The homepage in Mozilla Firefox is changed to an unknown site named 7searches.org? Why is my favorite homepage gone automatically? What is worse, the unknown site redirects me to some other web sites! What is wrong with the browser? Will reinstalling the Mozilla Firefox fix this problem? In fact, 7searches.org is a browser hijacker that should be removed as soon as possible!
7searches.org can be classified as a browser hijacker that can get into the computer furtively and bring many annoying problems to the computer users. It infects not only the browser but also other parts of the computer system. Similar to some other browser hijackers Websearch.Searchoholic.info and Search3.infomash.org, it usually shows on your browser as a homepage as well as a search engine. It looks like a legitimate search engine without displaying any evil features on its web site. What will happen if you try to search for online resources from this fake search site? It is believed that all the search results provided by this 7searches.org browser hijacker are not safe. There are even many dangerous viruses and malicious software hiding in those search results. Once you log into a corrupted one, they will be able to sneak into your computer.
Once 7searches.org hijacker gets into your computer successfully, it shows up in your browser in the first place. By replacing a few default configurations, it stays stably on your browser as the default homepage and search engine. You cannot set the previous homepage back unless you have the hijacker removed. Whenever you try to go online in the browser, it pops up immediately. It prevents you from accessing useful online resources. Sometimes you even cannot log on FaceBook or Twitter and open email. Nothing you can do with the 7searches.org in the browser. You have installed an antivirus program to remove it but the antivirus program is unable to catch it? In this case, manual removal is the most effective way that can ensure a complete fix.
1. 7searches.org 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.
Basic manual removal steps are listed below for your reference when you want to get rid of the annoying 7searches.org browser hijacker. But the steps need good computer skills. You will need to handle .dll files and registry entries. In addition, because 7searches.org is able to change, you also need to define some of the files without obvious infection. Suggestion: Please back up important files and data beforehand.
1. Clean Add-ons and Extensions
* Internet Explorer:
(1). Click Tools in the Menu bar and then click Internet Options
(3). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the suspicious 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 7searches.org
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 7searches.org’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 7searches.org 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\Internet Settings “CertificateRevocation” =Random
(2). Find out and remove the associated files
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Random “.exe”
It is not a rare case that the computer is infected by a browser hijacker. 7searches.org cannot be detected and deleted by antivirus programs. You may feel confused – why your antivirus program fails to catch the hijacker? Well, in order to keep a good and clean computer, you cannot just relay on antivirus protection. You should from good surfing habits. If you access a phishing web site or a pornography site, download and install an unknown free programs or open spam email attachments, you will have the chance to get 7searches.org. It is able to collect the computer user’s information and send back to its developers so that they can display some ads you are just interested in on your computer. Moreover, the browser hijacker can decrease the computer performance to make the computer run slow. Therefore, you should remove the 7searches.org browser hijacker 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 December 22, 2014 8:44 am