affiliate payments and promote online content. Therefore, users must pay more attention to what you are installing and downloading and avoid getting Search-india.net redirect from the computer.
Published by & last updated on December 19, 2013 5:49 am