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Jun 22, 2015

SerfSearch Removal Guide

Are you confusing why your computer gets infected by SerfSearch? It is said that this virus has the ability to get into the infected computer secretly. Maybe only one click on an unknown click may give the chance for the virus to dive into your computer. Now you are meeting the difficulties for how to get rid of this virus computer? Well. Don’t worry. Here is a post about this virus stating on manual removal to remove this virus clearly.

Learn More Information About SerfSearch

SerfSearch is regarded as a malicious adware which belongs to the family of browser hijacker virus. This virus may be capable of infecting the compromised computer by social engineering and other channels. This virus may be associated with the third party applications like “free” program downloads from the unsafe web sites and then installed onto your computer automatically without your permission. Besides, this virus may get the opportunity to infect your computer while you are visiting suspicious websites, reading spam email and its attachments, clicking on an unknown website link or pop-up, or downloading things such as porn videos, PTF files, Editor. Once this virus is installed on your computer, you may encounter lots of computer trouble which you had never seen it before.

Can SerfSearch be trusted? What will it do for you after its installation? Let’s take more specific analysis on this hijacker. Once installed, it may create many unstoppable advertisements that interrupt you from operating contaminated windows system normally. Your browser settings will be changed automatically. Your default homepage may be modified to SerfSearch.com without your approval. As a result, you may be redirected to its domain no matter you are launching Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. This virus often displays lot of commercial pop-ups, fake error messages, annoying ads and alerts on your compromised computer. This may reduce your system performance as well as your browser speed. What’s more, it may record your online cookies and then pilfer your sensitive data and transfer it to the remote hacker who may maltreat your data. You need to remove SerfSearch as quickly as possible due to the malicious trouble it brought onto your computer.

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.

A Screenshot of SerfSearch

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Basic Symptoms and Potential Risks of SerfSearch

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!

Manual Removal Guide:

SerfSearch 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

Tools in IE

(2). Click Programs tab, click Manage add-ons and disable the dubious 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 this virus

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 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

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 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”

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Conclusion

SerfSearch is a malicious and risky browser hijacker that attacks your computer secretly. This virus’s website is used by cyber criminals as a tracking website for their affiliate programs. SerfSearch is a fake search engine, please don’t trust it. The search result it provided may contain spyware, adware, malware, Trojan and keyloggers which can be used to steal sensitive data like passwords, credit card, bank account information etc. So it is very important to remove this hijacker as early as possible before it steals your information. You should also note that this virus is really hard to be removed by antivirus tools as it may keep returning back again and again. Only manual removal can get rid of this browser hijacker completely.

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 22, 2015 1:07 am

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