I have an acer laptop which I’ve had for about a year now. It worked fine until yesterday it picked up a virus. Now I am constantly getting “SearchnSave” ads popup on my screen, when I go on the internet even when I’m trying to watch something it pauses the video because an ad pops up asking me to download something. I have the free version of SuperAntiSpyware and it did a complete scan yesterday. It said it found 87 adware cookies which were removed but I’m still getting these ads. Is there any way to stop them?
SearchnSave is not a typical virus but an add-on associated with adware or browse hijacker which can be placed on the web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or even Safari without any permission. Generally speaking, it is created to advertise several commercial websites and make money from affiliate links, though it seems not harmful, an immediate removal is needed in order to keep your computer safe and secure. This adware can replace your homepage, search engine and other browser settings, and then add unwanted toolbar and extensions to the effected browser. Meanwhile, it is able to display numerous ads about coupons, discount codes and deals while you are shopping online or searching information. This adware tries to increase web traffic through these kinds of annoying ads. It won’t let you stop them even though you have uninstalled SearchnSave from your machine. All you can get from this SearchnSave adware is annoyance and unsecure PC environment.
Don’t think SearchnSave adware is just a small case and let it stay on your machine. Nowadays, browser hijacking malware is considered as a new online fraud and it may violate your privacy. It can keep forcing users to visit irrelevant pages again and again and prevent them from going the web page they really want. Those pages that the adware redirect you to are usually unsafe and may contain lots of viruses, so it can cause further attack to your computer. Sometimes system shut-downs, freezes and failures problems could happen on the compromised PC as well. “SearchnSave” pop up is only used to promote potentially unwanted program and introduce viruses, it just makes your infected computer to be more vulnerable so you have to get rid of “SearchnSave” pop-up once upon detection.
It belongs to browser hijacker virus which can totally mess up your browser setting.
It changes your default DNS configuration and blocks you accessing your favorite sites.
It may install some malware in your computer to make bad influence without your consent.
It degenerates your computer performance gradually.
Browser hijacker infection like SearchnSave pop-up may enter your system as an add-on for your browser or bundled-up with some free software. Most of time, it can be downloaded from a website you visited, something you clicked on, or a pop-up that you did not request to view. You may not even know when and how you download this browser hijacker which compromises your internet security until you find your computer is fully messed up. A hijack virus is a type of computer virus known for its ability to disrupt your Internet browsing. It can redirect your Internet searches to random sites, disallow you from visiting certain Web sites, and change your Internet home page. In addition, it is able to slow your computer, decrease your available memory, and flood your computer with popup advertisements. When you detect the presence of such malicious hijacker, a complete removal is needed without any hesitation.
1. You keep getting random pop-ups opening in new browser tabs.
2. When clicking on Google search links you get taken to sites that have nothing to do with the subject you searched for.
3. Anti-virus and firewall software won’t start.
4. Internet stops working.
5. Unknown software has been installed without your authorization.
6. You can’t access reputable sites unless you type the URL into the navigation bar
SearchnSave 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 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 SearchnSave adware 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 SearchnSave pop-up hijacker manually.
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
SearchnSave pop-up ads can appear anytime when you are online. They are not friendly so it is suggested users not click on it under any situations. The ads will display green or blue underlined keywords that will show pop-up advertisements, inline-text ads or any other unwanted ads in your browsers. Clicking them will make unwanted program or other viruses install on your computer without your approval. This pop up often comes bundled with free programs that you downloaded from the Internet. There are a lot of tricks involved in free programs. They could be used for increasing website traffic or distributing unwanted products. So whenever you try to download programs, make sure you pay attention to the dialog box and recognize the publisher before you click “yes,” to avoid downloading a program that you didn’t ask for or that may be dangerous for your computer. Since SearchnSave pop-up ads won’t offer you something beneficial, you have to eliminate it as quickly as you can.
Published by & last updated on September 22, 2014 10:43 am