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Nov 17, 2015

Livesmartsearch.com Hijacker Virus Removal Guide

Hey, my browser has been hacked by browser hijacker for a few days. I had no idea on how to get rid of it as soon as quickly. I thought that Livesmartsearch.com was a good search engine at the beginning. However, things turned out that I made a mistake by adding this virus into my computer. Now my computer is working weird. What should I do now? Who can help me remove this virus completely? Thank you very much.

Livesmartsearch.com is a browser hijacker which is created by malicious cyber criminals. Once it is on your web browser, this browser hijacker will control your web browser by change the homepage and search tool, then you have to use its homepage and search engine. However, when you use it to search whatever your favourite, you will find that it cannot offer the correct search result but just redirects you to strange sites. Besides, Livesmartsearch.com virus will throw different kinds of ads and message banners to interrupt your online tasks. Meanwhile, it traces and records your important data like email password, bank account details and password and so on and send those information to hackers. In this situation, your privacy will be leaked out in public even you may suffer from financial loss or unimaginable troubles. What’s worse, it can worsen the system by introducing other threats like worms, viruses and ransomware. More infections will slow down computer performance soon.

Livesmartsearch.com virus was developed to promote various sponsored websites, improve their traffic and make money from affiliate marketing. It is a harmful redirect infection to the computer. It changes the homepage and search engine totally and prevents online users from changing back, redirects them to its URL or other malicious websites, steals their personal data and displays endless pop-ups on the screen to prevent them from getting online normally and smoothly. Don’t think this redirect infection is not as harmful as those stubborn viruses like Trojan horse, ransomware, worms, since this redirect can also bring those harmful viruses to infect the computer, which will greatly slow down PC and make it run as a snail and further harm to mess up system files and damage system severely.

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 Livesmartsearch.com Hijacker

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Basic Symptoms and Potential Risks of Livesmartsearch.com Infection

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:

Livesmartsearch.com Virus 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

Livesmartsearch.com virus is a pesky and malicious browser hijacker. Once this virus gets into your computer, it will change your default homepage and browser settings. As a result, you have to use Livesmartsearch.com your homepage and search engine. However, when you use it to search whatever your favorites, you will find that it cannot offer the correct search result but just redirects you to strange sites. Besides, Livesmartsearch.com hijacker will throw different kinds of ads and message banners to interrupt your online tasks. Meanwhile, it traces and records your important data like email password, bank account details and password and so on and send this information to hackers. If you want to protect your computer, you’d better to get rid of this infection as soon as you can. There is no any antivirus program which can remove this infection completely. Only manual removal methods can eliminate this virus permanently.

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.

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