Jan 1, 2014

“Do Searches Virus” Removal Guide

My personal computer is infected by Do Searches virus. All of my browsers(Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome) are infected by it completely, each time when I try to go online, I will be redirected to this website which I don’t want to visit at all.  My friend tells me to remove the redirect virus by anti-virus program, but none of them can figure out this problem. How can I remove this redirect virus from my PC completely? Any help will be appreciated.

What is Do Searches Redirect Virus :

Do Searches virus is a fake search engine which is created by the cyber criminals for their malicious purposes. Once this browser hijack redirect has been installed to the infected PC, it will start to modify the key settings on like homepage and default browsers, that is why most of the infected PCs will get Do Searches as their homepage and PC users have no way to change their homepages back. All the browsers like Internet Explore, Firefox, Google Chrome and others can be the target of this nasty redirect virus, PC users will suffer slow performance on the infected machine which makes them annoyed. Do Searches virus is extremely dangerous which needs to be removed completely to avoid further damage.

In general, Do Searches can infect the different browsers on the infected PC one by one, the infected computer will get a slow Internet speed and even browser freezing. This fake search engine acts as a real one to collect information on the infected machine, once the PC users search something on this malicious website, they will get irrelevant webpages or forums as results. Those webpages or forums offered by Do Searches redirect virus may contain virus infection which can damage the infected computers. Security tools is not able to handle the virus well because this redirect virus has the ability to change and hide itself, manual removal is the best way to get rid of this browser hijack redirect.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure and are afraid of making any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

The Screen shot of the Do Searches Redirect


Symptoms of Infection:

Once the infected computer is infected by the browser hijack redirect virus, it will cause terrible virus infection. The infected computer will run much slower than before, PC users will have to spend more time opening a webpage or watching a video. Sometimes the browser can crash frequently which makes PC users annoyed, the browser hijack virus is able to redirect the infected PC to visit other malicious website with different viruses and threats on it, and lots of the popping-up webpage will appear while surfing on the Internet. In a word, the browser hijack redirect virus can cause chaos and problems on the infected computer.

How Can This Virus Attack the Computer?

How did you get Do Searches virus on your computer? Usually these kinds of the viruses will be planted to some programs especially free programs, .exe, .bat or other executable processes and unsafe links. The computer will get the virus infection when the PC users install, open or click on these infected files. Sometimes the virus can even attack the computer by the files on the USB stick as well. Most of the unsafe website and forum will contain the virus infection, the computer can be infected while visiting these webpages.

Manual Removal Guides:

The browser hijack redirect virus is an extremely dangerous threat on the infected computer. Registry and other system settings can be modified by it completely, that is the reason the nasty redirect virus can escape the tracking of the security tools like anti-virus program or firewall. It is strongly suggested that PC user should get rid of this redirect virus in a manual way to uninstall it. Learn more from the manual removal guide below.

1. Clean cookies

* Internet Explorer: Tools → Internet Options →the General tab, Delete the Cookies button can be directly seen in IE6, IE7 is to click the Delete Browsing History button then tick Cookies and click Delete.

* Firefox:Tools → Options → Privacy → Remove Individual Cookies → Delete corresponding cookies in the cookies showing box.

* Opera:Tools → Preferences → Advanced → Cookies →Delete corresponding cookies in Management Cookies.

2. Clean add-ons and extensions

* Internet Explorer:

(1). Click Start, type: Manage browser add-ons

(2). Hit Enter on your keyboard

(3). Click Manage add-on and disable all the suspicious add-on.

* Firefox:

(1). Click the Firefox menu and click Add-on

(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-on and click Disable.

* Google Chrome:

(1). Click the Customize and Control menu button →Tools→ click Extensions

(2). Select the related Extension and click Disable.

3. Show hidden files and folders.
a. For XP: Press Win+E together, click on Tools, then choose Folder Options

For Vista, 7 and 8: Press Win+E together, click on Organize, then choose Folder and search options.
b. 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. Open Registry entries. Find out the malicious files and entries of the virus and then delete all.

Attention: Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

a. Press Win+R to get the Run window. In the “Open” field, type “regedit” and click the “OK” button.


regitry editor

b. All malicious files and registry entries that should be deleted:




HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

(2). Find out and remove the associated files of this browser hijacker virus.

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:


Do Searches virus is a high-risk website which can cause chaos and problems on the infected computer once it has been installed successfully. This fake engine will provide irrelevant webpages if the PC users search something on it, the infected machine may even suffer other virus infections like Trojan horse, Worm or malware. The cyber criminals can run a backdoor process via this redirect virus so that they can remote control the infected computer without PC user’s permission. Anyway, this redirect virus needs to be removed completely to protect your browser and whole computer, or your PC will face an unsafe situation.

If you are not sure which files are related to malware, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further help.

Published by & last updated on January 1, 2014 2:08 am

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