Hey, there. I got Find.localstrike.net on my computer by an accident after I clicked on an unknown pop-up. I kept being redirected to its domain again and again. It was so annoying. I also noticed that some unknown icon appeared on my desktop. I did remove it from my computer as I thought. However, next time when I open my computer, I saw the thing I removed showing on my desktop again. It was so weird! What should I do now? How do I get rid of this virus completely? Please help!
Find.localstrike.net (Search. localstrike.net) is a baleful browser hijacker which states that it may change the way you browse the web from a more convenient channel by allowing you to access your favorite websites in only one click. It claims that with this kind of change, you can save lots of your valuable time. If you do believe what it says, you may find things go on from a different direction after you add this malicious link on your computer. Disadvantages are more than advantages which are related to this add-on. This bad add-on used to get into your computer by bundling itself to some “free” programs, spam emails attachment, suspicious websites or some vicious pop-up ads. You can’t imagine what this malicious infection will do on your compromised computer.
No matter what you do, after Find.localstrike.net added into your computer, it just likes a club existing in the depth of your computer. No any anti-virus program can get rid of this stubborn browser hijacker. Once installed, this virus usually modified itself as your homepage and default search provider without your direct permission and knowledge. All of your browsers on your computer will be attacked, including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox and so on. As a result, no matter when and which browser you start to browse, you may be redirected to this virus’s domain. What is more, you may find out that this infection will project with third party advertisements and links while using this software. In addition, this hijacker may have the ability to record your sensitive information and then transfer to remote hackers like bank account information, credit card data as well as other private information on your computer. Find.localstrike.net may set your computer in a great risk. So, once it is detected on your computer, you must take effective measures to get rid of this hijacker as soon as you can.
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!
Find.localstrike.net 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 virus
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 hijacker’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”
Find.localstrike.net (Search. localstrike.net) is a malicious browser hijacker, also known as browser redirect, which is created by malicious cyber criminals. Once this virus gets into your computer, it may have the ability to infect your system with other kind of viruses like malware, spyware, adware and so on. You should also avoid other suspicious search engines to add onto your computer like uber-search.com, home.search-metacrawler.com and mysearchdial.com. This browser hijacker may add browser with extension, add-on and plug-in to redirect search results constantly to its third party web page to make money by promoting their products. This infection can able to track your visiting websites and annoy you with advertisements. Otherwise, the constant displaying of ads may flood your system screen which decreases the performance of your computer. This virus may sneak into your computer with kinds of channels. You should keep an eye on the thing you do online. Once you get this virus on your computer, it is strongly recommended to remove this hijacker quickly as possible to avoid further damage from it. BTW, there is only one way which can remove this virus completely and permanently—manual removal.
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 June 11, 2015 2:51 am