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Jan 18, 2016

Remove Searchyu.com Hijacker

My internet browser (Google Chrome) was hijacked and my default homepage was changed to Searchyu.com suddenly. I also had a security alert warning balloon that popped up frequently and said you have a virus, and then it gave a “Fix” option. I didn’t click on it because I assumed it could download something harmful to my system. I tried to change my browser settings and removed all the suspicious extensions, but the homepage didn’t change back to Google anymore. I tried to run Norton scan and it didn’t detect any bad things. I’ve seen a few guides on the Internet to solve this hijacking issue, but all of them didn’t work. I tried to do a system restore but for some reasons, my computer said I have no restore points so I can’t just roll back everything, unfortunately. I would really appreciate it if anyone can tell me how to get rid of Searchyu.com completely. Thanks in advance.

Searchyu.com Description:

Searchyu.com is one of the spam search engines that can hijack Internet web browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and even Safari browser. Although the site seems harmless, it belongs to browser hijacker which can modify browser settings, collect your search terms and redirect users to irrelevant websites, preventing you from viewing the Web pages that you want to see on your browser, and also selling products you don’t need at all. When the hijacker is installed, it can install malicious web browser extensions, add-ons, and BHO (browser helper objects) to the infected system without asking for any permission. Therefore, the computer performance will be poor and it could result in many serious computer problems like blue screen of death, system crash or other program malfunction issues.

Searchyu.com hijacker involves a tracking cookie that helps attackers to change search results on Google and other major search engines and collect information from the computer users. Generally speaking, this hijacker is traveling the same way as other similar browser hijackers – bundled with various free software that can be downloaded from the Internet for free. Its main goal is to make money while displaying sponsored results and advertisements to users so you will see annoying ads, such as pop-up, pop-under, in-text, banner or contextual advertisements on your browser all the time. Your browsing activities will be interrupted frequently. Searchyu.com only presents you with a bogus search engine and sponsored ads. It makes you visit suspicious or corrupted websites again and again in order to introduce more and more infections to ruin your system. This malware can use cookies to record information about people’s mostly visited websites, data that they enter when visiting them, their computers’ IP address or location, users’ email address information and similar data. To protect your privacy, you have to get rid of Searchyu.com redirect as quickly as possible.

The following instructions require certain levels of computer skills. If you’re not sure and are afraid to make any critical mistakes during the process, please live chat with YooCare Expert now.

Searchyu.com Redirect Image:

httpsearchyu.com

Potential Dangers Caused by A Hijacker Virus:

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.

How Can Searchyu.com Hijacker Get On Your PC?

Browser hijacker infection like Searchyu.com 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.

It May Initiate the Following Symptoms:

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

Malicious Browser Hijacker Manual Removal Guides:

Searchyu.com 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.

Since this tricky hijacker virus has the ability to use cookies for tracing and tracking the internet activity of users, it is suggested users delete all the cookies before a complete removal.

Google Chrome:

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.

clear browser data

Internet Explorer:
Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”

delete browsing history

Mozilla Firefox:

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

Remove All Cookie

2. End the malicious process from Task Manager.

Once Searchyu.com redirect 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:

task manager

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.

show-hidden-files

4. Remove all the malicious files related to Searchyu.com hijacker manually.

%AppData%Local[random].exe
C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\*.exe

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main StartPage
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Video Shows You How to Safely Modify Windows Registry Editor:

Searchyu.com is categorized as a browser hijacker that is specifically developed for marketing purposes, especially for increasing page rank for the affiliate websites. It is prone to hijack all kind of web browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox as well as Google Chrome. This hijacker can be bundled with freeware and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) in order to sneak into a vulnerable computer. Once inside, it can modify default homepage and change other vital system settings without your permission. Although this site presents you a search box like Bing or Google, whenever you try to make a search it only displays numerous sponsored websites in your search results. The hijacker is good at alerting your search results and displaying dozens of ads to annoy its users. In addition, it can affect the network speed and cause Internet disconnection problem randomly due to DNS setting change. Therefore, you should remove Searchyu.com hijacker as quickly as possible to avoid other computer problems or personal information leak.

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