Hey, there. I can’t use my Firefox normally now. No matter I start a new tab or go on browsing, I am keeping readdressing to Universalsearches.com. The web page seems as good as the famous search engine: Bing, Google. If I am searching something on this web, I can’t get a real result I need. When I click on the result link, I get to some irrelevant information webs. I don’t know why. What should I do now? How do I get rid of this malicious virus? Please help!
Universalsearches.com is known as an unwanted application, a fake web page, which is classified as browser hijacker virus. This browser hijacker used to hack the well-known browser such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox as well as Safari. This virus not only can affect Windows computer but also may hack IOS system computer. This virus is distributed by Internet hackers through the widely used Internet. It comes into your computer as a pop-up or ads. It is also attached to some free application downloaded. During the installation of the freeware, this fake webpage will add itself into your browser without your permission. Besides, this virus may also be bundled with unsafe websites such as porn web or zoophilic webs. Most people used to get this browser hijacker on their computer while they are visiting porn website and download videos and watch porn on the web.
Once Universalsearches.com hijacker installed on your computer, it will take control of all your online activities immediately. The most important of the coming of this virus is that you will be redirected to Universalsearches.com again and again when you start to browse or add a new tab. Technically speaking, this web site is a totally fake website. You will not do anything on the compromised computer once you get this virus. Furthermore, it will change your default homepage and your browser settings without your approval. Then you will be forced to use this virus’s web as your default homepage and search engine. What’s more, while you are online, you will get kinds of pop-ups or ads to stop you from browsing normally. In addition, this virus may have the ability to change your DNS settings to stop you from browsing even through your compromised computer is connected with Internet. Now you may have a clear knowledge of this virus. It is a completely fake webpage. You must remove it as soon as you can while you detect this virus on your system.
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!
Universalsearches.com Hijacker 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”
Universalsearches.com is malicious and pesky browser hijacker virus which may make great damages to your whole system once it gets into your computer. This virus may get into your computer with the help of the third party program such as spam email as well as its attachment, unknown links and pop-ups, suspicious websites and so on. Once it added into your computer, your default homepage and search engine can be changed to be this hijacker page and it can always pop up everywhere on your screen when you are online. In addition, this hijacker can disable some basic browser functions to make them perform abnormally. Otherwise, this virus may be capable of trace all your online cookies and then collect your sensitive data such as credit card information, trading account information and so on. It will pilfer this information and then transfer it to the remote cyber criminals. Due to this hijacker, you may be faced a potential financial loss and computer security threat. You’d better to remove this infection from your computer as early as you can before it messes up your whole computer greatly.
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 January 29, 2016 6:11 am