Recently, my computer is facing a problem with guard-search.com. I don’t know how this virus gets into my computer without my knowledge. When I noticed it, it was too late for me as I was being redirected by this pesky browser again and again while I was starting the computer or opening a new tab. I really hate this hijacker and want to remove it from my computer as soon as possible. I did everything I could. However, this hijacker still exists on my computer. How should I do now? Please help.
Guard-search.com is sorted to be a member of browser hijacker family. This browser hijacker mainly attacks the most popular browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer browsers. Most people may think that this browser is a normal search engine. Actually, it is a malicious virus which is designed by the cyber hackers to conduct their concrete and malicious purposes. The primary symptom of this browser hijacker is to completely control your computer immediately and then modify your default homepage and browser settings once it got into your computer. Besides, it may bring other additional infections into your computer by redirecting you to visit some malicious websites which may contain other viruses like Trojan, malware, adware, spyware, etc.. Being redirected by this browser hijacker, you will not browse the Internet normally. Otherwise, millions of ads and pop-ups will be distributed from this hijacker. If you want to get your computer back to normal mode, this browser hijacker should be removed out of your computer as soon as you can.
Once your computer is infected by guard-search.com, all your online activities will be recorded and transferred to the cyber hackers who hide in the remote background. Moreover, this virus may provides you rogue search results that would associated with some sponsored links. The fact is that you can’t actually get any worthy information through this browser hijacker. It will not really furnish any related search results for you. The main purpose of this hijacker is to display a lot of ads and sponsored links and when you click on them – its owners, developers and distributors will get profit. Guard-search.com is truly a very pesky and unwanted application on your computer. This browser hijacker just likes other browser hijackers such as Groovorio, Lasaoren, Astromenda, etc.. You should not neglect this virus once you found it on your computer. It is strongly suggested to get rid of this infection from your computer right now.
1. It can be added to Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers without your notification.
2. You are rerouted to some unknown sponsored websites that you have never seen before when you surfing online.
3. You can get a bunch of popup ads show on the webpage which you are browsing.
4. It can be installed on your computer slightly.
5. This browser hijacker can introduce various infections and unwanted programs onto your system,
6. It can investigate your browsing behavior and gather your input information online.
7. It is also responsible for collecting computer user’s private information like IP address and online traces for unethical using of online marketing.
Note: If one of symptoms mentioned above is found in your computer, then you must know that your computer is being attacked by the browser hijacker. Since the browser hijacker is so dangerous, once your computer is infected, you should take actions to delete the hijacker. If you are not a computer expert, in case you lose your important data or damage your system, please welcome to contact Yoocare/Yoosecurity Online Expert for help now!
Guard-search.com hijacks your default browser to redirect your web search results and modifies your default homepage and browser settings. Manual removal is the most effective way to completely uninstall it from an infected computer’s operating system, for the season that this hijacker is so cunning and dangerous, antivirus programs cannot get rid of it permanently. Here are the manual guides for users to remove the annoying hijacker.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the dubious add-ons
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Add-ons
(2). Click Extensions, select the related browser add-ons and click Disable
* Google Chrome:
(1). Click Customize and control Google Chrome button → Tools → Extensions
(2). Disable the extensions of this browser hijacker
2. End Relevant Processes
(1). Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc together to pop up Windows Task Manager, click Processes tab
*For Win 8 Users:
Click More details when you see the Task Manager box
And then click Details tab
(2). Find out and end this virus’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
Click View tab in the Folder Options window, choose Show hidden files, folders, and drives under the Hidden files and folders category
4. Delete Relevant Registry Entries and Files
(1). Delete the registry entries related to this browser hijacker 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_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run ‘Random’ HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Random HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
%AllUsersProfile%\random.exe %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Templates\random.exe %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~random %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”
Guard-search.com will change your default registry settings and other important windows system files. It even can cause a complete computer crash. So you should be very careful when you surf world wide websites and make a choice to install some freeware into your computer. Make sure you read carefully what other free applications you’re suggested to install into your system in addition to the main software of your selection. Always choose the option of a custom installation, instead of the standard one. What’s more, you’d better do not open spam emails attachments, unwanted emails, or download video. If you get this infection on your computer, you should remove it right now.
Suggestion: 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 November 6, 2014 7:50 am