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Aug 3, 2014

CustomSearchPlus.com Browser Hijacker Removal

The browser is not working currently? The Internet is cut off occasionally? Why is the homepage changed to CustomSearchPlus.com? No matter where I go, this web site pops up constantly. What is it? How do I get rid of it?

More Details about CustomSearchPlus.com:

CustomSearchPlus.com is classified as a browser hijacker which is able to affect most of popular browsers including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. It is designed by the developers to take over the browser completely without asking for your permission and cause many annoying issues such as constant pop-up windows and web page redirects. When you see this website CustomSearchPlus.com in your browser, you should be careful and don’t start online research from this strange URL. Otherwise, the computer will continue to suffer from more problems.

CustomSearchPlus.com is not a friendly website, because it has the ability to redirect you to some other suspicious web sites which may force you to download malicious programs, interrupt your online activities and even contain Trojan viruses. It is not a new problem in these days. Many computer users from all over the world suffer from this problem every day. If your browser is occupied by this particular domain, you cannot go online as usual. You favorite homepage will be changed to CustomSearchPlus.com without your permission and you cannot recover the homepage. In the page of the hijacker, you can see a simple search engine that seems to be able to help you browse online. But the fact is that all the search results provided by the hijacker are unreliable! Constant pop-up windows will appear when you surf the web. Most importantly, CustomSearchPlus.com has the ability to help its developers to collect your browsing history and they will benefit from the information.

Processing manual removal is supposed to have a certain level of computer literacy. If you are not sure how to start and are afraid of making any critical mistakes damaging the computer system, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Screenshot of the CustomSearchPlus.com Browser Hijacker:

CustomSearchPlus.com Browser Hijacker

Primary Symptoms and Potential Risks:

1. CustomSearchPlus.com is able to become the startup page of your web browser via modifying browser settings. No matter which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera), you can see the browser is occupied by it completely.
2. It may also install plug-ins, extensions and toolbars in the browser so as to record your search history as well as cookies.
3. You need to wait for a long time when visiting websites because the browser always gets stuck and is slow in reaction.
4. This annoying redirect may also result in unstable Internet connection and system freezes frequently.
5. You are forced to receive many advertisement windows when the computer is connected to the Internet.

Manual Removal Guide:

Still want to know why does your antivirus program fail to clear CustomSearchPlus.com? It modifies the default settings of the computer system in order to keep its stability. Therefore, manual removal is recommended to get rid of the hijacker. You may not be able to find some certain files or items listed as follows because of its changeable characteristic. You should also consider backing up important files beforehand if you don’t want to mess up the system.

1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions

* Internet Explorer:

(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options

Tools in IE

(3). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious add-ons

* Firefox:

(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons

Tools in Firefox

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

* Google Chrome:

(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions

Customize and control Google Chrome button

(2). Disable the extensions of CustomSearchPlus.com

2. End Relevant Processes

(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab

Windows Task Manager

*For Win 8 Users:

Click More details when you see the Task Manager box

Win 8 Task Manager

And then click Details tab

Details Tab in Win 8 Task Manager

(2). Find out and end CustomSearchPlus.com’s processes

3. Show Hidden Files

(1). Click on Start button and then on Control Panel

(2). Click on Appearance and Personalization

(3). Click on Folder Options

(4). Click on the View tab in the Folder Options window

(5). Choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

(6). Click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window

*For Win 8 Users:

Press Win+E together to open Computer window, click View and then click Options

View in Computer Window

Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category

View Tab in Folder Options Window

4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files

(1). Delete the registry entries related to CustomSearchPlus.com through Registry Editor

Press Win+R to bring up the Run window, type “regedit” and click “OK”

While the Registry Editor is open, search and delete its registry entries

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Random

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Explorer\run\Random.exe

(2). Find out and remove the associated files

%AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe

%Temp%\random.exe

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\random

%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Most browsers hijackers seem like common sites, plug-ins or extensions. They look no difference than other sites and toolbars. That is why it is difficult for computer users to distinguish browser hijackers from legit sites. There is a simple and conventional search engine in the page of CustomSearchPlus.com which seems to provide convenience for online search. But it is a stubborn browser hijacker. There are evidences showing it is a hijacker. For example, legit sites do not change your default homepage as well as search engine but it do; you keep being redirected to some suspicious web sites; you are forced to receive many pop-up ad windows. Usually, a browser hijacker can be used by the developers to collect information. If you happen to be redirected by CustomSearchPlus.com to a bad site that contains malicious software or ransomware, your computer will be in danger. Therefore, you should remove it as soon as possible!

The above manual removal is quite dangerous and complicated, which needs sufficient professional skills. Therefore, only computer users with rich computer knowledge are recommended to implement the process because any errors including deleting important system files and registry entries will crash your computer system. If you have no idea of how to process the manual removal, please contact experts from YooCare Online Tech Support for further assistance.

Published by & last updated on August 3, 2014 8:29 am

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