Recently, I have been redirected to unfamiliar sites when I am surfing the Internet on Mozilla Firefox. And my original home page Mystart.com is changed to Zeta-search.com without my permission. I did some online research and found that it is actually a browser hijacker. How can I remove it from my computer?
Zeta-search.com is defined as a browser hijacker, also known as browser redirect. This webpage is not reliable website or application as it might look like at first sight. If you find this website on your computer as main home page and search engine on your web browsers, your computer is infected by Zeta-search.com virus. It mainly affects your browser in the infected computer. This virus mainly attack famous browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome as well as Safari. How do you know there is a browser hijacker on your computer? If you know about the characteristics of browser hijackers, you are able to immediately judge and prevent your computer from being messed up.
Let us see what the Zeta-search.com hijacker can do in the infected computer. Firstly, this virus may pretend to be a good and legitimate websites like Bing and Google which may provide you lots of useful information. However, things do not go well as virus itself stated. It changes or resets your favorite home page as well as the search engine in the browser to its own domain. You cannot change back easily. Secondly, you cannot visit a particular website normally as usual, but being redirected to unknown website or virus’s domain again and again. In addition, kinds of your interesting ads and pop-ups will be displayed on your surfing webpages to keep you from browsing normally. So if you see any of the listed symptoms on your computer, it indicates that your computer gets infected by Zeta-search.com hijacker. You must move on quickly and then take effective action—manual removal to remove this infection 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!
Zeta-search.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”
Zeta-search.com has the ability to hide in the system and bypass the antivirus program installed on your computer. If you think that antivirus programs can protect your computer from being infected by virus well, then your thought will be broken by reality. In these days, browser hijackers have been designed to continue to create chaos on many computers that have antivirus programs. Hackers can spread this infection on the Internet through kinds of ways. For example, you may have accessed to porn sites or downloaded free unknown programs. Some consequences brought by the hijacker include: 1) Internet connection keeps being cut off from time to time; 2) you have to get many pop-ups; 3) some unwanted toolbars or plug-ins are dropped into your computer. Therefore, you must be more cautious while you are online. Once you see Zeta-search.com on your browsers, you had better get rid of it as soon as possible.
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 February 21, 2016 10:50 am